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Community Sports

 Breanne Torrey, of Jackson, N.H., cross country skies at Jackson Cross Country earlier this winter. Torrey, 32, is executive director of the non-profit Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.?Bill Lee photo

She’s on the Right Tracks

Sunday, February 1, 2015

About six years ago, Breanne Torrey was working the front desk at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation part-time as a ticket seller and question answerer. Armed with five years of employment with the U.S. Forest Service including working as a ranger and firefighter — and a bachelor of science degree in national parks, outdoor recreation and tourism management from the University …

‘Wonderland’ Was Never This Much Fun

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Germantown, Wis. — Quinn Loucks of Fox Point, Wis. pitched his tent last Saturday afternoon in snow-covered woods. It was his first winter camping experience. “I have no idea what to expect,” Loucks said. Probably better that way. Not only does winter camping defy the norm, this event — the 18th annual Quesnell …

The Crappies are Biting in Kan.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cherryvale, Kan. — Normally the sound of breaking ice is the last sound a terrified winter fisherman hears before a miserably cold — and sometimes fatal — crash through a lake’s frozen surface. Not so for Jim Clay. “This isn’t going to be a problem,” Clay said as the bow of his boat crushed a path through a half-inch of ice that coated …

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 …

Hoping for a Whale of a Winter: Whaleback Improvements Taking Hold, Work Still to Be Completed

Monday, December 8, 2014

Enfield — It’s still officially the offseason at Whaleback Mountain, yet the facility is far from quiet as the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation prepares for opening day. Volunteer construction workers have been tightening up the base lodge, …

Downhill Ski Deals for the Season

Sunday, December 7, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News No season pass? Don’t go for multi-ticket discounts? Not working in the industry or volunteering? Is Luddite your middle name? No problem. If you’re a show and go skier or …

Free Spirit: After Olympics, Hanover’s Krass Looks to Carve Her Niche

Thursday, December 4, 2014

It may eventually become a financial means to an end, but Julia Krass would like for freeskiing to remain fun just a little while longer. A home-schooled high school senior who played a key role on Hanover High’s …