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Gymnasts survive the fall; Knights are shaky, but still claim back-to-back titles

March 7, 2014
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Gymnasts survive the fall; Knights are shaky, but still claim back-to-back titles

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington scored two falls on vault and one on the bars. Lady Knight gymnasts fell twice off the beam and twice on the floor. On Saturday, March 1, Southington athletes stumbled at times in the spotlight of the Class L Championship meet, but they never gave up. It might not…

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The perfect ending; Knights finish undefeated in the regular season

February 21, 2014
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The perfect ending; Knights finish undefeated in the regular season

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kaitlyn O’Donnell waved off the official and put an arm around her senior captain. “This will be Kayla Nati’s last floor routine at this gym,” said the Southington coach. For four years Nati has been the blue collar workhorse for the Knights. Since she was a child, she had been…

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Gymnasts continue to roll; Lady Knights improve to 7-0 with win over Farmington

February 7, 2014
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Gymnasts continue to roll; Lady Knights improve to 7-0 with win over Farmington

By John Goralski Sports Writer It wasn’t spectacular. It wasn’t their highest score of the season, but on Saturday, Feb. 1, the Knights did what they had to do to win. Nagging injuries continued to plague the Lady Knight gymnasts. Many were tired after a night of club gymnastics just a few hours earlier, but…

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RHAM tough; Gymnasts break the 140 barrier

January 31, 2014
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RHAM tough; Gymnasts break the 140 barrier

By John Goralski Sports Writer Marilyn Sporbert twisted and turned through the air for a 9.25 on vault just moments after Kayla Nati secured a 9.1. Nati led the Knights on bars (8.75). Lexi Rothstein led a string of dancers across the beam (8.85), and the trio each posted nine-point-something scores on the floor. On…

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The Head of the Class; Knights edge Glastonbury in Class L rivalry

January 24, 2014
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The Head of the Class; Knights edge Glastonbury in Class L rivalry

By John Goralski Sports Writer Fan packed into the seats alongside the beam and crowded into the spaces between mats. Spectators huddled in every open space just to catch a glimpse of the regular season rivalry between Glastonbury gymnasts and  the Lady Knights. Most pundits predict that the Class L title will come down to…

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Defending their title; Gymnasts open the season with 3 wins

January 17, 2014
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Defending their title; Gymnasts open the season with 3 wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer One girl slipped off the bars. Another one slipped off the beam. The vault and floor routines were about as perfect as they could be on the first competition, but Southington gymnasts picked right back up where they finished in their Class L title defense. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the…

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The Perfect 10; Kristy Dougan launched a dynasty

October 18, 2013
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The Perfect 10; Kristy Dougan launched a dynasty

By John Goralski Sports Writer steadied herself on the diving board and waited for the signal from officials. She had her back to the pool. Fans and coaches held their breath. Dougan hadn’t performed a single dive as she rehabbed her fractured ankle during the regular season, but here she was at the state meet,…

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The Gold Medal Gang; The 2005 Lady Knight gymnasts were the best in school history

July 19, 2013
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The Gold Medal Gang; The 2005 Lady Knight gymnasts were the best in school history

By John Goralski Sports Writer When the Lady Knights entered the Milford gym for the 2005 Class L championship meet, a hush descended upon the crowd. Gymnasts stopped their practice routines to get a better look at the team that had a stranglehold on the state’s sports headlines. Coaches stared. Officials laid down their pens…

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The best of the best; Erin Malone wins New England title, Lady Knight gymnasts finish 4th overall

March 15, 2013
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The best of the best; Erin Malone wins New England title, Lady Knight gymnasts finish 4th overall

by John Goralski Sports Writer Kayla Nati crashed into the vault and tumbled to the floor in a tangled heap, and Southington’s hopes for a top five finish at the New England championship meet seemed to evaporate as their junior captain clutched at her ankle and knee while blood poured from her nose like a…

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Back to New Englands; Gymnasts place second at State Open meet; advance to regional championships as a team

March 8, 2013
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Back to New Englands; Gymnasts place second at State Open meet;  advance to regional championships as a team

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lexi Rothstein shrugged off her typical handspring and corkscrew twist off the vault to embrace a more difficult Tsukahara tuck. Marilyn Sporbert switched her dismount on the beam to squeeze out another tenth of a point from the judges, and Erin Malone continued to evolve her routines with tougher skills…

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