Community Sports

Movie Highlights Ski Adventurers

Friday, November 28, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer He had to travel across the planet, but pro snowboarder Seth Wescott found the perfect remedy for his ailing left knee. The 38-year-old Maine resident and two-time Olympic snowboard gold medalist broke his tibial plateau and tore his ACL in April 2013 while filming a segment for the Warren Miller ski film Ticket to Ride, ruining his chance to go for three straight Olympic golds in Russia last winter. That didn’t stop Wescott from staying active. While still recovering, he joined fellow pro boarder Rob Kingwill last February to Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, famous for steady snowfall …

Riley Memorial Karate Club Promotes Seven Youths

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartland — Seven young members of the Riley Memorial Karate Club earned promotions in martial arts after testing under the guidance of sensei Peter Carini on Nov. 10. Taylor Isenor, Zachary Kostas and Christopher Kostas all received the rank of yellow belt. Jack Morin, Matty Hennig and Noah Abernethy were promoted to blue belt. Laura Mae Erskine capped off the testing by earning …

Blazing New Trails: Additions to Claremont Park Slated for Spring

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Claremont — Work is expected to begin next spring on construction of nearly three miles of new trails on a variety of terrain in Moody Park. The upgrade is based on recommendations from a trail building and maintenance company hired by the Parks and Recreation Department. The proposal from Sinuosity, of Morrisville, Vt., …

Floor Hockey Gets Grown-Up Treatment

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lebanon — One of the most popular grade-school physical education activities has found an adult-league niche in the Upper Valley. The Upper Valley Floor Hockey began its second season Wednesday at the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Center …

Well-Regarded Endurance Athlete Chad Denning Dies While Running Appalachian Trail

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New London — It shouldn’t happen to Superman. That was one somber-faced reaction to the news that spread throughout the area’s running and recreational communities on Monday: Chad Denning, a beloved and seemingly invulnerable endurance athlete from New …

Donohue, Rhim Lead the Field at Norwich Road Race

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Norwich — Sara Donohue and Chris Rhim won their respective divisions to highlight participation in the Norwich Labor Day Road Race on Monday morning. Donohue, a past competitor for the U.S. Olympic team in the marathon, outran everyone over the race’s 6.4-mile course, winning in a time of …

Golf Instructor Once Took Hits; Now He Gives Tips

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lebanon — Dave McKinnon’s athletic career may be over, but it’s not preventing the former Lebanon High hockey and golf standout from helping others. The 36-year-old golf professional left a PGA apprenticeship in Florida last winter to return …

Close-Quarters Racing

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Allan Hammond (77) and Chris Donnelly (20C) go door to door during Sportsman Modified action at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt., on Saturday night. Donnelly finished the division’s feature race in second place behind D.J. Robinson, who …

Fastest For 48

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lebanon — Orford hiker Andrew Thompson normally has no problems falling asleep, but on July 6 he uncharacteristically tossed and turned through the night. Too bad for Thompson, because he wouldn’t be getting much sleep at all over the next 3½ days. The 38-year-old former Appalachian Trail through-hike …

Run to Daylight

Monday, September 1, 2014

Karter Thyne, 5, left, his brother Kaden, 9, and their grandfather, Dan Towle, execute a passing play while playing football in their driveway in Claremont on Sunday. The boys live next to their grandparents, and they play football …

Lots of Buzz in the Unknown

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News They appeared along the shores of Unknown Pond reflecting the Kilkenny region mountain called The Horn as if popping from the glossy pages of an outdoor magazine. Dressed more for fly-fishing — complete with smart-looking vest — than for hiking, …

Woman Wins Battle To Capture the ‘Fish of a Lifetime’

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Sam Cook Duluth News Tribune When a fish hit one of the lines Paul and Charlene Lind were trolling Aug. 14 in the Apostle Islands, Charlene was gracious. She let Paul take that fish. “I said, ‘I’m going to take the next one because the next one …

Simple Hints For a Big Catch

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Coleman Stokes Special to the Valley News Perhaps the biggest compliment ever paid to me was by my friend Larry, who said: “If you go fishing with Coleman, you will catch fish.” That was after I had …