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Community Sports

Dominick Da Cruz, right, spikes the ball over the reach of Nick Cameron during a volleyball tournament at Hartford Middle School in White River Junction, Vt., on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The tournament is a fund raiser, 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 trip to Silver Lake State Park. At left is Deveon Martin. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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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 trip to Silver Lake State Park. Deveon …

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 …

Sharon Rec All in Family: Potter, Relatives Settling Into New Youth Sports Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sharon — Brenda Potter is determined to make youth sports in Sharon much more functional. She’ll get plenty of help from her own family. Potter, 50, is the president of the newly appointed Sharon Recreation Committee, approved by voice vote at Town Meeting on March 4. She’ll be joined by two of her daughters — Miranda Potter, 29, and Georgia Potter, 23 — …

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 …

Claremont Native Set to Take His Rowing International

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Claremont — At a Claremont Middle School football game several years ago, there was an unusual sight on the field — there were two 13-year-old ends on the same team that were well over 6 feet tall and …

Calling to the Wild

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wisconsin Dells, Wis. — The wood had been cut. The antlers had been shed. But they were not dead. Far from it. Reshaped by master craftsmen, these materials — and many others — sprang to life in late …

Carving More Than a Niche

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tom Flemming grew up on a dairy farm in west-central Minnesota, where the great outdoors was just outside his door. “I’d go waterfowl and pheasant hunting with my dad and friends,” Flemming said. “I always liked ducks.” At …

Dive Team

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Goaltender Andrew Rudd, a 7-year-old Hanover resident, lunges to cover a loose puck in front of 9-year-old Cooper Anderson, of Lyme, on Sunday. The two members of the Hanover Hockey Association were part of a pickup game at …