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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).

A little background on Tillinghast: He laid out such notable major golf tournament venues as the Bethpage...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Mountaineer Week in Review

FALLS VILLAGE — The spring season opened on April 1 with Mother Nature once again playing an important role.   
Micah Matsudaira won his first tennis match of the season at first singles against Shepaug in a super tie-breaker.  Ian Danforth Gold won at second singles, 6-2, 6-1. The team lost the overall match, 4-2.  

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Fleet streak! Hotchkiss sailors start as champs

LAKEVILLE — It seems a little backward, but for competitive high school sailors, the season begins (more or less) with a national championship. 
Schools from all over New England had regional qualifying events on Saturday, April 12. The 15 victors in those competitions came to Lake Wononscopomuc in Lakeville the following day for the New England championship, hosted by The Hotchkiss School. 

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Looking for gold and rainbows in Riverton

RIVERTON — A fog hung close to the Farmington River, somewhat obscuring anglers as they took part in Saturday’s annual Riverton Fishing Derby. But the fog didn’t prevent smiles popping out like little rays of sunshine on the youngsters and adults participating in the hallowed event that traditionally kicks off the start of a new fishing season.

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Overwhelming water in the Blackberry

NORTH CANAAN — Brian Kinney of Bristol was at Beckley Furnace in North Canaan, trying to get his white beadhead Wooly Bugger down into the swollen, discolored Blackberry River.
Kinney said he always comes to the Blackberry for opening day. This year he was poised and ready at 5:30 a.m., waiting for the official kick-off at 6 a.m.
And it was raining.
“River came up about two feet” he said at 9:30 a.m. “Terrible fishing.”

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Warm temperatures on a low-key opening day

LAKEVILLE — The weather was warm but rainy on  Saturday, April 13, the first day of general regulation fishing in Connecticut. Turnout was somewhat less enthusiastic than normal at area fishing meccas, even less enthusiastic than it is in years when there is still snow on the ground and a sharp bite in the air. 

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Jason Diamond finds hockey success in collegem

SALISBURY — Going from a small school such as Housatonic Valley Regional High School to college hockey is no easy task. 
But Lakeville’s Jason Diamond made the jump in grand fashion, becoming a key player for the Becker College team in Worcester, Mass., this past winter.

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Community invited in to enjoy Lime Rock Park

LIME ROCK — Lime Rock Park is making a special effort this year to invite the community in, and perhaps change some minds about car and motorcycle racing on the track. 
The track owners have been in litigation with the town of Salisbury for a couple years now over owner Skip Barber’s request to state regulators that there be some Sunday racing allowed. A court injunction from the 1950s strictly forbids Sunday racing (in part because the track is right across Route 112 from Trinity Episcopal Church). 

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In which our seasoned angler shares some secrets

Saturday, April 13 is the opening of the 2019 trout season in Connecticut.
That’s a little misleading, actually. Trout Management Areas like the Housatonic and Farmington rivers are open year-round. Whether or not they are fishable is another question.

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Pull, pull, pull!

The 2019 crew season has begun for area independent schools — notably the Kent School and the Salisbury School. The boys and girls teams at Kent ventured out onto the Housatonic River on March 26 for their first day outdoors. This weekend, the boys varsity team races against St. John’s School starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 (the girls team is away on April 6). The Salisbury School varsity crew team is also at home on April 6, competing against Andover, beginning at 2:30 p.m.  

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A fisherman’s plea: Bite me

Are you ready for some fishing?
I am.
Connecticut’s general regulations say that trout season opens on Saturday, April 13, but Trout Management Areas are open all year. New York state opens Monday, April 1. Massachusetts is mostly year-round, except where it isn’t. (Check the respective state websites for details, lest you run into a fish cop.)
So the real question is this: Where is it feasible to fish right now?

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