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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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Rolling with the punches; Shifting lineups don’t matter to the Lady Knights

May 2, 2014
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Rolling with the punches; Shifting lineups don’t matter to the Lady Knights

By John Goralski Sports Writer Cassidy Race slipped into the No. 2 singles position and never missed a beat. Caroline Barry moved into a vacant singles position to win her first varsity singles match. On Friday, April 23, the Lady Knight tennis team had a different lineup, but never missed a step. With a 7-0…

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Surviving spring sweeps; Boys focus on fundamentals during lopsided wins

May 2, 2014
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Surviving spring sweeps; Boys focus on fundamentals during lopsided wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer Luke Pfanzelt was the only one to sweep every set to capture two wins, but everyone else still won in straight sets. The Blue Knight tennis team resumed action last week with a pair of shutouts against undermatched teams. The Knights improved to 3-0 in the early season, but Coach…

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Fighting for every point; Girls Tennis overcomes adversity to start 2-0

April 25, 2014
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Fighting for every point; Girls Tennis overcomes adversity to start 2-0

By John Goralski Sports Writer Alex Barmore struggled against the wind and the cold as her Cheshire opponent rallied for a win in the first set. Susan Murphy and Rianna Susco looked out of rhythm as their Ram counterparts dismantled them in the opening set at No. 2 doubles. On Wednesday, April 16, Lady Knight…

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Here comes the harvest; Blue Knight tennis is ready to break out this spring

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two years ago, Tony Mauro talked about potential when his freshmen phenoms battled to a 7-9 record in the spring. Last spring, the tennis coach talked about turning the corner when the sophomores broke .500 with an 11-8 record. Now comes the harvest. “You never want to count your chickens…

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The best is yet to come; Girls Tennis hopes to build on last year’s success

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Critics watched with amused skepticism as the sophomore-heavy Lady Knights scored a couple of upsets last spring. They may have skoffed at the 15-3 regular season, but their doubts were quickly quieted. A resounding win over a lower seed was followed by a mild upset in the second round of…

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Tennis tourney coming to area in June; participants sought

March 4, 2014
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The largest community tennis tournament in New England is here in Connecticut. The Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament is scheduled for June 7 to 15 at the Copper Valley Swim & Tennis Club, Cheshire. This is a non-profit event. All proceeds benefit the Winton S. Filipek Sr. Scholarship Fund, Inc., which has awarded $67,500…

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First rule: Have fun; Kenny Hill Jr Memorial Tennis Tourney has become a summer staple

August 29, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer For more than three hours, Lady Knight tennis coach Robin Thompson proved that her lessons at varsity practices are more than just words. On Sunday, Aug. 25, the high school coach partnered with a friend to push a pair of high school players to three sets and a tie breaker…

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Extending the play; Wayton Open spills into a 3rd week of competition

July 26, 2013
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Extending the play; Wayton Open spills into a 3rd week of competition

By John Goralski Sportswriter Matt Wayton slumped in a canvas chair and stared out at the empty courts. Nobody was in the bleachers. Nobody was warming up. The women’s doubles finalists were already making their way back to their cars, and his three weary volunteers were already breaking down tables and taking down signs. On…

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Wayton Open holds court; Local tennis tournament attracts hundreds in 2013

July 19, 2013
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Wayton Open holds court; Local tennis tournament attracts hundreds in 2013

By John Goralski Sports Writer When Matt Wayton opened registration for the 2013 Wayton Open tennis tournament, he wasn’t ready for anything that followed. Within a few days, he was deluged with entries. Over the next few weeks, they flooded into his home office in an endless stream of emails and phone calls. “It was…

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