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Turning the corner; Girls look to build on postseason success

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Annie Groom drew a line in the sand at the start of last spring. Girls track is going to be a legitimate sport, she promised, and she began to deluge the girls with challenging workouts and stretched their expectations at the start of each meet. Personal records began to fall.…

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Finish what they started; New faces, same old championship goals

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Lou Gianacopolos still flinches when he’s asked about Southington’s loss in the state semifinals last spring. They were leading late in the game. They were one point from a championship berth, but somehow managed to fall. It has plagued his every thought for the past 10 months. “If you…

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Here comes the harvest; Blue Knight tennis is ready to break out this spring

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two years ago, Tony Mauro talked about potential when his freshmen phenoms battled to a 7-9 record in the spring. Last spring, the tennis coach talked about turning the corner when the sophomores broke .500 with an 11-8 record. Now comes the harvest. “You never want to count your chickens…

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The best is yet to come; Girls Tennis hopes to build on last year’s success

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Critics watched with amused skepticism as the sophomore-heavy Lady Knights scored a couple of upsets last spring. They may have skoffed at the 15-3 regular season, but their doubts were quickly quieted. A resounding win over a lower seed was followed by a mild upset in the second round of…

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Open season for the Blue Knights; 200 freestyle relay advances to the state open championship

March 28, 2014
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Open season for the Blue Knights; 200 freestyle relay advances to the state open championship

By John Goralski Sports Writer Charlie Morelli was the first to hit the water at Yale University during the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay. He was the first one to the far wall and the first one to complete the lap. Just a few days earlier the Knights left the Class LL finals…

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Homecoming; Former Blue Knight returns to sign college letter of intent

March 27, 2014
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Homecoming; Former Blue Knight returns to sign college letter of intent

By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s been almost a year since Justin Rose wandered the halls of Southington High School between periods. It’s been two seasons since he led the gridiron defenders with 99 tackles and four sacks, but the former Knight seemed comfortable to return to his old stomping grounds on Monday, March 17.…

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Score one for the little guys; Lincoln College loses in national tournament

March 22, 2014
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Score one for the little guys; Lincoln College loses in national tournament

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Thursday, March 13, the Wildcats trailed by 22 points late in the second half when Jordan Taylor battled for two offensive rebounds before drawing a foul. That’s when Lincoln College players began to show the reason why they were one of eight teams vying for a national title. Over…

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Saving the best for last; Rothstein medals on beam; Knights hit at NE meet

March 21, 2014
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Saving the best for last; Rothstein medals on beam; Knights hit at NE meet

By John Goralski Sports Writer Three gymnasts scored 9s on the vault. Two scored 9s on the beam, and one broke the barrier on floor. On Satruday, March 15, the Lady Knights shrugged off the trials and tribulations of the last two weeks and did what they do best. They quieted their nerves. They pushed…

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Battling all the way to the end; Warrior-Knights reach the Class LL quarterfinals

March 21, 2014
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Battling all the way to the end; Warrior-Knights reach the Class LL quarterfinals

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kevin Cop was knocked to the ground, but the senior forward still managed to flick the puck at the goalie. Less than a minute later, Will Amenebar reached out to catch a pass across the crease, drew the goalie out of position, and just missed the far corner of the…

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Sink or swim; 8 Knights advance in 6 events at Class LL qualifier

March 21, 2014
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Sink or swim; 8 Knights advance in 6 events at Class LL qualifier

By John Goralski Sports Writer Mack Golos was visibly upset when he emerged from the Hamden pool at the end of his 200m freestyle heat at the Class LL qualifying meet on Saturday, March 15. He had basically tied his qualifying time, but he wasn’t moving on to the finals. For most athletes that would…

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