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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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Learning from the loss; Newington game serves as a measuring stick

May 9, 2014
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Learning from the loss; Newington game serves as a measuring stick

By John Goralski Sports Writer Trailing by four points in the final game of the series, Coach Lou Gianacopolos signaled for his second timeout. His volleyball team gathered on the court, but Gianacopolos slumped into his chair with the rest of his coaches. The boys were left to talk amongst themselves. Gianacopolos wasn’t giving up…

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High School student wins award for Unified Sports program

May 9, 2014
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High School student wins award for Unified Sports program

When Nick Oropallo walks the hallways of Southington High School, he greets every student and faculty member he knows with a smile. When Nick is playing basketball on the court or on the field kicking a soccer ball in the Unified Sports program, he treats his teammates the same way, cheering them on during tournaments.…

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Beating the learning curve;Girls tennis survives first test of the season

May 9, 2014
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Beating the learning curve;Girls tennis survives first test of the season

By John Goralski Sports Writer Robin Thompson herded her team back onto the tennis courts as Conard’s players filed onto their bus. Fans waited patiently as the coach huddled with her team for a long debriefing. On Thursday, May 1, the Lady Knights faced their first test of the season in their conference opener. The…

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Golfers break 150 barrier

May 8, 2014
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Golfers break 150 barrier

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Jim DiNello had no idea what to expect when he watched his team tee off on Thursday, May 1. Torrential rains had turned the Southington course into a wet sponge. Fairways were wet. Cart paths were muddy, and greens were slower than Los Angeles traffic. Nobody would have predicted…

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