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Mercy me; Softball is on a roll

May 30, 2014
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By John Goralski
Bella Russo slides into third base during a 15-0 victory over New Britain on Tuesday, May 20.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knights seemed to hold back on the kill like an executioner showing a hint of mercy. On Wednesday, May 21, the Southington softball team surged to an 8-0 lead over Simsbury by the bottom of the fourth inning. The Southington girls looked like they were on the brink…

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Back to back school records; Golf’s peaking; Flood and Valentukonis 4 over at Chappa

May 30, 2014
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By John Goralski
Jake D’Alessandro tees off on Hole 4 at Hawks Landing Country Club on Tuesday, May 20.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim DiNello joked with his varsity players on the deck of Hawks Landing Country Club as the team celebrated a new program record on Tuesday, May 20. All five golfers finished with scores in the 30s over nine holes. The top four scores eclipsed the previous team record by one…

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Conference champions; Knights are closing in on home field advantage

May 30, 2014
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By John Goralski
Second baseman Nick Calabrese catches a Simsbury baserunner in a run-down.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Rains erased any chance of a Southington comeback in Newington on Friday, May 23, but that was just a bump in the road for the Blue Knight baseball team. Southington clinched a share of the conference title with a win over Simsbury on Thursday. Newington snapped the team’s 11-game winning…

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Finally flipping the switch; Volleyball shifts their focus toward postseason fun

May 23, 2014
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By John Goralski
Nate Keen scores a kill during a 3-0 win over Maloney on Monday, May 12.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lou Gianacopolos had seen enough, so he motioned for a timeout and gathered his young team. “Just go out and play,” the coach said with a forced smile. “Just play to win the point…and have fun.” Just two days earlier, they fell to Newington for the second time this season.…

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Peaking for states; Knights are poised for the postseason

May 23, 2014
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By John Goralski
Charles Morelli clears the bar during the high jump competition on Tuesday, May 13.

By John Goralski Sports Writer If you add up both opponents, they wouldn’t gave beaten the lowest Southington score. With two lopsided victories, the Blue Knight track team seems to be sprinting toward the postseason. With a 128-21 win over NW Catholic on Tuesday and a 100-50 victory over Newington on Thursday, the Knights have…

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Golfers climb D-I standings; Steve Salmon scores a hole-in-one during a JV match

May 23, 2014
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By John Goralski
Eric Flood chips onto the 9th green on May 13.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Jim DiNello heard the rumors long before he caught sight of Steve Salmon at the Hawks Landing clubhouse. News of Salmon’s drive on the 16th hole rippled through the lineup while DiNello studied his varsity golfers approaching the last green. When Salmon’s exploits reached his coach’s ears, DiNello actually…

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Searching for perfection;

May 23, 2014
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By John Goralski
Dani Ahearn chases down a fly ball in right field during a 5-0 win over Conard.

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Wednesday, May 14, Davina Hernandez yelled back at the dugout in frustration as she swung an imaginary bat. “Like this,” she instructed as she motioned a level slap at an invisible pitch. “You’re swinging up at the ball.” Southington is cruising toward the finish line for another undefeated season.…

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The Pink Knights; Baseball wins on and off the field

May 23, 2014
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By John Goralski
Shortstop Joe Daigle sets the tone for the defense with a diving catch in the first inning. With wins over Conard and NW Catholic last week, the Knights moved into first place in the Class LL standings.

By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s easy to get caught up in the hype as two conference shutouts pushed the Blue Knight baseball team to the top of the Class LL standings. It’s easy to get lost in postseason predictions and championship dreams. That’s why Blue Knight coach Charlie Lembo draped his team in pink…

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Knights beat Mother Nature;Boys tennis survives loss and weather to clinch postseason

May 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Chris Hupper attacks the net during his  doubles match on Thursday, May 8.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The rains were still threatening when the Blue Knight tennis team was warming up before their game with Rocky Hill. Players were still pushing water off a few courts while Coach Tony Mauro cautioned players to broadcast any slips. But Mauro was determined to see how his team was going…

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Girls Lacrosse is winning as a team

May 16, 2014
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By John Goralski
Jess Lee races past a Windsor player during a 14-7 win on Tuesday, May 6.

By John Goralski Sports Writer For 13 minutes of the second half, the Lady Knight lacrosse team clung to a 7-6 lead, and South Windsor threw everything they had at the problem. They rushed from the outside. They surged up the middle, but it was Southington that would finally break the drought. With 3:03 remaining,…

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