Community Sports

Still Plenty of Time for Slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carve soft bumps and corn snow like butter. Cruise in the forgiving shade. Screech in the mashed potatoes on boards needling wax. Chill and grill on the hill. There is life to the ski season as many make that long, bittersweet good-bye in spring to a winter that’s seen bountiful snow, pesky winds, frigid single digit blasts and glorious powder when giddy skiers couldn’t see their feet. Killington Mountain Resort always seems to be New England’s last ski area standing and its Superstar trail is the place to bash the huge soft bumps as the bats are beginning to crackle at Fenway Park. Don’t forget …

Some of West’s Best Trails Accessible by Ferry Boat

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Visiting the San Juan Islands got a whole lot easier in January. Washington State Ferries now lets you make a reservation for the ferry you want to catch. I tested that recently with a hassle-free weekend getaway to Friday Harbor. It was beautiful and sunny, and I hit the hiking trails. My prediction: more island visits by more people. With that in mind, …

Biologists Eye Walleye Eggs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

It’s a memorable day when most Kansas anglers can scoop a limit of five walleye aboard with a dip net. Recently, Dave Spalsbury was scooping the fish up about 125,000 at a time. OK, so he was only using a quart-sized measuring cup, and the speck-sized eggs had only been “walleye” the hour or so since they’d been taken from females and mixed …

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 …

Getting Ahead on the Slopes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

With vacation weeks soon fading, spring skiing and value season are on the horizon. It’s a time when ski areas begin to unveil next year’s season pass deals often with enticing incentives like using it this March and …

Enjoying the Silence of Winter

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Columbia, Kan. — Bill Bryan climbed to a snow-covered overlook at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and paused to take in the sounds of winter hiking. Make that, the lack of sounds. This scene was totally free of audio. Only the sound of hiking boats crunching in the …

Deer Debate in Minn.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Minnesota’s Great Deer Debate of 2014-2015 could gain further traction at the Capitol if, as some hunters hope, the Legislature directs its auditor to review in detail the Department of Natural Resources’ whitetail management plan. Were that to …

In Brief: Kearney Ears Fourth Victory of Season

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tazawako, Japan — On a snowy day in Japan, Norwich’s Hannah Kearney claimed her fourth World Cup win of the 2015 season early Saturday, besting Japan’s Junko Hoshino and Canada’s Audrey Robichaud. Jeremy Cota earned his first men’s World Cup podium of the season, finishing second behind Canada’s …

Ford Sayre Sets Qualifiers for NHARA Championship

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lyme Center — The Ford Sayre Ski Council filled out its rosters for the upcoming New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association state championships by sending its skiers to a two-run Western Division qualifying slalom at Dartmouth Skiway on Sunday. FSSC athletes dominated the podium with wins from Eva Schiffman …

All Eyes on the Ball

Thursday, February 26, 2015

From left, William Scalese, 10, Travis McAllister, 10, Rodger Peterman, 10, and Tanner Moody, 8, compete for Windsor Recreation during a youth exhibition at halftime of Saturday’s Dartmouth-Penn men’s basketball game at Leede Arena in Hanover. All four …

Paintball Pioneer, Ex-New London Resident, Reflects

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Forced into bankruptcy by the financial strain of lawsuits, paintball co-founder Bob Gurnsey has been removed from the industry for nearly 20 years. Now 72, the former New London resident has embarked on another business opportunity: selling original …