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The unusually high water levels in the Houstonic River have tempted paddlers to try their skill. Over the weekend both a kayaker and a river boarder were out near Bull’s Bridge in Kent. Visitors are reminded that the water is extremely dangerous at this height and speed and only very experienced paddlers should  venture out.

 

Lakeville Journal Sports

Water polo: quite possibly the world’s hardest sport

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Few sports require as much endurance as water polo. For the match, athletes are not allowed to touch the floor of the pool at any time. They must tread water or swim and can only rest during timeouts.
The Hotchkiss School girls water polo season is now at its halfway point. The team has yet to chalk up a win, but coach Laura Barrosse-Antle is optimistic.
“We’re a really young team with a lot of talent,” she said. The team is made up predominantly of freshmen and sophomores, and, “We’re going to be looking at a lot more improvement as they get more game experience.”

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Hotchkiss School hosts summer institute for elite athletes

LAKEVILLE — This summer at The Hotchkiss School, Mark Knapp and Edgar Giffenig will raise the bar in strength and conditioning.
From June 21 to June 26, Knapp and Giffenig will co-direct the Summer Institute for Sport (SiS), a program designed for elite athletes that will emphasize a European approach to athletic development.
The goal of the institute, Knapp said, is to teach athletes “what you need to do to become an elite athlete” and to “develop a sound, strong and powerful endurance base which will allow them to perform better in their sport and avoid injury.”

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Sharon bridge scores April 28

SHARON — We had six full tables for duplicate bridge at Good Neighbors on Low Road in Sharon on April 6. With five boards a round, and a skip after three rounds, all pairs played 25 boards and had an average score of 50.
For North South pairs, in first with 56.5 points were Trish Stimpson and George Mason; in second with 55 points were Doris Reeves and Harry Hall, and in third with 53 points were Roger Price and Jim Palmer.

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Feeling the thrill of the race at Lime Rock

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

LIME ROCK — Lime Rock Park held an open house on Thursday, April 21, and enthusiasts of fast cars braved the chilly winds and overcast skies for the chance to take a ride with a driving instructor, learn how to come out of a skid, and take a couple of laps around the track.
Nuno Peres of Woodbridge, N.J., was making his first trip to Lime Rock. He had just finished his three laps with an instructor at the wheel and was grinning from ear to ear.
Peres said the instructor “was talking to me the whole time. Watch the guy in front, watch how to take corners.”

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Ultimate rises in popularity at Marvelwood

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — The Marvelwood School started its ultimate team seven years ago, and Athletic Director Glenn Sanchez says that the team is “one of the best things I’ve ever added.”
The game, which was invented in the 1960s using a Frisbee disc, only started to rise in popularity recently. In the past, the sport (which is called simply “ultimate” due to trademarks) was almost entirely restricted to informal play on the campuses of high schools and colleges, in intramural or club leagues.

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Hotchkiss School sailors are NE Fleet champs

LAKEVILLE — The Hotchkiss School hosted one of five New England High School Fleet Race Qualifiers on a very cold and blustery Saturday, April 16.
Eight teams of brave high school sailors were on the water from 1000 to 1630 hours. The top gust we recorded was 24-knots and the wind chill was often near 20 degrees.

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Boys lacrosse falls to RHAM over spring break

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Students in the Region One School District were on spring break the week of April 18 to 22, but the Housatonic Valley Regional High School boys lacrosse team wasn’t.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 20, the team gathered on its home field to face off with a team from Regional 8 high school, which serves the towns of Andover, Hebron and Marlborough (its acronym is RHAM).
The game ended badly for the Housy boys, who lost 4-10, bringing their season record to two wins and three losses.

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Housatonic student of the week

Willy Yahn
karaw@lakevillejournal.com

Age: 15
Grade: Freshman
Town: Sharon
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher and third base
Years on varsity: one
How did you start playing baseball? My mom was always a baseball fan. I’ve been playing for fun since I was 4.
What made you try pitching? When I was younger, the coaches used to test out different players as pitchers. They put me on the mound one day, and I guess I was OK at it. I started pitching more and more often.

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Bitter cold but ‘it was worth it’

First day of fishing
cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Normally, fishermen try to outdo each other with tales of their magnificent catch.
But on a chilly first day of fishing season (April 16), most of the fishermen and women tried to outdo each other with tales of how cold their hands got while trying their luck out on Lake Wononscopomuc.
Certainly plenty of trout were hauled in on lines dangled from the shore and from boats of many shapes and sizes. The state had stocked the lake with 6,000 fish in March. Lakeville Town Grove Manager Stacy Dodge said they were, “beautiful, a very nice size.”

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Special Olympic swimmers inspire

LAKEVILLE — Every athlete, and certainly every Olympic athlete, has a story to tell, of dedication, love of their sport and the process of moving up through the ranks, seeking success and avoiding elimination.
Perhaps this is true to an even greater degree for the Special Olympians, a group of athletes who must overcome the challenges of their own disabilities as well as the challenges that mainstream athletes face.

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