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Responding to pressure; Baseball bounces back after a tough loss

May 2, 2014
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Responding to pressure; Baseball bounces back after a tough loss

By John Goralski Sports Writer Joe Rivera opened the second inning with a double up the middle. Mike Rogalski drew a walk. Joe Daigle bunted them over, so that Nick Calabrese’s double cleared the bases. Adam Wilson followed with a hit. Josh Makles scored him with a double, and when the dust settled on the…

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There’s no time for practice; Volleyball sweeps through three games in three days

May 2, 2014
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There’s no time for practice; Volleyball sweeps through three games in three days

By John Goralski Sports Writer With a 2-0 lead after two games, Blue Knight coach Lou Gianacopolos shuffled volleyball players in and out of the lineup like a Las Vegas blackjack dealer. There was no urgency in the game, but Gianacopolos was urgently shifting his rotation. With three games in as many days, Gianacopolos wasn’t…

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Boys are closing in on tourney bid

May 2, 2014
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Boys are closing in on tourney bid

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jared DeFeo had just a few ticks of the clock to make a decision. Should he try to force the ball back to Southington’s scorer or take a shot himself? With 15 seconds left, the Knights crafted a set play during a timeout. The first chance failed. DeFeo’s didn’t. Southington…

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Battling the CCC West; Golfers hold their own at home and on the road

May 2, 2014
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Battling the CCC West; Golfers hold their own at home and on the road

By John Goralski Sports Writer The wind whistled across the front window of the clubhouse and four wind-burned Knights stared at the door, waiting for the final golfer. The senior co-captains matched NW Catholic’s top guns over nine holes. The sophomore phenoms had actually built a nice lead in the second foursome. On most days,…

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Lady Knights post an almost perfect week

May 1, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer In the bottom of the fifth inning a Lady Knight fielder misplayed the softball, and a Farmington runner raced out the ball to second. She advanced to third base on a passed ball, but that’s as far as she got. An infield ground ball and two strikeouts secured the no-hitter.…

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Boys Volleyball sweeps early road trip

April 26, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two weeks in, and the Knights have yet to lose a game. Two weeks in, and the Knights have yet to play at home. Southington swept past Bloomfield and Daniel Hand last week to improve to 3-0 in the early season. Now, the Knights will turn their sights to their…

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Golfers open with a win; Knights score first ever win over NW Catholic

April 26, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Over the last two seasons it’s taken the Blue Knight golfers six contests to break the 160-point barrier. In 2012, it took the team 11 tries to cross that first hurdle, but the Knights are off and running in 2014. And they’re doing it on the road. On Thursday, April…

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Baseball wraps up road trip with two more wins

April 25, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The early road trip came to a close with Southington’s first perfect week of the early season. With convincing wins over Tolland and Conard, the Blue Knight baseball team improved to 3-1. “Guys stepped up,” said  Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “We had two games where we executed both offensively and…

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Fighting for every point; Girls Tennis overcomes adversity to start 2-0

April 25, 2014
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Fighting for every point; Girls Tennis overcomes adversity to start 2-0

By John Goralski Sports Writer Alex Barmore struggled against the wind and the cold as her Cheshire opponent rallied for a win in the first set. Susan Murphy and Rianna Susco looked out of rhythm as their Ram counterparts dismantled them in the opening set at No. 2 doubles. On Wednesday, April 16, Lady Knight…

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Softball stays perfect with three shutouts

April 25, 2014
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Softball stays perfect with three shutouts

By John Goralski Sports Writer If there were any questions remaining about the Lady Knight softball team, those critics have been quieted. With a trio of shutouts in the second week, Southington has surged out to an early 5-0 record during their Class LL title defense. So far, the Knights have out-scored opponents, 43-2. A…

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