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Boys Tennis off to a strong start

April 24, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (1-0) boys tennis team may have cruised to a season-opening win on the road on Monday, April 13, against the Windsor Warriors (2-2), 7-0, but it was something more than a win that really opened Southington coach Tony Mauro’s eyes. “We looked strong,” said Mauro. “I hate to…

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Shifting lineups, changing roles: Girls tennis scrambles for two victories with make-shift lineup

April 23, 2015
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Shifting lineups, changing roles: Girls tennis scrambles for two victories with make-shift lineup

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Being without key starters for their first two matches of the season didn’t stop the Lady Knights (2-0) tennis team from winning, especially without their leading singles player. Everyone shifted up in the lineup. Players were forced into uncomfortable roles, but the Southington squad took it in stride. The Knights started…

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Hard court, high expectations: Girls Tennis is poised for a banner season

April 9, 2015
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SP Alex Barmore C12

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Knights have been consistent in the past two seasons, having three losses in both years as well as fourth-place finishes in the CCC West. In 2013, the girls battled into the quarterfinals. In 2014, their advance was stopped one round earlier. Last spring, the girls rallied to an 11-3 regular…

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Crashing the net: Boys tennis looks to build on last spring

April 9, 2015
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SP Kunal Kataria C12

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Tony Mauro is in his ninth year as the head coach of the boys tennis team and has winning records above .500 in all of those years but one. Mauro is a big part of why the Blue Knights have had great leadership and continuous success season after season. Mauro led…

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Kataria Classic; Blue Knight captain organizes a local charity tournament

August 29, 2014
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By Tammi Naudus
Michael Theriault prepares to return a volley during action Saturday afternoon at the Kataria Classic.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kunal Kataria listened to his classmates talking in excited bursts at a teammate’s graduation party last spring. The high school season had just wrapped up a few days earlier. Still smarting from their losses, the underclassmen were already looking ahead to next year’s campaign. The debate grew heated. Will this…

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Sister-sister; Fitzgerald sisters reach Wayton Open finals; Henne wins 3 titles

July 25, 2014
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By John Goralski
Megan Fitzgerald chases down a ball during a volley in the Women’s Singles championship of the Wayton Open on Sunday, July 20.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Megan Fitzgerald skipped a forehand into the corner and she walked to the net in a muted celebration. Fitzgerald’s final point had clinched the championship at the Wayton Open, but there was no awkward handshake or wild cheering. Fitzgerald just met her opponent at the net and the two melted…

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Knights shine at 2014 Wayton Open

July 18, 2014
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By Tammi Naudus
Matt Wayton returns a volley during his opening round match-up at the 2014 Wayton Open tennis tournament.

By John Goralski Sports Writer A small group of players huddled at the fence as a pair of former Blue Knight tennis captains scrambled across the high school courts in a heated battle in the top men’s division. Nate Mullins outlasted his first round opponent to reach the battle of Blue Knights. Mark Habek overwhelmed…

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Advancing the program; Knights reach 2nd round for the 4th straight year

June 6, 2014
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By John Goralski
Cassidy Race attacks the net during her singles match in South Windsor. Race was one of two Lady Knights to go 2-0 in the postseason.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Catie Wormer was trailing 3-love when she began to push back at her South Windsor opponent. Cassidy Race battled tooth and nail to win her first match, 6-4, and her second one, 7-5. Alex Barmore seemed to be battling daylight as her match stretched into the early evening as the…

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A lasting impression; Knights hold their own against state’s best

June 6, 2014
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By John Goralski
Luke Pfanzelt scrambles to return a volley against the top seeded player at the Class LL championship at Yale University in New Haven.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Luke Pfanzelt slid into one corner to return an impossible shot. He turned and lunged at the other corner and nearly came away with a point. On Saturday, May 31, Pfanzelt’s qualifying round victory advanced him into a contest with last year’s defending champion, but Southington’s No. 4 player was…

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Rain spoils the fun; Senior night celebration is cut short

May 30, 2014
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By John Goralski
Susan Murphy returns a volley at the net during her No. 1 doubles match on May 23. Murphy is Southington’s only senior player.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Robin Thompson eyed the gathering clouds with contempts as her team hurried to complete their matches. The win was secured. All but one match went the distance before the deluge began. Thompson wasn’t worried about the win. Her focus was on the No. 1 doubles team where Southington’s only senior,…

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