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Knights pin Cats: Wrestlers win opener and place 4th at Lancer Invite

December 25, 2014
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Gabe Purpura handles the baton in the 4x400m at the New Haven Invitational.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Kyle Solomon toyed with his South Windsor opponent like a cat with a ball of string. Southington’s 126-pounder matched the Bobcat’s 132-pounder through two rounds as the pair grappled under the heat of the light in the Southington gym. They were tied at the first whistle. Solomon trailed by one point after…

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SVMFL competes for the food pantry

December 21, 2014
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The Buccaneers collected over 200 pounds of food during their game-day food drive.

The Southington Valley Midget Football League’s recent food drive raised hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food for Southington Community Services during a week-long contest on the sidelines of league games. The Redskins won the contest, collecting over 489 pounds of food for the local food bank. The Buccaneers finished second with 207 pounds of food.…

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2014 Wrestling Preview

December 20, 2014
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Zach Bylykbashi

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR When last year’s football championship dragged into mid-December, it put an early strain on the Blue Knight wrestling team. Some decided to skip wrestling altogether. Injuries plagued some others, and Southington’s preseason hopes seemed to dwindle further and further with every passing week. Coaches emptied the benches. Freshmen were thrust into…

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2014 Indoor Track Winter Preview

December 20, 2014
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Dan Parzych

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR It almost seems like a cruel joke to see members of the indoor track team shivering in small groups as they  trudge outdoors for preseason practice. It looks like disorderly confusion as they break into smaller groups and gravitate toward different sections of the outdoor facility. But if you look closer,…

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2014 Ice Hockey Winter Preview

December 20, 2014
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Matt Briscoe

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Brian Cannon shifted uneasily in his seat when asked about his team’s chances this winter. The usual pre-season optimism drained from his face, and he stared out the office window at the Zamboni circling the ice at Veteran’s Rink. The conversation leading up to the query was focused on a preseason…

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The best team ever? Commentary on the Blue Knight football title

December 19, 2014
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SP Football - Matt Maxwell

By JOHN GORALSKI, EDITOR Even the big Hollywood studios know that sequels are rarely better than the original. That’s one reason why they are hyped so much before the premiere. As a business venture, there’s little risk. Audiences will flock to the second one because they loved the first one so much, but are the stories…

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Lady Knight hoopsters are off and running

December 18, 2014
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SP GBB - Hartlee Meier 2

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR For 16 minutes, the Lady Knight basketball team showed the Indians why they’ve been so dominant at home over the last three seasons. The full-court defense stretched the Newington offense, and forced a series of turnovers and mistakes. The pace slowed. The Knights settled into the lead. Then, in the final…

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Blue Knights play bigger by tackling, battling, loving harder

December 18, 2014
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BY KYLE BRENNAN REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN Norwich Free Academy had a distinct size advantage over Southington on both sides of the lines in Saturday’s nightcap for the Class LL-Large title. That mattered absolutely none. The Blue Knights held one of the state’s most potent running games to just 90 yards in their 49-0 victory. NFA quarterback Jawuan…

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Knights beat NFA in lopsided game for 2nd straight title

December 17, 2014
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By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Southington was pushed back to their own 20 yard line on the second possession of the game. A penalty had driven them back 10 yards on first down. Quarterback Jasen Rose scampered out of bounds for a 10-yard loss on the second down. Sure, the Blue Knight football team was enjoying…

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Jamele hauls in success

December 17, 2014
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Alex Jamele fights for extra yardage after a catch in Week 2.

BY ROGER CLEAVELAND REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN NEW BRITAIN—As adeptly as he eluded opposing tacklers Saturday night, Southington High senior co-captain Alex Jamele downplayed becoming the first player in state history to finish his career with 50 touchdown receptions. He modestly explained that the Blue Knights’ second consecutive state championship meant much more to him than his own…

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