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Rain spoils the fun; Senior night celebration is cut short

May 30, 2014
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Rain spoils the fun; Senior night celebration is cut short

By John Goralski Sports Writer Robin Thompson eyed the gathering clouds with contempts as her team hurried to complete their matches. The win was secured. All but one match went the distance before the deluge began. Thompson wasn’t worried about the win. Her focus was on the No. 1 doubles team where Southington’s only senior,…

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Tennis continues to shine

May 30, 2014
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Tennis continues to shine

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Mauro had already circled the last week on his schedule, but the  Blue Knight tennis coach is starting to learn that regular season measuring sticks are becoming harder and harder to find. One-sided losses against teams like Hall have become closer deficits. Former contested rivalries have melted into lopsided…

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1 more game to go; Spikers still haven’t clinched CCC tourney

May 30, 2014
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1 more game to go; Spikers still haven’t clinched CCC tourney

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington has just two losses in the regular season. Only one team in the conference can boast a better record—the team that accounted for both Blue Knight losses. The Blue Knight volleyball team has secured home field advantage in the upcoming Class L tournament with wins over Hand and Bulkeley,…

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Mercy me; Softball is on a roll

May 30, 2014
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Mercy me; Softball is on a roll

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knights seemed to hold back on the kill like an executioner showing a hint of mercy. On Wednesday, May 21, the Southington softball team surged to an 8-0 lead over Simsbury by the bottom of the fourth inning. The Southington girls looked like they were on the brink…

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Back to back school records; Golf’s peaking; Flood and Valentukonis 4 over at Chappa

May 30, 2014
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Back to back school records; Golf’s peaking; Flood and Valentukonis 4 over at Chappa

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim DiNello joked with his varsity players on the deck of Hawks Landing Country Club as the team celebrated a new program record on Tuesday, May 20. All five golfers finished with scores in the 30s over nine holes. The top four scores eclipsed the previous team record by one…

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Conference champions; Knights are closing in on home field advantage

May 30, 2014
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Conference champions; Knights are closing in on home field advantage

By John Goralski Sports Writer Rains erased any chance of a Southington comeback in Newington on Friday, May 23, but that was just a bump in the road for the Blue Knight baseball team. Southington clinched a share of the conference title with a win over Simsbury on Thursday. Newington snapped the team’s 11-game winning…

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Finally flipping the switch; Volleyball shifts their focus toward postseason fun

May 23, 2014
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Finally flipping the switch; Volleyball shifts their focus toward postseason fun

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lou Gianacopolos had seen enough, so he motioned for a timeout and gathered his young team. “Just go out and play,” the coach said with a forced smile. “Just play to win the point…and have fun.” Just two days earlier, they fell to Newington for the second time this season.…

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Peaking for states; Knights are poised for the postseason

May 23, 2014
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Peaking for states; Knights are poised for the postseason

By John Goralski Sports Writer If you add up both opponents, they wouldn’t gave beaten the lowest Southington score. With two lopsided victories, the Blue Knight track team seems to be sprinting toward the postseason. With a 128-21 win over NW Catholic on Tuesday and a 100-50 victory over Newington on Thursday, the Knights have…

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Golfers climb D-I standings; Steve Salmon scores a hole-in-one during a JV match

May 23, 2014
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Golfers climb D-I standings; Steve Salmon scores a hole-in-one during a JV match

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Jim DiNello heard the rumors long before he caught sight of Steve Salmon at the Hawks Landing clubhouse. News of Salmon’s drive on the 16th hole rippled through the lineup while DiNello studied his varsity golfers approaching the last green. When Salmon’s exploits reached his coach’s ears, DiNello actually…

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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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