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National gymnastics competition coming to Hartford

July 31, 2013
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2012 Olympic team gold-medalists Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym Max, who just won the all-around at the 2013 Secret U.S. Classic, and McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, Calif./All-Olympia Gymnastics, headline the women’s field for the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 15 to Sunday, Aug. 18 at the XL Center in Hartford.…

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Little League action on ESPN

July 31, 2013
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ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and Longhorn Network will combine to televise 75 regional games of the 2013 Little League World Series, an increase of 41 games over last year’s total. The regional games will lead into ESPN’s multiplatform coverage of the 74th annual Little League World Series presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, from Williamsport, Pa. Aug.…

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A season on the brink; Legion is one win away from the state finals

July 31, 2013
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By John Goralski
Ted Shaw makes the play at shortstop to hold off RCP in the sectional finals. With a 7-6 win over RCP, Southington reached the state tournament for the third straight season.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Marc Verderame didn’t try to conceal his grin as reporters swarmed around his players at Fuessenich Field in Torrington. He laughed as one player tried to interrupt his teammate’s post game interview with a good natured joke. He nodded his head with satisfaction as he listened to the interview unfold…

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Southington’s all-American boy; Zac Murillo places 2nd at national wrestling meet in Fargo, ND

July 28, 2013
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Zac Murillo, right, stands alongside his father, Luis Murillo, with his second place trophy from the 88-pound freestyle division of the ASICS Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zac Murillo grabbed hold of his first opponent, drove him into the mat, and rolled him over and over like an alligator in a death spiral. In each of his first four bouts in the national spotlight the Southington wrestler rolled, flipped, and turned his opponent as officials tried to…

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Another walk down memory lane; The Southington Sports Hall of Fame announces the Class of 2013

July 27, 2013
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SOUTHINGTON—The wait is over. The list is out, and the Southington Sports Hall of Fame selection committee is already championing the Class of 2013. Once again, it features professional players, college all-Americans, and Southington High School record holders. Once again, it reads like a Who’s Who of Southington sports. They represent 10 different sports and…

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Extending the play; Wayton Open spills into a 3rd week of competition

July 26, 2013
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By John Goralski
Alexandra Cifone returns a volley during the Wayton Open women’s singles championship match on Sunday, July 21.

By John Goralski Sportswriter Matt Wayton slumped in a canvas chair and stared out at the empty courts. Nobody was in the bleachers. Nobody was warming up. The women’s doubles finalists were already making their way back to their cars, and his three weary volunteers were already breaking down tables and taking down signs. On…

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Wayton Open holds court; Local tennis tournament attracts hundreds in 2013

July 19, 2013
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By John Goralski
Matt Wayton, center, and Gianna Gurga scramble to reschedule matches after a rain delay on Saturday, July 13. The 2013 Wayton Open has attracted over 200 participants to the charity competition.

By John Goralski Sports Writer When Matt Wayton opened registration for the 2013 Wayton Open tennis tournament, he wasn’t ready for anything that followed. Within a few days, he was deluged with entries. Over the next few weeks, they flooded into his home office in an endless stream of emails and phone calls. “It was…

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Legion falls short of Zone I title; Post 72 gets edged by Avon in the final week of the season

July 19, 2013
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By John Goralski
Joe Rivera swings for the fences during a 5-4 win over Bristol on Tuesday, July 9.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The first game against Avon was an extra-inning contest that began on July 3 and ended on July 12. The second contest saw a 3-0 Southington lead evaporate in a flurry of miscues and errors. Southington posted an 8-4 victory in the third game, but it was too late. American…

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The Gold Medal Gang; The 2005 Lady Knight gymnasts were the best in school history

July 19, 2013
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2005 CHRONICLE YEARBOOK COURTESY OF THE SOUTHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The 2005 Lady Knight gymnastics team shattered state and national records on their way to a Class L championship, a State Open championship, and a New England title. The team launched a dynasty that raised the bar for Southington teams. Front, from left, Kelsie Straub, Nikki Salvatore, co-captain Kristen Rossi, co-captain Sara Stylinski, Kelsey Opozda, and Alysha Hill. Middle, Jackie Nadeau, co-captain Krissy Scarfo, Jennifer Roberts, Jessica Roberts, and Kelsey Boyce. Back, Kristy Dougan, Kelly Dougan, Shannon Strachel, Jessica Gianatti, Brittany Johnson, Yvette Mirando, Becca Wiltse, and Bonnie Tormay.

By John Goralski Sports Writer When the Lady Knights entered the Milford gym for the 2005 Class L championship meet, a hush descended upon the crowd. Gymnasts stopped their practice routines to get a better look at the team that had a stranglehold on the state’s sports headlines. Coaches stared. Officials laid down their pens…

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First Tour-de-Southington bike race set for Saturday

July 17, 2013
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By Alexa Gorman Correspondent The Southington Lions Club is sponsoring its first-annual “Tour-de-Southington” bicycle race this Saturday, July 20. Proceeds will be donated to the local food pantries and the Bread for Life program, which serves lunch daily. The races will start and end at YMCA’s Camp Sloper, on East Street. Riders can compete in…

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