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Reloading for another run: Swim team returns a strong core of veterans

December 31, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Sixth year coach Evan Tuttle stood behind the blocks with his hands on his hips, surveying each lane like a hawk as his young swimmers glided by one another in perfect synchronization. After finishing a set of laps, swimmers grabbed kickboards that were left outside of the pool at the blocks.…

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Gymnasts ready for another title defense

December 31, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER One can argue that Southington saw its best gymnastics team yet when they won their first four Class L state titles consecutively from 2005 to 2008. One might also argue that Southington may have seen their first state open title during that time too, if high school gymnastics started competing at…

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SVMFL cheers with the New England Patriots

December 25, 2015
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The league presented a check to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Southington Cheerleaders attended a special cheer clinic run by the New England Patriots Cheerleaders on Saturday, Dec. 12. Cheerleaders from Southington High School and the Southington Valley Midget Football League were selected after both teams raised $4,376 to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The money was raised…

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Knights are off and running: Athletes qualify for the postseason at the season opener

December 24, 2015
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High jumper Emily Macjewski launches herself into the pit at the Hillhouse Invitational meet.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Knights indoor track and field varsity squad raised the curtain on their season by getting an introductory glimpse of some of the best talent around the state at the 14th annual Hillhouse Invitational in New Haven on Saturday, Dec. 19. Southington qualified four individuals and one relay team for the…

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Boys open the season with 2 state powers

December 24, 2015
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Mark Lindberg fights through a block during a loss to Weaver on Monday, Dec. 21.

A very tough draw to kick off the 2015-16 season left the Blue Knights boys basketball team with an 0-2 record. Southington opened up their season on the road in West Hartford on Saturday, Dec. 19, where they fell short to the Lions of Northwest Catholic (2-0), 54-37. NW Catholic built a lead of 27-11…

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Knights surge to 2-0: Girls basketball steamrolls Rockville, Hall

December 24, 2015
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Maggie Meehan slips past the Hall defense during a 59-41 win over Hall in Southington’s road opener. The Lady Knights opened the season, 2-0.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Janette Wadolowski was ahead of the stampede as the Lady Knights stormed across the court at the season opener. Maggie Meehan threaded a perfect pass, and Wadolowski’s eyes widened with the joy of a child spying her presents on Christmas morning. Defenders closed in, but Wadolowski bounced off two Rockville defenders…

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Welch leads the Knights at the Lancer Invite

December 24, 2015
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Tagan Welch, above, secured the victory in the 113 pound bracket of the 2015 Lancer Invitational.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights wrestling team grappled with some of the best competition around the state and a couple teams from Rhode Island when they competed at the Lancer Invitation in Waterford on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Knights scored eight medals, including one division title. Southington finished fourth (142.5) out of 12…

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Hall-Southington ice hockey opens with a win on the road

December 24, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Caelan Booth may have just missed the hat trick, but his two goals helped secure a 2-1 win over Woodstock Academy (0-2) at Jahn Hockey Rink at Pomfret School on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Hall-Southington Warrior-Knights opened the 2016-15 season with a win. The Centaurs hit the back of the net…

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Sports listings for the Dec. 25 edition

December 23, 2015
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FUNDRAISERS PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase bricks to help defray costs for the artificial turf field at Southington High School. Bricks cost $125 and can be engraved with three lines of type (14 characters per line). Bricks will be displayed as part of a walkway and…

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Developing the new talent: Indoor Track welcomes a large group of athletes

December 18, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Blue Knights coach Dan Dachelet took on the head coaching duties of the boys and girls track and field teams for the first time last season. The boys team finished 19th out of 27 schools in the CCC, while the girls team also finished 19th out of 23 schools in the…

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