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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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Lacrosse splits week; Win over Pomperaug clinches postseason

May 8, 2014
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Lacrosse splits week; Win over Pomperaug clinches postseason

By John Goralski Sports Writer For four quarters, the Blue Knights pummeled the Pomperaug defense. For four quarters, Southington matched Xavier’s torrid attack. Southington won the first game easily and just fell short in the second one, but it was good enough to secure their seventh win of the season to keep their postseason streak…

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Softball wins battle of unbeatens; Lady Knights hold onto the top spot in the Class LL rankings

May 8, 2014
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Softball wins battle of unbeatens; Lady Knights hold onto the top spot in the Class LL rankings

By John Goralski Sports Writer For three innings, Maloney’s sophomore ace was matching Southington’s veteran pitch for pitch. Close calls weren’t going Southington’s way, and it was etched on the Lady Knight faces. Coach Davina Hernandez could see frustration mounting on her players’ faces, so she huddled her team for a pep talk. “I told…

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Rolling with the punches; Shifting lineups don’t matter to the Lady Knights

May 2, 2014
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Rolling with the punches; Shifting lineups don’t matter to the Lady Knights

By John Goralski Sports Writer Cassidy Race slipped into the No. 2 singles position and never missed a beat. Caroline Barry moved into a vacant singles position to win her first varsity singles match. On Friday, April 23, the Lady Knight tennis team had a different lineup, but never missed a step. With a 7-0…

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Surviving spring sweeps; Boys focus on fundamentals during lopsided wins

May 2, 2014
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Surviving spring sweeps; Boys focus on fundamentals during lopsided wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer Luke Pfanzelt was the only one to sweep every set to capture two wins, but everyone else still won in straight sets. The Blue Knight tennis team resumed action last week with a pair of shutouts against undermatched teams. The Knights improved to 3-0 in the early season, but Coach…

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