Posts Tagged ‘ Blue Knights ’

Boys lacrosse is back on track: Knights are deeper and hungrier than ever

April 1, 2016
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Southington boys lacrosse team finished last season with a 4-12 record (0-4 in division), placing last in the CCC West. The Knights did not qualify for the conference tournament and missed the Class L state tournament for the first time since 2012. Over his nine year career with the Knights,…

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Eyes on the prize: Boys Golf keeps driving toward a state banner

April 1, 2016
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Andrew Szandrocha, above, is one of three returning veterans from last year’s team. Southington hopes to be in the mix once again at the end of the year.

  By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Knights finished last year’s regular season with an 11-4 record (10-4 in division), placing third in the CCC West behind Simsbury and Newington. At the Division I state championship, held at Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin, the Knights remained in contention after the front nine and were still in…

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Blue Knights are poised for another run

April 1, 2016
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Garrett Gugliotti is one of just two returning players with varsity experience.
on the mound.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knight baseball team finished last year’s regular season with a 15-5 record (11-3 in division), winning the CCC West by beating out Simsbury by a game to claim the division title for the fourth time in five years. Seventh-seeded Southington qualified for the Class LL tournament for a fifth-straight…

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Missed it by two points: Spikers hope to build on last year’s close finish

April 1, 2016
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Volleyball preview

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Southington head coach Lou Gianacopolos hugged his clipboard as he paced back and forth between the two volleyball nets that were strung up in the high school gym, watching his young Blue Knights closely. No pass, no set, and no attack, escaped his gaze. But through his examination, one number was…

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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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