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

March 15, 2013
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By John Goralski
Kayla Nati performs on beam at the Class L championships on Feb. 23. Nati battled through injury at the NE Championships on March 9 to help lift the Knights to a fourth place finish.

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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By John Goralski
Kayla Nati dances across the floor at the CT State Open championships in New Milford on Friday, March 1.

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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Reclaiming their throne; Gymnasts floor Glastonbury to claim Class L title

March 1, 2013
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By John Goralski
Erin Malone flips across the vault during her first routine at the Class L championships on Saturday, Feb. 23. Malone scored more points than any other gymnast and led the scoring in three out of four events.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington gymnasts launched themselves across the vault in perfect precision to set the tone for the Class L championships and carried that momentum onto the bars. On Saturday, Feb. 23 the Lady Knights held a comfortable lead after two events, but it all came crashing down as one-by-one the Lady…

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The Glastonbury hurdle; Knights topple CCC rival with best score to date

February 15, 2013
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By John Goralski
Lexi Rothstein leaps across the beam during an early home meet. The Lady Knights stayed undefeated with a win over Glastonbury.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lady Knight coach Kaitlyn O’Donnell gathered her gymnasts at the end of the meet and began to prepare them for the outcome. Win or lose, she was proud of the effort. Everybody seemed to hit their routines, and that’s all that they can ask for. The rest was up to…

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Overcoming injuries; Lady Knight gymnasts still aren’t at full strenght

February 2, 2013
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By John Goralski
Kayla Nati leaps across the mat during her floor routine on Saturday, Jan. 26. Southington beat two other teams in a tri-team meet.

By John Goralski Sports Writer In her first competition this season, Lindsey Socquet scored for the Lady Knights in the beam competition and just missed the scoring as she set the baseline for the Knights on beam and floor. On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Lady Knights should have been celebrating the return of one of…

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

January 26, 2013
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By John Goralski

Sarah Leahy leaps across the gym during her floor routine on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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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