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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 became the 11th different driver to record a win in the division this summer.
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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 became the 11th different driver to record a win in the division this summer. Michael Danforth (Sportsman Coupes), Jason Giguere (Late Models) …

Naturally Curious: Sept. 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Antlion — the very name conjures up visions of an improbable combination of two distinctly different creatures. In fact, the name is derived from the ferocious, leonine nature of a predaceous larva that consumes ants. A member of the insect family Myrmeleontidae, the antlion matures into an adult winged insect that closely resembles …

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 speed record holder now has a new mark to crow about, having climbed all 48 …

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, …