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WINSTED — The Gilbert School’s Yellowjackets varsity baseball team (6-13) suffered a late-season setback at home as they continue to struggle down the stretch, falling 1-14 to a focused Housatonic Valley Regional High School squad (14-5) on Thursday, May 18.

 With little room for error in a late push for a postseason berth, Gilbert’s bats were ice-cold, and junior righty Austin Smith gave up seven earned on eight hits over three innings before being pulled.

“When you’re not hitting, it tends to be a little bit contagious sometimes,”...

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Gilbert tennis scores win over Thomaston

WINSTED — The Gilbert School girls tennis team (2-7) dropped Thomaston (0-8) 4-3, on Friday, April 28, giving the burgeoning Yellowjackets a shot of confidence as the program continues to grow.
Gilbert’s top singles player, junior Ava Christensen, led the Yellowjackets by winning her match with Thomaston’s Jessica Ciavarella 6-2, 6-2, and Gilbert’s doubles teams won three out of four matches to pull out the victory.

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Spring sports season a washout so far

WINSTED — Though April showers ostensibly will result in May flowers, there is one thing they are not allowing to happen.
Baseball.
Both The Gilbert School and Northwestern Regional High School were forced to reschedule games this week due to inclement weather, and spring sports around the Northwest Corner have been hard-pressed to get teams out on the field, dating back to the the vestiges of a cold and snowy March.

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Northwestern topples Gilbert in varsity baseball

WINSTED — In an early-season matchup of two league favorites, crosstown rivals The Gilbert School (2-2) and Northwestern Regional High School (3-1) faced off on Monday, April 17, at Northwestern, with the Highlanders scratching out an eventual 3-1 victory.
Northwestern righty Vinny Tancreti out-dueled Yellowjacket’s senior ace Ryan Sholtis, not allowing a baserunner after the first inning en route to a three-hit, nine-strikeout complete-game victory.

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NWR7 varsity girls fall to Nonnewaug in tennis

WINSTED — The Northwestern Regional High School varsity girls’ tennis team fell to Nonnewaug 1-7 in a match at Northwestern on Tuesday, April 18.
The still undefeated Chiefs (6-0) looked every bit a league favorite, while the Highlanders (3-3), a still developing program under experienced head coach Turi Rostad, never quite showed the tennis acumen to pull off the upset.
“Tennis is a lifetime sport,” said Rostad. “Players do improve. I just want to see them move their feet.”

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Gilbert triumphs at baseball home opener

WINSTED —  Picking up where it left off last year, The Gilbert School varsity baseball team (2-0) pummeled Wamogo (0-2) in their home opener on Monday, April 10, as ace righty Ryan Sholtis continues to live up to the lofty expectations surrounding his senior campaign with a second consecutive lights-out performance
Sholtis fanned 15 batters over six innings in the 10-2 win, surrendering two earned on three hits and a walk, and the Yellowjackets scored five runs in the fourth to cruise to an easy victory over the Chiefs.

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Fishermen from all over take part in annual derby

RIVERTON — The 67th annual Riverton Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, April 9.
Derbies were held throughout the Farmington River.
This year, hundreds of fishermen entered into the event, including contestants both in the youth and adult categories.
However, according to event statistics only 23 fishermen were able to catch a fish.
The event started at 6 a.m. with fishermen lining up and down the Farmington River, mostly under a bridge overlooking the river itself.

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Yellowjackets softball season starts

WINSTED —  Though it certainly was not the season opener they were hoping for, the Yellowjackets might have more reason for optimism than they did at this point last year.
On a seasonably beautiful afternoon, The Gilbert School varsity softball team (0-1) opened its 2017 campaign on Monday, April 3 taking a 15-1 beating at the hands of Shepaug (1-0).

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Highlanders softball season starts Saturday

WINSTED — A strong finish to last year and a young, eager core of players has the Highlanders feeling hopeful as they dive into the 2017 softball season.
The team held their first practice on Sunday, March 19.
The only thing able to kill the vibe for Northwestern, in fact, might just be the weather. 
“I’ve been out there spreading snow before opening day in years past,” laughed Highlanders head coach Stacey Zematis. “If we don’t get any more, maybe we’ll be OK.”

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Gilbert School Yellowjackets prepare for April 1 opener

WINSTED — You would not know it from looking outside, but high school baseball season is just around the corner.
Despite the lingering snow, teams across the state have started to prepare for the 2017 season, including The Gilbert School Yellowjackets and their skipper Don Crossman.
The team is facing the challenge of following up last year’s stellar campaign that included a Cinderella postseason run.

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NWR7 boys varsity team season ends

WINSTED —  It was hard to set out realistic expectations for the Highlanders this season. Losing four of five starters off a team that won the regular season Berkshire League crown and came within one missed three-pointer of taking the league tournament, head coach Doug Sebach needed to fill the holes in his roster while continuing the program’s momentum in somewhat of a rebuilding year.

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