Sports listings for the July 14 edition

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All races are sponsored by the Southington Community YMCA. Forms are available for pre-registration (by Sept. 30 at noon) at the YMCA membership desk. All race info and on-line registration info can be found at First 1,200 registrants receive a free t-shirt. Plenty of refreshments for athletes with music on the course. Race day registration from 7 a.m.-8 a.m. Pre-race packages will be available on Friday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 30, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the YMCA. Contact: John Myers for specific questions, (860) 621-8737.


5 MILE ROAD RACE—Sunday, Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m., beginning on Columbus Blvd. Race divisions: 10 to 15; 16 to 19; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 to 59; 60 to 69; 70 to 79; 80 & over. Awards will be presented for the first Southington male and female (Dave Gworek Memorial Award) and the first SHS soccer player (Chris Sanchez Memorial Award). Cost is $25 ($20 for military or former military).


5K ROAD RACE—Sunday, Oct. 1, 8:45 a.m., beginning on Columbus Blvd. Race divisions: 8 to 10; 11 to 13; 14 to 16; 17 to 19; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 to 59; 60 to 69; 70 to 79; 80 & over. Cost is $25 ($20 for military or former military).


2 MILE WALK—Sunday, Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m., on the Southington rail trail. Walk starts in front of the YMCA. Cost is $10


THE Y CUP—Sunday, Oct. 1, 8:45 a.m., beginning on Columbus Blvd. Three-member relay teams for the 5K race is open to boys and girls in grades 4 and 5. Registration will be available at Southington elementary schools in September.


LITTLE FRITTER FUN RUNS—Sunday, Oct. 1, immediately following the road race, at the Town Green. Variety of kids (2 to 7 years old) races run around the town green. Cost is $10.


MUSIC/VOLUNTEERS ON THE COURSE—Interested in providing music on the course for the athletes? Interested in volunteering in another way? Contact John Myers at the YMCA for details. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt.



The following camps are not run, sponsored, or endorsed by the Southington Public Schools or the Southington Board of Education. Brochures are available at


BLUE KNIGHTS BASEBALL CAMP—July 24-28, 9 a.m.-noon, at the SHS baseball field. Open to ages 6-13. SHS coach Charlie Lembo, along with his staff and players, will focus individual instruction at each position. Players will be grouped by age and ability with games played every day. Cost is $150 ($100 for additional family members). Contact: Charlie Lembo, (860) 919–4658 or


BLUE KNIGHTS PREMIER PITCHING CAMP—July 24-28, 8:15 a.m.-9 a.m., at the SHS baseball field. Add-on camp to the Blue Knights Baseball Camp. Open to pitchers. Players will learn types of pitches with mechanics, wind-up, and fielding the position. Cost is $40. Contact: Charlie Lembo, (860) 919–4658 or



PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase bricks to help defray costs for the artificial turf field at Southington High School. Bricks cost $125 and can be engraved with three lines of type (14 characters per line). Bricks will be displayed as part of a walkway and patio at the entrance to the turf field complex. Bricks can be purchased at the Southington Chamber of Commerce, the Parks & Recreation Department, or at the Southington High School Athletic Department.



TURNING POINT NEW ENGLAND GOLF TOURNAMENT—Friday, July 21, 9 a.m. registration with 10 a.m. shotgun start, at Southington Country Club. Cost is $125 per golfer and proceeds benefit Turning Point New England, a faith-based addiction recovery program. Contact: Nelson Algarin, (860) 331-9215.


SOUTHINGTON ELKS LODGE GOLF TOURNAMENT—Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. start, at Hawk’s Landing CC. Registration deadline is July 31. Cost is $100 per golfer and includes coffee and donuts, lunch, beer on the course, social hour, and awards buffet dinner at Elks Lodge. Cost is $20 for dinner only. Sponsorships are available. Contact: Ken Hill, (860) 919-6677.


WOUNDED VETERANS GOLF TOURNAMENT—Thursday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. registration and breakfast, 10 a.m. shotgun start, at Southington Country Club, 150 Savage St. Cost is $155 per golfer and includes dinner and 2 hour open bar ($50 for dinner and bar). Sponsored by Crystal Restoration Services of New England. Contact: Kim DeMarco, (203) 410-1617.


ST JUDE CHILDREN HOSPITAL GOLF TOURNEY—Saturday, Sept. 30, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Hunter Golf Club, Meriden. Cost is $105 per player, includes hot dogs/ burgers before tee off and buffet dinner. Profits benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. $100 hole sponsorships available. Contact: Pete Montoya, (860) 634-4258 or



Registration for the following classes and programs, unless otherwise noted, can be made at the Southington Community YMCA Membership Services Desk at (860) 628-5597 or on-line at


OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOPENIA FITNESS CLASSES—Southington Community YMCA is offering classes for people with Osteoporosis or Osteopenia. Classes are for all fitness levels to help improve balance, build strength, and lengthen the spine. Classes follow the Meeks Method, a safe and effective method which emphasizes the reversal of postural change. YMCA trainers work in conjunction with Community Physical Therapy. Early afternoon, evening, and weekend classes are available. Contact: Jolene Miceli, (860) 426-9589 or



SOUTHINGTON SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER—Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m., at the Aqua Turf, Plantsville. The Southington Sports Hall of Fame will induct 8 athletes, one coach, one booster, and two teams as the Class of 2017. Athletes include Henry Cence, Sal Conti, Cherraine Davis, Leslie Dunn, Colleen Klopp, Gerry LaMontagne, Yvette Mirando, and Mark Sobolewski. Former SHS coach Jude Kelly and Southington booster Mat Florian will be inducted, along with the 1957 Southington High School football team and the 1969 Southington Little League team. Cost is $50. Contact: Jim Verderame, (860) 621-1841 or Val DePaolo at (860) 620-9640, ext. 104.


SHS TURF CONTESTS—Athletic events on the Southington High School Turf Field will be subject to ticket sales. All contests starting at 5 p.m. costs $5 (adults) or $3 (students and seniors). Football contests cost $7 (adults) or $5 (students and seniors). Contact: SHS Athletic Office, (860) 628-3229, ext. 425 daily from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or by email at


SHS INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY & SENIOR GOLD CARD PASSES—Available at the SHS Athletic office, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Family passes for regular season contests cost $110 and includes immediate family members for boys/girls volleyball, football with the exception of the Thanksgiving game, boys/girls basketball, wrestling, and night baseball. Individual passes cost $45 ($30 for students). Senior gold cards are free for Southington residents ages 62 and over and are good for all regular season home games. Those who already have gold cards do not need new ones. Contact: SHS Athletic Office, (860) 628-3229 x 425 or at


THE SPEEDWAY LINE REPORT WITH GARY DANKO—Mondays, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., April-November, on WATR 1320 or on-line at The call-in radio show focuses on the world of auto racing with in-studio guests. Southington’s Gary Danko leads the discussion and provides results from local tracks and periodic vintage historical shows. Call-ins: (203) 757-1320.


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