Community Sports

Still Plenty of Time for Slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carve soft bumps and corn snow like butter. Cruise in the forgiving shade. Screech in the mashed potatoes on boards needling wax. Chill and grill on the hill. There is life to the ski season as many make that long, bittersweet good-bye in spring to a winter that’s seen bountiful snow, pesky winds, frigid single digit blasts and glorious powder when giddy skiers couldn’t see their feet. Killington Mountain Resort always seems to be New England’s last ski area standing and its Superstar trail is the place to bash the huge soft bumps as the bats are beginning to crackle at Fenway Park. Don’t forget …

Some of West’s Best Trails Accessible by Ferry Boat

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Visiting the San Juan Islands got a whole lot easier in January. Washington State Ferries now lets you make a reservation for the ferry you want to catch. I tested that recently with a hassle-free weekend getaway to Friday Harbor. It was beautiful and sunny, and I hit the hiking trails. My prediction: more island visits by more people. With that in mind, …

Biologists Eye Walleye Eggs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

It’s a memorable day when most Kansas anglers can scoop a limit of five walleye aboard with a dip net. Recently, Dave Spalsbury was scooping the fish up about 125,000 at a time. OK, so he was only using a quart-sized measuring cup, and the speck-sized eggs had only been “walleye” the hour or so since they’d been taken from females and mixed …

Let’s Go (Youth) Fishing!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Veteran Miami Beach, Fla., party boat captain Wayne Conn had a tough time selling his youth fishing programs to local schools when he launched them 10 years ago. But today things are a lot easier. “I got disheartened; they didn’t want me,” he said recently. “Now, they’re like, …

Recreation Briefs: Lebanon’s Pelletier Climbs to Hoop Shoot Summit

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Portsmouth, n.h. — Forget out the third time being the charm. Lebanon’s Kyle Pelletier made his second chance count, winning his age-group title at the New Hampshire Elks Hoop Shoot Contest on Feb. 1. Pelletier, 13, reached the …

The Wax Factor: Ex-U.S. Tech Helps Skiers to Glide

Monday, February 9, 2015

Lebanon — To help get the most from the base of their cross country skis, users from the Upper Valley sought advice from someone with a deep base of knowledge. Drew Gelinas, the director of sports at Stowe, …

Buffalo Hunt Gives Idaho Man Glimpse of History

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Like many hunters, Rick Irvin of Eagle, Idaho had a dream hunt, but unlike many others, he got to fulfill his earlier this month. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to shoot a wild buffalo …

One Cool Feeling

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ice fishing is most comfortably undertaken by people who are prepared to meet their maker at a moment’s notice. However unlikely, the possibility of entombing oneself beneath lake or river ice always exists, and is a disquieting footnote …

Preserving Florida’s Rivers

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The five-foot alligator posed agreeably as tourists shot photos of it lounging in the canal that runs parallel to Turner River Road, north of U.S. 41 in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The gator’s hangout that Friday afternoon may have been no accident: It was floating at the …

Fan Club

Friday, February 6, 2015

Quinn Horton, 3, of Piermont, N.H., runs across the court to congratulate her uncle and Woodsville High School’s girls basketball assistant coach Steve Colby at the conclusion of Woodsville’s game against Lisbon on Wednesday in Woodsville. Woodsville won, …

They’re California Dreamin’: White River Residents Head West for National Tennis Tourney

Thursday, February 5, 2015

White River Junction — Kathy Schellong and Laurie Selby have a trip to California planned for next month. And when they get there, they’re intent on making a racket. Longtime doubles tennis partners, Schellong and Selby are part …

A Leg Up on the Goalie

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Kaye Lindsay, 10, of Hanover, shoots against 11-year-old Ben Plottner, of South Strafford, on Saturday at Thompson Arena. Lindsay, a member of the Hanover Youth Hockey Association’s house squirts team, and Plottner, who competes for the Woodstock Junior …

A Lift From Lifting

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Lebanon Elks Club’s Tom Toner, left, presents a check to Jill Veehy, executive director of the Upper Valley Senior Center in Lebanon, from funds generated by a weightlifting and throwing competition staged at the club last summer. …