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2014 Wrestling Preview

December 20, 2014
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2014 Wrestling Preview

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR When last year’s football championship dragged into mid-December, it put an early strain on the Blue Knight wrestling team. Some decided to skip wrestling altogether. Injuries plagued some others, and Southington’s preseason hopes seemed to dwindle further and further with every passing week. Coaches emptied the benches. Freshmen were thrust into…

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2014 Indoor Track Winter Preview

December 20, 2014
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2014 Indoor Track Winter Preview

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR It almost seems like a cruel joke to see members of the indoor track team shivering in small groups as they  trudge outdoors for preseason practice. It looks like disorderly confusion as they break into smaller groups and gravitate toward different sections of the outdoor facility. But if you look closer,…

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2014 Ice Hockey Winter Preview

December 20, 2014
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2014 Ice Hockey Winter Preview

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Brian Cannon shifted uneasily in his seat when asked about his team’s chances this winter. The usual pre-season optimism drained from his face, and he stared out the office window at the Zamboni circling the ice at Veteran’s Rink. The conversation leading up to the query was focused on a preseason…

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Lady Knights girls basketball preview

December 6, 2014
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Lady Knights girls basketball preview

  The screech of basketball shoes echoes through the gym as Lady Knight coach Mike Forgione shuffles his players through a preseason drill like a con artist in a shell game. The offense weaves through the sea of changing faces. The defense is drawn one way. The ball goes the other, and a smooth lay-up…

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Shattering pool records; Girls Swimming returns with high expectations

September 20, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Records seemed to fall every time that a Southington swimmer hit the water last fall. A senior broke her own record in the 100 breaststroke, and she snapped another record in the 100 freestyle. A freshman broke the 50 freestyle record, and a four-person relay shattered the 200 freestyle mark.…

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All for one, one for all; Lady Knights are looking for mental toughness

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The sophomores took their lumps last fall. The juniors were stretched to their limits against a tough conference schedule. The Lady Knight volleyball players had to fight for everything they had last season as they navigated a tough schedule with just one senior in their lineup. Last year was all…

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Boys are going the distance; Blue Knight training has put them ahead of the curve

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer First-year coach Dan Dachelet listened with amused skepticism last spring when Brandon Bayron laid out his plan for off-season workouts. Dachelet couldn’t help but think that his future captain might be biting off more than he could chew, but who was he to question it? When Bayron returned his running…

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Crunching the numbers; Lady Knights are setting a new pace this fall

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It hasn’t been that long since the Lady Knight cross country team had to fight just to get noticed. It’s only been a few seasons since they’ve begun to turn heads. Last year might have been the first time that the girls overshadowed the boys team at each of the…

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Possessing a new style;Boys Soccer is turning up the heat this fall

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two points. That was all how close the Blue Knight soccer team came to the postseason in 2013. If they could have pulled out one more win or manufactured a couple of ties, Southington could have made a run in postseason play. It wasn’t that the locals weren’t competitive. Only…

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Home field advantage; Field Hockey has raised the bar for 2014

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer For years, Erin Luddy boasted that an artificial turf field would level the playing field for her Lady Knight team. For years, she manufactured late rallies in a frenzied game of catch-up, while turf teams cruised into the postseason. Last season, she finally had her chance to prove it. Glastonbury…

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