By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – No weighty tools were hoisted in the Hanover High football team’s postgame huddle this time. Not after Milford invaded Merriman-Branch Field on Friday and turned what was a tight NHIAA Division II game at halftime into a 34-7 whipping.  The Marauders pride themselves on “pounding the…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Oscar Miller’s future endeavors are wide open, as befits a Hanover High senior. After Thursday’s 2-0 boys soccer defeat of visiting Londonderry, however, it’s clear the striker has a potential future in sales. Dribbling into the right side of the Lancers penalty area early in the…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Patrick Elder raised the black and silver sledgehammer over his head and screamed to his encircled Hanover High football teammates Friday night.  “Did we pound the rock?!” the junior lineman asked, repeatedly slamming the hammer into the artificial turf beneath his cleats. The Marauders roared affirmation…

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By Tris Wykes  Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Returning only four starters on a high school varsity soccer team can indicate a long season ahead. Particularly in the rugged confines of NHIAA Division I.  With the Hanover boys program, however, rebuilding is a foreign concept and reloading is an annual affair. This year’s Marauders…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics, 2021 Evan Nichols’ perspective was turned upside down in Lahti, Finland last February. Or at least sideways.  The 17-year old Lyme resident was in Scandinavia with the U.S. junior national Nordic combined team. The Americans were competing in a sport that combines ski jumping and cross-country (or Nordic) skiing. …

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Lebanon High boys soccer coach Rob Johnstone had an immediate and adamant message for his players following their 2-0 preseason scrimmage victory at arch-rival Hanover on Tuesday night. They were to create no social media posts or images of a gloating nature. “Don’t take the bait…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Hanover High football appears back on solid ground. But can the Marauders use that perch as a stepping stone to reach another level? A trip to the 2018 NHIAA semifinals was followed by a winless season during which Hanover was not only beaten, but beaten up.…

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By Tris Wykes NORWICH – The Hanover High baseball team’s dream of an undefeated season and an NHIAA Division II title died Friday at the hands of John Stark’s Austin Hazzard during a 4-3 loss. Specifically, it was the senior’s right hand, which helped him strike out 10 Marauders and limit them to four hits,…

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By Tris Wykes HANOVER – Hanover High’s boys lacrosse players mobbed their goaltender with extra zeal Monday, and not only because the hosts had just beaten Kennett, 8-5, in an NHIAA Division II first-round playoff game at Merriman-Branch Field. No, the Marauders knew that freshman Devon Pleger, new to the position and starting his first…

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By Tris Wykes HANOVER – The silver automobile and its driver always pull in early for Hanover High boys lacrosse practices. Jim Wilson hops from his Subaru Forester with the GRIMMAN license plates and putters around Merriman-Branch Field about 45 minutes before the workout is to begin. The assistant coach mingles with other early arrivals…

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