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Bill Rodgers returns; Registration is open for Apple Harvest Road Race

September 14, 2012
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Bill Rodgers returns; Registration is open for Apple Harvest Road Race

By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Bill Rodgers won the New York City Marathon four times. He claimed four titles at the Boston Marathon in the late 1970s. He won races in Amsterdam, Japan, and across the United States. Rodgers was the top ranked runner in the world at one time in his career, but he…

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Living here in ‘Allen’-town

September 6, 2012
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Living here in ‘Allen’-town

When a coach discovers an athlete with an extraordinary work ethic, it’s like striking gold. Finding an athlete with superior talent can be just as rare. Ask any coach what it’s like to find both in the same player, and he’ll probably shrug his shoulders and sigh. It’s a one-of-a-kind athlete for sure, and that’s…

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Turf project is underway: SHS field is closed to the public

September 6, 2012
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Turf project is underway: SHS field is closed to the public

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, local officials met with construction personnel for the ceremonial ‘first shovel’ to begin construction for the Southington High School artificial turf project. The facility is off limits to the public until the project is finished. From left, Acting Town Engineer Jim Grappone-Acting Town Engineer, Southington Athletic Director Eric Swallow, Town Councilor…

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Representing the town; Andy Meade was a true team player

August 29, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Rifling through an old picture album, Andy Meade brushes past the headlines to point out his teammates in the photos. He brags about them one by one, and the list reads like a Who’s Who of Southington sports. Of course, he fails to point out that it’s his name that’s…

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Perfection; Tracy Ciosek-Beloin never lost as a Lady Knight ace

August 22, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Tracy Beloin—or Tracy Ciosek as she’s remembered by Lady Knight fans—almost missed the 1986 championship basketball game because of a severe back problem that had plagued her all season, so nobody expected her to carry the team on her shoulders in the final minutes of the game. Rockville’s game plan…

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Majestic Majeski; Dave Majeski still loves the challenge

August 22, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s been a little more than 25 years since Dave Majeski called John Fontana back to third base after their discussion during a regular season game, but the former high school coach still smiles when he tells the story. Majeski topped a baseball but beat the throw to first base.…

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If he builds it, they will come; Joe LaPorte has spent 4 decades building youth sports

August 8, 2012
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One question can change your life. Just ask Joe LaPorte. In the late 1960s, he was standing in the shadows at Memorial Park, minding his own business while his son Dan raced around the bases during a Little League tryout. The coach sidled up to LaPorte with a devilish grin. “Can you help out?” he…

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Blitzing Bobby; Rob Thomson was hard to stop in high school, college, and coaching

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s hard to believe, but the Blue Knights had gone almost a full decade without back-to-back winning seasons when coaches welcomed the sophomore class in 1983. That didn’t escape the notice of coaches as they surveyed  prospects during a preseason drill. Suddenly, a deafening crash echoed across the field, and…

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Legion wins the zone; Post 72 captures first title in 20 years

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A small parade of vehicles floated down the mountain road from Wolcott’s soggy field to the one at Recreation Park. First, a small band of volunteers began to ready the field. Next came the procession of players. Referees wandered onto the field like grand marshals at 9:30, and the fanfare…

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Gridiron greatness; The 1954 football team was the best of the best

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Tom Kirkland centered himself over the football in 1954 like a con artist with a handful of gullible tourists. Now you see it. Now you don’t. Kirkland’s snap would disappear into a swirl of Southington players. The offensive line charged forward. The quarterback swept out to the flanks behind an…

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