Community Sports

‘A Different Mud Season’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

They’re motivated by mud. Both physical and mental toughness are tested as contestants “muck it up” while going over wooden walls, crawling on their stomachs under barbed wire and trying to negotiate various other daunting obstacles. It’s also a chance for inspiration and support. The fourth annual Mountain Mucker 2015 at Mount Sunapee, a 5-kilometer obstacle course, takes place Saturday …

No Waiting Required

Sunday, May 24, 2015

With one foot on the pedal of his bow-trolling motor, Bob Turgeon eased his boat quietly into a narrow bay of this lake recently. Viewed by any of the many Canada geese that traded back and forth over the lake, the waterway Turgeon traveled probably resembled a long finger, with its water shallow …

Recreation Briefs: Windsor Comets Heading to Ohio for AAU Nationals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Essex Junction, Vt. — Riding big games from Olivia Rockwood and Hayley Fortin along with solid team shooting from the free-throw line, the Windsor Comets U13 girls basketball team swept through five foes to win its Vermont AAU state championship on May 2-3 at Essex High School. Windsor started with a 51-21 win over the Thunder, getting 34 points from Rockwood to go …

Python Hunt Planned in Fla.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Come to South Florida. Lie on the beach. Play golf. Kill pythons. The nation’s hunters will again be invited to visit South Florida to take out the Burmese pythons that have staked a claim to the top of …

Robust, Active Baits Attract More Trout

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Scent, taste, color, size, position in the water — all contribute to a fish’s attraction to food. But in most cases, if the food isn’t moving, the game fish is moving on. That’s why they call it “live” …

Once-Abandoned Ascutney Basin Now Has Miles of Trails

Thursday, April 16, 2015

West Windsor — The closing of Mount Ascutney Resort five years ago left an economic and recreational void in the village of Brownsville. Thanks to the Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB) and its partnership with the …

Recreation Briefs: Lady Mountaineers Undefeated in AAU Tournament

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Lady Mountaineers, a U13 girls AAU basketball squad consisting of sixth- and seventh-grade players from Newport, Sunapee and Claremont, ran the table with four victories in as many games to win its division of …

Fencing — and Finding — Friends

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Norwich — As the Selectboard settled in for a meeting in the basement of Tracy Hall, a different sort of bout was underway upstairs, where members of the Upper Valley Fencing Club warmed up with a gleeful game …

Wait! You Forgot Your Phone!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The way Harry Hutchison remembers it began with a phone call several years ago from a guest skiing in Austria. Hutchison is guest services manager at Sugarbush Resort and like many with a similar job title, he’s heard …

In S.D., a Need to Curtail Geese

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Yankton, s.d. — Our group of 10 Wisconsinites took a break, stretching legs and talking amid a mosaic of South Dakota corn. The late March day had warmed to 50 degrees and signs were all around that winter was rapidly changing to spring. Green sprigs of grass pushed …

Swimming to Save Victim of Water Crisis in Calif.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Concluding that the situation had become more dire, the Interior Department declared the smelt endangered, meaning it faced extinction, in an order that took effect five years ago last Tuesday: April 7, 2010. The Endangered Species Act signed …

Outdoor Pro Has Camera, Will Travel

Friday, April 10, 2015

White River Junction — As the manager of L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discover School in West Lebanon, Scott Ellis spends much of his professional life outdoors. Yet the 35-year-old White River Junction resident will likely never view what he …

Swing Time

Thursday, April 9, 2015

With fields not yet dry for outdoor play, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department moved its opening grades 3-4 youth softball workout indoors to White River Junction’s Wendell A. Barwood Arena on Tuesday evening. Above: Assistant coach Justin …