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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

Golf team ends a solid season

FALLS VILLAGE — Led by freshman Zim McAuliffe’s one over par 37 at Norfolk Country Club on May 20, the Housatonic Valley Regional High School golf team solidified a spot in the state tournament with its lowest score of the season. 
Zach Ongley followed with a 43, Holden Marks with a 49 and Marcus Winburn with a 53. The next day Zach and Zim each shot 41 to lock in a top four team spot at the Berkshire League tournament. 

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Celebrating lumberjack skills in new team sport

WARREN — Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield held and hosted the first Timberlympics on Tuesday, May 21.  
Wamogo (which serves students in Warren, Morris and Goshen) is the first high school in Connecticut to form a timber team. The first season began in 2010 with four team members. This season’s team consists of 58 members. The coaches are Shannon Strong, Chris Brittain, Phil Demetri and Ann Sherwood.

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All that rain was at least good for the paddlers

CORNWALL — Conditions were ripe for exceptional paddling for the annual Covered Bridge Slalom on the Housatonic River on Sunday, May 19. The race was sponsored by the Housatonic Area Canoe and Kayak Squad (known as HACKS).  
“The river was at a great level, fast and ‘pushy’ and therefore exciting to watch,” reported organizer Jenifer Clarke of Clarke Outdoors in Cornwall.

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Wrestling champs

Joshua Schwartz (160 pounds, at left in photo) of Salisbury and Angelo Folino (126 pounds) of New Hartford won the Class S State Championship held at Windham High on Feb. 15-16. They are both senior captains at Northwestern High School.

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Trans Am is back, at Lime Rock Park

LIME ROCK — Lime Rock Park’s Memorial Day Classic weekend brought back Trans Am racing with the same excitement and enthusiasm that marked the series in its glory days of 1966 to 1972. 
Back then it was Fords and Chevys, Mercury Cougars and even AMC Javelins (remember those?). 
The cars were driven by some of America’s greatest: Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones and the 1967 Trans Am winner, Peter Revson. Paul Newman too was a successful Trans Am competitor. 

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Disc golf: a way to protect open space

NORTH CANAAN — Lloyd Weema had a choice of competing on Saturday, May 11, in  disc golf tournaments in either San Francisco, Calif., or North Canaan, Conn. The Florida resident chose the latter, a challenging course known for its rugged, natural topography. It was also the first PDGA-sanctioned (Professional Disc Golf Association ) singles tournament to be held at the site, one of three Greenways in North Canaan.

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Adventure race hits the ground running

NORTH CANAAN — There was no shortage of energy in North Canaan on Saturday, May 11, as teams of two raced to destinations in three states to complete predetermined tasks as part of an Adventure Race that began and ended at the Colonial Theatre.
Taking first place in the race (and also in community spirit) and receiving the $1,000 prize were Skip and Caroline Kosciusko, who gave their winnings to the second and third place finishers: Sam and Grace Lancto and Team Macaire, respectively.

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Welcoming summer on a hill by the track

LIME ROCK — Where can you find a bouncy house, quality beer, CBD infused tea, donuts, a live python and fast cars all in one place? 
At Lime Rock Park’s community celebration on Saturday, May 18, there really was something for everyone. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the park served as a place for people to gather, slow down, socialize a little and just enjoy a sunny laid-back day away from their busy lives and jobs.

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A brief respite from rain for Sharon Classic road race

SHARON — The 34th annual Sharon Classic Road Race took place Saturday, May 4, under gloomy skies. 
There was nothing new about the less-than-sunny weather for this race, always held the first Saturday in May, but it was a rare dry day, with temperatures in the 60s, comfortable conditions for a run. 
The town Green was busy, as always, with running as well as vendors, displays, food and massages for the race participants.

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South Kent School U-18 wins U.S. hockey title

KENT — For the South Kent School’s U18 ice hockey team, winning the USA Hockey National Championship once wasn’t enough. So, they went out and won it again this year, in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a 3-2 victory over the North Jersey Avalanche.
The South Kent Selects Academy team, representing the Central Connecticut Youth Hockey Association, came out on top in the tournament among the 16 best Tier I Midget AAA Youth Hockey teams in the country. The U18s played a grueling six games in six days on the way to the championship.

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