Posts Tagged ‘ Sports ’

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

April 12, 2013
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By John Goralski
Tom Gallagher sprints past a Westhill defender during a 12-3 victory on Saturday, April 6.

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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Living here in ‘Allen’-town

September 6, 2012
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SP CRIS Allen

When a coach discovers an athlete with an extraordinary work ethic, it’s like striking gold. Finding an athlete with superior talent can be just as rare. Ask any coach what it’s like to find both in the same player, and he’ll probably shrug his shoulders and sigh. It’s a one-of-a-kind athlete for sure, and that’s…

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Turf project is underway: SHS field is closed to the public

September 6, 2012
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On Wednesday, Aug. 29, local officials met with construction personnel for the ceremonial ‘first shovel’ to begin construction for the Southington High School artificial turf project. The facility is off limits to the public until the project is finished. From left, Acting Town Engineer Jim Grappone-Acting Town Engineer, Southington Athletic Director Eric Swallow, Town Councilor…

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Representing the town; Andy Meade was a true team player

August 29, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Rifling through an old picture album, Andy Meade brushes past the headlines to point out his teammates in the photos. He brags about them one by one, and the list reads like a Who’s Who of Southington sports. Of course, he fails to point out that it’s his name that’s…

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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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