November 11th, 2010
So, you lost at fantasy baseball this year and you’re itching to have a second chance, but the spring seems so far away. Here’s an immediate substitute. Let’s call it political baseball.
RIPTON — Ripton Elementary School officials are seeking community input on how students can mark the holiday season as part of their learning experience.
The outreach comes in the wake of decision by school officials to take a pass on typical Halloween activities this year in favor of a more general celebration of the fall and Thanksgiving. The school community has, in its recent history, marked Halloween with the reading of scary stories and the donning of costumes, among other things. Some activities had been co-organized by the Ripton Elementary parent-teacher organization.
What better time to talk about the summer game than a week that opened with a wintry mix of precipitation, a little slush, a dash of sleet, a touch of freezing rain, and a rush to Randy’s Citgo to get the snow tires on.
Before the Major League Baseball playoffs began, I told a group of sports fans at the Elderly Services headquarters that anyone who pretended to know who would win the World Series was, in so many words, full of organic fertilizer. Anything can happen in a short series, including favored teams choking away 3-0 leads in seven-game sets.
To hear what it was like to play professional football in the early days of the NFL, you’d want to talk to a guy like Y.A. Tittle. Interested in the history of the feminist movement? Go hear a Gloria Steinem talk. George McGovern could tell you all you needed to know about trying to change a political party.
And if you wanted to learn about folk music — which reaches back several centuries yet still shapes the music we hear today — you couldn’t do much better than going to a Tom Rush concert.
On the Ball: Panther Field Hockey Catches a Cabrini
Six points is an off day for, say, the Fair Haven football team against Middlebury Union High School in a Division II semifinal.
Six goals in a field hockey game? Well, that’s another story.
But that’s what the Middlebury College field hockey team racked up on Wednesday afternoon against overmatched Colonial States Athletic Conference champion Cabrini, which drove a long way from near Philadelphia to absorb a 6-0 loss in a first-round NCAA Division III tournament game.
On the Ball: Panthers dancing
Five (!) Middlebury College teams are moving along in the NCAA Division III title hunt this week. Four of them — the volleyball, men’s and women’s cross-country, and men’s soccer teams — earned automatic berths in national tournaments by prevailing in NESCAC play, the runners the weekend before last and the volleyballers and soccer players on Sunday.
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