Comeback clincher; Second half surge secures postseason berth

May 9, 2014
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By John Goralski
Morgan Raymond attacks the goal during an early season contest.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Jill Pomposi had enough and signaled to the officials for a timeout. Fewer than 8 minutes had elapsed, but the Southington lacrosse team was already trailing Farmington, 6-1. “I told them to just forget about the first eight minutes, and let’s just play together,” said the coach. “We’re a…

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Tennis stays perfect; Knights survive the conference opener

May 9, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kunal Kataria returns a shot during his No. 1 singles match against Plainville on Monday, April 28.

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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By John Goralski
Dan Connolly attacks the net during a best-of-five series against Newington on April 28.

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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Small business owners learn new marketing tools

May 9, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For business owners Traci Selinske and Suzanne Shamleffer, the recent Small Business Marketing Summit, sponsored by the Southington Chamber of Commerce and Liberty Bank, served as an opportunity to expose their new business, Posh Pear, which recently opened in downtown Plantsville. Although they have been using a variety of social…

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Local boy has his wish granted

May 9, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco
Numerous friends and family were on hand to see nine-year-old Andrew Hedberg presented with his dream room.

Nine-year-old Andrew Hedberg of Southington, walked downstairs with his eyes closed in anticipation of seeing his newly renovated room. With friends and family by his side, Andrew opened his eyes in excitement during the unveiling of a nautical themed room, equipped with a foosball table, a flat screen TV, a popcorn machine and a pool…

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Council approves Beecher Street sale for $200,000

May 9, 2014
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By Tammi Naudus
The Town Council has voted to sell 49 Beecher Street, former home of the Board of Education administrative offices, to Mat Florian for $200,000.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council voted unanimously in approval of a contract for the sale of 49 Beecher Street. During a recent meeting, council members voted 8 to 0 to sell 49 Beecher Street to Mat Florian of Florian Properties, who will submit the property to be listed with the Connecticut…

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High School student wins award for Unified Sports program

May 9, 2014
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By John Goralski
Nick Oropallo, right, receives a Unified Sports award from a member of the CIAC.

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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By John Goralski
Susan Murphy keeps a volley alive during a 4-3 Lady Knight victory over Conard.

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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By John Goralski
Jake D’Alessandro puts from the fringe on Hawks Landing 7th green on May 1.

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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