Greenwood settles into big-league role   Published Jul 22, 2014
Southington native Nick Greenwood was destined for a life of athletic prowess, but it sure seemed like he’d be using his feet considerably more than his hands. Greenwood, who was raised in Cromwell, was a three-sport star at Xavier-Middletown with … more ...
Southington reaches Northern quarters   Published Jul 21, 2014
SOUTHINGTON — In days long passed when baseball teams earned their nicknames based on their qualities, the Southington American Legion squad would be known as the Sharks. When there’s a little blood in the water, the Post 72 crew is … more ...
The sign of the crossbow   Published Jul 13, 2014
“Crossbows? They’re too modern! They’re too powerful! They’re a poacher’s weapon! They shoot like a rifle!” And the list goes on and on and on. “Crossbow?” At one time, in some places, just the word “crossbow” was enough to start … more ...
SOUTHINGTON — Practice time has come at a premium for Southington Post 72. Southington High’s deep penetration into the Class LL tournament scattered manager Marc Verderame’s organizational blueprint. Last week’s rainy weather only complicated matters. The process has been troublesome … more ...
Quinnipiac treasures: above, below   Published Jul 20, 2014
Shad in Hanover Pond? Could be, according to Steve Gephard, supervisor for the Diadromous Fish Program and Habitat Conservation Enhancement Program, Inland Fisheries Division, DEEP after I queried him about the possibility of shad being in Hanover Pond. I got … more ...
Legion teams in the hunt   Published Jul 19, 2014
Connecticut’s American Legion baseball state tournament opens today. All four area teams are in the hunt, with Wallingford back after a prolonged absence and Cheshire, Meriden and Southington each making a return visit while playing their best ball of the … more ...
Extraordinary human achievement is the sparkle that lights John Holt’s professional life. Fans around the state can see the joy that sports bring WFSB Channel 3’s sports anchor and reporter both on television and at local events, and the passion … more ...
SOUTHINGTON — Southington Post 72 went to the American Legion state baseball final last year. The high school team has gone to back-to-back Class LL title games. Southington has a long, honored reputation as one of the state’s top baseball … more ...
AVON — On the surface, the American Legion baseball season has been enigmatic for head coach Marc Verderame and Southington Post 72. The team has stayed in the race for a state tournament berth by beating the best Zone 1 … more ...
CCBL carves out summer niche   Published Jul 6, 2014
The Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League offers the local college baseball player competition similar to more prominent regional leagues like the New England and Futures circuits, but is geared toward those who wish to stay at home for the summer. The … more ...
Cessario has high hopes for SHS hoops   Published Jul 9, 2014
SOUTHINGTON — Former East Windsor head coach, entrepreneur and Joe Reilly disciple John Cessario has been named head coach of the Southington High boys basketball team. The Southington resident was selected by a search committee and approved at the last … more ...

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The summer collegiate baseball landscape, limited to only the most elite players two decades ago, has exploded with leagues springing up all over the country. The Cape Cod League, starting in 1885, and mostly southern and western leagues under the … more ...
The New England Collegiate Baseball League has entered its 20th season, which has particular significance to me because I was witness to its birth. Bristol was one of six state cities to be granted a franchise, and with my experience … more ...
Success has been the co-pilot for Ted Shaw as he navigated through a fruitful baseball career in Southington. The infielder, his uniform always dirty in true Dustin Pedroia tradition, helped coach Charlie Lembo’s Blue Knights go deep in Class LL … more ...
SOUTHINGTON — It’s a rare occasion when siblings are named Record-Journal Scholar-Athletes in the same season. Then again, Stephen and Alex Barmore aren’t your typical student-athletes. Stephen, who just graduated, led Southington to the state Class LL football championship as … more ...
A case of throw and catch   Published Jun 28, 2014
EAST HARTFORD — The boys on Team Constitution had Southington’s Stephen Barmore at quarterback. That’s a big reason why they led from start to finish Saturday in the Super 100 Classic at Rentschler Field. The boys on Team Nutmeg had … more ...
The sweat behind the glitter   Published Jun 27, 2014
UNDER THE HEADSET — There will be plays that will come off exactly as designed today in the “Super 100 Classic.” There will be stylin’. There will be highlight reel flyin’. It’s an all-star game, right? Truth is, for all … more ...
To dream, perchance to kick   Published Jun 27, 2014
OFF THE BENCH — Southington kicker Kyle Smick confesses he harbors a bit of a fantasy on how this afternoon’s “Super 100 Classic” senior all-star football game will end. His team — Team Nutmeg — trails Team Constitution by two … more ...
One last roundup for ol’ No. 12   Published Jun 24, 2014
MIDDLETOWN — If you’re familiar with Stephen Barmore’s style, you can spot the Southington quarterback at work from a distance, long before you can make out the No. 14 on his practice jersey or the No. 12 on his game … more ...
NEW BRITAIN — The New Britain Rock Cats may be the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, but they know whose backyards they reside in. Commodities both currently and formerly tied to the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees … more ...
Once bitten, twice repulsed   Published Jun 25, 2014
Area soccer coaches, players and aficionados are certainly sinking their teeth into the World Cup. But Luis Suarez’s evident bite of Giorgio Chiellini in Tuesday’s Uruguay-Italy game? Well, there is just no moral to those molars. “I think the guy … more ...
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