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Lakeville Journal Sports

When it comes to sports, I’ll play anything. So long as there’s a general set of rules, a basic objective and a winner and a loser, I’m in. When I was younger, but not that much younger, I dreamt up all kinds of half-baked games with my friends, plucking the best elements from various sports and then consolidating them within spontaneous guidelines. When you won, it was the best sport ever. When you lost, it was stupid and unfair and whose idea was this anyway? 

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Lakeville Journal Sports

Friend to the fishermen

The trout and small-mouth bass fishing on the Housatonic River has been very good lately. The flows are low, the water temperature ditto and the ambulatory angler can get to a lot of places normally only accessible by boat.
The Farmington River has also been low, because the reservoir that feeds the famous catch-and-release area of the West Branch is low.
All the Catskill rivers, with the exception of the Esopus (like the Farmington, the Esopus relies on reservoir flows) are low.

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Come swim for Special Olympics on Nov. 5

LAKEVILLE — It’s time once again for swimmers to pull on their caps and goggles and swim some laps at The Hotchkiss School’s luxurious Hickson Pool, and raise money for Connecticut’s Special Olympics swim team.
This is the 23rd year that Hotchkiss has hosted the fundraising swim. Members of the Special Olympics team will come out in the morning and join the other swimmers in the pool as they raise money to help pay for the team’s season. 

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Fast times at Pumpkin Run but few costumes

KENT —  It was a wet and dreary day for the 41st annual Pumpkin Run on Sunday, Oct. 29. Despite the rainy weather, 331 dedicated runners from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and beyond turned out with umbrellas and ponchos to finish the 5-mile course.
The USA Track and Field-certified course began at Town Hall, turned on Route 7 North to Cobble Hill Road, then went on to Route 341 back into the village, where runners crossed the finish line at Town Hall.

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Bridge scores

SHARON — There were six full tables for bridge on Oct. 11 at St. Bernard’s church. We used a modification of the Mitchell movement, playing four boards a round with each North South pair playing each East West pair, with 24 boards in all. The average score was 60. 
For North South pairs, in first with 71 points (59.17 percent) were Gail and Alan Gamble; in second with 68.5 points (57.08 percent) were Emily and Billy Saster, and in third with 63.5 points (52.92 percent) were Carol Magowan and Harry Hall. 

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Choices for the week

This week, it’s the Buffalo Bills versus the Jets.
Doug’s Pick
I stopped rooting for the Jets when Joe Namath retired. They always have given the appearance of an old, wannabe AFL expansion team, and their lack of  Super Bowl appearances testifies to their inability to “get it done.” And they won’t this week either.

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Gathering sports fundraisers all in one spot on the web

SALISBURY — Chances are (very) good that you’ve been asked at least once to be a part of a fundraising sporting event. And often we gladly participate in or donate to the charitable cause.

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Autumn season is winding down

FALLS VILLAGE — Cross-country celebrated Senior Day on Monday, Oct. 16. Eight seniors were recognized for their contributions to the team before the meet at The Gilbert School: Paul Bannister, Ryan Considine, Konnor Curtis, Dartanian Oyanadel, Jack Scarpa, Benjamin Upson, Alison Holmes and Krissy Galgano. The girls won their race, with Brooke Stampfle finishing second, Charlotte Clulow third and Alison Holmes fourth. 

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NFL Predictions: Browns vs. Vikings

This week, it’s the Cleveland Browns versus the Minnesota Vikings — in England.
Doug’s Pick
While one has to applaud the NFL’s quest to bring Light to our forebears  by periodically sending two teams across the pond to show the Brits what real football is, offering up what might be a bloodbath between the 5-2 Minnesota Vikings and the miserable, winless Cleveland Browns doesn’t seem like the right endeavor. 

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High hopes for Regional 7 volleyball

WINSTED — It should be a wild end to the Berkshire League girls volleyball regular season this week as three teams begin action with 6-2 records. Each has  a pair of league matches remaining.
Two of those teams met Tuesday, Oct. 24 (after press time for this issue of The Lakeville Journal), in Burlington, as Northwestern Regional played Lewis Mills. 

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Mountaineer Week in Review

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Mountaineer soccer teams swept all their games during the past week. 
On Oct. 10, JV players Daniel Zapata (3) and Henry Lopez-Gonzalez (2) scored in the 5-2 win at Shepaug. Anthony Fenn and Jacob Sheltra each had four saves in goal.  Lucas Calhoun and Luke Mollica shared one goal each in the 2-0 varsity win at Shepaug.  

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