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Searching for perfection;

May 23, 2014
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Searching for perfection;

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Wednesday, May 14, Davina Hernandez yelled back at the dugout in frustration as she swung an imaginary bat. “Like this,” she instructed as she motioned a level slap at an invisible pitch. “You’re swinging up at the ball.” Southington is cruising toward the finish line for another undefeated season.…

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The Pink Knights; Baseball wins on and off the field

May 23, 2014
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The Pink Knights; Baseball wins on and off the field

By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s easy to get caught up in the hype as two conference shutouts pushed the Blue Knight baseball team to the top of the Class LL standings. It’s easy to get lost in postseason predictions and championship dreams. That’s why Blue Knight coach Charlie Lembo draped his team in pink…

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Knights beat Mother Nature;Boys tennis survives loss and weather to clinch postseason

May 17, 2014
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Knights beat Mother Nature;Boys tennis survives loss and weather to clinch postseason

By John Goralski Sports Writer The rains were still threatening when the Blue Knight tennis team was warming up before their game with Rocky Hill. Players were still pushing water off a few courts while Coach Tony Mauro cautioned players to broadcast any slips. But Mauro was determined to see how his team was going…

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Girls Lacrosse is winning as a team

May 16, 2014
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Girls Lacrosse is winning as a team

By John Goralski Sports Writer For 13 minutes of the second half, the Lady Knight lacrosse team clung to a 7-6 lead, and South Windsor threw everything they had at the problem. They rushed from the outside. They surged up the middle, but it was Southington that would finally break the drought. With 3:03 remaining,…

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Boys are back on top

May 16, 2014
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Boys are back on top

By John Goralski Sports Writer Stephen Barmore was in perfect form when he exploded from the gate at the sound of the starter’s pistol. Conditions were perfect as he opened his stride on the first sunny meet of the season, but it was the rare sound of feet just behind him that kep Barmore pushing…

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Girls tennis clinches tourney bid

May 16, 2014
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Girls tennis clinches tourney bid

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knight tennis team shook off their first loss of the season to score back-to-back shutouts. With a 7-0 win over East Hartford on Friday, the girls improved to 8-1 overall and qualified for the state tournament. “That was goal number one, and we achieved that almost as quickly…

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How low can they go?; Golfers score 141 at Hawks Landing CC

May 16, 2014
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How low can they go?; Golfers score 141 at Hawks Landing CC

By John Goralski Sports Writer Dave Valentukonis and Eric Flood watched intently as Newington’s top golfer lined up his final putt. The entire foursome seemed to hold their breath as the ball skipped toward the hole. When it dropped, a cheer swept through all four of them. “He shot a 29,” Valentukonis yelled toward his…

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Pieces of the Puzzle; Knights are building to the tourney

May 16, 2014
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Pieces of the Puzzle; Knights are building to the tourney

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Lou Gianacopolos is approaching the season like a cross word enthusiast attacks the Sunday paper, and he’s been slowly chipping away at the answer. This week, the Knight coach learned a little more about his growing squad. They dispatched their first opponent easily. They rebounded from a win to…

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Still no challenge; Wins keep coming for Lady Knights

May 15, 2014
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Still no challenge; Wins keep coming for Lady Knights

By John Goralski Sports Writer Davina Hernandez was forced to switch her lineup with two starters nursing injuries at the start of the week, and the coach decided to rest her starter to give Brenna Sarantides a chance to throw some pitches. The Knights never missed a step. The Knights opened the week with a…

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Tennis stays perfect; Knights survive the conference opener

May 9, 2014
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Tennis stays perfect; Knights survive the conference opener

By John Goralski Sports Writer It wasn’t easy, but it still counts as a win. On Friday, May 2, the Blue Knight tennis team opened the conference schedule in West Hartford and escaped with a 4-3 victory. For Coach Tony Mauro, it was a good measure for his young team. “It was a tough match,…

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