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Mark Anderson of Racine, Wis., takes aim with a crossbow during a sight-in at a range at Racine Instinctive Bowmen in Sturtevant, Wis., on April 24, 2014. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Paul A. Smith)

Here Come Crossbows

Sunday, August 17, 2014

By Paul A. Smith Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Thwack! The sound of a projectile striking a target isn’t unusual at an archery club. But this one was notable for its type and location. It was a bolt fired from a crossbow. And it took place at Racine Instinctive Bowmen in Sturtevant. The event, a sight-in held before the 2014 Wisconsin spring …

Hiking the ‘Other’ Sugarloaf

Sunday, August 17, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valey News We hiked Sugarloaf Mountain the other day. Not North Sugarloaf nor Middle Sugarloaf, both glorious platforms above the Zealand Valley. But the other, other, other New Hampshire Sugarloaf — the remote North Country one east of Groveton in Stratford that stands tall above the stark wonder of the Nash Stream Forest and beyond. Getting to …

UVRays Strike Gold at FINA World Masters Finals

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Montreal — UVRays swimmers Fritz Bedford, Kim Lloyd and Trent Toensing combined to win eight gold medals as part of an eight-athlete Upper Valley contingent at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championship, which wrapped up on Sunday at Parc Jean Drapeau. Already an accomplished competitor at the masters level, Etna’s Bedford (men ages …

Win? Lose? Sometimes Surviving a Bad Shot Requires a Draw

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Did you see Ricky Fowler hit that crazy high draw on the 16th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday? His shot was incredible and reminded me of missing an exit on the highway. …

Norwich’s Reed Qualifies for U.S. World Triathlon Roster

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Milwaukee — Norwich’s Jeff Reed earned a podium spot for his time in the men’s age 60-64 division on Sunday at the USA Sprint Triathlon Age-Group National Championships. Reed, 60, raced to a fifth-place finish in his age group, posting a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 37.62 …

Russell Out At U.S. Amateur

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Atlanta — Golfing in his second U.S. Amateur Championship, Grantham’s Evan Russell shot a 79 at the par-72 Riverside Course on Tuesday to miss the cut. Russell, who has won the last two Vermont Amateur titles, shot a …

Local Roundup: Grantham’s Russell Shoots 76 At U.S. Amateur

Monday, August 11, 2014

Atlanta — Grantham’s Evan Russell shot a 76 at the first day of the U.S. Amateur Championship on Monday in Atlanta. Russell, winner of the last two Vermont Amateur titles, shot a 40 on the front nine on the Atlanta Athletic Club’s par-71 Highlands Course and a 36 …

Claremont Country Club Set to Celebrate 100 Years

Monday, August 11, 2014

Claremont — When researching the history of the Claremont Country Club, it was learned that it was originally constructed for tennis. Golf was an afterthought. Willard Holt remembers when it used to be a lighted ski facility. As …

‘Coaching for Captains’ Program Teaches Leadership Skills

Friday, August 8, 2014

Claremont — Kara Toms has a variation on the theme of the old sporting axiom, “no pain, no gain.” Call it “no brain, no gain.” This week, Toms brought her Coaching for Captains program to Claremont. This program …

The Swing of Things

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Oliver Parrado, 13, of Hanover, plays “Around the World,” a fast-paced warm up game during a Junior Tennis Camp at Storrs Pond Recreation Area in Hanover on Thursday. Valley News — Sarah Priestap …

Certain Golf Swings Can Be a Real Pain in the Back

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back injuries are a hot topic this week during the PGA Championship at Valhalla Country Club in Kentucky, where Tiger Woods status is up in the air until his tee time. He’ll either be in or out of …

Aman, Mullen Race at Hershey Finals

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hershey, Pa. — Hanover’s Richie Aman and Hartford’s Kennedy Mullen ran to respective seventh-place finishes on Saturday at the Hershey Track and Field Games North American Championship at the Milton Hershey School. Both youths competed in the 400-meter …

Triathletes Get Far More Than They Bargained For

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cornish — Ironman triathletes talk often about the importance of keeping emotions in check to help conserve energy while swimming, bicycling and running over courses covering more than 140 miles. For participants in last month’s Ironman Lake Placid, …