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Getting back on the beam: Gymnasts survive falls at season opener

January 16, 2015
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Getting back on the beam: Gymnasts survive falls at season opener

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR One after another, the Lady Knight gymnasts slipped off the beam in competition. It only takes a tiny mistake, a shift in body position, or a misplaced hand or foot across the four-inch surface. On Saturday, Jan. 10, the Lady Knights opened their season in their home gym, and nobody walked away…

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Survive and advance; Gymnasts overcome injury, place 3rd at Opens

March 14, 2014
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By John Goralski
Lexi Rothstein performs her floor routine at the CT State Open. The Lady Knights advanced to New England with a 3rd place finish.

By John Goralski Sports Writer As her coach counted down the final seconds of practice, Kayla Nati’s foot slipped off the beam, and she ricocheted to the floor in a tangled heap. Southington’s young gymnasts stared in horror as their only senior clutched at her foot and fought back her tears. On Saturday, March 8,…

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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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By John Goralsk
Vicky Castillo leaps between the bars at the Class L meet on Saturday, March 1.

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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By John Goralski
Kayla Nati performs her final regular season floor routine during a victory over North Haven.

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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By John Goralski
Kayla Nati performs her floor routine during a win over Farmington on Satur-day, Feb. 1.

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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By John Goralski
Freshman Hannah Weir dances across the floor during a 138.5-118.5 win over Wethersfield.

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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Vicky Castillo clears the vault during a Lady Knight victory over Glastonbury on Jan. 18.

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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By John Goralski
Lexi Rothstein performs on beam at the gymnastics season opener against Conard. The Lady Knights began the season with three 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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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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2005 CHRONICLE YEARBOOK COURTESY OF THE SOUTHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The 2005 Lady Knight gymnastics team shattered state and national records on their way to a Class L championship, a State Open championship, and a New England title. The team launched a dynasty that raised the bar for Southington teams. Front, from left, Kelsie Straub, Nikki Salvatore, co-captain Kristen Rossi, co-captain Sara Stylinski, Kelsey Opozda, and Alysha Hill. Middle, Jackie Nadeau, co-captain Krissy Scarfo, Jennifer Roberts, Jessica Roberts, and Kelsey Boyce. Back, Kristy Dougan, Kelly Dougan, Shannon Strachel, Jessica Gianatti, Brittany Johnson, Yvette Mirando, Becca Wiltse, and Bonnie Tormay.

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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