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It’s that time of year again, when fragrant hikers with long hair and large backpacks make their way through the Northwest Corner towns that have sections of the Appalachian Trail (AT). 

Of the 2,200 total miles of the trail (which begins in Georgia and ends in Maine), there are 51 miles in Connecticut, in the towns of Falls Village, Salisbury, Sherman (in the south, at the New York border), Sharon and Kent.

Much of the trail, of course, runs through forest, but there are several spots at which the hikers emerge, sometimes to walk on paved road until the trail...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Two teams in state tournaments

FALLS VILLAGE — The winter season ended with two teams advancing into state tournament play. 
Girls basketball, ranked no. 2 in the state, faced no. 31 Ellis Tech in the first round on Feb. 25. Caroline Hurlburt led the team with nine points in a game that saw all of the team getting playing time. Christina Winburn and Kaylie Anderson netted six points each and Emma Crane had five. Tori Dodge had one 3-point basket in the 43-15 win. 

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Fire(fighters) and ice at annual race at Mohawk Mountain

CORNWALL — Mohawk Mountain hosted its ninth annual Firefighter Ski Race on Sunday, March 10. 
Teams of five from local fire departments raced downhill, decked out in full turnout gear and helmets. 
Despite ongoing snow and sleet, conditions were good for racing. 
Of the money raised, $1,200 will go to the burn center at Bridgeport Hospital.

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Brrr-ave souls raise $80,000 for Special Olympics

WINSTED — They took flying leaps, cannonballed, dove, dashed and tiptoed. Whatever their method, about 85 brave souls comprising 15 teams made a huge splash as they entered Highland Lake’s bone-chilling waters on Saturday, March 9, during the 16th annual Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. 
The popular, high-noon community event, which organizers said raised about $80,000 for the cause, drew hundreds of spectators under azure skies and seasonably comfortable 45 degree weather. Teams hailed from throughout the region.

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End of a great run for the Mountaineers

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Mountaineers girls basketball team was defeated, 52-34, by Trinity Catholic in a quarterfinal game at HVRHS on Tuesday, March 5.
The loss ends a deep run into the state tournament (Class S) for the Mountaineers.
The Lady Crusaders led 13-2 at the end of the first quarter. Guards Emma Gardner and Caitlyn Scott played their HVRHS counterparts, Sierra O’Niel and Christina Winburn, very closely and were able to disrupt the Mountaineer offense.

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And in less-conventional sports news...

Firefighters were on the slopes at Mohawk Mountain on Sunday, March 10, competing in novel events including team descent with a fire hose. Story and another photo, see Fire(fighters) and ice at annual race at Mohawk Mountain.
 

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Passing, shooting, laughing at regional hoops program

FALLS VILLAGE — Excited shouts filled the air — and the gym — at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Saturday morning, Feb. 23, as the final session of a basketball program for first- and second-graders commenced.
Lisa McAuliffe and Matt Mette, the recreation directors in Salisbury and Sharon, respectively, designed the program, which began Jan. 5.

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Mountaineers lose quarter final

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FALLS VILLAGE -- The Housatonic Valley Regional High School girls basketball team was defeated 52-34 by Trinity Catholic in a quarterfinal game at HVRHS Tuesday, March 5.

The loss ends a deep run into the state tournament (Class S) for the Mountaineers.

The Lady Crusaders led 13-2 at the end of the first quarter. Guards Emma Gardner and Caitlyn Scott played their HVRHS counterparts, Sierra O’Niel and Christina Winburn, very closely and were able to disrupt the Mountaineer offense.

O’Niel accounted for HVRHS’ first seven points.

Mountaineers climb one step closer to state championship

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) girls basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the state Class S tournament with a convincing 56-17 win over Aerospace (the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor) at home on Thursday, Feb. 28.
The Lady Jets (the 15th seed) had no answer for the second-seeded Mountaineers’ swarming defense. HVRHS racked up a lot of points early, leading 18-4 at the end of the first quarter and 25-4 at the half.
The Mountaineers were especially adept at steals.

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In Kent, the flight of the small pine cars

KENT — The never-ending winter weather posed no impediments to the annual Pinewood Derby hosted by Scouts in Kent Troop 11 and Pack 11. 
The derby was held on Sunday, March 3, at the Kent Congregational Church in the parish house.
Top finishers among the Scouts were Trevor Deitz in first place, Lincoln Kennedy in second place and Charlie Collins in third place. 
Top finishers in the Open Division were Aiden Cherniske in first place, Chris Harrington in second place and Heidi Deitz in third.

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Mountaineers defeat Aerospace, move one step closer to state championship

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Mountaineers girls basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the state Class S tournament with a convincing 56-17 win over Aerospace (the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor) at HVRHS on Thursday, Feb. 28.
The Lady Jets (the 15th seed) had no answer for the second-seeded Mountaineers’ swarming defense. HVRHS racked up a lot of points early, leading 18-4 at the end of the first quarter and 25-4 at the half.
The Mountaineers were especially adept at steals.

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