Posts Tagged ‘ Hall of Fame ’

YMCA inducts 4 more members into the Camp Sloper Hall of Fame

July 24, 2015
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From left, Mike Miller, Jason Arnauckas, Christine Matteo and Garrett Swiatek were inducted into the YMCA Camp Sloper Hall of Fame by Camp Director Mark Pooler during the Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Picnic held at the camp on July 15.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER YMCA Camp Sloper inducted its 10th generation of volunteers and staff into their Hall of Fame last week. Started in 2005, the tradition honors “those who have come before us and laid the foundation to what YMCA Camp Sloper is today,” said Camp Director Mark Pooler. This year, the camp honored four…

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O’No, it’s O’Connell; Greg O’Connell battled a few steps from the NBA

October 30, 2014
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Greg O’Connell attacks the rim during a varsity contest in the 1960s. O’Connell went on to play and coach for almost 35 years after graduation.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody must have batted an eye when Greg O’Connell strolled into the high school gym in 1962 because nobody could have seen the scrawny 13-year old as much of a physical threat. At 5-foot-9, the freshman forward didn’t turn many heads. At 118 pounds, O’Connell wasn’t going to push around…

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Dawn’s early light; Dawn Lantiere lit up the Lady Knights

October 27, 2014
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Dawn Lantiere

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer Who knows what was going through that knobby kneed hitter when he trudged to the plate in the early 1980s. Scouts had little information on the tiny preteen that glared at him from the pitcher’s mound. Maybe he thought it would be easy to face a young girl on the…

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Serial Koeller; Jim Koeller was deadly on the Southington mound

October 4, 2014
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SP Hall of Fame Koeller

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim Koeller’s shadow seemed to strike fear in the hearts of batters when the hard-throwing big man took the mound in 1976. Just to foul off a fastball was reason to celebrate. Koeller was as good as anybody that’s ever set foot on a Southington mound, and every credible short…

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Wayne’s World; Chopus is no stranger to Halls of Fame

September 26, 2014
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Wayne Chopus, above, scores a lay-up for the Knights in the mid-60s. Chopus lettered in three sports in high school and two in college.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Wayne Chopus seemed to leave his feet at the crack of the bat, and a gasp washed across the crowd as he backhanded the ball at shortstop, pirouetted in the air, and completed the play with a perfect strike to first base. There was no surprise when Chopus was named…

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A true team player; Pete Meade put winning before glory

September 13, 2014
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COURTESY OF SOUTH CAROLINA ATHLETICS
Pete Meade was a three-sport captain for the Blue Knights in the mid-1980s, and he went on to pitch at South Carolina University.

By John Goralski Sports Writer For two years Pete Meade paid his dues as a backup quarterback while the Blue Knights clawed their way to .500 records. Fans were looking forward to seeing Meade behind the center when Southington stormed onto the field in the fall of 1984, but the senior co-captain had other plans.…

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Dizzy Poryzdy; Greg Poryzdy made opponents’ heads swirl at every level

September 5, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Greg Poryzdy seemed almost embarrassed as he poured through his career statistics on a small table in his backyard. More than three decades have passed since he scored his last basket for the Blue Knight basketball team. Although his name still hangs on a banner in the Wesleyan University gym,…

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Sometimes nice guys finish first; Ron Wyckoff selected to the NE Auto Racing Hall of Fame

August 22, 2014
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COURTESY OF THE DAVE DYKES COLLECTION
Southington’s Ron Wyckoff stands beside his No. 9 car at the now closed Plainville Racetrack.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody expected much out of Ronnie Wyckoff when he slipped into the lineup at the Riverside Park Triple Crown Finale in August of 1980. After all, the Southington driver was supposed to be retired. How could he expect to keep pace with such a storied group of drivers in their…

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August 15, 2014
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Former Lady Knight shortstop Denise Archacki-Ingriselli tries to stop a baserunner at second base during the late 1970s.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Denise Archacki-Ingriselli’s reprieve ran out when former Lady Knight softball coach Joe Piazza signaled to his smiling outfielder halfway through her rookie season. Southington’s starting shortstop was being helped from the varsity field by her teammates with a season-ending injury, and Southington’s hopes for their first championship banner seemed to…

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King of the numbers game; Stephen Daniels is the man behind Southington’s statistics

August 8, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The argument had been dragging on for almost an hour in the high school football room before former Blue Knight coach Jude Kelly had to jump into the middle of the fray. Two assistant coaches were burning off stress with a friendly debate about former players, and it had grown…

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