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With his muzzle loader in hand and snowshoes on his boots, Stan Spencer practices in an open field at his home in Weathersfield, Vt., on Jan. 19, 2015. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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A Snowback Throwback: Biathlons Receive a Retro Makeover

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hanover — When wintertime comes, the Spencer family gets to party like it’s 1859. Stan Spencer, his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Sara, regularly participate in primitive biathlons, competitions featuring Civil War-era muzzleloaders and wooden snowshoes. With events staged in locales throughout the Northeast — there aren’t any in the Upper Valley yet — primitive biathlons attract 19th-century period enthusiasts and …

Net Gain

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dominick Da Cruz, right, spikes the ball over the reach of Nick Cameron, left, during a volleyball tournament at Hartford Middle School on Thursday. The tournament was a fundraiser, with each team paying an entry fee of $20, to raise money for one of the school’s academic teams to take a year-end camping …

Bedford Accumulates More N.E. Masters Records

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — He’s doing it again. Etna’s Fritz Bedford added to his already impressive swimming resume by adding two more national age-group records as part of a five-win performance at the New England Masters Short-Course Championships last weekend at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool. A member of the UVRays masters program, based at White …

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CHITTENDEN, Vt. — Results for Upper Valley competitors in Sunday’s freestyle races at the Bill Koch League Festival cross country ski meet at the Mountain Top Inn and Resort, with skier name, hometown and divisional placement: GRADES 1-2 …

Outdoor Notes: N.H. Bans Hunting Drones

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Count New Hampshire among the states taking steps to mitigate the effects of technology on fair chase hunting. The New Hampshire Fish & Game Commission on Wednesday approved legislation banning the use of aerial drones, smart rifles and video equipment capable of sending real-time alerts for hunting purposes. …

Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre’s Glueck Seventh at Nordic Jr. Nationals

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Soda Springs, Calif. — Ford Sayre’s Adam Glueck kicked off his visit to the U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals on Tuesday with an All-American finish in the opening sprint. Glueck earned the notice in the boys U16 division. …

Finders Keepers

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hartford’s Maria Wheeler, left, wrestles for possession of the ball with Weathersfield’s Skylar Thibodeau during the teams’ grades 3-4 girls game on Monday in the Claremont Youth Basketball Tournament at the Claremont Community Center. Hartford left with a …

More Recreation Briefs: WTU Banquet March 28

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lebanon — Whitetails Unlimited will hold its New Hampshire Deer Camp social hour and banquet on March 28 at the Lebanon Elks Club begnning at 5 p.m. The event features raffles, auctions and door prizes featuring a wide array of firearms, outfitter packages, hunting equipment, artwork and collectibles. …

Time to Get Out

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bobby Antonacci, of Quechee, serves the ball while playing platform or paddle tennis with Dan Hall, of Quechee, at the Quechee Club on Wednesday. Antonacci and Hall said Wednesday’s warm sunshine was a rare treat for paddle tennis …

Devoted to the Day

Sunday, March 8, 2015

For Rick Montgomery and his 15-year-old son, Zack, this was good fishing weather. Seriously? In the cold? With snow sweeping across Shawnee Mission Lake in Shawnee, Kan.? With the suburban lake mostly covered with ice? Yup. When the …

They’ve Gone Critter Hunting for a Cause

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Tonganoxie, Kan. — They came from across eastern Kansas and western Missouri, 99 two-person teams for the competition. Team names such as “Tree Rat Assassins” and “Squirrelnado” left no doubt the gathering of hunters were hoping to bag a few squirrels and have some fun. “I guess the …

Access Denied

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Hartford Stars’ Sarah Towne, left, blocks the efforts of the UVAL Blizzard’s Rosie Bennett during the teams’ Claremont Basketball Tournament grades 3-4 girls basketball game on Monday night at the Claremont Community Center. Bennett and the Blizzard …

Hanover Peewee Elite Wins States, Going to Regionals

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wolfeboro, n.h. — The Hanover Hockey Association’s Peewee Elite squad swept a best-two-of-three series from Nashua Pro Ambitions to earn a Granite State League Tier I state championship and earn an invitation to USA Hockey’s New England regional …