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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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The real test; Skaters beat defending champ, clinch a postseason berth

January 26, 2013
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The real test; Skaters beat defending champ, clinch a postseason berth

By John Goralski Sports Writer Hall-Southington hockey has knocked off a division one opponent. They’ve come out on top in all but one division two game, and they’ve swept through their division three pairings without as much as a hiccup. But make no bones about it. There was only one game circled at the start…

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Knights control conference; Girls lead CCC West with wins over Simsbury, New Britain

January 25, 2013
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Knights control conference; Girls lead CCC West with wins over Simsbury, New Britain

By John Goralski Sports Writer Last year the Lady Knights had just one chance to play for double digit wins, but it was spoiled by a postseason loss. What a difference a year makes. Southington dispatched two opponents last week to improve to 10-3. A two-point victory over Simsbury at the start of the week,…

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Girls clinch postseason; Win over Farmington secures tournament bid

January 18, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Farmington players never knew what hit them. From the opening whistle, Southington defenders clamped down on their conference rival. They stepped into passing lanes. They trapped at mid-court. When the horn blew at the end of the first quarter, Farmington still hadn’t scored a single point. On Monday, Jan. 7,…

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Attacking McReaveyIndoor Track clicks at Wesleyan University;

January 18, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Joe Pappalardo was caught in a tangle of elbows and knees at the start of the 4x800m relay and was thrown to the ground in a wild stampede. As wave after wave of baton-wielding distance runners trampled him, Pappalardo fought to his feet. By the second lap, almost half of…

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Wrestling the flu; Blue Knights plug holes and deck Hall

January 10, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington wrestlers scrambled for five pins and a pair of forfeits against Hall’s varsity lineup. Two others battled for hard-fought decisions. Three rookies battled off their backs before finally getting pinned. On Thursday, Jan. 3, Southington entered the match with a number of questions, illnesses, and holes in the lineup.…

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Blue Knights claim five indoor titles at Glastonbury meet

January 10, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Annie Groom has spent much of her first indoor track season scrambling to meet deadlines and looking for opportunities. Very few meets offer every event, so success hinges upon every little decision. Does she run relays or focus on individual events? Is anyone close to qualifying for the state meet…

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Girls Basketball rebounds from loss; Knights dominate Suffield at year’s end

January 5, 2013
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Girls Basketball rebounds from loss; Knights dominate Suffield at year’s end

By John Goralski Sports Writer Last season, a lopsided loss to Suffield gave the Lady Knights a lot to think about at the turn of the calendar. It spiraled the team below .500 for the first time that season. It capped a three game losing streak at the end of the year that set the…

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Knights win SHS Duals; Wrestlers rally from behind in the finals

January 4, 2013
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Knights win SHS Duals; Wrestlers rally from behind in the finals

By John Goralski Sports Writer The three point lead was more than Derek Dion could have hoped for as his Knights entered the final bout of the championship match. On Saturday, Dec. 29, the Blue Knights trailed Winchester, Mass. by 21 points at the beginning of the final round, but a hard fought decision and…

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