Posts Tagged ‘ Sports ’

Hometown racing: Hearthstone Pub & Grill announces a partnership with Tony Membrino

August 1, 2014
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Tony Membrino and Dean Michanczyk banter across the table at Hearthstone Pub like a couple of old friends. Michanczyk’s eyes widen as Membrino talks about an upcoming race at Stafford Motor Speedway which will test his limits and push his endurance on the short track. Membrino smiles in appreciation as…

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Knights cruise to championship game; Jamele breaks state records to lead Knights over Ridgefield in semis

December 13, 2013
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Knights cruise to championship game; Jamele breaks state records to lead Knights over Ridgefield in semis

By John Goralski Sports Writer Late in the third quarter, Zach Maxwell leapt into the backfield and tipped the pass into the air. The senior linebacker dove for the loose football, but the interception attempt ricocheted off the ground. Maxwell broke up Ridgefield’s pass attempt, but the near-interception might have been the only play that…

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Inclement weather may force change to championship football game

December 11, 2013
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Inclement weather may change the date or time for this Saturday’s Class LL championship football game between Southington and Fairfield Prep. The game is currently scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6:05 p.m. at Arute Field at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. However, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC)  may change the dates…

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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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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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Off and running; Boys lax dispatches Cheshire and Westhill to get a 2-0 start

April 12, 2013
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Off and running; Boys lax dispatches Cheshire and Westhill to get a 2-0 start

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kevin Cop scored twice in the first four minutes of the game. On Saturday, April 6, Southington scored seven times before Westhill finally tallied, and Cop had touched every Southington score. Coach Ron Chase was a little concerned about how his team would come out in their second contest after…

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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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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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Southington’s strongest man; Frazer Pehmoeller started with the shot put and finished with a stone

September 28, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The thunder from 30,000 cheering fans seemed to fade into white noise as Frazer Pehmholler took his first step across the New Hampshire field. His arms strained from the 670-pound load that hung from his clenched fists. His vision narrowed to his eldest daughter in the distance as she waved…

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The Leader of the Pack; Rick Black set the pace for a cross country title

September 21, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The Greek god Hermes was said to streak across the heavens in a barely visible blur. The Romans called him Mercury and lent his name to our fastest planet. In paintings and sculptures, he’s shown with wings upon his feet. In myths and poems, he’s described as having the wind…

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