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Local sports fans got an early gift this holiday season courtesy of the Conway School Board. Members gave the green light for winter sports at Kennett High and Kennett Middle School to at least begin practicing with a unanimous 7-0 vote on Dec. 14.

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“It takes six years to make a golfer: three to learn the game, then another three to unlearn all you have learned in the first three years.” — Walter Hagen, pro golfer

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“A bad putter is like a bad apple. First, it turns your chipping game sour. Then it begins to eat into your irons and finally, cleans the head off your driver.” Sam Snead, professional golfer

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“Golf is the only sport I know where a player pays for every mistake. You can whiff a serve in tennis, miss a strike in baseball or throw an incomplete pass in football and a player still has a chance to square himself. In golf, every swing counts against you.” — Lloyd Mangrum, pro golfer

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I’m missing sports big time. Spring is my favorite time of the year. I was so looking forward to the first Kennett High versus Fryeburg Academy track meet; watching the hometown baseball and softball teams take to the diamond. Watching the tennis teams compete against their opponents and the…

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Editor’s note: U.S. Biathlete Jake Brown shared how the season came to an abrupt ending for he and Sean Doherty and their teammates in a post on March 20 on the U.S. Biathlon website. The following are excerpts from his post.