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College Sports

Valley News sports editor Donald Mahler in West Lebanon, N.H., on October 19, 2009.

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By Don’s Early Light: Soccer Kicking Away Collegiate Mission

Thursday, August 28, 2014

When it comes to collegiate soccer, Dartmouth College’s Drew Galbraith is a know-it-all. What would you expect from the chair of the NCAA Division I men’s soccer committee? He sees all and knows all. That’s why he might appear a bit conflicted these days. You see, the collegiate soccer landscape may be changing forever — a change that may not be for the better. “About a year ago the talk started from the coaches about a year-round soccer model,” Galbraith, a senior associate athletics director, said. “The entire governance structure of collegiate athletics is open now, as we have seen — starting with paying athletes. “The (soccer) advocates see this as the perfect model for …

Playoff Era Kicks Off, at Last

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A new era in college football is here. After years of deriding the BCS, fans will finally get what they — well, most of them — wanted with the new College Football Playoff. It’s new, it’s exciting and, as was the case with the old system, will probably cause plenty of complaining since …

Local Roundup: Hanover Golfers Sweep Opener

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hanover — The Hanover High golf team opened its season with a sweep of Windham, Hollis-Brookline and Trinity at Hanover Golf Club’s par-34 front nine. The Marauders’ Pat Dyroff shot a 35 to earn the medal. He was followed by teammates Phin Choukas (36), Josh Goodrich (37), Andrew Keddy (40) and David Lehmann (40). Hanover (3-0) greets Lebanon and Pembroke on Tuesday. College …

Penn State Hires Ex-Cal AD

Sunday, July 27, 2014

State College, Pa. — Penn State hired Sandy Barbour as athletic director, a month after she stepped down as AD at the University of California-Berkeley. The 54-year-old Barbour replaces David Joyner, who announced he was resigning last month. Joyner took over at Penn State in the wake of …

Local Roundup: D’Agostino Honored For Classroom Work

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hanover — She’s apparently a pretty quick study, too. Recent Dartmouth College graduate Abbey D’Agostino was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s women’s national scholar-athlete of the year for the indoor season on Tuesday night. D’Agostino won similar USTFCCCA honors six times over …

Local Roundup: Russell Trails at N.E. Am

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Winchester, Mass. — Evan Russell’s defense of his New England Amateur championship got off to a rough start, but not so much that the Grantham resident can’t still compete for a repeat. Russell shot a 3-over-par 74 to open the three-day, 72-hole tournament at Winchester Country Club on …

Ex-UNH Coach Faces Assault Charge

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Associated Press Durham, n.h. — Former University of New Hampshire women’s hockey coach Brian McCloskey has been charged with assault in an encounter during a game last year. The Strafford County Superior Court Clerk’s office says McCloskey, a former Dartmouth College men’s hockey player and assistant coach …

Local Roundup: Area Golfers Advance at N.H. Am

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Goffstown, n.h. — Six golfers with Upper Valley connections who put themselves in position to advance to match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association amateur championship will be joined by a seventh who had a big second round on Tuesday. Matches start this morning at Stonebridge Country …

Dartmouth Coach Leaves for Stanford

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rachel Hanson, who coached Dartmouth College’s softball team to its first Ivy League title and NCAA tournament appearance this season, has been hired for the same post at Stanford University. Big Green Athletic Director Harry Sheehy confirmed the …

FSU Had a Tech-Driven Title Run

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State was a juggernaut last season, manhandling outmatched foes week in, week out en route to one of the most dominant seasons in the history of college football. The Seminoles went undefeated and won …

Local Roundup: Colby-Sawyer Athletes Named Finalists for League Awards

Thursday, July 3, 2014

New London — Two Colby-Sawyer College athletes, one of them an Upper Valley native, have been named finalists for the North Atlantic Conference’s Man and Woman of the Year awards, a program modeled after a similar women’s award bestowed at the national level by the NCAA. Colby-Sawyer baseball …

This ‘View’ Has Seen It All: Woodstock Sports Journalist Compiles Essays in Book

Monday, June 30, 2014

“The View From The Finish Line” by Bill McCollom; Enfield Publishing and Distribution; paperback; 222 pages; $20 The height of summer may seem like an inappropriate time to read a book filled with columns compiled from Ski Racing …

Extra Time

Monday, June 30, 2014

Rio De Janeiro (ap) — Regulation time doesn’t seem to mean much at this stage, judging by the way Netherlands, Costa Rica and Brazil have advanced through the first of the World Cup knockout rounds. The Dutch needed a penalty deep in stoppage time to seal a 2-1 …