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NORFOLK  — For longtime Norfolk resident Chris Bagnall, auto racing is in his blood.

“My father, Steve Bagnall, used to race at Lebanon Valley Speedway when I was young,” Bagnall said. “To me, he was cool. He raced in a 1967 Chevrolet El Camino from 1969 to 1974. I still have one of his first-place trophies.”

A master glass technician at Sullivan’s Premier Glass in Winsted, Bagnall is now spending all his free time preparing to hit the track at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford, Conn., for this year’s SK Light series....

Lakeville Journal Sports

Penguin Plunge raises $100k for Special Olympics

WINSTED — Thanks in part to relatively mild weather, this year’s Penguin Plunge at Highland Lake in Winsted was the most successful ever held. 
One-hundred-twenty people signed up to Plunge; about 100 of them actually showed up and dove into the water, wearing everything from thong swimsuits to fleece rabbit outfits to costumes inspired by the play and movie “Grease.” Wamogo High School Athletic Director Dan Nemergut wore a blowsy wig and a cheerleader outfit.

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Faculty edges kids, 28-27

KENT — Kent Center School (KCS) eighth-graders faced off against the faculty in the annual students versus staff basketball game on Thursday, March 15.
The game was preceded by a spaghetti dinner that was hosted and served by the eighth-grade students. Parents and members of the community turned out to support the eighth-grade class; all proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund the class trip (which will be to New York City).

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Three travel bball teams are champs

WINSTED — The town of Winsted’s Recreation Department is celebrating three of its basketball travel teams, who won their respective league championships on Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11.
On March 10 the town’s fifth- and sixth-grade combined girls basketball team won its championship game over Thomaston at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville by a score of 38-30.
The team, which consists of 14 players, is coached by both Kurt Root and Ray Arel.

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Fish avoid the tournament

WINSTED — A fishing tournament for anglers ages 8 to 16 was held at Highland Lake in Winsted on Saturday morning, March 24. Four fishermen showed up but no fish made it to the event, which was a fundraiser for the Special Olympics (it preceded the annual Penguin Plunge by one hour, see story, Page A9). 

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Stellar season for NW boys

WINSTED — The Northwestern Regional High School boys basketball team’s magical season of success came to an end in the semifinals of the CIAC Division IV state tournament when the top seeds were beaten by a talented Kolbe Cathedral squad, 65-51, on Wednesday, March 14.

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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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