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‘Cool Cat’ Conti; Local pool hall owner and former world champ inducted into the NE Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame

March 29, 2013
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‘Cool Cat’ Conti; Local pool hall owner and former world champ inducted into the NE Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame

By John Goralski Sports Writer Sal Conti stood up to address the crowd that was packed into the pool hall annex in Providence, RI, as he stared across the room at a framed photo of him and his father. A handful of others had already spoken about their long careers in pool halls and competition,…

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Best for last; Swimmers continue to set best times at Class LL finals

March 22, 2013
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Best for last; Swimmers continue to set best times at Class LL finals

By John Goralski Sports Writer Joe Taglia trimmed more than a tenth of a second off his qualifying time in the 400 freestyle relay, and Adam Sokolowski beat his time by almost a second and a half on the very next leg. Kolton Jankowski trimmed nearly five seconds in the third leg, and Bryan Adie…

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Team CT wins title; Abraham wins Giant Slalom at NE Race

March 22, 2013
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Team CT wins title; Abraham wins Giant Slalom at NE Race

By John Goralski Sports Writer Casey Abraham set the fastest time on her first run as she led a small list of just five skiers to navigate the Giant Slalom at Cannon Mountain in less than a minute. The Lady Knight skier finished both runs in less than two minutes to capture the overall title…

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ESPN will continue to cover Big East sports

March 20, 2013
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ESPN and the current Big East Conference, soon to be renamed, will continue their relationship of more than three decades with a multiyear, multimedia rights agreement. The agreement grants ESPN exclusive worldwide distribution rights across all media and will continue ESPN’s coverage of the conference’s football, basketball and more through 2019-20. In addition, video subscribers…

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Runners start season at Shamrock Run

March 19, 2013
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By Kaitllyn Naples Staff Writer Runners and walkers are gearing up for the 11th annual Shamrock Run and Walk next weekend, which is a fundraiser for three causes this year. For the last 11 years, the run has donated over $100,000 to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Patrick Collins, event director, said. St. Vincent DePaul…

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The best of the best; Erin Malone wins New England title, Lady Knight gymnasts finish 4th overall

March 15, 2013
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The best of the best; Erin Malone wins New England title, Lady Knight gymnasts finish 4th overall

by John Goralski Sports Writer Kayla Nati crashed into the vault and tumbled to the floor in a tangled heap, and Southington’s hopes for a top five finish at the New England championship meet seemed to evaporate as their junior captain clutched at her ankle and knee while blood poured from her nose like a…

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Huskies bite Wildcats; Lincoln college falls in NJCAA tournament opener

March 10, 2013
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Huskies bite Wildcats; Lincoln college falls in NJCAA tournament opener

By John Goralski Sports Writer For most of the season, Lincoln College coach John Wasielewski has challenged his defense. The Wildcats averaged nearly 80 points per game, but it was the defense that seemed to struggle. So why was he forced to take an early timeout when his defense held UConn Avery Point to 0-for-9…

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Knights claim 13 top 10 finishes at CCC meet

March 9, 2013
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Knights claim 13 top 10 finishes at CCC meet

By John Goralski Sports Writer Bryan Adie set the pace with the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay, and it became clear that it was a three-team race with Farmington and Conard. Adam Sokolowski and Kolton Jankowski kept the pace through the next two legs, but as Joe Taglia flipped at the turn of…

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Back to New Englands; Gymnasts place second at State Open meet; advance to regional championships as a team

March 8, 2013
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Back to New Englands; Gymnasts place second at State Open meet;  advance to regional championships as a team

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lexi Rothstein shrugged off her typical handspring and corkscrew twist off the vault to embrace a more difficult Tsukahara tuck. Marilyn Sporbert switched her dismount on the beam to squeeze out another tenth of a point from the judges, and Erin Malone continued to evolve her routines with tougher skills…

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Leaving it on the court; Cinderella season ends in the second round

March 8, 2013
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Leaving it on the court; Cinderella season ends in the second round

By John Goralski Sports Writer Over the last two decades, Coach Mike Forgione has coached more than his fair share of top athletes. He’s captured conference titles and made deep tournament runs, but the Lady Knight coach had to stop and gather himself moments after the Lady Knight basketball team suffered a season-ending loss at…

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