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This summer, VPR reported on a runner with a big dream. Joseph Michael Kai-tsu Liu Roqueni set out from Montreal July 2nd, hoping to run from Canada, through 14 countries, to the southern tip of Argentina. 

The 32-year-old gave himself two years to cover the 12,000 miles, much of which he planned to run barefoot or with light sandals.

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The University of Vermont men’s basketball team has piled up five consecutive 20-victory seasons while the Middlebury College men have gone 147-26 with six straight NCAA tournament appearances since 2008. Both programs are expected to extend that high level of success this winter.

Kim Jackson

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports opens its new $1.3 million headquarters this week at Pico. Officials say the new space will make it much easier for athletes in wheelchairs and those with other special needs to ski, bike, kayak and enjoy the outdoors. 

Founded in 1987, the nonprofit moved its administrative offices to Pico in 1999. 

The ski resort donated space, but as the adaptive program grew, things got tight.

Rutland resident Paula McNeill, an avid skier who severed her spine in a snowmobiling accident in 2010 was among a growing number of clients. 

Sterling College

Sterling College, on Craftsbury Common, is known for its small size, its agricultural and environmental programs, and its liberal philosophy. It is not known for its sports teams. In fact, until now, it didn't actually have any sports teams to speak of. But that all changed this fall, with the creation of two teams.

Sterling College is now home to a shooting team – part of the campus Hunter-Gatherer Club. And last weekend the Sterling College mountain and trail running team competed in its inaugural race.

T-Bar Films

When brothers Tyler and Elliot Wilkinson-Ray were growing up in Richmond, their parents were hesitant to put them on skis. “It sounded like an expensive sport to them,” says Elliot Wilkinson-Ray. But a daycare provider suggested they try Cochran’s Ski Area, a small, affordable family hill. “She brought us [there], and it changed our lives,” he recalls. “Over 20 years later, we’re still passionate about the world of skiing.”

CVU Turf Fields Project

Tuesday, Nov. 5, taxpayers in four Vermont towns will decide whether to vote in favor of a $1.5 million dollar bond for two synthetic turf fields at Champlain Valley Union High School, the biggest high school in Vermont.

Supporters of the project say wet weather often makes the current grass fields unusable for high school athletes.  But some critics wonder why a vote on high-priced turf is taking place outside the annual budget vote.

AP/Matt Slocum

Let’s dispense with the numbers first: The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park 6-1 last night to win the franchise’s 8th World Series title.

University of Vermont

Can the University of Vermont mark the 50th anniversary of its hockey program by returning to post-season glory? Does Norwich University have enough experience to extend its streak of appearances in Division III’s Frozen Four? And is Middlebury College poised to end a three-year absence from the NCAA tournament?

AP/Charles Krupa

For the fourth time in World Series history, the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are meeting in baseball’s Fall Classic.

This year’s Sox team has rebounded from a last-place finish in 2012 to have the best record in the American League. The Cards, best in the NL, boast a pitching staff of impressive young arms.

Anna Grearson, sports editor of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and Northeast Sports Network’s Jack Healey breakdown how the Series has unfolded and look at what we can expected in the deciding games.

Wayne Laroche / AP/Vermont Fish and Wildlife

Hunters are in the Vermont forests and fields right now looking for bear and archers are hunting turkey and deer. Hunting season is upon us and many Vermonters are heading to deer camp.

But the numbers of those getting licenses has been dropping for years. Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry and Matt Crawford, the former outdoors editor of the Burlington Free Press, join us to discuss if hunting still plays a role in the Vermont culture.

Kevra: Go Sox!

Oct 22, 2013
Courtesy, Karen Kevra

New England is a remarkable hub for sports fans with recurring championships in all genres but I am monogamous when it comes to sports.

My heart belongs to baseball.

I was in the stands at­ Fenway Park for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series and the vibe was electric. The opening ceremony was grand and touching. The Green Monster was draped in a huge American flag and was the backdrop for tributes to heroes of the Boston Marathon Bombings. And Dave Roberts, famous for his 2004 post-season steal against the Yankees, threw out the first pitch.

The United States women’s national hockey team will return to one of its fondest cities when it kicks off its pre-Olympic tour with a game against archrival Canada on Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Nina Keck / VPR/file

For many local theaters, one of the biggest challenges is attracting new audiences.  

At Rutland’s Paramount Theatre, officials believe a new $75,000 high definition video and audio system will be key to expanding their outreach.  

Bruce Bouchard, Director of the Paramount Theatre says their new 10,000 lumen projector is three times more powerful than their old one. “What that means is blacks look really black, navy blue looks like navy blue and dark green is dark green. You see every blade of grass.  It’s so cool.”


It remains one of the most iconic images from the intersection of sports and civil rights in the 20th century: Olympic Gold Medalist Tommie Smith standing atop the podium at the 1968 Games in Mexico City with his gloved fist raised in the air, in what many eventually dubbed a “black power salute.” His U.S. teammate John Carlos, who finished with a bronze medal in the same race, also made the gesture.

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The Boston Bruins finished up preseason training camp at The Ice Center, in Waterbury, Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds of fans played hooky from work and school for a chance to see their NHL heroes play some hockey. The event wasn’t widely publicized, but the word got out.

Fans started showing up to the rink at 8:00 a.m. for the 1:30 p.m. practice. By the time the team bus arrived, hundreds of spectators were packed into the arena, and the line of fans spilled out of the building.

Trent Campbell

McCallum Foote reached a long-sought milestone this summer that had only a tangential connection to his skills as a record-setting quarterback for the Middlebury College football team. It took 20 years, a dedicated diet and countless hours in the weight room, but Foote now officially weighs more than 200 pounds.

“That was really a proud moment – I’ve been working a long time for that,” said Foote, a 6-2, 201-pound senior who played at 187 pounds last season. “When I got on the scale I actually took a picture and sent it to my teammates, saying ‘Finally!’ “

AP/ Toby Talbot

It’s no secret that Vermont is a proud member of the Red Sox Nation. Greg Pearson’s book Fenway Fanatic: 50 Boston Red Sox Fans Tell Their Stories highlights a few Vermonters among the die-hard Red Sox fans he profiled. Pearson says he attempted to include a diverse group.

“This is by no means supposed to be the 50 craziest or most devoted Red Sox fans. Many of them would qualify, but some of them were kind of new fans, some of them were really young,” says Pearson.

Shane Busano

A familiar face is back in the newly expanded dugouts at historic Centennial Field as the Vermont Lake Monsters return for their 20th summer of minor league baseball in Burlington.

Rick Magnante returns for his third season as manager of the Oakland Athletics’ affiliate in the short-season New York-Penn League. It is the first time the team has had that degree of continuity at the top, something Magnante sees as a bonus.

AP/Alden Pellett

A field of 524 individuals registered for the first KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in 1989 and 414 of them completed the 26.2-mile course. In the 23 subsequent races, the number of runners who have finished every marathon has shrunk to an elite group of five.