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Lady Knights battle; Girls soccer continues to close the gap

September 24, 2014
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Lady Knights battle; Girls soccer continues to close the gap

By John Goralski Sports Writer In their first meeting last fall, NW Catholic dismantled the Knights for a 6-0 victory. In their second contest, Southington was shut out again. The third meeting came in the postseason, where NW Catholic ended Southington’s fall campaign with a lopsided, 7-0 decision. On Monday, Sept. 15, the Lady Knights…

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Community involvement; Apple Harvest Road Race attracts all ages & abilities

September 21, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer John Myers has already heard the rumors trickling down through running circles, and the talk never fails to bring a smile to his face. Plainville Elementary School is gearing up for their second title defense in the annual Y-Cup competition at the Apple Harvest Road Race, but other schools are…

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Shattering pool records; Girls Swimming returns with high expectations

September 20, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Records seemed to fall every time that a Southington swimmer hit the water last fall. A senior broke her own record in the 100 breaststroke, and she snapped another record in the 100 freestyle. A freshman broke the 50 freestyle record, and a four-person relay shattered the 200 freestyle mark.…

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Knights rebound; Field hockey isn’t slowed by loss

September 19, 2014
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Knights rebound; Field hockey isn’t slowed by loss

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jess Lee fed Allie Abacherli in a blitzkrieg assault in the opening minutes of the game. Just a minute and a half later, Abacherli fed Lee to give the Lady Knight field hockey team a 2-0 advantage. On Friday, Sept. 12, Southington didn’t look like a team that had just…

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Girls sweep; Volleyball opens with 3 victories

September 19, 2014
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Girls sweep; Volleyball opens with 3 victories

By John Goralski Sports Writer In the first game, Southington fought off a pesky conference opponent on the road. The next day, they avenged a loss from last season. On Friday, the girls overwhelmed their third opponent by dominating at the net. There’s still a lot of volleyball to be played before Southington’s annual postseason…

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Not so special teams; Blue Knights survive five turnovers and two botched punts to beat Glastonbury

September 19, 2014
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Not so special teams; Blue Knights survive five turnovers and  two botched punts to beat Glastonbury

By John Goralski Sports Writer On the second play of the game, a Blue Knight interception gave Glastonbury the ball inside the 50-yard line. On Southington’s second possession, a punt from their own end zone careened out of bounds in the red zone. With 10 minutes elapsed in Southington’s season opener, the defense had only…

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Off and runningBoys win at Blue Dragon Invite; Girls finish 2nd at season opener

September 19, 2014
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Off and runningBoys win at Blue Dragon Invite; Girls finish 2nd at season opener

By John Goralski Sports Writer There was a swagger to Southington’s boys cross country team as they gathered for a photo with their medals after the first race of the season. There was a confidence in the faces of the girls team as they mingled for the celebration shot. On Friday, Sept. 12, the Knights…

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A true team player; Pete Meade put winning before glory

September 13, 2014
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A true team player; Pete Meade put winning before glory

By John Goralski Sports Writer For two years Pete Meade paid his dues as a backup quarterback while the Blue Knights clawed their way to .500 records. Fans were looking forward to seeing Meade behind the center when Southington stormed onto the field in the fall of 1984, but the senior co-captain had other plans.…

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All for one, one for all; Lady Knights are looking for mental toughness

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The sophomores took their lumps last fall. The juniors were stretched to their limits against a tough conference schedule. The Lady Knight volleyball players had to fight for everything they had last season as they navigated a tough schedule with just one senior in their lineup. Last year was all…

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Boys are going the distance; Blue Knight training has put them ahead of the curve

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer First-year coach Dan Dachelet listened with amused skepticism last spring when Brandon Bayron laid out his plan for off-season workouts. Dachelet couldn’t help but think that his future captain might be biting off more than he could chew, but who was he to question it? When Bayron returned his running…

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