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The other morning I was out on the Housatonic River (flowing at about 850 cubic feet per second) bright and early at 7 a.m. on the dot. Since it takes me about two hours to wake up these days, I find this incredibly impressive.

I went to the Elms on the River Road side, so the sun, if it came out at all, would be behind me. (This is worth remembering. I have seen anglers doing some serious squinting at 9 a.m. from the Route 7 side, with the sun blasting in right at them. River Road a.m., Route 7 p.m.)

It stayed mostly cloudy pretty much all day, so my first thought was...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Passing, shooting, laughing at regional hoops program

FALLS VILLAGE — Excited shouts filled the air — and the gym — at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Saturday morning, Feb. 23, as the final session of a basketball program for first- and second-graders commenced.
Lisa McAuliffe and Matt Mette, the recreation directors in Salisbury and Sharon, respectively, designed the program, which began Jan. 5.

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Mountaineers lose quarter final

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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.

Mountaineers climb one step closer to state championship

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) girls basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the state Class S tournament with a convincing 56-17 win over Aerospace (the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor) at home on Thursday, Feb. 28.
The Lady Jets (the 15th seed) had no answer for the second-seeded Mountaineers’ swarming defense. HVRHS racked up a lot of points early, leading 18-4 at the end of the first quarter and 25-4 at the half.
The Mountaineers were especially adept at steals.

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In Kent, the flight of the small pine cars

KENT — The never-ending winter weather posed no impediments to the annual Pinewood Derby hosted by Scouts in Kent Troop 11 and Pack 11. 
The derby was held on Sunday, March 3, at the Kent Congregational Church in the parish house.
Top finishers among the Scouts were Trevor Deitz in first place, Lincoln Kennedy in second place and Charlie Collins in third place. 
Top finishers in the Open Division were Aiden Cherniske in first place, Chris Harrington in second place and Heidi Deitz in third.

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Mountaineers defeat Aerospace, move one step closer to state championship

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Mountaineers girls basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the state Class S tournament with a convincing 56-17 win over Aerospace (the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor) at HVRHS on Thursday, Feb. 28.
The Lady Jets (the 15th seed) had no answer for the second-seeded Mountaineers’ swarming defense. HVRHS racked up a lot of points early, leading 18-4 at the end of the first quarter and 25-4 at the half.
The Mountaineers were especially adept at steals.

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Indicators of humanity’s future in the air

While we all get distracted by the body (im)politic there is a ton of news the major media people are not covering for you. Readers of this column will know I focus often on aviation since it tends to be a signpost for what are good — and bad — indicators of progress.

What the well-dressed angler will wear in the 2019 season

It may be jumping the gun a bit … but here is the Tackle Fondling edition of Tangled Lines for 2019.
If you fish small streams a lot, you might look into a pair of wading pants. These are the same as bootfoot chest waders except they stop at the waist. No straps to fiddle with, and subsequently a lot easier to get in and out of.
Obviously you can’t go in as deep as with full chest waders. But if you are creeping around little brook trout streams, that is not a problem.

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Mountaineer Week in Review

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic girls basketball team continued its winning streak, with wins against Nonnewaug and Northwestern in the Berkshire League Tournament.  
Caroline Hurlburt led the team with 14 points in the tournament Semifinal game against Nonnewaug on Feb. 18.  Sydney Segalla had 12 points and Madelynn Olownia had 8 in the 52-21 win.  

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Crushing first-round win for girls in state tourney

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Mountaineers  girls basketball team cruised past Ellis Tech in the first round of the Class S state girls basketball tournament Monday night, Feb. 25, with a lopsided 43-15 win at HVRHS.
From the outset it was apparent that Ellis Tech, the 31st seed in the 32-team tournament, was in trouble.
The Mountaineers got their offense going with two quick passes from guard Christina Winburn to forward Caroline Hurlburt under the basket for the first two baskets of the game.

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No icicles on their sneakers

Nearly 300 competitors in the 35th annual Polar Bear Run, a 7.6 mile course, circled Lake Waramaug and passed through New Milford, Washington and Kent on Sunday, Feb. 24. See story, Shorts and singlets in the snow and cold at the Polar Bear Run.

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