Author: Ben Chiappinelli

Pickleballers set sights on Airport Park

Over a dozen pickleball enthusiasts came to the Bayside Activity Center on Thursday, May 24 to meet with representatives of the parks and recreation committee. This second meeting of the Colchester pickleball group was a chance for parks and rec staffers Glenn Cuttitta and Mike LaPan to brainstorm solutions with an active community that is concerned about the shortage of courts in town for the fastest-growing sport in the country. All town parks have tennis courts that double as pickleball courts. They also have a reservation system, but committee members think it doesn’t serve the high demand for their...

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Lakers’ boys’ tennis photos

Despite losing several graduating seniors this season, the Lakers boys tennis team is on a roll, netting strong individual wins. The squad has also earned team wins against South Burlington and Harwood. Photos courtesy Celine Rathe Ben Rathe breaking between sets Colchester’s team bracing for a hot 80+ degrees afternoon with refreshing popsicles prior to tennis match vs. CVU Ben Rathe initiating a serve Andrew Spencer/Michael Collins (2nd Doubles for Colchester)) listen to Michael Schick ( #2 Colchester singles) as he advises them Josh Wefers #3 singles greeting his CVU opponent #3 singles Joe Warren. Andrew Spencer/Michael Collins (second...

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Alicia Tebeau-Sherry

Tebeau-Sherry, who scored half of the Laker girls’ 16 points in last year’s Division I track and field championships with a fourth (800 meters) and fifth (1500), led Colchester’s effort Saturday in the Burlington Invitational. The senior finished fourth in the 800 and 1500 at Burlington, and helped the 4×800 relay team run to third place. Tebeau-Sherry is Colchester’s all-time record holder in four events (800, 1500, 1600,...

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Pickleball popularity outgrowing facilities

A group of motivated citizens met at the Bayside Activity Center late last month to discuss all matters related to pickleball, a sport where growing interest is eclipsing the number of courts available in communities. The racquet game, using elements of tennis, ping pong and badminton, is most popular in older demographics, but it has also seen a rise in interest from younger athletes as more schools incorporate the sport into their physical education curriculum. Seated around a circle of tables, more than a half-dozen senior citizens who have played the sport for up to four years shared concerns...

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Tots touch trucks and more

The Colchester Parks and Recreation Department held the 11th Annual Colchester Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, May 5 at the Colchester High School parking lot. Touch-A-Truck gave children and families a chance to get up close and personal with their favorite big-rigs, fire trucks, tractors, construction trucks and other various large display vehicles. This event was completely free. The Colchester Police Department and State of Vermont also hosted a car seat inspection event at the Colchester Middle School parking lot, just down the road from the high school. Photos by Kyle St....

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