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Chief of the diamond; Phil D’Agostino set the standard for Southington baseball

November 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer At 16 years old, Phil D’Agostino sat on his front porch and cried as two men destined to be major league general managers walked away with his dreams. D’Agostino’s mother still stood guard at the front door, and his father never left the kitchen table. The scouts had come with…

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Waking up late; Slow start, same result for Knights

November 1, 2012
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Waking up late; Slow start, same result for Knights

By John Goralski Sports Writer In the opening minutes of the game, it looked like the Southington football team was still resting after their battle with Glastonbury. A penalty and fumble pinned their backs against their own endzone. On fourth down, the football bounced off the turf in the endzone and Nate Bonenfant was barely…

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A league of her own; Jen Gombotz-Mikowski raised the bar for every athlete at Southington High School

October 26, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Joe Piazza said he’ll never forget Jen Gombotz-Mikowski’s first at bat against varsity pitching. It came in the mid-1980s during a summer travel game against Wallingford. With only eight players, he scanned the sidelines for a volunteer. “There was no way that we were going to forfeit that game,”…

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Defense wins championships; Knights capitalize on turnovers in second half comeback

October 24, 2012
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Defense wins championships; Knights capitalize on turnovers in second half comeback

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zak Jamele’s eyes popped open as the football careened off his leg with under three minutes remaining. It bounced into his chest. He hugged it like a precious infant and sprinted into the open field… All Glastonbury needed to do on Saturday, Oct. 20 was to run up the middle…

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Follow the Lleader; Joe Llodra went from the O-line to the sideline

October 19, 2012
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by John Goralski Sports Writer Defenders knew that Southington would come out throwing in the mid-1950s, but nobody could stop them. Opponents knew that Southington’s runners would be circling around the off-balanced line, but no one could contain them. Southington’s opponents knew who they had to reach to stop the single-wing offense. The question was,…

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Midseason perfection; Knights score second shutout, improve to 5-0

October 19, 2012
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Midseason perfection; Knights score second shutout, improve to 5-0

By John Goralski Sports Writer Before the Knights even took the field against South Windsor, Glastonbury was already resting after securing their fifth win. Football fans throughout the state had already circled the Week Six match-up between the Knights and the Tomahawks, and it was already being touted as a midseason battle between undefeated programs.…

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All in the family; John Fontana’s legacy goes well beyond the wins

October 12, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer John Fontana voice caught in his throat as he began to talk about his first heart surgery and the overwhelming helplessness he felt as he scanned through channels on his tv. But a loud knocking at his front door drew his attention, and he craned his neck to see who…

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Chasing perfection; Knights improve to 4-0 with another lopsided win

October 12, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A 30-yard field goal just missed by inches, but Southington answered with a 42-0 rally. Three long touchdown strikes coupled with a pair of touchdown runs quieted the Conard crowd, and the Knights continued their early dominance with a 42-7 win over Conard in Southington’s first scheduled home game at…

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The Blitzing Blue Bandits; Football scores shutout at home opener in Cheshire

October 4, 2012
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Southington fans cheered as they filed out of the Cheshire bleachers. The band sounded off one more anthem as the players lined up to shake hands. On Saturday, Sept. 29, Coach Mike Drury turned to the press with a wide grin. And why not? With a 35-0 win over Newington, Drury became the first Blue…

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Southington’s strongest man; Frazer Pehmoeller started with the shot put and finished with a stone

September 28, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The thunder from 30,000 cheering fans seemed to fade into white noise as Frazer Pehmholler took his first step across the New Hampshire field. His arms strained from the 670-pound load that hung from his clenched fists. His vision narrowed to his eldest daughter in the distance as she waved…

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