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SALISBURY — Edgar Giffenig barely has time to sit down for a bit of lunch, he’s that busy giving tennis lessons at the Norfolk Country Club and dealing with pulling together his second book about the sport.

But he did find a half hour to chat recently in the dining room of the club before he walked back down a hill to the tennis courts for a lesson.

Giffenig’s life has been entwined in tennis since his days as a top-rated junior player in his native Mexico. He went on to play for The University of Texas (Austin), where he completed an undergraduate degree...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Wins in ice hockey, varsity girls and JV boys b-ball

Housatonic ice hockey started the week off with an overtime win, 3-2, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, against the Redhawks at Norwich Free Academy. Connor Toffey and Anthony Robarge scored during regular time, with Finn Bambery scoring the winning goal in OT. 
In wrestling, Will Fallon won by forfeit against St. Paul. 
The ski team finished second overall in the slalom race at Catamount. Alex Vernali placed in the top 10, with Jack Wayne and Calvin O’Connor placing in the top 15. Molly Dowd finished second among female racers. 

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Southern comfort for the big game

SHARON — Barbecue is big in the South but you can still find it north of the Mason-Dixon line. Sharon is fortunate to have its own authentic barbecue restaurant, When Pigs Fly South. 
Inspired by his family’s Louisiana roots and his Atlanta, Ga., upbringing, chef and restaurant owner Bennett Chinn has been serving up this Southern comfort food since he opened the eatery on West Main Street in 2009. 

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How to watch the Super Bowl like a coach

Place your bets, prepare your snacks, gather your lucky rabbit’s foot: Super Bowl LI is this Sunday, Feb. 5. 
The New England Patriots, Deflategate and suspensions left in the past, will enter their record-breaking ninth Super Bowl and take on the Atlanta Falcons. 

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Many HVRHS teams enjoy victories

The girls varsity basketball team continued their winning streak by beating four-time Class S State Finalist Thomaston on Wednesday, Jan. 25. In front of a packed house, the Lady Mountaineers fought back from being down after three quarters to win 46-43. 
Chloe Dakers led in scoring with 17 points, followed by Caroline Hurlburt (7) and Emily Geyselaers (6). 

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Coaching, team spirit bring Housy girls to number one

FALLS VILLAGE —Walking up to the Housatonic girls basketball team is more like meeting a family than a competitive high school sports team. With just over 10 players on the varsity team, “Everyone is really close,” according to junior Olivia Forstmann. Emily Geyselaers chimed in,  “It really helps that we can trust each other, we build each other up instead of break each other down.”  

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Danger in the coal pit

The upper Housatonic River valley brims with defunct ore mines, abandoned blast furnaces, forgotten lime kilns and, scattered hither and beyond on our hillsides, the remains of several thousand outdoor charcoal hearths, recognizable to the keen eye for their round, raised earthen platforms and dearth of tree growth (excepting birch, which doesn’t mind the pyrolitic acid in the soil). If you find one hearth, you’ll find more nearby. 
Charcoal was labor intensive and one of the most expensive aspects of iron processing here.

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Girls basketball holds onto number one ranking

FALLS VILLAGE — Girls varsity basketball remained ranked number one  in Class S with wins against Wamogo and Terryville last week.  
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Lady Mountaineers won, 34-21, against Wamogo at home with Chloe Dakers scoring 12 points followed by Amanda Jacquier (8) and Emily Geyselaers and Caroline Hurlburt (4) each.  

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Staying warm in old New England

Staying warm in old New England

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Mountaineer Week in Review 1-19-17

FALLS VILLAGE — This winter is proving to be a great season to be a Mountaineer. 

Girls basketball

The girls varsity basketball team is currently ranked no. 1 in Class S with a record of 10-1. The team won all three league games this past week, including a huge upset against rival Lewis Mills. 

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Housatonic teams fight hard in season openers

The boys basketball teams opened the 2016-17 season at home against Thomaston on Dec. 20. In the 92-63 loss, nine varsity players scored with Ayden Zucco (16), Jacob Shpur (11) and Troy Brazee (10) leading in points. 
During the JV game, it was a total team effort in the 68-37 win, with all 16 players seeing time on the court and 13 scoring points. Eli Brinson led the team with 13 points followed by Troy Brazee (8), Evan Miller (7), Briceson Berry (7) and Zachary Ongley (7). 

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