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Hall of Fame: The thrill of victory

November 7, 2014
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Kristin-Wilcox Astiasaran didn’t know much about women’s sports when her grandparents dragged her to the state championship game in 1982, but she watched it unfold before her like a Hollywood film. For the first three quarters, Westhill High School deliberately constructed a 15-point lead. In the final eight minutes, the…

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Lincoln College fall to Sullivan County

November 7, 2014
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER The first of three Wildcats fouled out, but not before he broke up a Sullivan County fast break. A few moments later, two Lincoln College players slid across the floor to smother a loose ball like soldiers hurling themselves on a live grenade. On Saturday, Nov. 1, Lincoln College trailed…

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O’No, it’s O’Connell; Greg O’Connell battled a few steps from the NBA

October 30, 2014
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O’No, it’s O’Connell; Greg O’Connell battled a few steps from the NBA

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody must have batted an eye when Greg O’Connell strolled into the high school gym in 1962 because nobody could have seen the scrawny 13-year old as much of a physical threat. At 5-foot-9, the freshman forward didn’t turn many heads. At 118 pounds, O’Connell wasn’t going to push around…

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Wayne’s World; Chopus is no stranger to Halls of Fame

September 26, 2014
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Wayne’s World; Chopus is no stranger to Halls of Fame

By John Goralski Sports Writer Wayne Chopus seemed to leave his feet at the crack of the bat, and a gasp washed across the crowd as he backhanded the ball at shortstop, pirouetted in the air, and completed the play with a perfect strike to first base. There was no surprise when Chopus was named…

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August 15, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Denise Archacki-Ingriselli’s reprieve ran out when former Lady Knight softball coach Joe Piazza signaled to his smiling outfielder halfway through her rookie season. Southington’s starting shortstop was being helped from the varsity field by her teammates with a season-ending injury, and Southington’s hopes for their first championship banner seemed to…

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Don’t give up…Don’t ever give up; John Salerno was cut from his SHS team, but that was just the beginning

July 26, 2014
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Don’t give up…Don’t ever give up; John Salerno was cut from his SHS team, but that was just the beginning

By John Goralski Sports Writer John Salerno greeted opponents at Mattatuck Community College with a devilish grin and the charm of a back-alley magician. Opponents would swarm into their gym sporting brand new Nike shoes and crisp, colorful uniforms, while Salerno’s squad practiced in the same shoes they wore to class. Teams must have laughed…

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Launching a sports dynasty; 1986 SHS girls basketball team set the standard for teamwork

July 11, 2014
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Launching a sports dynasty; 1986 SHS girls basketball team set the standard for teamwork

By John Goralski Sports Writer Some might say that the Lady Knights were so angry about losing to Shelton in the 1985 state finals that they chased them across the northeast just to get a rematch. Still smarting from the overtime loss that ended the 85 winter season, the Southington girls jumped on a bus,…

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Score one for the little guys; Lincoln College loses in national tournament

March 22, 2014
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Score one for the little guys; Lincoln College loses in national tournament

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Thursday, March 13, the Wildcats trailed by 22 points late in the second half when Jordan Taylor battled for two offensive rebounds before drawing a foul. That’s when Lincoln College players began to show the reason why they were one of eight teams vying for a national title. Over…

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The Battle at Bunker Hill; Lincoln College cruises to a Region XXI championship

March 8, 2014
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The Battle at Bunker Hill; Lincoln College cruises to a Region XXI championship

By John Goralski Sports Writer The first few shots clinked off the rim as Lincoln College fell behind, 4-1, on Sunday, March 2 in the Region XXI finals at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. Passes tipped off fingers. Open shots were contested by Springfield Tech. Coach Preston Beverly motioned to officials for an early…

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The new kids on the block; The young Knights continue to exceed expectations

February 28, 2014
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The new kids on the block; The young Knights continue to exceed expectations

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