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I used to say while I was playing baseball at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) how proud I felt to wear that jersey and represent our high school. My friends, teammates and peers thought I was just saying it as a fake-spirited rah-rah type of thing, or just thought I was crazy. I meant it with every ounce of my being and I was not the first one to think this way. 

“If you were going to do research on the history of high school baseball in the state of Connecticut, you were going to have to spend some time talking about Housatonic,” said Steve Blass...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Truly hot laps at IMSA Grand Prix

A Connecticut-based team won this year’s IMSA Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park on July 20, with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook at the wheel of the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. The Grand Prix is one of the biggest draws of the season to the park, and attendance was immense in spite of the heat, which even affected the drivers. 

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A coach sees changing approaches to youth tennis

FALLS VILLAGE — In the highly competitive world of youth tennis, Vanessa Pereira is an eyewitness to the changing landscape of that sport. Pereira, 31, is a youth tennis manager.
Tennis was a major factor in her life from an early age. Her mother, a Brazilian immigrant, worked in the house of Mats Wilander, winner of the 1982 French Open. Pereira grew close with the Wilander family, sparking an interest in the game that never left. 

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A historic ‘Tillie’ golf course in Norfolk

NORFOLK — While most non-golfers don’t know A.W. Tillinghast from A& W Root Beer, for those who swing the sticks in a determined quest for par, “Tillie” is a big name in the golf architecture business. It’s a treat to play one of his courses.
But perhaps even the golfers among us do not know that Tillinghast is credited with one of the area’s most historic and oldest courses, the nine-hole layout at Norfolk Country Club (NCC).

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For two locals, you can’t beat playing ball for a living

The  Northwest Corner’s links to big time baseball are gleefully and doggedly pursuing their dreams this summer.
Willy Yahn of Sharon and Wills Montgomerie of Salisbury are playing in the minor leagues, Yahn in the Baltimore Orioles organization and Montgomerie in the Los Angeles Dodgers system.
Montgomerie, a graduate of the Salisbury School, was selected in the sixth round (190th overall), while Yahn, a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, was chosen in the 25th round by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2017 draft.

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Adventure, endurance, fun on the Appalachian Trail

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.

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Eight centuries of tradition in an afternoon

Bagpipes droned and hammers were thrown at the 95th annual Round Hill Highland Games at Lime Rock Park on Sunday, June 30. 
Contestants competed in a variety of events, including caber toss, where the goal is to lift and toss a 20 foot log end-over-end. If the log lands in line with its original position, it is said to be in the 12 o’clock position. Competitors try to have the log land as near to 12 as possible. 

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Spring awards for HVRHS athletes

The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Department had its spring season and senior sports awards ceremony on Monday, June 10. The following student-athletes were honored at the ceremony:
Girls Tennis
Most Improved: Maddie Dekker and Lindsey Clark
Sportsmanship: Ella Matsudaira
No Tyburski Award for outstanding performance by a  freshman.
Most Valuable: Anna Coon, Neve O’Connell and Sayde Paulson
Boys Tennis
Most Improved: Micah Matsudaira

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Very special athletes get a chance to shine

FALLS VILLAGE — Ten Region One School District athletes in special education programs, along with 10 students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School and Region One faculty and staff, participated in the Special Olympics track and field and swimming events at Yale University and Southern Connecticut State University on June 8 and 9. 
Region One Superintendent Pam Vogel coordinated the events.

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Helping dreams of auto racing roar to life at Lime Rock

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Racing Development (HRD) can make the dream come true of going out at high speed on the race track at Lime Rock Park. 
Jack Scott grew up in Falls Village (and is the son of Tom Scott of the Falls Village Flower Farm and Roberta Scott). He is the owner, director, head mechanic, maintenance and storage manager and more, ably assisted by Administrator and Hospitality Specialist Ashley LaPlante.

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Rare moments of glory on the Housatonic River

The other morning I was out on the Housatonic River (flowing at about 850 cubic feet per second) bright and early at 7 a.m. on the dot. Since it takes me about two hours to wake up these days, I find this incredibly impressive.
I went to the Elms on the River Road side, so the sun, if it came out at all, would be behind me. (This is worth remembering. I have seen anglers doing some serious squinting at 9 a.m. from the Route 7 side, with the sun blasting in right at them. River Road a.m., Route 7 p.m.)

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