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Local residents to take part in bike charity

July 14, 2014
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Local residents to take part in bike charity

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Two Southington residents will join 5,8000 cyclists in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), a 190 mile bike ride that raises money for the Jimmy Fund to support adult and pediatric cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The 35th annual bike-a-thon on August 2 and 3 has a goal…

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Winning isn’t everything; The 1976 baseball team still ranks as the best that didn’t win

July 12, 2014
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Winning isn’t everything; The 1976 baseball team still ranks as the best that didn’t win

When Joe Fontana addressed his nephew’s team at the postseason banquet, even he was at a loss for words. The former athletic director had been the coach for both of Southington’s previous undefeated baseball teams. If anybody knew what it takes to win a title, it was the former baseball and football legend. So what…

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Launching a sports dynasty; 1986 SHS girls basketball team set the standard for teamwork

July 11, 2014
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Launching a sports dynasty; 1986 SHS girls basketball team set the standard for teamwork

By John Goralski Sports Writer Some might say that the Lady Knights were so angry about losing to Shelton in the 1985 state finals that they chased them across the northeast just to get a rematch. Still smarting from the overtime loss that ended the 85 winter season, the Southington girls jumped on a bus,…

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Legion has no room for error

July 11, 2014
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Legion has no room for error

By John Goralski Sports Writer As Avon’s players spilled onto the field, Marc Verderame gathered his team in a circle to lay down the gauntlet. Southington had lost four games in a row since dealing Avon their first loss of the season, but Verderame wasn’t about to give up on the summer season. The math…

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Hall of Fame officials release Class of 2014

July 5, 2014
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Hall of Fame officials release Class of 2014

SOUTHINGTON—The induction classes continue to get smaller, but the list of deserving athletes doesn’t seem to get any smaller. The debates are becoming more and more spirited as the Southington Sports Hall of Fame selection committee continues to play catch-up against neighboring towns. All that debate and research paid off for fans this week as…

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Soldiers of misfortune; Win over undefeated Avon sparks 4-game skid

July 3, 2014
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Soldiers of misfortune; Win over undefeated Avon sparks 4-game skid

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Thursday, June 26, Kyle Cole ended a sixth inning threat with a strikeout to end the inning. Avon battled for two runners in the final inning, but Cole and his defense came up with three outs and swarmed onto the Southington field. Avon entered the game with no losses…

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GE 5K race to benefit Petit foundation July 13

July 1, 2014
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PLAINVILLE, Conn. – The seventh annual GE 5k Road Race to benefit the Petit Family Foundation will take place on Sunday, July 13 at 9 a.m.at the GE facility (41 Woodford Ave.) in Plainville, with registration from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. The race starting line is located at the Route 10/East…

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Legion ball lets the healing begin; Local players have no time to lament another championship loss

June 28, 2014
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Legion ball lets the healing begin; Local players have no time to lament another championship loss

By John Goralski Sports Writer Marc Verderame forced a smile as his players filed onto the field the day after the high school’s loss in the state championship game. The American Legion baseball coach looked unfazed by the recent heartbreak as he ran his summer hopefuls through the motions for preseason tryouts. Make no mistake.…

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Dean’s List: Head of the Class; Laurel Dean is The Observer’s Female Athlete of the Year

June 27, 2014
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Dean’s List: Head of the Class; Laurel Dean is The Observer’s Female Athlete of the Year

By John Goralski Sports Writer With every gulp of air, clawed a few inches closer to the lead. With every plunge below the surface, her kicks drove her toward the front of the pack. Her injured leg screamed in pain with every stroke. Her lungs burned with every breath, but the Lady Knight senior was…

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Maxwell’s House; Zach Maxwell is The Observer’s Male Athlete of the Year

June 27, 2014
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Maxwell’s House; Zach Maxwell is The Observer’s Male Athlete of the Year

By John Goralski Sports Writer For almost six minutes looked for any glimmer of light as he wrestled in the center ring at the 2013 state open finals. For two periods, the top ranked 195 pounder blocked every escape. Maxwell trailed, 4-0, midway through the match. He trailed, 4-2, with just a few seconds remaining.…

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