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Tracking the spread of cancer, and walking the track for Relay for Life

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The fourth annual Housatonic Valley of Connecticut Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS) returns to the Northwest Corner June 4 and 5.
Relay for Life is a fundraiser as well as a way to raise awareness about cancer research. The program is national but the regional event has grown phenomenally over the years.
The first year brought out fewer than 100 participants and raised about $19,000.

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Zumba’s salsa beat sweeps Tri-state fitness centers

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Zumba, the newest exercise craze, might just be the most well-known unknown fitness program in the area.
For those unfamiliar, it’s a combination of Latin and international music with dance, a hard-core workout where the goal is to not realize you’re actually working out.
Started in the 1990s, Zumba has quietly grown into a massively popular class. The most interesting aspect of the program might be that just about everyone who knows what it is has enrolled in a class.

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Sharon bridge scores

SHARON — There were six full tables for duplicate bridge at the Sharon Hospital Good Neighbors Building (1 Low Road)on March 9. We played five boards a round. With a skip after three rounds, all pairs played 25 boards.
The average score was 50, so the percentage and the total number of points were the same.
For North South pairs, in first with 57.5 points were Doris Reeves and Sheila Puccia; in second with 55.5 points were Carol Magowan and Harry Hall, and in third with 54 points were Kit Kellogg and George Mason.

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Salisbury Squirts are state champs

The Salisbury Youth Hockey Squirt A team won the Campbell Division State Championship on Feb. 26 in Norwich. Pictured left to right, back row, coaches Peter Hoyt, Mike Traggio, Paul McAuliffe; middle row, Molly Dowd, Henry Hoyt, Bradford Rawlings, Connor Toffey, Dawson Wynne; front row Ben Soper, Jacob Burcroff, Hayden Riva, Nick Traggio, Ana Tittmann, Jack McAuliffe; and goalie Matt Murray with the trophy.

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Another successful Hoops for Heart at Housy

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FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School held its 17th annual Hoops for Heart fundraiser on Friday, March 11 (after postponing it from Wednesday, March 9).
The fundraiser was first held in New Mexico. Its purpose is to raise awareness, promote healthy activities and raise money for the American Heart Association’s research into heart disease and stroke.

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Two Housy athletes place at track and field championships

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FALLS VILLAGE — Track and field is usually a spring sport, but for those athletes who just can’t wait to run, indoor track allows them to keep in shape.
While the indoor track season is mainly about training, there are a few meets over the winter. Most events translate well to the indoor venue, but a few — the javelin throw comes to mind — have to wait for spring.

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Salisbury, Kent meet in playoffs

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SALISBURY — Salisbury School and Kent School faced each other in the semifinal round of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) boys ice hockey championship tournament.
The tournament took place between Wednesday, March 2, and Sunday, March 6.
In the quarterfinal round, third-seeded Kent beat sixth-seeded Kimball Union 3-2 after two overtime periods.
In the same round, second-seeded Salisbury faced seventh-seeded Cushing Academy at their home rink, which was filled with excited and festively costumed Knights fans.

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Housy student fifth at wrestling tourney

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School senior (and team captain) Dominic Ghi placed fifth at this year’s state open wrestling tournament.
The tourney was held at James Hillhouse High School on Feb. 25 and 26. Ghi’s first-place finish in last weekend’s Class S state tournament qualified him for a spot in the state open, which included the top four place finishers from Class LL, L, M and S schools.

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Salisbury team plays in hoops finals

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SALISBURY — The Salisbury School boys basketball team placed second in the NEPSAC Class A boys basketball tournament after beginning the tournament seeded first.
Their first game was played on their home court on Wednesday, March 2, against eighth-seeded Loomis Chaffee.
Loomis gave Salisbury a run for their money, starting the game with a heavy lead and finishing the first half with a score of 20-15.
In the second, Salisbury managed to close the gap while also preventing Loomis from scoring for a good amount of time.

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Kent girls basketball ends winning season

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KENT — The Kent School girls basketball team won their 57th straight game on their home court on Wednesday, March 2, when they beat Taft in the quarterfinal round of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) championship tournament.
The game started out slow for the fourth-seeded Kent girls, who were given a bit of a scare, ending the first half down 15-11 to fifth-seeded Taft.
The team stepped up their defense in the second, keeping Taft from scoring at all in the first seven minutes.

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