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Overwhelming win; Swimmers cruise past Plainville

February 9, 2013
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Overwhelming win; Swimmers cruise past Plainville

By John Goralski Sports Writer It was clear right from the start that the 50 freestyle was going to come down to  two people. They hit the water at the same time. At the turn, nobody was even close. Southington swimmers cheered on the deck as the two raced for the finish, and why wouldn’t…

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It’s Hockey Knight in Hartford; Warrior-Knights beat Conard in XL Center to end 3 game skid

February 8, 2013
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It’s Hockey Knight in Hartford; Warrior-Knights beat Conard in XL Center to end 3 game skid

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jesse Patterson’s slapshot couldn’t have been drawn it up any better when his slapshot pulled Conard’s goaltender out of position to his right. Ken Fleming one-timed it back across the crease, and a crashing Dave Valentukonis found the open net. Momentum had certainly turned as Hall-Southington players celebrated the 2-2…

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Wildcats are no easy mark; Lincoln beats Gateway and nearly topples Massasoit

February 3, 2013
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Wildcats are no easy mark; Lincoln beats Gateway and nearly topples Massasoit

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody gave Lincoln College a chance against Massassoit because you just can’t teach height in basketball. On Saturday, Jan. 26, the upper division junior college team shuffled six footers in an out of their lineup with like cards in a poker game while 7 foot, 2 inch center Andrew McCarthy…

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Overcoming injuries; Lady Knight gymnasts still aren’t at full strenght

February 2, 2013
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Overcoming injuries; Lady Knight gymnasts still aren’t at full strenght

By John Goralski Sports Writer In her first competition this season, Lindsey Socquet scored for the Lady Knights in the beam competition and just missed the scoring as she set the baseline for the Knights on beam and floor. On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Lady Knights should have been celebrating the return of one of…

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Hockey bests the best of Division II; Warrior-Knights challenge two top teams, first to beat East Catholic

February 2, 2013
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Hockey bests the best of Division II; Warrior-Knights challenge two top teams, first to beat East Catholic

By John Goralski Sports Writer The second period was the ultimate test for Hall-Southington defenders because East Catholic skaters seemed angry at the ice. On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Warrior-Knights had surprised the undefeated Eagles with two goals in the first period, and the undefeated division two team threw everything they could at the DIII…

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Tix on sale for the 2013 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship

February 1, 2013
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This just arrived from XL Center about the BIG EAST Championships   PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Individual session tickets for the 2013 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters are on sale now via all Ticketmaster outlets. The Championship, returning to Hartford, Conn., for the 10th-straight year, will be played at the XL…

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Lady Knights upset Weaver, beat Newington

January 31, 2013
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Lady Knights upset Weaver, beat Newington

By John Goralski Sports Writer The most impressive numbers can’t be found in the box score. In both victories last week. You have to look betwen the lines to find it. Maeghan Chapman held Weaver’s top scorer to just three points, and she matched that feat against Newington’s go-to shooter. Sarah Mongillo and freshman Natalie…

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Embracing the challenge; Local tournament welcomes top teams in the region

January 30, 2013
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Embracing the challenge; Local tournament welcomes top teams in the region

By John Goralski Sports Writer Austin Sullivan was trailing by eight points when Coach Derek Dion made his way to the mat from another Blue Knigth bout. An in-state wrestler was slowly gaining dominance over Sullivan in the 183-pound match, and a red-faced coach bellowed from the sidelines. Sullivan reversed his opponent and planted him…

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Wildcats recognize Observer sports writer John Goralski

January 27, 2013
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Wildcats recognize Observer sports writer John Goralski

On Thursday, Jan. 17, Southington Observer sports writer John Goralski was recognized by the Lincoln College New England men’s basketball team (formerly known as Briarwood College) for almost one decade of sports coverage. Coaches and players presented Goralski with a framed Briarwood College jersey and plaque.

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The race for 140 points; Knights improve by 3 points without full lineup

January 26, 2013
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The race for 140 points; Knights improve by 3 points without full lineup

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lexi Rothstein catapulted herself off the the vault and twisted like a corkscrew before sticking her landing. Kayla Nati launched herself between the bars as if she was mad at gravity, and the Lady Knights stuck to the beam as if they had glue on their feet. On Saturday, Jan.…

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