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Molly Vanesse, 15, of Enfield, N.H., aims her .22-caliber rifle during practice with the Granite State Sharp Shooters at the Enfield Outing Club in Enfield on September 14, 2014. The Granite State Sharp Shooters is a rifle shooting club for kids aged 10-16. Molly has been shooting for a year and a half. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

It’s Just a Shot Away: Enfield Outing Club Gives Kids a Safe and Sporting Outlet

Monday, September 22, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer Now in their fourth year providing a marksmanship outlet for young shooting enthusiasts, the Granite State Sharp Shooters’ sights remain right on target. The Enfield-based club practices weekly behind the Enfield Outing Club’s Shaker Hill Road headquarters, drawing seven dedicated members aged 10-18. Using .22-caliber rifles, they fire at paper targets in the …

‘You Knew It Was Going to Be a Good Day’: Friends Run for Denning

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hanover — Saturday’s Lost A Lot trail race in Lebanon concluded another successful season of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series. When it was over, members of the endurance community paid homage to how much they lost when Chad Denning died earlier this month. Several hundred of Denning’s family members, friends and …

Storm Warning

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Above: Hartford fourth- grader Chris Towne (56) breaks through the Windsor line in pursuit of the quarterback during the MiniCanes’ 34-0 defeat of Windsor in a fourth- and fifth-grade youth football game on Sunday at Hartford High School. The win was the Minicanes’ second in a row. Right: Hartford running back Austin Tracy …

Essex Jct. Golfer Leads Women’s Am

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Orleans, Vt. — Madison Corley, of Essex Junction, Vt., has a two-stroke lead after two rounds in the VSWGA State Amateur Championship at Orleans Country Club. Madison fired a round of 78 to go with Tuesday’s 76 for a 154 total. Tiffany Maurycy, of Williston, carded a 76, …

Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Advances at LLWS

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

South Williamsport, Pa. — Joshua Houston’s tiebreaking RBI single in the fifth inning lifted Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West to an 8-7 victory over Cumberland, R.I., on Monday night in the Little League World Series. After Darion Radcliff’s RBI …

Philly Messes Texans

Monday, August 18, 2014

South Williamsport, Pa. — Zion Spearman scored on shortstop Matt Adams’ two-out throwing error to first base in the sixth inning to give Philadelphia a 7-6 victory over Pearland, Texas, on Sunday night in the Little League World Series. Scott Bandura reached on a bunt leading off the …

Here Come Crossbows

Sunday, August 17, 2014

By Paul A. Smith Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Thwack! The sound of a projectile striking a target isn’t unusual at an archery club. But this one was notable for its type and location. It was a bolt fired from …

Hiking the ‘Other’ Sugarloaf

Sunday, August 17, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valey News We hiked Sugarloaf Mountain the other day. Not North Sugarloaf nor Middle Sugarloaf, both glorious platforms above the Zealand Valley. But the other, other, other New Hampshire Sugarloaf — the remote North Country one east of Groveton in Stratford that …

40 Years Later, Girl Pioneers Look Back

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kim Green had walked to Forest Oak Elementary School from her Newark, Del., home hundreds of times. But on this day in May 1974, she was walking toward her destiny. She had waited for this chance her whole life — nine long years — most of them spent …

Rhode Island, Washington Earn Wins

Sunday, August 17, 2014

South Williamsport, Pa. — CJ Davock hit a two-run, two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Cumberland, R.I., an 8-7 victory over Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday night in an elimination game in the Little League World Series. Nashville scored five runs off reliever Davock …

UVRays Strike Gold at FINA World Masters Finals

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Montreal — UVRays swimmers Fritz Bedford, Kim Lloyd and Trent Toensing combined to win eight gold medals as part of an eight-athlete Upper Valley contingent at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championship, which wrapped up on Sunday at …

Win? Lose? Sometimes Surviving a Bad Shot Requires a Draw

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Did you see Ricky Fowler hit that crazy high draw on the 16th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday? His shot was incredible and reminded me of missing an exit on the highway. …

Norwich’s Reed Qualifies for U.S. World Triathlon Roster

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Milwaukee — Norwich’s Jeff Reed earned a podium spot for his time in the men’s age 60-64 division on Sunday at the USA Sprint Triathlon Age-Group National Championships. Reed, 60, raced to a fifth-place finish in his age group, posting a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 37.62 …