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FALLS VILLAGE — The 2018 robotics season kicked off on Saturday, Jan. 6. Teams across the country received the instructions for this year’s competition from FIRST Robotics. 

This year, teams will create robots to take part in a retro-arcade themed game, called FIRST Power Up. Teams have six weeks to build and program a robot, and get ready for regional and then national competitions. — Liv Fallon

Lakeville Journal Sports

Mummies the word at Turkey Olympics

Zyaja Huggan and Jill Diamond, above, sophomores at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, painstakingly encased classmate Madison McNealy in toilet paper during the Mummy Wrap competition during the Turkey Olympics on Friday, Nov. 17. The Class of 2018 won the overall competition. Teams from the four grades and the faculty competed in silly games such as the Mummy Wrap and the Human Knot.

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Eleven saves for Shpur

FALLS VILLAGE — The boys soccer team, ranked no. 19, traveled on Nov. 6 to face no. 14 East Windsor in the first round of the Class S State Tournament. Antonio Santiago-Nicolas scored on a pass from Lucas Calhoun during the first half. East Windsor tied it with a goal during the second half. The game remained tied after two 10-minute overtimes but ultimately ended in a loss after penalty kicks. Caleb Shpur had 11 saves during this post-season game.

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A special swim for Special Olympics team

LAKEVILLE — The Northwest Connecticut Special Olympics swim team made its annual visit to The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville on Sunday, Nov. 5, for the 23rd swim-a-thon fundraiser there. 
Hotchkiss teacher and swim coach Keith Moon organized the event, as he has done for more than two decades. 
“We had a record-setting day with 235 swimmers, which handily broke last year’s previous record of 217,” Moon said.

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Mountaineer Week in Review

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic varsity boys soccer team ended their regular season with a win on the road and a loss at home. The team traveled to Terryville on Oct. 31. Matthew Lopes scored on a penalty kick and Antonio Santiago-Nicolas scored from Juan Pablo Sanchez in the 2-0 win. 
The team faced Northwestern in a rescheduled game on Nov. 1. The team lost 1-0. They will face East Windsor in the first round of the Class S State Tournament on Nov. 6. 

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Robotics team is prepping for 2018 season

FALLS VILLAGE — The actual robotics season has not yet begun, but student members of the Who’sCTEKS from Housatonic Valley Regional High School have already hosted their first fundraiser of the year, on Thursday, Nov. 2, at Freund’s Farm Market and Bakery in East Canaan.

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An excellent autumn day for the Cannonball Run

FALLS VILLAGE — Piotr Kostyk of Bethel, Conn., was the first male finisher and overall winner of the 5K Ed McGuire Memorial Cannonball Run in Falls Village on Saturday, Nov. 4, with a time of 18 minutes and 34 seconds.
Sherri Odell of Litchfield was the first female finisher and second overall at 20:33.
Lee H. Kellogg teacher Jac Cohn ran the course in 22:44, good for 12th place.
There were 73 runners. The most senior was Patty Carton, 49, of Stratford, Conn., who placed 60th with a strong 39:02 showing.

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Football Takedown

This week, HVRHS football coach Doug Richardson and Lakeville Journal Senior Reporter Patrick L. Sullivan share their predictions for the upcoming game between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills. 
 
Doug’s Pick

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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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