AROUND THE HORN: Southington wrestlers go to the mat for Komen Foundation; All-Star football game named after Fontana

AROUND THE HORN: Southington wrestlers go to the mat for Komen Foundation; All-Star football game named after Fontana

SOUTHINGTON — The Southington wrestling team established a new tradition for itself this season, staging a “Pink Night” to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness.

The Blue Knights pulled in $700 with their inaugural event. The money was donated to the New England Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The team has another big home event this coming Saturday. The Blue Knights host the Connecticut Challenge starting at 9 a.m.

All-Star football game named for Fontana

SOUTHINGTON — When the annual Connecticut senior all-star football game rolls aroud this June, it will go by a new name: the John Fontana All-Star Football Classic.

Fontana, the late executive director of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, helped get the summer football showcase off the ground, first as a Connecticut-Rhode Island game and later as an all-Connecticut event.

This year’s game will be played at New Britain’s Veterans Stadium on June 27.

Fontana passed away Oct. 21 at age 84.

Yard Goats tickets go on sale Feb. 7

HARTFORD — Tickets for 2020 Hartford Yard Goats baseball games will go on sale Friday, Feb. 7.

The box office at Dunkin’ Donuts Park opens at 10 a.m. Tickets can be ordered over the phone or online at starting at noon the same day.

The Yard Goats are now managed by Southington native Chris Denorfia, who will be appearing today at the team’s annual Hot Stove luncheon at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.

The team opens the 2020 Eastern League season at home on Thursday, April 9 against the Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

Youth track team readies for spring

SOUTHINGTON — The spring session for the Southington-based CT Storm youth track team opens on Monday, March 23.

The program is open to students in grades 1-8.

Practices will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at Derynoski Elementary School from 5:30-7 p.m. There will be a meeting for parents on Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m. in Room 301 at Southington High School.

Registrations are now being taken. Athletes can also sign up at the March 19 parents’ meeting.

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