Community Sports

Tiny Island, Big Experience

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A year ago I was on one of the most remote islands in the world, walking in my brightly colored mumu among the palm trees and their thousand shades of green. As the temperature dropped and the light began to fade through the trees, I watched as dozens of birds made their way back to the jungle after a long day of fishing at sea. This was Kili Island, a …

Everybody on the Lake

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dundee, Wis. — The kames and eskers were covered by a healthy blanket of snow, the trails were groomed, the air temperature hovered in the 20s and the lakes had at least 10 inches of crystal cap. By any measure last Saturday, the northern Kettle Moraine region was bursting with opportunities for winter …

Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre Crowns Champs at Oak Hill Jump Meet

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hanover — Ford Sayre’s Aiden Cudhea nipped Hanover High’s Sam Strohbehn for the high school boys title to highlight Saturday’s Ford Sayre Ski Council ski jumping meet on the Oak Hill jumps at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area. Nearly 50 youths of all ages participated in the competition, which was staged on Oak …

Getting Serious About Deer Sickness

Sunday, December 13, 2015

I’ve been fortunate to hunt in North America for more than 30 years, mostly in Wisconsin but also in Alaska, Montana, Canada and Mexico, and have many treasured experiences. The 2015 Wisconsin deer season, however, brought an unwelcome first in my world. A buck I shot Nov. 2 …

Lots to Admire at Clark Lake

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Kingstown, Kan. — This can’t be western Kansas. The minute you take a road that descends off the stereotyped flat landscape of the region, you set eyes on a sparkling jewel of a lake that looks like it belongs in a state such as Utah or New Mexico. …

Wilder Woman Is Swimming’s Heartbeat

Friday, December 11, 2015

White River Junction — It’s the second session on day two of the New England Winter Classic swim meet at Upper Valley Aquatic Center, and Mary Gentry has already overseen about 120 heats. There will be nearly 550 …

Getting Comfortable With Winter Outings

Thursday, December 10, 2015

I will never forget my first winter trail run. As a native of the concrete world that is the San Francisco Bay Area, I was introduced to trail running by my husband, Curtis, a native New Englander, and was still a novice back in 2009 when he took …

Recreation Briefs: UVAC Rolls Up the Victories at Winter Classic Meet

Thursday, December 10, 2015

White River Junction — Hartland’s Hannah Cox and Hanover’s Kristan Hansen warmed up for this week’s U.S. Winter Junior Championships by combining for nine event victories at the New England Winter Classic swim meet last weekend at the …

Drive Time

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hartford’s Drew Martin looks for a route to take the basketball around Hanover defender Richie Aman during the teams’ grades 5-6 game on Monday night at the Dothan Brook School gym in White River Junction. Hanover held on …

CRPT Talks Trails at Annual Meeting

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hanover — Spur trails, new campsites and incorporating the Appalachian Trail were some of the topics discussed at the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail annual meeting Tuesday at Howe Library. The CRPT, a series of access points and primitive campsites spanning the trail’s source in northern New Hampshire to …

Taking To the Ice

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Woodstock — By introducing figure skating to members at a young age, the Union Arena Skating Club hopes to foster interest in an activity they’ll be able to enjoy throughout life. UASC’s instructors certainly have the experience to …

Riding the Cold Away in West Lebanon

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Avery Knapp, of Hanover, unwinds at the Lebanon Skatepark in West Lebanon after a day of work late last month. Knapp said he will continue to come to the park until it’s covered by snow, though he was …

Hanover Squirts Split Series

Friday, December 4, 2015

The Hanover Wild Squirt White hockey team split a pair of road games last weekend. Playing Saturday in Manchester against Flames 2, the Wild fell 5-4 after trailing 4-0 midway through the second period. Brendan Walsh had two goals and two assists, Jack Wilkinson scored twice and John …