Posts Tagged ‘ Hall of Fame ’

Hall of Fame: The unstoppable force-Lisa Matukaitis was a blue collar, blue chipper

August 19, 2016
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By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR School officials must have been shocked by the crowds at the Kennedy boys soccer game in the fall of ‘82. Even the athletes paused their pre-game rituals as the St. Thomas boys wandered onto their field. Everybody—the fans, the players, and the coaches—scanned the sidelines for the Kennedy girl that dared…

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Hall of Fame–Jumpin’ Jessie: Gianatti was Southington’s perfect 10

July 29, 2016
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Jessica Gianatti sticks her landing at the Class L championship during her freshman year. Southington’s second place finish signaled a turning point for the Lady Knights.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Jessie Gianatti exploded across the gym like a bullet, and she didn’t waste her time with dazzling spins or corkscrew twists. The collision with the vault seemed to hurtle her like shrapnel into the air and she tucked into a dizzying tumble. When she struck the mat, the singular thump echoed through the…

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Hall of Fame: Southington’s Top Gun–Ted Wallace chose the Navy over the major leagues

July 22, 2016
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At the U.S. Naval Academy, Ted Wallace set a program record for his defense behind the plate, and the four year letterwinner is still ranked in the top 20 in three career categories.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Ted Wallace doesn’t know the name of the St. Paul football player that hit him first, but he remembers the avalanche of Falcons slamming into him at Muzzy Field. The sophomore running back’s head bounced off the dirt on the infield, and his peripheral vision faded to a blur. “I was just…

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Hall of Fame: He was the ‘Tops’–Doug Topshe was one of Southington’s biggest supporters

July 15, 2016
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Former Tops Market owner, Doug Topshe, will be inducted posthumously into the Southington Sports Hall of Fame for his efforts as a booster for local athletes, teams, and leagues.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR It’s been more than three decades, but Al Rousseau can still remember the late Doug Topshe taking a left out of Recreation Park. The owner of Tops Market never even glanced at his rear view mirror as his grocery store—and his home—vanished from view. Instead, Topshe was focused on his young passenger,…

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Fernandes to be inducted into CCSU hall of fame

December 10, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER On Thursday, Dec. 3, Central Connecticut State University announced its Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Among the seven former student-athletes that were chosen was Ed Fernandes, who was just recently inducted into the Southington Sports Hall of Fame in November. “We are very excited to announce this class…

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Rising to great Heitz: Lady Knight coach inducted into CT volleyball hall of fame

December 4, 2015
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Lady Knight volleyball coach Rich Heitz, left, displays his induction plaque from the Connecticut Scholastic Women’s Volleyball hall of Fame, along with presenter and former SHS athletic director Dr. Robert Lehr.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Southington coach Rich Heitz was inducted into the Connecticut Scholastic Women’s Volleyball Hall of Fame. Former Southington athletic director, Dr. Robert Lehr, presented Heitz’s award to him in front of his wife, daughter, family, and friends at the eighth annual induction ceremony and dinner, which was held…

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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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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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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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