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Good Intentions; Knights commit to college athletics

November 23, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Four baseball players sat at a table in the high school and shifted in their seats as they studied the contracts before them. A small collection of hats was scattered in front of them. Each one was a different color, and each one marked a different destination. With a collective…

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Buzzer Beater; Knights take their first lead on the final play of the game

November 15, 2012
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Buzzer Beater; Knights take their first lead on the final play of the game

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody’s going to remember Southington’s trio of interceptions in the first half or the 12-0 deficit. No one’s going to remember the four Southington drives in the second half that were pushed back or stalled by Manchester defenders. Fans won’t remember the final two-minute drill plagued by incomplete passes, a…

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Playmaker; Pete Gulli could score, but winning was the true goal

November 9, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The shadows had already stretched across the high school field as Pete Gulli set the soccer ball down on the ground. Southington fans mingled with Simsbury fans on the hill behind the goal. Gulli had already forced overtime with his score during regulation, but there was no room for error…

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Knights win conference; Southington sinks Simsbury with 2nd half surge

November 9, 2012
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Knights win conference; Southington sinks Simsbury with 2nd half surge

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Simsbury’s first possession, they took the lead. Midway through the second quarter, they did it again. On Saturday, Nov. 3, Southington limped into the break with the score knotted, 14-14. Once again, the second half was a different story. Southington scored in the last minute of the first half,…

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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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