Community Sports

A muture bald eagle cruises the skies Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, on the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minn. (David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When Minnesota’s bald eagles head south for the winter, they don’t go far. Like the hardy Northerners they are, they’re content to bask in the less-than-balmy breezes along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota, which on the day these photos were taken had cooled the air, already struggling to reach zero degrees, to a 20-below windchill. Birds don’t migrate for warmth but for food, said Scott Mehus, education director of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn. And eagles from northern Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin and even Canada, head toward stretches of open water on the river to enjoy what Mehus calls a “floating …

TV Host Explores Watersports

Sunday, January 25, 2015

She’s an IBM engineer on weekdays, a champion free-dive spearfisher on weekends and, for six years, the host of a TV show on the Outdoor Channel. Now she’s developing her Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo into a major consumer watersports show, expected to attract 5,000 people in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. …

Fat of the Land: Wide-Tire Biking Makes an Inroad in the Winter

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lebanon — Spending long winters away from trails is quickly becoming less mandatory for mountain bike enthusiasts. Snow-covered ground is turning much more accessible thanks to “fat bikes,” mountain bikes with giant tires made especially for traversing wintry surfaces. Up to five inches thick and loaded with treads, fat-bike tires allow riders to …

Whaleback Overcomes Obstacles, Set to Open

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Enfield — If a warmer-than-desired holiday period wasn’t enough to slow Whaleback’s efforts at getting its ski season going, the Enfield mountain still has a snowmaking system that isn’t state of the art. One problem at a time, please: With Mother Nature finally cooperating enough for crews to …

It’s in the Glove

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hanover Wild goaltender Dylan Jopp, a 10-year-old Lyme resident, makes a save during a recent game against the Hooksett (N.H.) Junior Monarchs at Thompson Arena. Defenseman and Lebanon resident Carlos Kennelly, 10, left, skates through the slot. The …

Seltzer Win Highlights Ford Sayre Effort at Proctor

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Despite warm and rainy conditions, Brian Seltzer skied his way to a seventh-place finish overall and a win in the under-16 boys division at Sunday’s Technica Cup slalom held at Proctor Academy’s Blackwater Ski Area. …

Lights! Camera! Racing! Colby-Sawyer Grads Chronicle Grueling Endurance Race

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Growing up in Middlebury, Vt., Michael Mooney had never heard of the Vermont 100 endurance race. Once he got there, he couldn’t get away. Fascinated after joining his good friend, Zak Wieluns, for support during Wieluns’ running of …

14-Year-Old Doesn’t Let Blindness Keep Him Out of the Hunt

Sunday, January 4, 2015

By Brittany Cheng The Baltimore Sun Cody Mulligan was listening. The 14-year-old heard the crack of the gunshot firing at the closest target, seven yards away. He caught the sound of the bullet as it sliced through the air and lodged into the side of the low ridge, …

For New Year, Try Something New

Sunday, January 4, 2015

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Resolutions? Forget the gym cliche and head outside for something new this year: ∎ Buy a Hike Safe Card to support New Hampshire Fish and Game’s search and rescue efforts. New for 2015, the voluntary card is insurance against being …

A Long, Strange Trip: After Four Decades, He’s Hanging Up His Pencil

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A good friend has always said: “The object of employment is unemployment.” Words to live by now as I reach my final days as Valley News sports editor. For more than 40 years, it’s been a great run …

Skating, Skiing Fundraisers Scheduled for Jan. 18

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance has set its annual Lake Morey Skate-a-thon fundraiser for Jan. 18 at the Lake Morey Resort from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day revolves around skating laps on the 4.5-mile …

A Fighting Chance: Lebanon Gym Gives Ancient Martial Art a New Life

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lebanon — The owner of Lebanon’s newest martial arts gym hopes the national sport of Thailand will have more than a fighting chance in the Upper Valley. Mark Klemm, a 31-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, opened Baan Muay Thai …

A New Go for the Snow: Inventor Hopes Gliders Fill a Winter Niche

Monday, December 29, 2014

South Strafford — A six-time world boomerang champion, Eric Darnell has always felt his sport of choice elicits the perfect metaphor for life in general — the quality of effort put into each throw is what comes back. …