Posts Tagged ‘ American Legion ’

Soldiers of misfortune; Win over undefeated Avon sparks 4-game skid

July 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Outfielder Brett Shaw takes the mound for the first game of a doubleheader. Shaw allowed only 3 runs in his American Legion debut, but Southington lost, 3-2.

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Thursday, June 26, Kyle Cole ended a sixth inning threat with a strikeout to end the inning. Avon battled for two runners in the final inning, but Cole and his defense came up with three outs and swarmed onto the Southington field. Avon entered the game with no losses…

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Legion ball lets the healing begin; Local players have no time to lament another championship loss

June 28, 2014
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By John Goralski
Joe Rivera winds up for a pitch during a 4-0 win over Torrington on Sunday, June 22.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Marc Verderame forced a smile as his players filed onto the field the day after the high school’s loss in the state championship game. The American Legion baseball coach looked unfazed by the recent heartbreak as he ran his summer hopefuls through the motions for preseason tryouts. Make no mistake.…

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Town set to recognize Memorial Day with parade and services

May 21, 2014
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Officials have released the information regarding the schedule of memorial services and the annual parade in honor of Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 The American Legion, Kiltonic Post 72, will be conducting Memorial services at the following locations in Southington on the morning of May 26:  Panthorn Park at 7:45 a.m., Quinnipiac Cemetery at 8…

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American Legion Auxiliary would like your old books

May 3, 2014
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Southington American Legion members Norren Heath, left, and Rachel Wache with one of the book bins.

By Ed Harris Editor The American Legion Auxiliary is back in the book business. Up until a few months ago, the auxiliary had utilized two Got Books bins to help fund literacy programs in the local school system. However, the company went out of business, putting a stop to the practice. Now a new company,…

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Town thanks its local veterans

November 14, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco
Numerous veterans from around the area participated in the annual Veterans Day celebration held on the town green Monday.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For veteran Edison Occhi, the Korean War continues to serve as a vivid memory full of heartache and pain. He served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and enlisted at the age of 17-and-half after attending trade school. From September 1950 to January 1952, he fought during the Korean…

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Just missed; Postseason rally falls short of a state title

August 9, 2013
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By John Goralski
Ted Shaw zeroes in on a pitch in game one of the CT American Legion baseball championship series. Shaw scored Southington’s only run in game two, but the locals lost to Branford in straight contests.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Two days after Southington’s Cinderella run came to an end on the Stamford baseball field, Coach Marc Verderame was found sitting by himself in the bleachers looking out at the high school field. What could he have been done differently? What more could he have asked for from his players?…

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A season on the brink; Legion is one win away from the state finals

July 31, 2013
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By John Goralski
Ted Shaw makes the play at shortstop to hold off RCP in the sectional finals. With a 7-6 win over RCP, Southington reached the state tournament for the third straight season.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Marc Verderame didn’t try to conceal his grin as reporters swarmed around his players at Fuessenich Field in Torrington. He laughed as one player tried to interrupt his teammate’s post game interview with a good natured joke. He nodded his head with satisfaction as he listened to the interview unfold…

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Legion falls short of Zone I title; Post 72 gets edged by Avon in the final week of the season

July 19, 2013
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By John Goralski
Joe Rivera swings for the fences during a 5-4 win over Bristol on Tuesday, July 9.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The first game against Avon was an extra-inning contest that began on July 3 and ended on July 12. The second contest saw a 3-0 Southington lead evaporate in a flurry of miscues and errors. Southington posted an 8-4 victory in the third game, but it was too late. American…

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Southington Police Officer named Officer of the Year

July 18, 2013
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By Vanessa Stevens
Southington Police Sgt. Keith Egan, far left, was received the Connecticut American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at last week’s Connecticut American Legion convention.

By Vanessa Stevens Contributor A Southington Police officer and two members of the Southington American Legion won awards at the recent Connecticut American Legion annual convention. The awards were presented to Southington Police Sergeant Keith Egan, Post Adjutant Dennis Bureaugard and Post Chaplain Hank Lucas. Founded by Congress in 1919, the veteran’s organization now has…

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Great expectations; Legion baseball hopes to build on recent success

June 21, 2013
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By John Goralski
Southington shortstop Ted Shaw makes a sliding stop during a 9-6 win over Torrington on opening day.

by John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Marc Verderame studied his players as they loosened up before a double-header with Torrington on Sunday, June 16. Most American Legion baseball teams already have a week or two of competition under their belts. For Verderame, this seemed more like a tryout than an opening day for the summer…

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