Posts Tagged ‘ Hall of Fame ’

LaPorte to step down from parks board

October 12, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After serving on the Board of Park Commissioners for more than 30 years, Joe LaPorte has decided to step down. LaPorte served on the board from 1979 to 1984 before taking a five-year hiatus, and became the chairman from 2000 to 2009. He also served on the Town Council for…

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Just give me the ball, coach; Lenny Clements raised the bar for scoring in the early 1960s

October 5, 2013
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Just give me the ball, coach; Lenny Clements raised the bar for scoring in the early 1960s

By John Goralski Sports Writer The year was 1962. The Southington High School football team was riding an 18-game winning streak, and Lenny Clements made a rare defensive mistake that allowed the Croft quarterback to complete a pass for a large gain. No matter how tough they might have been, the Croft linemen must have…

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Kid Dynamite; Luigi Camputaro will be inducted into the CT Boxing Hall of Fame

September 13, 2013
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Kid Dynamite; Luigi Camputaro will be inducted into the CT Boxing Hall of Fame

By John Goralski Sports Writer It was almost like a flashback when a figure darted from the crowd to confront Luigi Camputaro at a recent event at Mohegan Sun, and the former boxer almost broke into his stance in self-defense until he saw the smile from his old friend. A steady string of fans began…

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Founding Father; Bob Wittneben launched a program and set the standard for wrestling

September 13, 2013
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Founding Father; Bob Wittneben launched a program and set the standard for wrestling

By John Goralski Sports Writer When Bob Wittneben entered the high school in 1973, the Blue Knights were already established as a baseball and football power. Golf had already claimed its first state title, and softball was ready to launch a dynasty. Sports were already well-established in the blue collar town, but Wittneben had something…

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Paige Turner: Paige Kopcza proved that softball is more than pitching

August 23, 2013
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Paige Turner: Paige Kopcza proved that softball is more than pitching

By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER The pitcher and the defense gave up just one earned run in 1983 to set a national record for ERA (0.04) that would stand for more than two decades. Their all-state pitcher was almost unhittable as Southington roared through the postseason. The offense was just as deadly with a .336…

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The full court press; Jim Senich championed the Knights with his pen and his golden voice

August 16, 2013
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The full court press; Jim Senich championed the Knights with his pen and his golden voice

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim Senich still remembers the nun’s comments when he delivered his oral report to his sixth grade class. “Someday you’re going to be a radio announcer,” she said, and the velvety-voiced youngster slid back into his seat with a satisfied grin. Some boys practice last second shots in their driveways…

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Without question; Meghan McNicholas-Leggett set the standard for team players

August 4, 2013
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Without question; Meghan McNicholas-Leggett set the standard for team players

By John Goralski Sports Writer Maybe it was because of a late season slump that former Lady Knight softball coach Joe Piazza sent his prized sophomore to the plate to bat left-handed in the 1990 Class LL championship game. Maybe it was because his team was trailing by one run, and the coach saw something…

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Another walk down memory lane; The Southington Sports Hall of Fame announces the Class of 2013

July 27, 2013
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SOUTHINGTON—The wait is over. The list is out, and the Southington Sports Hall of Fame selection committee is already championing the Class of 2013. Once again, it features professional players, college all-Americans, and Southington High School record holders. Once again, it reads like a Who’s Who of Southington sports. They represent 10 different sports and…

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‘Cool Cat’ Conti; Local pool hall owner and former world champ inducted into the NE Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame

March 29, 2013
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‘Cool Cat’ Conti; Local pool hall owner and former world champ inducted into the NE Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame

By John Goralski Sports Writer Sal Conti stood up to address the crowd that was packed into the pool hall annex in Providence, RI, as he stared across the room at a framed photo of him and his father. A handful of others had already spoken about their long careers in pool halls and competition,…

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