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

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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2 out of 3 ain’t bad; Legion win streak ends with Simsbury

June 28, 2013
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2 out of 3 ain’t bad; Legion win streak ends with Simsbury

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington played four games last week, and three were against the Simsbury American Legion baseball squad. One was a comfortable win. The second was a comeback victory, and the third…well…the third was forgettable. “When you’re trying to beat a team three times in a week, it can be hard,” said…

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A Rose for every season; Justin Rose is the Observer’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2013
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A Rose for every season; Justin Rose is the Observer’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Mike Drury didn’t know what to say when Justin Rose expressed interest in football at the end of his junior year. The multi-sport athlete hadn’t touched a football since his freshman year. Drury had never even seen him play. Rose even missed spring practice because the Blue Knight baseball…

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Great expectations; Legion baseball hopes to build on recent success

June 21, 2013
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Great expectations; Legion baseball hopes to build on recent success

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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One win from the title; Knights fall in Class LL finals for 2nd time in 3 years

June 14, 2013
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One win from the title; Knights fall in Class LL finals for 2nd time in 3 years

By John Goralski Sports Writer Charlie Lembo paced back and forth in the dugout, challenging his players to keep their heads up as they walk off the field. For the third year in a row, the Knights charged into the semifinals. For the second time in three seasons, Southington elbowed their way into the final…

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The next level; Dave Palladino joins a growing list of college-bound Knights

May 26, 2013
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The next level; Dave Palladino joins a growing list of college-bound Knights

by John Goralski Sports Writer Dave Palladino’s game face finally cracked as he grabbed the pen and scribbled his signature across the page. The Southington catcher didn’t smile during either of his no-hitters. He didn’t smile at home plate after any of his three home runs as a senior. Palladino has become known for his…

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Knights clinch share of CCC West

May 24, 2013
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Knights clinch share of CCC West

By John Goralski Sports Writer Andrew Goralski stepped off first base to reach for a hard line drive, but the ball skipped past him on the infield dirt. It wasn’t an error. Most defenses would have surrendered to a well-earned hit. Southington’s defense wasn’t ready to give up. Matt DiNello was already in position, sliding…

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Kings of the CCC; Baseball avenges loss to NW Catholic to take the lead in the CCC standings

May 17, 2013
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Kings of the CCC; Baseball avenges loss to NW Catholic to take the lead in the CCC standings

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Knights have delivered three shutouts since losing to NW Catholic on April 22. Since that day in late April, Southington has won six in a row. On Friday, May 10, the Knights had their chance for retribution, and in the third inning they swung that bats like they were…

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Looking for consistency; Knights beat Simsbury, East Catholic, New Britain

May 10, 2013
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Looking for consistency; Knights beat Simsbury, East Catholic, New Britain

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Friday, Coach Charlie Lembo slumped against the wall in the dugout as if his team had lost, while his players celebrated the 6-4 victory over New Britain. He shook his head when reporters asked him about his team’s five-game winning streak. This isn’t the sort of reaction one would…

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Baseball clinches berth; Blue Knights are still looking for consistency

May 3, 2013
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Baseball clinches berth; Blue Knights are still looking for consistency

By John Goralski Sports Writer The previous week culminated in a 20-run performance, but Southington couldn’t buy a run at the start of last week. The Blue Knight baseball team rebounded from a tight loss riddled with errors with a pair of opportunistic shutouts. At 8-2, the Knights have continued a streak of postseason appearances…

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