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You think you’re going stir crazy? Try being someone who needs activity as routine.Ever since I took this job, I’ve insisted to my superiors that...

The biggest difference between Europe and the United States doesn’t come down to culture or economics or anything like that. I’ve found it’s sports...

IMHO: The new, the gone, the going

2/15/20

Digging out the desk drawer of the mind with the snowthrower on a wintry morning …■The hiring of Travis Pelletier as Lebanon High’s baseball coach...

Tim DiFrancesco ran a 5K road race last Sunday in Newburyport, Mass. With his phone off somewhere else, DiFrancesco blissfully trotted out the 27th...

What has happened to the world of Major League Baseball in the past week didn’t surprise me one iota. It’s reflective of an American culture that...

We who occupy the darkest corner of the Valley News office — the one where the lights are turned on only when they absolutely must be — realize...

IMHO: Bless this mess of a desk

12/7/19

You don’t want to see my desk. No, really, you don’t.I don’t file things as much as pile them. I have at least three stacks of old NHIAA and VPA...

Rich Parker’s fundraisers have always been built around an element of gain for all involved. Participants enjoy a day of golf, or a good meal, or...

IMHO: Nationals provide chance to cheer

10/19/19

I was caught this week by a headline for an online story by The Washington Post’s television critic. It compared a show he was reviewing to a...

Do not adjust your dial. The silence coming from your radio is entirely not on you.Perhaps you had another commitment and couldn’t make Dartmouth...

Paul Coats has been in moving mode the last couple of months.The second-biggest one happened earlier this summer. The longtime director of Lebanon...

IMHO: Tourville is LOC’s spark plug

8/24/19

Jed Hinkley has worked with Lebanon Outing Club vice president Cheryl Tourville for a few years, long enough to retain a question in the back of...

Over the sound of scraping paint, Charlie Taber heard the words that have made his three-decade labor of love and loss worth the effort.Keeping...

It shouldn’t have taken a professional soccer player born in New Jersey, raised in Florida and of Colombian descent to move a nation toward...

I dread May. And not because it’s the tail end of mud season.The Valley News has produced an Athletes of the Year supplement the last five years...

When I took my first journalism class back in high school, our teacher occasionally put us future ink-stained wretches through an interesting and...

Progress always comes at a cost.   Mascoma Valley Regional High School in West Canaan has been on an upswing the past couple of years, what with...

So you want to be an athletic director at an Upper Valley high school. Hmm. Wouldn’t you like something easier — like wild animal trainer or air...

I find the recollections of my athletic past — and the painful awareness that I lack one — are growing more suspect as I age. So I tell the...

IMHO: Golf needs to get past Tiger

4/20/19

OK. Fine. I admit it. My cold, dark heart swelled a teensy, weensy bit seeing Tiger Woods win the Masters last weekend.I reached my fill of Woods a...

Laura Schuler heard the remarks when she was a young girl in Ontario: Hockey is for boys, not girls. Go find something else to do.Her love of the...

This past weekend brought encouraging news for Upper Valley girls hockey on two fronts: Hanover High’s latest state championship and Woodstock High...

For a man with as much college hockey coaching experience as Tim Whitehead has, guiding a prep school hockey program is nothing new. It’s just...

Confession time: I’m a wicked big rebel sports league nerd. Always have been. Always will be.That guy who successfully tried to pick up World...

If I put my hockey team on the ice against yours in an overtime situation, I’m confident in the knowledge that I’ll have an equal shot at winning...

Dear Santa: I know, I know. I’m a bit last-minute getting this out. But you know how skilled I am at procrastination. I never get around to it...

Do you read without turning the pages of a book? Shame on you if you do.The holidays have come and gone without my wife gifting me a Kindle or any...

Chances are you’re reading this because of the headline.Good headline writing takes skill. Editors have a very limited space to convey to a reader...

Billie Jean King is right. There needs to be a discussion — or better, action — regarding how men and women are treated differently in sports.Still...

IMHO: Oxbow Should Tell USOC to Scram

7/20/18

Mona Garone wouldn’t have stood for the United States Olympic Committee’s bullying.If the USOC had been dumb enough to pick a fight with Oxbow High...

Congratulations, Las Vegas. Welcome to the Stanley Cup Final.Thousands, probably millions, of NHL fans have waited a long time to see their teams...

The heavy-handedness of it galls me the most.The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association has a history of my-way-or-the-highway...

IMHO: Good News, From a Ditch

2/15/18

I hate driving U.S. Route 4. Regardless of whether I’m headed toward the spine of Vermont or the lakes of New Hampshire, I loathe this piece of...

As a devotee of 1980s-era new wave music, I’ve been hearing David Byrne’s repetitive “same as it ever was” from the Talking Heads’ Once in a...

The seed becomes the sapling, the sapling a tree. As it grows, the tree spreads roots, securing a firm foundation. Branches form, sprouting...

My golf game blows turf, and I’m not afraid to admit it.A story: Hanover Country Club’s par-4 first hole is on the lengthy side — about 400 yards...

We’re so attuned to loss in sport — more the personal kind than the on-field variety — that memorials can sometimes be overlooked or difficult to...

Coming to a television near you, this message from GEICO: “If you’re the Washington Capitals, you spend an entire season playing scintillating...

It’s Rob Johnstone’s fault that you’re reading this.Lebanon High’s boys soccer coach of the past 24 years, Johnstone has had quite the last month...

In the darkest of times, sport has the power to heal … and reveal.Dan Weintraub has seen things in the past few weeks he’s never witnessed before...

Austin Eaton III found it no great surprise, with the Sunnehanna Amateur staged in Johnstown, Pa., near Arnold Palmer’s Latrobe hometown, that he’d...

When it comes to social media, I’m a dinosaur. It’s a comfort knowing I’m not in danger of becoming extinct.Barry Harwick shares my feelings. He’s...

Meteorologists won’t declare a heat wave until three days of 90-degree temperatures have passed. Just because stocks went down today doesn’t mean...

IMHO: New ADs, New Colors

6/28/16

It’s going to be weird seeing Mike Stone in maroon and gold.Even though it’s been more than two years since the longtime football coach and...

In more than a half-century on this round rock we call Earth, I’ve accumulated a too-long-to-accurately-count list of things I’ve...

Lebanon – To first see Terran Campbell, his father believes, is to not immediately grasp the level to which he has progressed.The tennis...

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