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December 13, 2017--JOURNAL OPINION--Page 11 Girls Basketball Game of the Week WOODSVILLE 51 PROFILE 35 EPPING--Woodsville came back to take their third game in a row to open the season on Friday night at Epping. They used a balanced offense along with a stifling defense to take the win. It was a low-scoring first quarter as both defenses played tight. The lead changed hands and Woodsville was able to squeak out a 9-8 lead at the end. Epping was able to generate more offense in the second frame and garner a 20-18 halfiime lead, but it was still a defensive battle as both teams tried to work the ball inside from half court offensive sets. The third quarter was more or less the same as the second. Woodsville sturuggled offensively but kept up sold defense, solid enough to keep within range. The Engineers threw 8 points on the scoreboard and they trailed by 6 at 32-26 heading into the final eight minutes of play. The solid Engineer defense grew more and more inpenetrable in the 4th quarter as time went on. With Lily Kinder smothering Epping's top scorer, the Woodsville offense went to work. Freshman Emily Prest mad a crucial hoop and that was followed by two Kinder fi'ee throws down the stretch that gave the Engineers the lead. Meanwhile the defense held the Blue Devils to just 3 points over the final 8 minutes. Prest had 7 points as did classmates Morgan Wagstaff and Olivia Sarkis. Molly Clough and Kinder each chipped in with 6 as Woodsville moved to 3-0 on the season. Woodsville visits Blue Mountain on Friday. Haverhill and Rivendell 7th and 8th grade girls also played during the two-day Orford-Fairlee Lions Club annual basketball tournament at Rivendell Academy. Lion Richard Gray said the tourney raises money for the Rivendell community including funds that help pay for college scholarships, senior trips, and student government activities. "It all" goes back into Rivendell," he said. JO PHOTO BY RICHARD SWENSON Boys Basketball Game of the Week WOODSVILLE 80 EPPING 70 EPPING--Woodsville's Garrett The Orford-Fairlee Lions Club annual basketball tournament was held Olsen spent a lot of time at the free on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at Rivendell Academy. The preseason tournament throw line on Friday night and it featured boys and girls middle school teams including these players ended up being a large part of the fr.om Rivendell and Haverhill who were playing on the afternoon of De(;. Engineer offense as he threw in 20 GO PHOTO BY RICHARD SWENSON The Orford-Fairlee Lions Club held its annual middle school basketball tournament over the weekend at Rivendell Academy, Most of the teams in this year's tournament featured 5th and 6t" graders like these players from Maacoma (left) and Piermont (right), JO PHOTO BY RICHARD SWENSON Bird count gets underway HUNTINGTON, VT--The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, according to Audobon Vermont. This year, the Audubon Christ- mas Bird Count will mobilize over 72,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,500 locations across the Western Hemisphere. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that scientists could never accomplish alone. Data compiled in Vermont will record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area, contributing to a vast citizen science network that continues a tradition stretching back more than 100 years. To date over 300 peer-reviewed articles have resulted from analysis done with Christmas Bird Count data. Bird-related citizen science efforts are also critical to under- standing how birds are responding to a changing climate. This documen- tation is what enabled Audubon scientists to discover that 314 species of North American birds are threatened by .global warming as reported m Audubon's groundbreaking Birds and Climate Change Study. The tradition of counting birds combined with mod- em technology and mapping is enabling researchers to make dis- coveries that were not possible in earlier decades. Birders of all ages are welcome to contribute. Each individual count is performed in a count circle with a diameter of 15 miles. At least 10 volunteers, including a compiler to coordinate the process, count in each circle. The volunteers break up into small parties and follow assigned routes, which change little from year to year, counting every bird they see. In most count circles, some people also watch feeders instead of following routes. This year, there are count circles in Bamet and Norwich. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED BRADFORD--The Orange East Senior Center is looking for volunteers to work Monday night bingo. The hours are from points from the charity stripe en route to a 33-point night. This ~J~ ': A Piermont middle schooler (left) guards a Mascoma player (right) 5 to 9 p.m. It's not necessary to do every VT ma~=s_,=~ game eense changes ; ~' during a game on Saturday in the Orford-Fairlee Lions Club annual Monday, a flexible schedule can,~, helped Woodsville take their season basketball tournament. Eight boys teams and five girlsteams featuring arranged. For more deiails, call tho,~ opener on the road. MONTPELLER, ~',Vc~6h~Tish&W~dlifeDepartmentisreminding 5'" and 6th graders play a round-robin style' preseason tourney. In at(802)222-4782. -- It was a hotly contested first hunters, anglersandtrappersofchangestopermanentlicensesthatgoint01 addition to Piermont and Mascoma, teams from Rivendell, Newbury, quarter with both squads ready to effect starting Jan. 1, 2018. Haverhill, Norwich and Hanover participated. roll their offensive sets out. The A permanent license is currently available free to Vermont residents 70, J9PHOTO, R CHARD SWENSON final score at the end of the first 8 or older. Beginning Jan. 1, a resident 66 or older may purchase a minutes of play was 14-13 withthe permanent license for a one-time fee of $60. visitors on top. A run-and-gun All licenses may be purchased at a license agent or district office or second frame saw little in the way of online. People who already have a permanent license do not need to defense as shots flew on both sides purchase another, but need to renew theirs in 2018. of the court. The lead changed hands A permanent license allows a qualified recipient to hunt, fish or trap a few times but in the end the Engineers managed to cling to their one-point lead to the tune of 37-36. Woodsville set up their defense in the third stanza and it paid dividends immediately as they were able to open up their lead. Olsen began to shoot free throws in earnest in the second half, eventu- ally taking 18 shots over the f'mal 16 minutes. The Engineers played their way to a 59-48 lead heading into the final quarter of play. Epping pressed hard the last 8 minutes and actually cut into the Engineer lead but the visiting team was up to the task and they fended offa late game surge to take the win. Olsen led all scorers with 33 points as he shot an amazing 20 of 23 from the foul line. Cooper Davidson had a good night with 26 points with Adam Cataldo chipping in with 16, including four 3-pointers. Woodsville got their season off on the right foot with a 1-0 record. Woodsville visits Blue Moun- tain on Friday. without purchasing additional licenses for the rest of their lifetime,Vermont' s permanent license can include all regular season tagg, including archery deer, muzzleloader deer and turkey tags. Additional tags for second archery, moose and antlerless lotteries and waterfowl stamps must be purchased separately. A permanent license must be renewed every year, which is free online or at any district office. It takes a village. That village needs a newspaper. l 802-222-5281 www.jonews.com Weekly Scores Girls Basketball Dec. 5 Woodsville 63 vs. Gorham 39 Dec. 8 Woodsville 40 at Epping 35 BMU at Cabot Boys Basketball Dec. 8 Woodsville 80 at Epping 70 BMU at Cabot FOOD PANTRY NORTH HAVERHILL--A food pantry for the Haverhill area is located in the downstairs of the Trinity Church of the Nazarene. The pantry is open from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month and is open to Bath, Benton, Piermont, Haverhill, Haverhill Comer, North Haverhill, East Haverhill, Pike, Woodsville, Swiftwater, Mounta'm Lakes, Center Haverhill, Warren, Newbury and Wells River residents. Donations may be left at the church on Sunday or during open hours. 10a0 te i tQ! 802-728-5252 BETTER DEALS WITH CASH OR CHECK! on WYKR 101.3 FM / tIVTV#N AM 1100 P. O. Box 1175 t 1047 08 ROUte 302 Wells River, V'I', 05081-0675 (802) 757-2773 / (603)747-2770 / Fax; (802)757-27"r4 II be closed the month of January 2018. Call ahead to schedule appointments. ,.7oAnne K. LocKe II III U n 1 "r/frT'~V'N AM 1|00 ~%.,:~ *'1 ~, lCtvvr o[ IJf" MOODYRAD O ~: y(~ ~r~. ~r/~.