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 …

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. …

Recreation Briefs: Etna’s Bedford Adds More Masters Swim Records

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boston — Etna’s Fritz Bedford added two more records — one national, one world — during a six-win visit to the New England Masteers Short Course Meters Championship last weekend at Boston University. A member of the UVRays …

A Drive Toward Fitness: Lebanon Bus Drivers Take a Trip to the Gym

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lebanon — School bus driving might not seem like a very physically active vocation, but it has been for the last 10 months in Lebanon. Twice per week, the city’s school bus drivers gather at CCBA’s Witherell Recreation …

Silencers Bring Loud Complaints

Sunday, December 14, 2014

By Stephen Hudak Orlando Sentinel Hunters had reason to celebrate last month when Florida lifted its ban on silencers, but Chuck O’Neal saw cause for alarm. “If a bullet travels farther than the sound of the shot, it creates a zone of significant danger,” said O’Neal, who lives …

New Owners Race to Put Speedway Back on Track

Friday, December 12, 2014

Claremont — Start your engines: The Twin State Speedway will boast a full slate of racing — and new ownership — when it opens next season. Early this week, Claremont Speedway LLC bought the landmark racetrack for $518,000 …

A Game of Keep Away

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Josh Evans, left, holds the ball away from Cole Moulton during a Mascoma youth basketball intrasquad scrimmage staged at halftime of Dartmouth College’s men’s basketball game against visiting Maine at Leede Arena on Saturday. The Mascoma team is …

An Olympian Task: Lebanon Marathoner Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

For a runner who prefers to keep her expectations moderate, Lebanon resident Laura Hagley sure knows how to progress like someone with all-star ambitions. Hagley, 30, on Sunday qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a …

Norwich’s Rhim Wins College Cyclocross Championship

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Clemson, s.c. — Hanover High school graduate Brendan Rhim is now a national collegiate cycling champion. Rhim added a new item to his competitive resume on Saturday when he won the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference championship as part …