Posts Tagged ‘ Southington Sports Hall of Fame ’

Perfection; Tracy Ciosek-Beloin never lost as a Lady Knight ace

August 22, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Tracy Beloin—or Tracy Ciosek as she’s remembered by Lady Knight fans—almost missed the 1986 championship basketball game because of a severe back problem that had plagued her all season, so nobody expected her to carry the team on her shoulders in the final minutes of the game. Rockville’s game plan…

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Majestic Majeski; Dave Majeski still loves the challenge

August 22, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s been a little more than 25 years since Dave Majeski called John Fontana back to third base after their discussion during a regular season game, but the former high school coach still smiles when he tells the story. Majeski topped a baseball but beat the throw to first base.…

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If he builds it, they will come; Joe LaPorte has spent 4 decades building youth sports

August 8, 2012
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One question can change your life. Just ask Joe LaPorte. In the late 1960s, he was standing in the shadows at Memorial Park, minding his own business while his son Dan raced around the bases during a Little League tryout. The coach sidled up to LaPorte with a devilish grin. “Can you help out?” he…

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Blitzing Bobby; Rob Thomson was hard to stop in high school, college, and coaching

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s hard to believe, but the Blue Knights had gone almost a full decade without back-to-back winning seasons when coaches welcomed the sophomore class in 1983. That didn’t escape the notice of coaches as they surveyed  prospects during a preseason drill. Suddenly, a deafening crash echoed across the field, and…

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Gridiron greatness; The 1954 football team was the best of the best

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Tom Kirkland centered himself over the football in 1954 like a con artist with a handful of gullible tourists. Now you see it. Now you don’t. Kirkland’s snap would disappear into a swirl of Southington players. The offensive line charged forward. The quarterback swept out to the flanks behind an…

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Open season; Bill Lee was the first to capture the state crown

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A video camera captured Bill Lee in a close-up as he walked off the championship mat at the 1999 state open, and its grainy image captured the key to the Southington grappler’s success. Lee had just dismantled his opponent in the final bout to capture his second consecutive division title.…

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Crushing the opposition; ‘87 softball charged to a state title and a 52-game win streak

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody knows what the Danbury girls where thinking when they stepped onto Falcon Field for the 1987 girls softball championship, but they couldn’t have been happy. Just a few months earlier Kris Mach had dashed the Hatters’ hopes for a girls basketball title with a last second basket, and there…

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Hall of Fame announces Class of 2012

August 3, 2012
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Hall of Fame announces Class of 2012

By John Goralski Sports Writer For more than a century, Eleanor DellaVecchia followed her beloved Yankees as they collected 27 World Series titles, but family and friends find it more than just a coincidence that the Bronx Bombers haven’t won a single title since she passed away in 2009. If it wasn’t for fans, sports…

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