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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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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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Chasing the checkered flag; Tony Membrino has high expectations at Stafford Motor Speedway

July 6, 2013
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Tony Membrino, Jr.’s black Cadillac is easy to spot circling the track at Stafford Motor Speedway. After six races

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Membrino shadowed the two front cars over the last three laps looking for any sliver of light to make his move. Ahead of him, the two leaders raced shoulder-to-shoulder as if they were trying to work together to keep the Southington driver out of the winner’s circle. On Friday,…

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2 out of 3 ain’t bad; Legion win streak ends with Simsbury

June 28, 2013
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By John Goralski
Third baseman Matt Sirois tries to beat the runner with a throw to first base during a 4-2 win over Simsbury.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington played four games last week, and three were against the Simsbury American Legion baseball squad. One was a comfortable win. The second was a comeback victory, and the third…well…the third was forgettable. “When you’re trying to beat a team three times in a week, it can be hard,” said…

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Winning the arms race; Jordyn Moquin is The Observer’s Female Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Mercy batters were desperate to erase Southington’s one-run lead in the Class LL championship game, and Coach John Bores trudged to the mound when a two-out double put the tying run in scoring position. Jordyn Moquin never blinked. The senior pitcher listened, nodded her head, and ended the threat. Over…

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A Rose for every season; Justin Rose is the Observer’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Mike Drury didn’t know what to say when Justin Rose expressed interest in football at the end of his junior year. The multi-sport athlete hadn’t touched a football since his freshman year. Drury had never even seen him play. Rose even missed spring practice because the Blue Knight baseball…

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Great expectations; Legion baseball hopes to build on recent success

June 21, 2013
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By John Goralski
Southington shortstop Ted Shaw makes a sliding stop during a 9-6 win over Torrington on opening day.

by John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Marc Verderame studied his players as they loosened up before a double-header with Torrington on Sunday, June 16. Most American Legion baseball teams already have a week or two of competition under their belts. For Verderame, this seemed more like a tryout than an opening day for the summer…

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