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FALLS VILLAGE -- The Housatonic Valley Regional High School girls basketball team was defeated 52-34 by Trinity Catholic in a quarterfinal game at HVRHS Tuesday, March 5.

The loss ends a deep run into the state tournament (Class S) for the Mountaineers.

The Lady Crusaders led 13-2 at the end of the first quarter. Guards Emma Gardner and Caitlyn Scott played their HVRHS counterparts, Sierra O’Niel and Christina Winburn, very closely and were able to disrupt the Mountaineer offense.

O’Niel accounted for HVRHS’ first seven points.

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Lakeville Journal Sports

How to decide if it’s too hot for trout

Acouple weeks ago I trickled over to the ancestral homestead in Phoenicia, N.Y., for a couple of days.
The river there is the mighty Esopus, a river built along the same general lines as the Housatonic, but a little smaller and a lot cooler.
That’s because for the 11 miles between the Shandaken tunnel (known locally as The Portal) and the Ashokan reservoir, the Esopus is a tailwater, and thus resembles not the Housatonic but the Farmington.

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Perfect weather and a bear: a Sharon Sprint for the ages

SHARON — The 12th annual Sharon Sprint Triathlon was held on Saturday, Aug. 10,  with the most perfect conditions imaginable. 
Temperatures and humidity were low enough to keep runners and cyclists comfortable. The  Mudge Pond waters were warm enough to keep swimming a pleasure. 

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Vintage vehicles ready to rumble at Cruise

Kent’s ninth annual Car Cruise got off to a beautiful start on Saturday, Aug. 3, in the late afternoon.
More than 70 cars had registered, but more were still rumbling onto the road alongside the Kent Green as the show began. 
These shows attract a wide variety of vehicles: classics, hot rods, muscle cars, imports and more. 
This year’s cruise even brought out a full-scale 1981 Hook & Ladder fire truck from Middletown, N.Y. 

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Truly hot laps at IMSA Grand Prix

A Connecticut-based team won this year’s IMSA Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park on July 20, with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook at the wheel of the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. The Grand Prix is one of the biggest draws of the season to the park, and attendance was immense in spite of the heat, which even affected the drivers. 

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A coach sees changing approaches to youth tennis

FALLS VILLAGE — In the highly competitive world of youth tennis, Vanessa Pereira is an eyewitness to the changing landscape of that sport. Pereira, 31, is a youth tennis manager.
Tennis was a major factor in her life from an early age. Her mother, a Brazilian immigrant, worked in the house of Mats Wilander, winner of the 1982 French Open. Pereira grew close with the Wilander family, sparking an interest in the game that never left. 

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A historic ‘Tillie’ golf course in Norfolk

NORFOLK — While most non-golfers don’t know A.W. Tillinghast from A& W Root Beer, for those who swing the sticks in a determined quest for par, “Tillie” is a big name in the golf architecture business. It’s a treat to play one of his courses.
But perhaps even the golfers among us do not know that Tillinghast is credited with one of the area’s most historic and oldest courses, the nine-hole layout at Norfolk Country Club (NCC).

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For two locals, you can’t beat playing ball for a living

The  Northwest Corner’s links to big time baseball are gleefully and doggedly pursuing their dreams this summer.
Willy Yahn of Sharon and Wills Montgomerie of Salisbury are playing in the minor leagues, Yahn in the Baltimore Orioles organization and Montgomerie in the Los Angeles Dodgers system.
Montgomerie, a graduate of the Salisbury School, was selected in the sixth round (190th overall), while Yahn, a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, was chosen in the 25th round by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2017 draft.

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Adventure, endurance, fun on the Appalachian Trail

It’s that time of year again, when fragrant hikers with long hair and large backpacks make their way through the Northwest Corner towns that have sections of the Appalachian Trail (AT). 
Of the 2,200 total miles of the trail (which begins in Georgia and ends in Maine), there are 51 miles in Connecticut, in the towns of Falls Village, Salisbury, Sherman (in the south, at the New York border), Sharon and Kent.

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Eight centuries of tradition in an afternoon

Bagpipes droned and hammers were thrown at the 95th annual Round Hill Highland Games at Lime Rock Park on Sunday, June 30. 
Contestants competed in a variety of events, including caber toss, where the goal is to lift and toss a 20 foot log end-over-end. If the log lands in line with its original position, it is said to be in the 12 o’clock position. Competitors try to have the log land as near to 12 as possible. 

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Spring awards for HVRHS athletes

The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Department had its spring season and senior sports awards ceremony on Monday, June 10. The following student-athletes were honored at the ceremony:
Girls Tennis
Most Improved: Maddie Dekker and Lindsey Clark
Sportsmanship: Ella Matsudaira
No Tyburski Award for outstanding performance by a  freshman.
Most Valuable: Anna Coon, Neve O’Connell and Sayde Paulson
Boys Tennis
Most Improved: Micah Matsudaira

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