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Boys are off and running: Track reloads after losing 21 senior veterans

April 10, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER In her second season with the Blue Knight boys track team, Colleen Roarty is excited to get back to work. The Knights are coming off one of their more successful postseasons in recent years, and the Knights are ready to make another run. Southington finished the regular season with a 4-3…

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Getting ready for some serious baseball with the Bristol Blues

April 10, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER It might have been a cold April Fools’ Day, but it was no joke that the Bristol Blues baseball organization couldn’t wait to get its inaugural season underway as they warmly greeted the press. Bristol Blues Manager Barry Lyons, Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne, Commissioner of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League…

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Hard court, high expectations: Girls Tennis is poised for a banner season

April 9, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Knights have been consistent in the past two seasons, having three losses in both years as well as fourth-place finishes in the CCC West. In 2013, the girls battled into the quarterfinals. In 2014, their advance was stopped one round earlier. Last spring, the girls rallied to an 11-3 regular…

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Crashing the net: Boys tennis looks to build on last spring

April 9, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Tony Mauro is in his ninth year as the head coach of the boys tennis team and has winning records above .500 in all of those years but one. Mauro is a big part of why the Blue Knights have had great leadership and continuous success season after season. Mauro led…

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Connecticut, Notre Dame in NCAA title game _ again

April 7, 2015
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By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ All season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Connecticut would play for another women’s national championship. It wasn’t as clear cut for Huskies nemesis Notre Dame. The nation’s winningest programs since 2009 are right back where they were a year ago, meeting in the…

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Boys lacrosse is ready to rebuild: Young Knights have same commitment to excellence

April 3, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Last year, the Blue Knight boys lacrosse program proved their mettle in tournament situations. The bigger the game, the bigger the performance. It was a breakout season, and Coach Ron Chase hopes that it’s just the beginning. Southington was coming off of a 10-6 (3-3) regular season when they began their…

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Queens in the conference: Girls lacrosse expects to compete in the CCC

April 3, 2015
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Helen Dinnan

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights girls lacrosse team returned to the postseason last spring, and Coach Jill Pomposi hopes that the team liked the taste of success. Southington finished fifth in the CCC North last season with an 11-5 (2-4) regular season record, and returned to the state tournament as the No. 8…

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Ready for another run: Volleyball expects to compete for a state title

April 3, 2015
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Adam Brush

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Before winning their first Class L state title in 2010, the Southington Blue Knights boys volleyball team played the role of being a bride’s maid, never a bride. The spring of 2007 would feature the first championship appearance for the program, followed by consecutive appearances in 2008 and 2009. However, the…

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Keeping the streak alive: Softball is looking for another state championship

April 2, 2015
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Lauren Zazzaro

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Lady Knight softball coach Davina Hernandez yells across the high school gym during a pre-season practice. “Those aren’t short hops,” she yells between drills. “Those are high hops. You have to throw it underhand and skip it right before her glove. You don’t want that high hop at all. Don’t pull…

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Still trying to finish the job: Baseball expects another run at the state title

April 2, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, made an appearance in Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania on Feb. 2 of this year. He saw his shadow, meaning that there would be six more weeks of winter. With most of the outdoor sports facility at Southington High School looking like a muddy swamp, six more weeks of…

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