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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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By John Goralski
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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By John Goralski
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

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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Knights share CCC title; Comeback secures home court advantage

June 1, 2013
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By John Goralski
Jeff Kolb scores a block during a come-from-behind win over Glastonbury to clinch a tie of the CCC South title.

By John Goralski Sports Writer At the end of the second game, Coach Lou Gianacopolos waved to get his setter’s attention and motioned to the net. “Did you see that?” he asked, and Alex Zajda shook his head. To fans in the Southing-ton gym, it looked like Glastonbury was just one game from sweeping the…

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Knights split the final week; Boys tennis team changes gears for the postseason

May 31, 2013
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By John Goralski
Kevin Wormer protects the net during a doubles match against RHAM on May 21.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Tony Mauro has trouble hiding his disappointement when asked about the upcoming state tournament, but it has nothing to do with his team. The Blue Knight tennis team met all of his pre-season goals with a 7-0 win over Fermi and a 4-3 loss to RHAM in the final…

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First to advance; Girls Tennis opens the postseason

May 31, 2013
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By John Goralski
Liz Costello returns a volley during Southington’s 4-3 victory over Bristol Eastern on Monday, May 20.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Fans barely had enough time to find a seat by the fence when Southington’s seniors trotted off the court with a doubles victory. A few moments later, a singles player shouted in triumph. On Sunday, May 26, New Britain tennis players fell like dominos as Southington christened the spring postseason…

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The team to beat in Class LL; Knights clinch the top seed with a pair of mercy rule wins

May 31, 2013
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By John Goralski
Lady Knight catcher Rachel Harvey makes the stop during an 18-0 win over New Britain.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach John Bores makes no apologies for the two lopsided victories in the final week of the season. He doesn’t feel bad about his team’s 13 shutouts or their nine victories by mercy rule. It can be tough to forge a championship team in the fires of a lesser conference,…

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The next level; Dave Palladino joins a growing list of college-bound Knights

May 26, 2013
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By John Goralski
Dave Palladino signs a letter of intent on Friday, May 17 to play college baseball at Eastern CT State University.

by John Goralski Sports Writer Dave Palladino’s game face finally cracked as he grabbed the pen and scribbled his signature across the page. The Southington catcher didn’t smile during either of his no-hitters. He didn’t smile at home plate after any of his three home runs as a senior. Palladino has become known for his…

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The eyes have it; Knights close in on the conference title and home field advantage

May 24, 2013
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By John Goralski
Alex Zajda sets up a Southington attack against Shelton during a 3-0 win on Wednesday, May 15.

By John Goralski Sports Writer A smile swept across the group of Knights as they watched Shelton warming up before the match on Wednesday, May 15. Coach Lou Gianacopolos said that the same thing happened in the early moments of Friday’s game against Farmington. It may look like the Knights are wasting valuable time when…

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