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Cathy Merrill, of Newport, N.H., recently won four gold medals in the U.S. Arm Wrestling Nationals and is now raising the funds to compete in the world championships in Malaysia. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Armed and Ready: Newport Arm Wrestler Takes Game Internationally

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Newport — Don’t think taking a risk brings reward? Cathy Merrill begs to differ. The longtime Newport-area resident plans to be in Malaysia in late September for the World Armwrestling Federation championships. She wouldn’t be going if she hadn’t won four different divisions at last month’s U.S. Armwrestling Federation nationals in Las Vegas. Of course, she wouldn’t have made it to Vegas without training. She wouldn’t have trained if she hadn’t found a club. She wouldn’t have found a club if an interest in the sport hadn’t been stoked. And an interest in the sport wouldn’t have been stoked if she hadn’t taken a friend’s …

Local Roundup: Touchline 4 Outlasts CRFC

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Langdon — Noah Kahan scored a hat trick as Touchline 4 rallied past Connecticut River FC 5-3 in a New Hampshire Soccer Conference boys soccer match on Thursday at Fall Mountain Regional High. Down 2-1 early in the second half, Touchline scored three straight goals, two by Kahan and one by Sam Pych. Tim Alibozek also scored for Touchline, and Kahan, Seth Stadheim, …

Simple Is Best When Considering Short Game Plan

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How do you go about selecting what type of short game shot to select? Is it a pitch shot, a chip shot, a bump-and-run or something more? It’s like creating an appetizer menu of food for an Independence Day party and guessing what everyone will enjoy. Knowing which short game shot to play …

A Cold Water Cooperative

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ohiopyle, Pa. — The strike was hard, visibly jerking the surface-floating fly line. The fish was heavy, like a log that was swimming upriver before turning abruptly into a frothy chute that carried it quickly downstream. The fight was long, covering about 100 yards of the Youghiogheny River, …

Benefit Golf Event at Crown Point

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The second annual Million Dollar Shootout to benefit Upper Valley Sports will be held at Crown Point Country Club on June 14, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The $85 entry fee covers golf, cart and food. Each player that wins a closest to the …

A Spark of Brilliance: Groups Team Up for Rail Trail Hike

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Spark! Community Center co-founder Lisa Green prefers flat, easy trails when she goes hiking while her autistic and epileptic son, 23-year-old Patrick, favors more vigorous climbs. It’s mom who’s getting the desired terrain for the …

Recreation Briefs: Eastman Seeking World Golf Scramble Competitors

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grantham — Eastman Golf Links wants to send somebody to Las Vegas … at least four somebodies, actually. Eastman will hold a qualifier for the World Golf Scramble on June 14, starting at 8 a.m. The event is open to golfers of all abilities, foursomes that will be …

Amen Corner: Learn Angle of Attack for Greater Distance Off the Tee

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

West Lebanon’s Golf & Ski Warehouse has their big manufacturers demo day on Saturday. All the big-boy and big-girl equipment companies and their goodies — delicious. Can’t wait. I want a new driver, and I want more distance. …

No Hole in This Goal

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ty Christensen, 7, makes a save while cavorting with a friend May 8 on the Lebanon High athletic fields. Christensen is the son of Raiders girls lacrosse coach Sara Ecker, who laughingly noted that she “cannot encourage goalie …

Time to Play on a Holiday

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Despite the presence of light rain, Sean Plottner, of South Strafford, takes advantage of the Memorial Day holiday as he tees off on the par-3 first hole of Lake Morey Country Club in Fairlee on Monday afternoon.Valley News …

A Good Hike Spoiled? Not at All: Storrs Pond Opens 18-Hole Disc Golf Course

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hanover — Pars and birdies were rare on the first day of league play Thursday, but you know what’s said about a bad day of golf. It’s better than a good day of most anything else, and that’s …

‘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 …

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 …