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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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Starter pistol shots from an adjacent track meet regularly punctuated Monday’s baseball game between Lebanon High and Hanover. On the diamond, it was the visiting Marauders who fired on all cylinders during a 14-5 NHIAA Division II victory. Hanover pounded out 17 hits and capitalized on five Raiders errors to…

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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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