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Swimmers battle into the state open

March 23, 2016
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Austin Bull cuts through the water during the breaststroke competition at the Class LL final meet. Bull was a member of one of the two Southington relays to advance, and he qualified as an alternate for the state open championship.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With two relays and an alternate at the state open championship and a diver that clawed his way to the Class LL finals, the Blue Knight swimming and diving team rallied for one of their best winters under Coach Evan Tuttle. When he took over the the boys swimming and diving…

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Sports Listings for the March 25 edition

March 23, 2016
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FUNDRAISERS PSYCHIC READINGS FOR RUGBY—Friday, April 29, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. registration), at Southington High School. A group reading with medium Karen Kilmartin. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit the SHS rugby club. Contact: hdultra73@gmail.com. PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase…

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Hernandez named Coach of the Year: CT Sports Writers Alliance to honor the Lady Knight softball coach

March 23, 2016
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The Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance named Lady Knight softball coach Davina Hernandez as the Doc McInerney Female High School Coach of the Year.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Her close friends and family know her as “Bean” and “DD,” but to most people, she is simply known as a winner. Lady Knight softball coach Davina Hernandez may carry a particular swag when it comes to running her program and she might wear her lucky, red turf shoes to every…

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‘Pink’ unites American Gymnastics

March 18, 2016
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American Gymnastics team members pose with 2012 Olympian McKayla Maroney at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Level 3-10 girls at American Gymnastics Training Center in Plantsville competed in the Pink Invitational at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia over the weekend of Feb. 26-28. The event is held annually and brings gymnasts from all over the country together, in order to raise awareness and funds for “Unite for HER.” The…

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Harvey makes impact at ECSU

March 18, 2016
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SHS graduate Joe Harvey was a pioneer for Eastern Connecticut State University hockey.

The Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) club hockey team claimed the title of American Conference champions of the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) in late February with a 4-2 victory over Southern New Hampshire University. The team finished with a regular season record of 11-1, the second best record in the 32-team NECHA. Among the…

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Uncharted waters: Freshman phenom raises the bar for diving

March 17, 2016
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Chase Galayda steadies himself for a dive at the Class LL diving championships in Hamden last week. The freshman phenom finished in the top 20 during his rookie season and already holds the program record.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Chase Galayda said that he felt butterflies when he walked to the diving board at the Class LL diving trials, but he didn’t show it by his gait. The Southington freshman backed his way to the edge of the board, paused for a moment, and stretched his arms wide. With a…

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Skaters surge into the quarterfinals

March 16, 2016
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Jarod Florian leads a fast break during a first round victory over Joel Barlow on Monday, March 7.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER After getting shutout in the first round of last year’s Division III state tournament as a 14-seed, the Warrior-Knights (13-8) made more out of their trip to the tournament this time around. Hall-Southington outlasted Joel Barlow in the first round but fell to Westhill-Stamford in the quarterfinals. Warrior-Knights fly past Falcons…

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Swimmers trim times at Class LL qualifying meet

March 16, 2016
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Ben Wakefield sets the pace for his 500 freestyle heat at the Class LL Trials in Hamden. Wakefield shed almost 15 seconds from his previous best time.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights competed for qualifying marks and better seeded times at the Class LL swimming preliminaries at Hamden High School on Saturday, March 12. Southington entered 11 swimmers into the trials, with three swimming just in relays. Seven of the eight swimmers competing in the individual events earned best times…

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Striking gold in the SYBL

March 16, 2016
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SP SYBA Team Gold

Team Gold’s buzzer-beating basket in the season finale was the perfect cap for the perfect season. The shot sealed the division title in the Grade 8-9 division of the Southington Youth Basketball League. The team battled back from a 12-point deficit at halftime to secure the win in the final seconds and capture an undefeated…

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Sports listings for the March 18 edition

March 16, 2016
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If you would like to your event announced in The Observer, please e-mail information to jgoralski@southingtonobserver.com. The Observer reserves the right to edit for content and space.

FUNDRAISERS PSYCHIC READINGS FOR RUGBY—Friday, April 29, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. registration), at Southington High School. A group reading with medium Karen Kilmartin. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit the SHS rugby club. Contact: hdultra73@gmail.com. PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase…

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