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King Solomon; Brian Solomon launched a Southington wrestling dynasty

August 9, 2013
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Brian Solomon was a two-time all-American wrestler at Western New England College and a three-time academic all-American.

By John Goralski Sports Writer More than three decades have passed since Gary Solomon sat at the head of his kitchen table to celebrate his second state title in wrestling, and the story of that party has become a sort of legend in the Solomon family. The high school senior had finally arrived. He’d finally…

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Volleyball event to help charities

August 9, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer What started out as a hobby for Southington residents Stephanie Johnson, Shane Quadrato, and Dan Carbone turned into an annual event that reaches out to a variety of charities. Shane and Dan were on the boys volleyball team at Southington High School. When they entered college, Shane, Dan, and Stephanie…

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Just missed; Postseason rally falls short of a state title

August 9, 2013
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By John Goralski
Ted Shaw zeroes in on a pitch in game one of the CT American Legion baseball championship series. Shaw scored Southington’s only run in game two, but the locals lost to Branford in straight contests.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Two days after Southington’s Cinderella run came to an end on the Stamford baseball field, Coach Marc Verderame was found sitting by himself in the bleachers looking out at the high school field. What could he have been done differently? What more could he have asked for from his players?…

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Little Leaguers rally to New England; Southington South 9-10 All-Stars win first two contests in Cranston, RI

August 8, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The Southington South Little League 9-10 All-Stars haven’t slowed down as they raced into the Eastern Region Invitational in Cranston, R.I. The locals have surged past teams from Maine and New Hampshire to take a 2-0 lead in the New England pool-play brackets. At this point, the Southington squad is…

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Without question; Meghan McNicholas-Leggett set the standard for team players

August 4, 2013
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Meghan McNicholas was a three-sport athlete for the Lady Knights before earning a full scholarship to Assumption College.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Maybe it was because of a late season slump that former Lady Knight softball coach Joe Piazza sent his prized sophomore to the plate to bat left-handed in the 1990 Class LL championship game. Maybe it was because his team was trailing by one run, and the coach saw something…

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National gymnastics competition coming to Hartford

July 31, 2013
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2012 Olympic team gold-medalists Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym Max, who just won the all-around at the 2013 Secret U.S. Classic, and McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, Calif./All-Olympia Gymnastics, headline the women’s field for the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 15 to Sunday, Aug. 18 at the XL Center in Hartford.…

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Little League action on ESPN

July 31, 2013
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ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and Longhorn Network will combine to televise 75 regional games of the 2013 Little League World Series, an increase of 41 games over last year’s total. The regional games will lead into ESPN’s multiplatform coverage of the 74th annual Little League World Series presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, from Williamsport, Pa. Aug.…

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A season on the brink; Legion is one win away from the state finals

July 31, 2013
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By John Goralski
Ted Shaw makes the play at shortstop to hold off RCP in the sectional finals. With a 7-6 win over RCP, Southington reached the state tournament for the third straight season.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Marc Verderame didn’t try to conceal his grin as reporters swarmed around his players at Fuessenich Field in Torrington. He laughed as one player tried to interrupt his teammate’s post game interview with a good natured joke. He nodded his head with satisfaction as he listened to the interview unfold…

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Southington’s all-American boy; Zac Murillo places 2nd at national wrestling meet in Fargo, ND

July 28, 2013
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Zac Murillo, right, stands alongside his father, Luis Murillo, with his second place trophy from the 88-pound freestyle division of the ASICS Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zac Murillo grabbed hold of his first opponent, drove him into the mat, and rolled him over and over like an alligator in a death spiral. In each of his first four bouts in the national spotlight the Southington wrestler rolled, flipped, and turned his opponent as officials tried to…

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Another walk down memory lane; The Southington Sports Hall of Fame announces the Class of 2013

July 27, 2013
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SOUTHINGTON—The wait is over. The list is out, and the Southington Sports Hall of Fame selection committee is already championing the Class of 2013. Once again, it features professional players, college all-Americans, and Southington High School record holders. Once again, it reads like a Who’s Who of Southington sports. They represent 10 different sports and…

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