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The Gold Medal Gang; The 2005 Lady Knight gymnasts were the best in school history

July 19, 2013
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The Gold Medal Gang; The 2005 Lady Knight gymnasts were the best in school history

By John Goralski Sports Writer When the Lady Knights entered the Milford gym for the 2005 Class L championship meet, a hush descended upon the crowd. Gymnasts stopped their practice routines to get a better look at the team that had a stranglehold on the state’s sports headlines. Coaches stared. Officials laid down their pens…

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Playmaker; Pete Gulli could score, but winning was the true goal

November 9, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The shadows had already stretched across the high school field as Pete Gulli set the soccer ball down on the ground. Southington fans mingled with Simsbury fans on the hill behind the goal. Gulli had already forced overtime with his score during regulation, but there was no room for error…

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Chief of the diamond; Phil D’Agostino set the standard for Southington baseball

November 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer At 16 years old, Phil D’Agostino sat on his front porch and cried as two men destined to be major league general managers walked away with his dreams. D’Agostino’s mother still stood guard at the front door, and his father never left the kitchen table. The scouts had come with…

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A league of her own; Jen Gombotz-Mikowski raised the bar for every athlete at Southington High School

October 26, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Joe Piazza said he’ll never forget Jen Gombotz-Mikowski’s first at bat against varsity pitching. It came in the mid-1980s during a summer travel game against Wallingford. With only eight players, he scanned the sidelines for a volunteer. “There was no way that we were going to forfeit that game,”…

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Follow the Lleader; Joe Llodra went from the O-line to the sideline

October 19, 2012
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by John Goralski Sports Writer Defenders knew that Southington would come out throwing in the mid-1950s, but nobody could stop them. Opponents knew that Southington’s runners would be circling around the off-balanced line, but no one could contain them. Southington’s opponents knew who they had to reach to stop the single-wing offense. The question was,…

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All in the family; John Fontana’s legacy goes well beyond the wins

October 12, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer John Fontana voice caught in his throat as he began to talk about his first heart surgery and the overwhelming helplessness he felt as he scanned through channels on his tv. But a loud knocking at his front door drew his attention, and he craned his neck to see who…

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Southington’s strongest man; Frazer Pehmoeller started with the shot put and finished with a stone

September 28, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The thunder from 30,000 cheering fans seemed to fade into white noise as Frazer Pehmholler took his first step across the New Hampshire field. His arms strained from the 670-pound load that hung from his clenched fists. His vision narrowed to his eldest daughter in the distance as she waved…

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The Leader of the Pack; Rick Black set the pace for a cross country title

September 21, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The Greek god Hermes was said to streak across the heavens in a barely visible blur. The Romans called him Mercury and lent his name to our fastest planet. In paintings and sculptures, he’s shown with wings upon his feet. In myths and poems, he’s described as having the wind…

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Living here in ‘Allen’-town

September 6, 2012
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Living here in ‘Allen’-town

When a coach discovers an athlete with an extraordinary work ethic, it’s like striking gold. Finding an athlete with superior talent can be just as rare. Ask any coach what it’s like to find both in the same player, and he’ll probably shrug his shoulders and sigh. It’s a one-of-a-kind athlete for sure, and that’s…

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Representing the town; Andy Meade was a true team player

August 29, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Rifling through an old picture album, Andy Meade brushes past the headlines to point out his teammates in the photos. He brags about them one by one, and the list reads like a Who’s Who of Southington sports. Of course, he fails to point out that it’s his name that’s…

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