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Building to the best;

June 20, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A small gallery of coaches and players gathered at the fringe of the final green to watch Eric Flood chip the ball a few feet from the 18th hole. The Southington senior flashed a smile at his teammates, grabbed his putter, and sauntered onto the green elbow-to-elbow with some of…

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Ready for states

June 6, 2014
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Ready for states

By John Goralski Sports Writer For the third day in a row, the Knights posted good scores but didn’t lower their differential. The match was already decided when Ryan Burrill’s 38 displaced one of his teammates to drop the team score to 147 on Thursday, May 29. But it marked a new threshold in Southington’s…

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Back to back school records; Golf’s peaking; Flood and Valentukonis 4 over at Chappa

May 30, 2014
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Back to back school records; Golf’s peaking; Flood and Valentukonis 4 over at Chappa

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim DiNello joked with his varsity players on the deck of Hawks Landing Country Club as the team celebrated a new program record on Tuesday, May 20. All five golfers finished with scores in the 30s over nine holes. The top four scores eclipsed the previous team record by one…

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Golfers climb D-I standings; Steve Salmon scores a hole-in-one during a JV match

May 23, 2014
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Golfers climb D-I standings; Steve Salmon scores a hole-in-one during a JV match

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Jim DiNello heard the rumors long before he caught sight of Steve Salmon at the Hawks Landing clubhouse. News of Salmon’s drive on the 16th hole rippled through the lineup while DiNello studied his varsity golfers approaching the last green. When Salmon’s exploits reached his coach’s ears, DiNello actually…

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How low can they go?; Golfers score 141 at Hawks Landing CC

May 16, 2014
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How low can they go?; Golfers score 141 at Hawks Landing CC

By John Goralski Sports Writer Dave Valentukonis and Eric Flood watched intently as Newington’s top golfer lined up his final putt. The entire foursome seemed to hold their breath as the ball skipped toward the hole. When it dropped, a cheer swept through all four of them. “He shot a 29,” Valentukonis yelled toward his…

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Golfers break 150 barrier

May 8, 2014
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Golfers break 150 barrier

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Jim DiNello had no idea what to expect when he watched his team tee off on Thursday, May 1. Torrential rains had turned the Southington course into a wet sponge. Fairways were wet. Cart paths were muddy, and greens were slower than Los Angeles traffic. Nobody would have predicted…

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Battling the CCC West; Golfers hold their own at home and on the road

May 2, 2014
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Battling the CCC West; Golfers hold their own at home and on the road

By John Goralski Sports Writer The wind whistled across the front window of the clubhouse and four wind-burned Knights stared at the door, waiting for the final golfer. The senior co-captains matched NW Catholic’s top guns over nine holes. The sophomore phenoms had actually built a nice lead in the second foursome. On most days,…

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Golfers open with a win; Knights score first ever win over NW Catholic

April 26, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Over the last two seasons it’s taken the Blue Knight golfers six contests to break the 160-point barrier. In 2012, it took the team 11 tries to cross that first hurdle, but the Knights are off and running in 2014. And they’re doing it on the road. On Thursday, April…

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Last leg of the journey; Golf’s looking to finish what they started in 2013

April 11, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer There were no heartfelt goodbyes when Coach Jim DiNello faced his golfers for the last time in 2013. There was only a shared disappointment about their postseason finish, and a shared resolve about finishing the job. For the Southington golfers, the nine month break was more like a halftime than…

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Knights hope to add girls golf team; School officials scramble for potential start this spring season

December 13, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer For years, Dan LaPorte has been focusing his efforts on youth golfers with a number of developmental leagues at Hawks Landing Country Club. For just as long, Eric Swallow has been focusing his attention toward the development of high school athletes in his role as Southington’s athletic director. Whenever they…

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