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Community Sports

 Breanne Torrey, of Jackson, N.H., cross country skies at Jackson Cross Country earlier this winter. Torrey, 32, is executive director of the non-profit Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.?Bill Lee photo

She’s on the Right Tracks

Sunday, February 1, 2015

About six years ago, Breanne Torrey was working the front desk at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation part-time as a ticket seller and question answerer. Armed with five years of employment with the U.S. Forest Service including working as a ranger and firefighter — and a bachelor of science degree in national parks, outdoor recreation and tourism management from the University …

‘Wonderland’ Was Never This Much Fun

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Germantown, Wis. — Quinn Loucks of Fox Point, Wis. pitched his tent last Saturday afternoon in snow-covered woods. It was his first winter camping experience. “I have no idea what to expect,” Loucks said. Probably better that way. Not only does winter camping defy the norm, this event — the 18th annual Quesnell …

The Crappies are Biting in Kan.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cherryvale, Kan. — Normally the sound of breaking ice is the last sound a terrified winter fisherman hears before a miserably cold — and sometimes fatal — crash through a lake’s frozen surface. Not so for Jim Clay. “This isn’t going to be a problem,” Clay said as the bow of his boat crushed a path through a half-inch of ice that coated …

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. …

Lyme’s Caldwell Wins Eastern Cup Nordic Opener

Friday, December 26, 2014

Ripton, Vt. — Lyme native, Ford Sayre Ski Council alumnus and Dartmouth College competitor Paddy Caldwell produced a dominant performance to with the men’s 15-kilometer freestyle to open the Eastern Cup cross country ski schedule at Middlebury College’s …

Winter Sports & Winter Gifts

Sunday, December 21, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Whether you’re still in the shopping mood or waiting to spend some holiday cash, there are all sorts of gifts for skiers and riders. Last month’s visit to the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo, provided a glimpse of glorious goodies. …

Welcome to The Daly Show

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Head coach Mike Daly speaks with his Bantam White team during the Hanover Hockey Association’s practice on Dec. 16 at Thompson Arena. Daly is a former Dartmouth College player whose sons play on the team for the Wild. …