By Tris Wykes HANOVER – The Hanover High boys lacrosse team enjoyed a thrilling first five minutes against Derryfield on Tuesday. The final 43, however, were a lesson in humility.  The Marauders scored the NHIAA Division II contest’s first three goals against the four-time defending state champions, their giddy celebrations taking on an almost desbelieving…

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By Tris Wykes NORWICH – It was only the top of the first inning, but Hanover High baseball coach John Grainer had seen enough Monday afternoon. The sixth-year bench boss bolted from the dugout to the on-deck circle at the Dresden Athletic Fields. “Wake up!” Grainger screamed at his infielders after visiting Stevens successfully executed…

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By Tris Wykes WEST CANAAN – Giddy laughter filled the Hanover High softball dugout Friday when the Marauders came off the field following their third at-bat against Mascoma. Just three days after losing to the Royals by 24 runs, the visitors were now improbably leading by three.  “One inning at a time,” urged Hanover coach…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Hanover High’s a bit down in boys lacrosse this spring. Lebanon might be a bit better. The gap between the neighboring rivals remains wide, however, after the Marauders’ 15-6 victory on Thursday at Henry Emerton Field.  Hanover, mostly middle-of-the pack in NHIAA Division I during the past decade, led 8-1…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Sara Ecker left her Lebanon High girls lacrosse players with a final thought Tuesday after their 15-12 loss to visiting Hanover.  “Let’s get 10 minutes of stretching,” the veteran coach said. “Big muscle groups. Tomorrow’s going to be a tough day for those of you who did a lot of…

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By Tris Wykes NORWICH – Hanover High has claimed state titles in virtually every sport it offers, with the glaring exception of baseball. Could this be the year that box is finally checked?  “It’s the most talented team I’ve had here,” said sixth-year coach John Grainger, who helped the Marauders reach the 2018 NHIAA Division…

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By Tris Wykes HANOVER – Ryan Gardner furrowed his brow as he looked at a clipboard this week, searching for a specific name on his current Hanover High boys lacrosse roster. “It’s like a whole new team,” the seventh-year coach said.  He’s not wrong. The Marauders return only three starters from the squad that went…

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By Tris Wykes NORWICH – The Dresden Fields’ baseball diamond, situated up a long slope from Route 5 and the Norwich Farmer’s Market, appears fine from above. It’s below the dirt and grass that trouble lurks.  “I’ve told the school board that our field is likely unplayable,” said sixth-year Hanover High baseball coach John Grainger,…

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By Tris Wykes Kennett High mainstay Maddie Stewart dribbled from high on the right side to the backboard’s far edge Thursday night, somehow laying in an off-balance, lefthanded shot with 6.3 seconds remaining in a NHIAA Division II girls basketball semifinal. Those two points were enough to give the Eagles a 51-50 victory over Hanover…

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By Tris Wykes CONCORD – The outcome of Tuesday’s late NHIAA girls hockey semifinal could be easily discerned by the activity surrounding a pair of school buses in the Everett Arena parking lot around 10 p.m. The Bishop Guertin High vehicle, its interior lights ablaze, literally rocked from the jumping, screaming players it contained. The…

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