Posts Tagged ‘ Blue Knights ’

Swimmers battle into the state open

March 23, 2016
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Austin Bull cuts through the water during the breaststroke competition at the Class LL final meet. Bull was a member of one of the two Southington relays to advance, and he qualified as an alternate for the state open championship.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With two relays and an alternate at the state open championship and a diver that clawed his way to the Class LL finals, the Blue Knight swimming and diving team rallied for one of their best winters under Coach Evan Tuttle. When he took over the the boys swimming and diving…

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Uncharted waters: Freshman phenom raises the bar for diving

March 17, 2016
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Chase Galayda steadies himself for a dive at the Class LL diving championships in Hamden last week. The freshman phenom finished in the top 20 during his rookie season and already holds the program record.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Chase Galayda said that he felt butterflies when he walked to the diving board at the Class LL diving trials, but he didn’t show it by his gait. The Southington freshman backed his way to the edge of the board, paused for a moment, and stretched his arms wide. With a…

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Swimmers trim times at Class LL qualifying meet

March 16, 2016
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Ben Wakefield sets the pace for his 500 freestyle heat at the Class LL Trials in Hamden. Wakefield shed almost 15 seconds from his previous best time.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights competed for qualifying marks and better seeded times at the Class LL swimming preliminaries at Hamden High School on Saturday, March 12. Southington entered 11 swimmers into the trials, with three swimming just in relays. Seven of the eight swimmers competing in the individual events earned best times…

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Swimmers finish second at CCC meet: Ramsey, Egan capture individual conference titles

March 9, 2016
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Darius Zajac swims the 100 butterfly at the CCC championship meet.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A second-place team finish with two individual conference champions really had the Blue Knights pumping their fists after the final race of the conference meet. Southington beat a number of perennial powers to claim the runner up position behind Farmington in a competition that wasn’t decided until the final race. Blue…

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Knights wrestle into top 20 at state open

March 2, 2016
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Paul Calo, above at the 126-pound Class LL finals, capped his stellar freshman season with a medal at the state open.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Six Blue Knight wrestlers carried their momentum into the second round of the postseason. After placing fifth at the Class LL state tournament at Trumbull High School last weekend, Southington scrambled into the top 20 at the state open. With just one week of training and preparation for the state’s best…

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Boys finish with 5 wins

February 24, 2016
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Mike DeFeo shoots over a block during a loss to Platt High School on Feb. 16.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER After the Blue Knights were eliminated from the Class LL state tournament from their 62-47 loss at Bulkeley (9-11) the week before, Southington coach John Cessario stated that his guys were not going to write off the final three regular season games remaining on their schedule. They didn’t. The Knights were…

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Knights battle the LL brackets: Abacherli, Calo advance to finals; 6 advance to state open

February 24, 2016
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Austin Abacherli grapples with Timmy Kane of Fairfield Warde during the final round of the Class LL tournament.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (147.5) competed at the Class LL state tournament over the weekend and placed fifth out of 25 schools with two finalists and six medalists that will be moving on to the state open. Southington entered a total of 14 wrestlers in the tournament, which was held at Trumbull…

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Relay sets record; advances to New England

February 24, 2016
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Southington sent five athletes to the state 2016 CIAC Boys and Girls Indoor Track and Field Open Championship at Hillhouse High School on Saturday, Feb. 20 to compete amongst the state’s top athletes. Four of those five athletes were part of the girls 4x800m relay team, who continued to break barriers…

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Southington swimmers steamroll NW Catholic

February 24, 2016
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PJ Ramsey flies through the pool during the 100 butterfly race. Southington swept past NW Catholic, 90-72.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (7-4) emerged victorious over NW Catholic in their regular season finale at home on Wednesday, Feb. 17 with a 90-72 conference victory over the Lions. The Knights finished with a 3-2 conference record, second to Farmington in the White Division of the CCC South. The Knights celebrated senior…

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Testa to play lax at St. Rose

February 19, 2016
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Jake Testa has committed to play lacrosse at St. Rose, a division two program in upstate New York.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Blue Knight midfield Jake Testa signed a recent letter of intent to play lacrosse at the collegiate level for the Division II Golden Knights at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y. “I think it’s a great decision for Jake,” said Southington boys lacrosse coach Ron Chase. “It’s a newer…

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