Posts Tagged ‘ volleyball ’

1 more game to go; Spikers still haven’t clinched CCC tourney

May 30, 2014
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1 more game to go; Spikers still haven’t clinched CCC tourney

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington has just two losses in the regular season. Only one team in the conference can boast a better record—the team that accounted for both Blue Knight losses. The Blue Knight volleyball team has secured home field advantage in the upcoming Class L tournament with wins over Hand and Bulkeley,…

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Finally flipping the switch; Volleyball shifts their focus toward postseason fun

May 23, 2014
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Finally flipping the switch; Volleyball shifts their focus toward postseason fun

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lou Gianacopolos had seen enough, so he motioned for a timeout and gathered his young team. “Just go out and play,” the coach said with a forced smile. “Just play to win the point…and have fun.” Just two days earlier, they fell to Newington for the second time this season.…

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Pieces of the Puzzle; Knights are building to the tourney

May 16, 2014
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Pieces of the Puzzle; Knights are building to the tourney

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Lou Gianacopolos is approaching the season like a cross word enthusiast attacks the Sunday paper, and he’s been slowly chipping away at the answer. This week, the Knight coach learned a little more about his growing squad. They dispatched their first opponent easily. They rebounded from a win to…

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There’s no time for practice; Volleyball sweeps through three games in three days

May 2, 2014
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There’s no time for practice; Volleyball sweeps through three games in three days

By John Goralski Sports Writer With a 2-0 lead after two games, Blue Knight coach Lou Gianacopolos shuffled volleyball players in and out of the lineup like a Las Vegas blackjack dealer. There was no urgency in the game, but Gianacopolos was urgently shifting his rotation. With three games in as many days, Gianacopolos wasn’t…

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Boys Volleyball sweeps early road trip

April 26, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two weeks in, and the Knights have yet to lose a game. Two weeks in, and the Knights have yet to play at home. Southington swept past Bloomfield and Daniel Hand last week to improve to 3-0 in the early season. Now, the Knights will turn their sights to their…

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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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