By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 WEST LEBANON – It was cold enough outside Campion Rink on Friday night that Zamoni operator Ryan Damren closed the vehicle bay’s overhead door in an attempt to keep the building’s warmer air inside. On the ice, Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge goaltender Paige Hoegler did her best to slam the gate…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 HANOVER – Outdoor temperatures dipped below zero Saturday night, but inside Hanover High’s gym, the hosts and Souhegan engaged in heated NHIAA Division II action. Shoves, complaints, insults and unfriendly gestures were freely traded as the Sabers triumphed, 46-34, to remain undefeated. When Hanover’s Max Galbraith fouled out,…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 HANOVER – It’s best to get to Hanover High girls basketball games early. There’s plenty of seating, but when it comes to competitiveness, the Marauders’ contests are generally over by halftime.  Thursday was more of the same, Hanover trailed early against visiting Hollis-Brookline before taking a seven-point lead…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Those 17-0 runs will get you every time. Midway through the first quarter of Thursday’s Hanover High vs. John Stark girls basketball game, visiting coach Bruce Johnson called time-out with his team trailing, 8-3. The stoppage, however, didn’t help in the slightest. Instead, the undefeated Marauders…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WEST LEBANON – Despite the valiant efforts of its management and hourly workers, Campion Rink is showing its age. The public-address system is out, replaced by a single, portable speaker hung on netting over the 34-year old facility’s penalty boxes. During Wednesday’s Hanover High boys hockey game, the…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WEST LEBANON – John Dodds wanted goals. His Hanover High girls ice hockey team had managed just one tally during its last two games, so the 17th-year coach dedicated Thursday’s practice to scoring.  How best to shoot in certain situations. When to fire away and when to wait…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Climbing out of one hole was hard enough for the Hanover High boys basketball team Thursday afternoon. Attempting to do so twice proved too much of a challenge for the Marauders, who lost to visiting Sanborn, 62-45, after the NHIAA Division II teams were tied, 30-30,…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Hanover High’s gymnasium filled with the usual sneaker squeaks, shouts and ball thumps Thursday as the school’s girls basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Bow, 50-28, in an NHIAA Division II game. The soundtrack ground to a halt two minutes before halftime, however, when…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Bad news for the rest of NHIAA Division II girls basketball: Hanover High might be even better than last winter. Nine months after being nipped in the playoff semifinals, the Marauders scuffled early Friday before pinning a 66-27 defeat on visiting ConVal in the teams’ season…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 Interstate 89 South traffic will be a bit busier than usual Friday afternoon. That’s because the Hanover High and Lebanon boys soccer teams are playing for state titles, back-to-back at Nashua’s Stellos Stadium, the Marauders in NHIAA Division I and the Raiders in Division II. Third-seeded Lebanon faces…

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