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There was an added incentive to swim/bike/run as fast as possible on Saturday morning, Aug. 11, at the 10th Sharon Sprint Triathlon sponsored by the town’s recreation department and organized by Rec Director Matt Andrulis Mette.

The sky was cloudy and threatened rain (something new and different); anyone who wanted to miss the downpour was going to have to finish quickly.

The triathlon started in the relatively warm waters of Mudge Pond at the Sharon town beach. Fifty swimmers plunged in between the docks on one side and the water lilies on the other, then swam out to...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Natasha de Elye Cole wins gold in Special Olympics

WEST CORNWALL — West Cornwall resident Natasha de Elye Cole didn’t just walk away with her gold medals from the Special Olympics. She earned them through hard work, training and dogged determination. 
Sports have been a part of her life since she was young, providing focus and passion. At 7 years of age, enrolled at Cornwall Consolidated School, she joined the program of downhill skiing and loved it — even though she often fell. 
But when she fell, she got back up and tried again. 

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Wintry enough around the lake for a Polar Bear

KENT — On Sunday, March 4, the Tri-state region was still digging out from the Nor-easter that had hit hard on Friday, March 2 — so the 315 dedicated athletes who came out for the 34th annual Polar Bear Run on Sunday were facing some true winter conditions as they ran 7.6 miles around Lake Waramaug, starting and finishing in Kent and passing through the towns of Warren and Washington. 

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Standing in the icy water pretending it is spring

SOMEWHERE IN NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT — My fishing season officially began Saturday, Feb. 24, when a healthy 8-inch brook trout took a big rubber-legged stonefly nymph at the tailout of a deepish pool in the Stream That Shall Not Be Named.
“Wait a minute,” you say. “Trout season doesn’t start until the second Saturday in April.”
That’s true, for waters covered by general regulations.
But the Housatonic and Farmington Trout Management Areas are open year-round. 

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Northwestern wins sixth BL swim title

LAKEVILLE — The Northwestern Regional High School swim team rolled to its sixth consecutive Berkshire League title last Saturday, March 3, in a regional meet in the pool at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville.
Northwestern (which has students from Barkhamsted, Colebrook, New Hartford and Norfolk) amassed 736 points — 226 ahead of runner-up Litchfield and more than 400 ahead of third-place finisher and former BL perennial champ Shepaug. Gilbert finished fifth and Housatonic eighth.

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Bridge from Cub Scout to Boy Scout

A group of 11 Cub Scouts advanced into the Boy Scouts at a ceremony and brunch at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Saturday, Feb. 24. Leader Walt Deane said it was the biggest group to participate in the Arrow of Light Bridging Ceremony in years. The Scouts are: Brandon Madeux, Caleb Rand, Cole Dennis, Demetri Ouellette, Dylan Deane, Eli Bosio, Jake Bosio, Jerry Conlin, Jonathan Leal Santiago, Liam Macneil and Lucas Caranci. State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) presented the Scouts with certificates.

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NWR7 dominates

When you’ve already won five league titles in a row what could possibly be the motivation for a swim team? How about winning a sixth consecutive championship?
That’s the goal for the Northwestern Regional 7 co-ed swim team as it slices through the 2017-18 season undefeated and heads toward the Berkshire League Championship Meet this weekend, March 2 and 3.

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Young and old

The Hotchkiss School varsity basketball and ice hockey teams offered clinics for local youth on Jan. 28 and Feb. 11. The Salisbury Redhawks ice hockey players, above, worked with Hotchkiss hockey players to improve their techniques.
 

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Tackle fondling 2018

It’s only February, and my fishing madness is peaking. This has been an especially brutal winter, for some reason. 
Oh, yeah. It’s been cold.
Really cold. 
One of my brook trout streams was technically fish-able on Sunday, Jan. 28. I decided to wet a line. It was either that or the Pro Bowl.
So on Saturday I began the annual tackle fondling procedures. January is very early for tackle fondling. 
I snipped old leaders off lines, cleaned lines, took a stab at sorting out fly boxes.

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On to the state tournament!

The Northwestern Regional High School girls basketball team beat Nonnewaug, 58-41, to win the Berkshire League tournament championship Friday night, Feb. 23. The Highlanders (22-1) also won the regular season championship, and will now begin state tournament play as the top seed in Class M.  — John Torsiello

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Planning for baseball

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