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Finish what they started; New faces, same old championship goals

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Lou Gianacopolos still flinches when he’s asked about Southington’s loss in the state semifinals last spring. They were leading late in the game. They were one point from a championship berth, but somehow managed to fall. It has plagued his every thought for the past 10 months. “If you…

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Senior night celebration; Lady Knights score a big upset in season finale

November 2, 2013
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Senior night celebration; Lady Knights score a big upset in season finale

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Friday, Oct. 25, Lady Knight volleyball coach Rich Heitz stood, stunned, at the bench while his team swarmed the center of the court in celebration. The single number etched across the gym wall for senior night festivities drove home the point that Southington is still a young and up-and-coming…

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The next generation; Young Knights continue to make strides

October 19, 2013
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The next generation; Young Knights continue to make strides

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington fans have been spoiled in recent years by earning top seeds and making deep runs into the postseason, but there was a time when Coach Rich Heitz had to fight for every win. Even those teams made deep runs into the postseason. That’s why Heitz isn’t too concerned by…

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It’s still business as usual; Girls Volleyball isn’t worried about rebuilding

September 6, 2013
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by John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knight volleyball team surged through the playoffs, picking off top seeds in a Cinderella romp that fell just one game short of the championship game. The offense didn’t falter in hostile gyms against a pair of top teams. The defense stayed poised as they held off attacks from…

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The Lady Knight volleyball team earns academic honors for 11th straight year

August 22, 2013
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The Lady Knight volleyball team earns academic honors for 11th straight year

LEXINGTON, KY—It might be the longest sports dynasty in the long history of Southington High School. It has spanned more than a decade. It has almost crossed generations. Girls basketball won four state titles in a row in the late 1980s, and the team rallied for six titles in eight years. Lady Knight gymnasts claimed…

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Volleyball event to help charities

August 9, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer What started out as a hobby for Southington residents Stephanie Johnson, Shane Quadrato, and Dan Carbone turned into an annual event that reaches out to a variety of charities. Shane and Dan were on the boys volleyball team at Southington High School. When they entered college, Shane, Dan, and Stephanie…

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Winning the arms race; Jordyn Moquin is The Observer’s Female Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2013
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Winning the arms race; Jordyn Moquin is The Observer’s Female Athlete of the Year

By John Goralski Sports Writer Mercy batters were desperate to erase Southington’s one-run lead in the Class LL championship game, and Coach John Bores trudged to the mound when a two-out double put the tying run in scoring position. Jordyn Moquin never blinked. The senior pitcher listened, nodded her head, and ended the threat. Over…

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Knights share CCC title; Comeback secures home court advantage

June 1, 2013
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Knights share CCC title; Comeback secures home court advantage

By John Goralski Sports Writer At the end of the second game, Coach Lou Gianacopolos waved to get his setter’s attention and motioned to the net. “Did you see that?” he asked, and Alex Zajda shook his head. To fans in the Southing-ton gym, it looked like Glastonbury was just one game from sweeping the…

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The eyes have it; Knights close in on the conference title and home field advantage

May 24, 2013
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The eyes have it; Knights close in on the conference title and home field advantage

By John Goralski Sports Writer A smile swept across the group of Knights as they watched Shelton warming up before the match on Wednesday, May 15. Coach Lou Gianacopolos said that the same thing happened in the early moments of Friday’s game against Farmington. It may look like the Knights are wasting valuable time when…

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Sweeping with the enemy; Blue Knight spikers rally to a trio of 3-0 victories

May 17, 2013
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Sweeping with the enemy; Blue Knight spikers rally to a trio of 3-0 victories

By John Goralski Sports Writer After a string of three straight 3-2 decisions, the Blue Knight boys volleyball team earned a reprieve last week with a trio of 3-0 sweeps. Southington cruised past Bulkeley-Hartford Public in three lopsided sets. The boys went on to beat Xavier in a closer competition, but it was the 3-0…

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