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SALISBURY — Gianna Russillo of Salisbury,  a senior at The Gunnery school in Washington, Conn., was one of the top 20 varsity girl runners in the 2019 NEPSTA DIII Cross Country Championships held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. A total of 478 runners from New England independent high schools participated. 

Russillo took second place among 148 runners with a time of 19:24. She was awarded All-New England status and was invited to compete in the 2019 Race of Champions, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Mark’s...

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Willy Yahn at home after strong Double-A season

SHARON — Willy Yahn, 23, ended his AA baseball season on Friday, Sept. 13, and was already back in the Northwest Corner by Thursday, Sept. 19, and tossing a football around at Community Field in Lakeville with some friends.
He stopped to chat and give a quick update on how his season went and what his plans are for the winter months.
Yahn started last season with the Frederick Keys in Frederick, Md., the Class A-Advanced affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles. 

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Lime Rock for two-wheelers

LIME ROCK — Lime Rock Park’s Paddock B was host to moving vehicles with less horsepower than normal for the Bike Rodeo for Kids on Saturday, Sept. 28, hosted by Sharon Hospital/Nuvance Health.
The two-wheeler event was held in conjunction with Lime Rock’s Scout Day and a final Vintage Sports Car Club event for the 2019 season. 
Sarah Colomello of Sharon Hospital registered young riders and said “she was thrilled to be part of the weekend.”
About 150 youngsters took part, she said.

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Learning teamwork while earning pizza and awards

NORTH CANAAN — It was cold and windy at Segalla Field in North Canaan on Friday, Oct. 4, but the youngsters running back and forth on the soccer field did not seem to mind. 
The players, all 5 and 6 years old, are members of the Kindergarten Soccer program, sponsored by the North Canaan Recreation Commission. Their season, consisting of practices, culminated with a scrimmage. It was well attended, with parents bundled in blankets cheering the action on the field. 

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Mountaineer Week in Review

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Mountaineers have reached the halfway point of the fall season. 
The co-op MCW junior varsity football team lost to Platt Tech on Sept. 16 12-0. Isaiah Robles (Housatonic) had eight tackles and forced a fumble. Josiah Dillard (Oliver Wolcott) rushed for 25 yards. 
The varsity squad traveled to Cheney Tech in Manchester for a night game on Sept. 20. Harry Schopp (Housatonic) had a fumble recovery and Ethan Galinski (Oliver Wolcott) had four tackles in the 45-0 loss. 

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HVRHS makes history with first female football coach in Connecticut

FALLS VILLAGE — Jennifer Stango Garzone is making coaching history here in the Northwest Corner.
Garzone is two games into her first season as the head coach of MCW United, becoming the first female head coach in Connecticut high school football history. 

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SWSA builds a new jump

SALISBURY — Volunteers with the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) worked over the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6 at Satre Hill in Salisbury to build a new small ski jump for children.
There were some technical difficulties involving machinery — specifically, something heavy and wide enough to perch on the steep hillside and drill 3 foot holes for concrete posts.
The dilemma was solved with the lending of a Bobcat (a small bulldozer) from Emberlin Property Care.

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‘Safety first’ with style a close second at the Orvis fair

MILLBROOK — The Orvis Game Fair and Sporting Weekend at the company’s property in Millbrook, called Sandanona, is always a favorite with sportsmen and sportswomen in this part of the world.
The 2019 fair, held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, didn’t disappoint. Both were picture-perfect summer days and provided visitors and vendors alike with ideal conditions. 

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Feats of strength and plenty of food at Truck Pull

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Food and Truck Fest on Saturday, Sept. 21, was chock full of, well, food and trucks.
Shootout Productions handled the truck part, in which pickup trucks in various categories compete to see who can pull “the sled” the longest distance along a carefully groomed track at the bottom of the hill north of the town pool.

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A gentle boost from e-bikes at Cornwall shop

CORNWALL — Bob Ensign said he couldn’t have had a better opening weekend for his new business, even  if he “had paid for it.”
His Covered Bridge Electric Bike Rental shop in West Cornwall had its grand opening over Labor Day weekend, and customers headed out on excursions along River Road, a rural dirt road that runs along the Housatonic River, heading to parts north.

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Cross-country victories open the fall season

The fall sports season at Housatonic Valley Regional High School opened on Sept. 10 with the cross-country team hosting Thomaston and Wamogo. Both teams won against Wamogo and lost to Thomaston. 
Brooke Stampfle finished fifth with Charlotte Clulow finishing seventh and Avery Tripp finishing 10th for Housatonic. 
For the boys, Shane Stampfle finished second with Jace Tomaino (6th), Simon Savoye (8th) and Xavier Johnson (10th) scoring for Housatonic.

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