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The Blue Knight; After 3 decades Ernie Blue remains the measuring stick for Southington scorers

August 30, 2013
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The Blue Knight; After 3 decades Ernie Blue remains the measuring stick for Southington scorers

By John Goralski Sports Writer Bloomfield raced to a 26-17 lead in the first quarter of the 1971 season opener, so Blue Knight coach Ed Nardi gave Ernie Blue ‘the signal’ at the break between quarters. Blue had already scored nine of Southington’s 17 points against the fast-breaking Bloomfield squad, but the first year Southington…

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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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King Solomon; Brian Solomon launched a Southington wrestling dynasty

August 9, 2013
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King Solomon; Brian Solomon launched a Southington wrestling dynasty

By John Goralski Sports Writer More than three decades have passed since Gary Solomon sat at the head of his kitchen table to celebrate his second state title in wrestling, and the story of that party has become a sort of legend in the Solomon family. The high school senior had finally arrived. He’d finally…

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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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Playmaker; Pete Gulli could score, but winning was the true goal

November 9, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The shadows had already stretched across the high school field as Pete Gulli set the soccer ball down on the ground. Southington fans mingled with Simsbury fans on the hill behind the goal. Gulli had already forced overtime with his score during regulation, but there was no room for error…

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Chief of the diamond; Phil D’Agostino set the standard for Southington baseball

November 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer At 16 years old, Phil D’Agostino sat on his front porch and cried as two men destined to be major league general managers walked away with his dreams. D’Agostino’s mother still stood guard at the front door, and his father never left the kitchen table. The scouts had come with…

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A league of her own; Jen Gombotz-Mikowski raised the bar for every athlete at Southington High School

October 26, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Joe Piazza said he’ll never forget Jen Gombotz-Mikowski’s first at bat against varsity pitching. It came in the mid-1980s during a summer travel game against Wallingford. With only eight players, he scanned the sidelines for a volunteer. “There was no way that we were going to forfeit that game,”…

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Follow the Lleader; Joe Llodra went from the O-line to the sideline

October 19, 2012
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by John Goralski Sports Writer Defenders knew that Southington would come out throwing in the mid-1950s, but nobody could stop them. Opponents knew that Southington’s runners would be circling around the off-balanced line, but no one could contain them. Southington’s opponents knew who they had to reach to stop the single-wing offense. The question was,…

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All in the family; John Fontana’s legacy goes well beyond the wins

October 12, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer John Fontana voice caught in his throat as he began to talk about his first heart surgery and the overwhelming helplessness he felt as he scanned through channels on his tv. But a loud knocking at his front door drew his attention, and he craned his neck to see who…

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