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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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The final exam; Lombardi takes on the heptathlon

June 21, 2013
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By John Goralski
Alyssa Lombardi attempts the high jump during the first day of the annual CIAC heptathlon at Willowbrook Park in New Britain on Tuesday, June 11. Lombardi survived hours of rain delays and just missed the cut-off for the second day.

By John Goralaski Sports Writer Alyssa Lombardi seemed unfazed by the torrential rains that deluged the track at Willowbrook Park in New Britain on Tuesday, June 11. Lightning blazed across the sky. Thunder echoed under the bleachers as athletes huddled with their coaches and parents between waterfalls and puddles. For almost three hours, Lombardi stretched…

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Going the distance; Knights lose to Glastonbury in 5 games…again

June 14, 2013
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Chris Sherwill keeps the rally alive during a 5-game series against Glastonbury in the Class L semifinals on Tuesday, June 4.

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Tuesday, June 4, Glastonbury volleyball coach Pat Ryan looked exhausted as he greeted reporters after his semifinal victory over Southington at Bulkeley High School. For the third time this season, his senior laden Tomahawks were locked toe-to-toe against the Blue Knights. All three contests were decided, 3-2. “I was…

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One win from the title; Knights fall in Class LL finals for 2nd time in 3 years

June 14, 2013
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Joe Rivera hurls a strike during a 4-2 win over Trumbull in the semifinals at Muzzy Field in Bristol.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Charlie Lembo paced back and forth in the dugout, challenging his players to keep their heads up as they walk off the field. For the third year in a row, the Knights charged into the semifinals. For the second time in three seasons, Southington elbowed their way into the final…

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2013 Class LL Champions; Moquin shuts out Mercy; Softball captures 15th state title

June 14, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer When umpires signaled the final out, the Lady Knights exploded in screams and celebration. Coach John Bores sighed with relief, looked down at the ground, and emerged from the dugout with a wide smile as his players gathered in hugs and tears. The longest title drought in program history had…

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