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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 …

MacDonald, Killam Suffer Quick Elimination at N.H. Am

Friday, July 18, 2014

Goffstown, n.h. — By reaching the quarterfinals of the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship, Hanover Country Club’s Nick MacDonald and Newport Golf Club’s Michael Killam at least accomplished one thing: They succeeded in occupying what otherwise might …

Local Roundup: N.H. Am Semis Have Upper Valley Flavor

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Goffstown, n.h. — The Upper Valley could provide half the field for this afternoon’s New Hampshire Golf Association amateur championship semifinals. But that’s only if Hanover’s Nick MacDonald and Newport’s Michael Killam get through this morning’s quarterfinals. Both golfers won a pair of matches to live another day …

Hartford Legion Sweeps Bellows Falls

Thursday, July 17, 2014

White River Junction — Ah, summer. Warm weather, outdoor recreation and overall relaxation. But on Hartford High’s baseball field Thursday, there was nonetheless a gut check for the local American Legion squad. Entering the evening’s play, Hartford and …

Recreation Briefs: Norwich’s Rhim Wins Bike Criterium in Connecticut

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Britain, Conn. — Norwich’s Brendan Rhim outsprinted a breakaway group to the finish line for a narrow victory in the 40-mile New Britain Criterium bicycle race on Sunday. Rhim, a recent Hanover High School graduate, won the race in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 25 seconds, beating four …

Amen Corner: Basic Rules Every Weekend (or Weekday) Golfer Should Know

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Golf is made up of so many rules, it’s impossible to know all of them. That’s why there will be a rules official with every group during this week’s major, the British Open championship. Even the guys and …

No Down Time for Claremont Rec Director

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Claremont — Well, it’s been several months, and he’s still here. The lure of working in a new, $10.3-million community center certainly got the attention of Mark Brislin when he applied for the position to replace Scott Hausler …

Experience Pays a Dividend: For Russell, 2013’s Successes Turn Into 2014’s Opportunities

Monday, July 14, 2014

Burlington — Winning the New England Amateur and Vermont Amateur in the span of less than a month last summer opened a lot of doors this year for Grantham’s Evan Russell, and for that he’s thankful. Repeating at …

N.H. Am Facing Rough Edges

Monday, July 14, 2014

Goffstown, n.h. — The 111th New Hampshire Golf Association State Amateur Championship will tee off this morning at Stonebridge Country Club. And the 138 entrants won’t want to waste any time trying to get ahead of the field. “You want to get up on the front nine and …

2,200 Miles to Glory: Lyme Resident on AT Adventure

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hanover — Lucy Gamble was 7 years old when she first noticed through hikers passing through the Upper Valley on the Appalachian Trail. “I was with my dad (Thomas) crossing the Ledyard Bridge, which, of course, is part …

Local Roundup: Touchline Teams Draw Hudson

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Henniker, n.h. — Touchline’s New Hampshire Soccer Conference men’s teams came away with a pair of neutral-site draws in Henniker against the Hudson Broncos. Touchline tied Hudson in the Division IV game 3-3 and 2-2 in the Division V game. In the D-IV game, Jonas Taenzer, Xavi Tchana …