Posts Tagged ‘ Blue Knights ’

Nowhere to Hyde; 4th quarter run clinched the win in Week 1

September 20, 2013
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By John Goralski
Tyler Hyde crashes through the line of scrimmage during a 16-9 victory over Glastonbury on Friday, Sept. 13.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Stephen Barmore slipped the ball into Tyler Hyde’s gut with the skill of a con man, and the Blue Knight quarterback drew one Glastonbury defender with a pantomimed pass play. Two linemen wedged through the Tomahawk front line and another crashed into a blitzing linebacker to make a hole for…

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Swimmers off to fast start; Dean, Baribault qualify for states at opening meet

September 20, 2013
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By John Goralski
Allie Schroeder swims the backstroke leg of the 200 individual medley during a win in Plainville.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Laurel Dean captured two victories and qualified for the postseason in both races. Aly Baribault won twice and qualified in one event even though the meet had already gone to exhibition. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Lady Knight swim team opened their season with an easy 98-77 win in Plainville,…

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One common goal; Soccer expects a return to the postseason

September 13, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It didn’t take long for the last year’s Knights to question their season goals. They lost their goaltender for almost a month. The scoring didn’t come, and the losses began to pile up. The first win came in the opening week, The second came in the season finale. Fortunately, winning…

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Back to the Future; Football has sights set on the postseason

September 6, 2013
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by John Goralski Sports Writer Gridiron officials released this year’s schedule and Coach Mike Drury was immediately deluged by a flood of voice mail and text messages. Opening day always brings excitement, but nothing like this. Last year, the Blue Knights spoiled Glastonbury’s bid for a perfect season with a miracle comeback in week six.…

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It’s still business as usual; Girls Volleyball isn’t worried about rebuilding

September 6, 2013
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by John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knight volleyball team surged through the playoffs, picking off top seeds in a Cinderella romp that fell just one game short of the championship game. The offense didn’t falter in hostile gyms against a pair of top teams. The defense stayed poised as they held off attacks from…

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The numbers game; The Lady Knight swim team is bigger and better than ever

September 6, 2013
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by John Goralski Sports Writer It was just four years ago that Evan Tuttle struggled through a preseason interview making apologies for his team’s lack of swimmers at a preseason practice. He boasted just 20 girls on his varsity roster as he begged and pleaded throughout the school for divers and warm bodies. That might…

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Battle of the sexes; The Lady Knights are setting the pace for local runners

September 6, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Wrtier The Lady Knights had a lot to cheer about when they cracked the top 15 at last year’s Class L championship race. It marked the first time that the girls team out-shadowed the boys at the finish line. It marked a shift in the program’s expectations and fulfilled the prediction…

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Going the distance; The Knights are focused on the postseason

September 6, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Wrtier Southington had three varsity seniors last year, and they all finished in the top 100 at the Class L meet. They had five seniors score in the preseason the previous the year, and one of them advanced to the state open. Rich Niro knows the importance of experience when he’s…

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The Blue Knight; After 3 decades Ernie Blue remains the measuring stick for Southington scorers

August 30, 2013
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Ernie Blue in 1972

By John Goralski Sports Writer Bloomfield raced to a 26-17 lead in the first quarter of the 1971 season opener, so Blue Knight coach Ed Nardi gave Ernie Blue ‘the signal’ at the break between quarters. Blue had already scored nine of Southington’s 17 points against the fast-breaking Bloomfield squad, but the first year Southington…

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The final exam; Lombardi takes on the heptathlon

June 21, 2013
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By John Goralski
Alyssa Lombardi attempts the high jump during the first day of the annual CIAC heptathlon at Willowbrook Park in New Britain on Tuesday, June 11. Lombardi survived hours of rain delays and just missed the cut-off for the second day.

By John Goralaski Sports Writer Alyssa Lombardi seemed unfazed by the torrential rains that deluged the track at Willowbrook Park in New Britain on Tuesday, June 11. Lightning blazed across the sky. Thunder echoed under the bleachers as athletes huddled with their coaches and parents between waterfalls and puddles. For almost three hours, Lombardi stretched…

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