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The @uvnighthawks’ Matt Sanders #swings at a #pitch from hitting coach Mat Pause during #batting #practice at the Maxfield Sports Complex in White River Junction, #VT, on Thursday in advance of the #Nighthawks’ first #playoff game tonight. The Nighthawks, who have occupied first place in the Northern Division since the second week of the summer, clinched an New England Collegiate Baseball League playoff berth early last week and secured the No. 1 seed in the North on July 29. They’ll take on the Valley Blue Sox tonight at Maxfield in a best-of-three divisional #championship series to determine which team will advance to the #NECBL finals. ➡️➡️ Read more at www.vnews.com. Direct link in profile. ⬅️⬅️ (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #photojournalism #vnewsuv #baseball #uppervalleynighthawks #uvnighthawks #sports #team #playoffs #practicemakesperfect #hitting #pitching #bluesky #field #swing #⚾️

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12-year-old queen wins National Spelling Bee like it ain’t no thang

So cool: Ananya Vinay, a 12-year-old from Fresno, Calif., has been crowned this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.

And she handled it like a total boss.

Ananya Vinay never looked all that impressed by any of the words she was given in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

It was the first time since 2013 that the bee declared a sole champion. After three straight years of ties, the bee added a tiebreaker test this year, and it looked like it might come into play as Ananya and Rohan dueled for nearly 20 rounds.

A push in the right direction

One of the best things about working at the Valley News is how close we are as a staff. Everyone is always willing to lend a hand.
So it’s no surprise several editors and a reporter came to the aid of Features Editor Alex Hanson on Thursday when he had some car trouble.

Editors helping Features Editor Alex Hanson get his car started.

From left: Maggie, Photo Editor Geoff Hansen and cops and courts reporter Jordan Cuddemi help Features Editor Alex Hanson get his car started on Thursday, June 1, in the Valley News parking lot.


Editors helping Features Editor Alex Hanson get his car started.

Opinion Editor Dan Mackie, Photo Editor Geoff Hansen, cops and courts reporter Jordan Cuddemi and our own Maggie Cassidy give Features Editor Alex Hanson a push.