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

July 25, 2014
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Sister-sister; Fitzgerald sisters reach Wayton Open finals; Henne wins 3 titles

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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Knights shine at 2014 Wayton Open

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

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

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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Rain spoils the fun; Senior night celebration is cut short

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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Tennis continues to shine

May 30, 2014
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Tennis continues to shine

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Mauro had already circled the last week on his schedule, but the  Blue Knight tennis coach is starting to learn that regular season measuring sticks are becoming harder and harder to find. One-sided losses against teams like Hall have become closer deficits. Former contested rivalries have melted into lopsided…

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Knights beat Mother Nature;Boys tennis survives loss and weather to clinch postseason

May 17, 2014
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Knights beat Mother Nature;Boys tennis survives loss and weather to clinch postseason

By John Goralski Sports Writer The rains were still threatening when the Blue Knight tennis team was warming up before their game with Rocky Hill. Players were still pushing water off a few courts while Coach Tony Mauro cautioned players to broadcast any slips. But Mauro was determined to see how his team was going…

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Girls tennis clinches tourney bid

May 16, 2014
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Girls tennis clinches tourney bid

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knight tennis team shook off their first loss of the season to score back-to-back shutouts. With a 7-0 win over East Hartford on Friday, the girls improved to 8-1 overall and qualified for the state tournament. “That was goal number one, and we achieved that almost as quickly…

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Tennis stays perfect; Knights survive the conference opener

May 9, 2014
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Tennis stays perfect; Knights survive the conference opener

By John Goralski Sports Writer It wasn’t easy, but it still counts as a win. On Friday, May 2, the Blue Knight tennis team opened the conference schedule in West Hartford and escaped with a 4-3 victory. For Coach Tony Mauro, it was a good measure for his young team. “It was a tough match,…

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Beating the learning curve;Girls tennis survives first test of the season

May 9, 2014
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Beating the learning curve;Girls tennis survives first test of the season

By John Goralski Sports Writer Robin Thompson herded her team back onto the tennis courts as Conard’s players filed onto their bus. Fans waited patiently as the coach huddled with her team for a long debriefing. On Thursday, May 1, the Lady Knights faced their first test of the season in their conference opener. The…

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