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Oxbow High's Wren Smith, left, collides with Touchline's Kelsey Head during the teams' July 13 scrimmage at Norwich's Huntley Meadows. Touchline  opens the New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division I women's tournament on Sunday as the second seed, hosting No. 3 Claremont Women at Thetford Academy, according to the league website.
Valley News — Tris Wykes

Playoff Kickoff

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Oxbow High’s Wren Smith, left, collides with Touchline’s Kelsey Head during the teams’ July 13 scrimmage at Norwich’s Huntley Meadows. Touchline opens the New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division I women’s tournament on Sunday as the second seed, meeting the third-ranked Claremont Women at Thetford Academy, according to the league website. Valley News — Tris Wykes …

Improve Your Golf Swing With a Wing Ding

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Every once in a while, it’s a real treat to enjoy some chicken wings. They come in all sorts of various flavors today — buffalo, teriyaki, plum, barbecue — with my favorite being dashed in Carolina mustard. America loves chicken wings. Just not in our golf swings. A chicken wing in golf is …

Hanover’s Aman to Compete at Hershey Nationals

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hershey, Pa. — Richie Aman’s run to Chocolate Town USA this week has less to do about the chocolate and more to do with the running. The 9-year-old from Hanover will represent the Northeast region on Friday when he competes at the Hershey Track and Field Games North American youth championship. The meet will be held at the Milton Hershey School’s Henry Hershey …

Eight-Legged Engineers

Monday, July 7, 2014

Roughly half of all spiders ambush or use snares and traps to capture prey. The rest spin webs to catch their meals. There are many different types of webs — sheet, funnel, cob, mesh, etc. Several families of …

Bicyclists Are Believing and Achieving

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Brent Bell was tired of hearing people tell him what he couldn’t do. So he decided to show them. At 2 a.m., that Friday morning 37 years ago, the then 13-year-old Lebanon Junior High student sneaked out of …

Local Roundup: Lebanon Legion Still Unbeaten

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lebanon — Andrew Houde was force on the mound and at the plate as Lebanon’s Post 22 American Legion baseball team dismantled Plymouth 11-1 in a mercy-rule shortened seven-inning game on Saturday at Lebanon High. Post 22 improved to 9-0 overall, 8-0 in league play. House allowed one …

High School Students Clean Up the Trails

Friday, July 4, 2014

Norwich —This summer, Upper Valley high school students needn’t travel far to get valuable trail stewardship experience. Starting Monday, 38 teenagers from nine area schools will join Upper Valley Trails Alliance staff for its High School Trail Corps, a series of workdays clearing, building and blazing area trails. …

(Baseball) Diamonds Are Forever

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hartford High and Hartford American Legion baseball coach Jarrod Grassi, right, spreads clay on the infield of a new baseball field being built at the Maxfield Sports Complex in Hartford with Matt Bing, left, and Hunter Grace, center, …

Recreation Briefs: Woodstock Squads Collide at N.H. Curling Tourney

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Conway, n.h. — The Woodstock Curling Club stole the show by putting both of its entries in the final match of the Grand National Curling Club of America championship at Ham Arena this week, with the quartet of …

Amen Corner: There’s No Need to Haggle — Sometimes It’s Good to Waggle

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What the heck is the waggle all about? Back in the day, most of the world’s best golfers had a waggle in their pre-shot routine. Today, you don’t see the young guns waggle as much. Why? First, what …

Wanting Water Everywhere: Runner Uses Yoga to Raise Money for Native Kenya

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hanover — Elite distance runner Sam Chelanga has settled in the Upper Valley in part because the wooded hills remind him of his home village in Kenya. Now he’s hoping friends in his new surroundings can help him …

This Is How We Do It

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hartford Soccer Club’s Sarah Jones, bottom, reclines as coaches Joe Denny, right, and Jeff Acker talk to the team at halftime during their New Hampshire Soccer Conference women’s game against Touchline at Ottauquechee School in Quechee on Monday. …

An Eagle Eye on VINS’ Mission

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Quechee — With a new leader at the helm and its 40th anniversary just behind it, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science is looking ahead to the coming decades. Executive director Charlie Rattigan, who joined VINS last month, …