Posts Tagged ‘ Blue Knights ’

Embracing the challenge; Local tournament welcomes top teams in the region

January 30, 2013
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Embracing the challenge; Local tournament welcomes top teams in the region

By John Goralski Sports Writer Austin Sullivan was trailing by eight points when Coach Derek Dion made his way to the mat from another Blue Knigth bout. An in-state wrestler was slowly gaining dominance over Sullivan in the 183-pound match, and a red-faced coach bellowed from the sidelines. Sullivan reversed his opponent and planted him…

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The race for 140 points; Knights improve by 3 points without full lineup

January 26, 2013
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The race for 140 points; Knights improve by 3 points without full lineup

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lexi Rothstein catapulted herself off the the vault and twisted like a corkscrew before sticking her landing. Kayla Nati launched herself between the bars as if she was mad at gravity, and the Lady Knights stuck to the beam as if they had glue on their feet. On Saturday, Jan.…

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Knights control conference; Girls lead CCC West with wins over Simsbury, New Britain

January 25, 2013
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Knights control conference; Girls lead CCC West with wins over Simsbury, New Britain

By John Goralski Sports Writer Last year the Lady Knights had just one chance to play for double digit wins, but it was spoiled by a postseason loss. What a difference a year makes. Southington dispatched two opponents last week to improve to 10-3. A two-point victory over Simsbury at the start of the week,…

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Girls clinch postseason; Win over Farmington secures tournament bid

January 18, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Farmington players never knew what hit them. From the opening whistle, Southington defenders clamped down on their conference rival. They stepped into passing lanes. They trapped at mid-court. When the horn blew at the end of the first quarter, Farmington still hadn’t scored a single point. On Monday, Jan. 7,…

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Attacking McReaveyIndoor Track clicks at Wesleyan University;

January 18, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Joe Pappalardo was caught in a tangle of elbows and knees at the start of the 4x800m relay and was thrown to the ground in a wild stampede. As wave after wave of baton-wielding distance runners trampled him, Pappalardo fought to his feet. By the second lap, almost half of…

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Knights shine in overtime; Girls are one win from clinching postseason

January 10, 2013
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Natalie Wadolowski takes an open jump shot during a 48-41 win over NW Catholic.

By John Goralski Sports Writer With six minutes left in the game, one senior co-captain fouled out. With 1:32 remaining, a second senior fell to the floor clutching her leg. A five point lead shrank to one possession and vanished as time expired in the fourth quarter. On Friday, Jan. 4, the Lady Knights were…

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Wrestling the flu; Blue Knights plug holes and deck Hall

January 10, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington wrestlers scrambled for five pins and a pair of forfeits against Hall’s varsity lineup. Two others battled for hard-fought decisions. Three rookies battled off their backs before finally getting pinned. On Thursday, Jan. 3, Southington entered the match with a number of questions, illnesses, and holes in the lineup.…

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Blue Knights claim five indoor titles at Glastonbury meet

January 10, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Annie Groom has spent much of her first indoor track season scrambling to meet deadlines and looking for opportunities. Very few meets offer every event, so success hinges upon every little decision. Does she run relays or focus on individual events? Is anyone close to qualifying for the state meet…

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7 seconds to score; Blue Knight opener comes down to the final shot

December 19, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Track coaches know that 7.7 seconds is a good time in the 55m dash. Wrestling coaches dread the final 7.7 seconds as a straining grappler tries to hold on to a slim lead. In swimming, it can be the difference between placing first or last in the 100 freestyle, and…

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Taking care of business; Knights hold Plainville scoreless for 11 minutes

December 19, 2012
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Taking care of business; Knights hold Plainville scoreless for 11 minutes

By John Goralski Sports Writer Plainville scored twice to take a 4-0 lead in the opening minutes, and that was enough to kick the Lady Knights into another gear. On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the girls shifted into a full court press, and Plainville guards never knew what hit them. “Plainville’s very young, so we wanted…

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