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Recreation Briefs: Windsor Comets Heading to Ohio for AAU Nationals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Essex Junction, Vt. — Riding big games from Olivia Rockwood and Hayley Fortin along with solid team shooting from the free-throw line, the Windsor Comets U13 girls basketball team swept through five foes to win its Vermont AAU state championship on May 2-3 at Essex High School. Windsor started with a 51-21 win over the Thunder, getting 34 points from Rockwood to go with a 9-for-13 team performance at the …

Amen Corner: Where Ball Lies Can Give Clues to Its Destination

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Let’s play a game of Clue. You’re the investigator. You’ve approached the scene. You’re supposed to approach your golf shot systematically and thoroughly, like any good detective. You determine you’re 150 yards from the green, so you pull out your normal 150-yard club and then look down at your golf ball. It’s sitting …

A Dreamer Has Become a Doer: Neville Continues Long-Distances Runs to Inspire

Monday, May 18, 2015

White River Junction — Helene Neville is a two-time cancer survivor, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and bodybuilder. She’s also one heck of a runner. Neville, 54, is in the midst of a northerly route across the United States, having departed St. Stephen, New Brunswick, on May 1. When she reaches the Pacific Ocean at …

Sled Hockey Gives Everyone a Chance to Hit the Ice

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

West Lebanon — Afflicted by various ailments, many of the players on the Ice Vets sled hockey team utilize some form of service or guidance to help excel in their day-to-day lives. Yet when it comes time to …

Recreation Briefs: Cox Adds Olympic Qualification Times at N.Y. Meet

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Buffalo, n.y. — Having already qualified in one event, Hartland’s Hannah Cox added four more qualifying times to her schedule for next year’s U.S. Olympic Trials with her performance at last weekend’s Eastern Zone Winter Long Course Super …

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 …

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 …

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 …

A Snowback Throwback: Biathlons Receive a Retro Makeover

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hanover — When wintertime comes, the Spencer family gets to party like it’s 1859. Stan Spencer, his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Sara, regularly participate in primitive biathlons, competitions featuring Civil War-era muzzleloaders and wooden snowshoes. With events staged …

Net Gain

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dominick Da Cruz, right, spikes the ball over the reach of Nick Cameron, left, during a volleyball tournament at Hartford Middle School on Thursday. The tournament was a fundraiser, with each team paying an entry fee of $20, …

Bedford Accumulates More N.E. Masters Records

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — He’s doing it again. Etna’s Fritz Bedford added to his already impressive swimming resume by adding two more national age-group records as part of a five-win performance at the New England Masters Short-Course Championships last weekend …

New Outlet for Youth Football

Monday, March 23, 2015

A new regional youth football program is coming to the Upper Valley. Founded by Grantham resident Dave Daigneault, the Upper Valley Hawks will be the 15th member of the New Hampshire Pop Warmer League beginning this fall. Fielding …

Crossbows Use Helps Heighten Deer Harvest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Deer hunters using crossbows in Wisconsin last year had a slightly higher success rate and were older than those using vertical bows. In addition, the use of crossbows contributed to a record buck bow kill in 2014. But …