Posts Tagged ‘ basketball ’

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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Coach John Salerno gathers his team for a timeout discussion during the 1998 Blue Knight boys basketball season.

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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The 1986 girls basketball team relied on teamwork and chemistry to orchestrate a Class LL state championship and launch a four-year dynasty in girls basketball. The team included co-captains Maureen Forgione and Angela Spagna, along with Jill Pelrin, Tracy Ciosek, Tina Micacci, Kris Mach, Allison Dinsmore, lisa Matukaitis, Kim LaPorte, Lori Wilcox, Melinda Silva, Kristin Wilcox, and Katie O’Neill.

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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By John Goralski
Kojo Lockhart goes up for a layup during  a recent tournament game.

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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By John Goralski
The Lincoln College of New England basketball team celebrates their first Region XXI trophy after a win over Springfield Tech in the championship game.

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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By John Goralski
Emily Bonomi shoots over a defender during senior night activities.

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Lincoln continues to roll

February 23, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Polls don’t come out until the middle of the week, but Lincoln fans were already wondering if this could be the week that the local team would finally break into the top 10. The Wildcats faced just one opponent this week, but the win over Northern Essex CC pushed their…

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Hunting for a home game

February 14, 2014
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By John Goralski
Lady Knight center Sarah Mongillo scores over a pair of defenders during a win over Newington.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Farmington pushed their way to a double digit lead midway through the first quarter and stretched it to a 20-6 lead by the first break. Early in the second quarter, the Indians were doubling the Lady Knights, 22-11, and were threatening to put the game away by halftime. But the…

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Lincoln gets no respect

February 14, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Massasoit Community College was coming off a victory against a top 5 school in Division II, but Lincoln College NE never wavered. On Thursday, Feb. 6, the Wildcats battled to a two-point lead at the break and overwhelmed the Warriors in the second half. It was just another example of…

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Hoops professor; The Blue Knights mourn the loss of their former basketball coach

February 7, 2014
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Former Blue Knight basketball coach John Salerno went 100-94 from 1991-2000.

By John Goralski Sports Writer If you wanted to showcase your shooting skills, Coach John Salerno was rarely impressed. The former Blue Knight basketball coach seemed to be more concerned with the little things in the games that usually go unnoticed. Salerno approached the game of basketball like a master at a chess board. So…

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Girls clinch tournament; Lady Knights still have hopes for home game

February 7, 2014
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By John Goralski
Natalie Wadolowski scores over a Middletown defender during a 39-18 victory that clinched a postseason berth.

By John Goralski Sports Writer A Middletown defender managed to get her hands on the basketball, and it launched a Blue Dragon fast break in the waning minutes of the opening half. Middletown’s guard sprinted the length of the floor with nobody in front of her. But as she skipped toward the basket for an…

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