By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford High girls basketball team scheduled a game with Danville this week on short notice. Unfortunately for the Vermont Division II Hurricanes, they were left with long faces Wednesday after a 55-42 setback to the Division IV Bears. Hartford reached the playoff semifinals…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Back and forth on the scoreboard, up and down the court the Hartford High and Brattleboro boys basketball teams went during the first half of their Friday contest at Robert J. Hanley Gymnasium.  The Hurricanes held a two-point lead after a quarter and a…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Hartford High hockey player James McReynolds moved to accept his all-tournament team plaque Wednesday night, earned at the Phillip Bouthillier Classic at Wendall Barwood Arena. The junior caught his skate on a teammate’s stick blade and plummeted to the ice after only a stride,…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – More than half of the Hartford High girls hockey team’s players cannot yet legally drive. Heck, five of the Hurricanes aren’t even in high school. So while Saturday’s 9-4 loss to Division I Rutland at Barwood Arena wasn’t enjoyable, the hosts at least felt…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford High and Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal boys hockey teams scrimmaged for 50 minutes Wednesday at Barwood Arena, staging something like Old Home Days on ice. Residents of the two towns populate most of the Upper Valley Storm youth hockey program, so although some hard…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The film script would have had the Hartford High girls soccer team triumphing over visiting Windsor on Wednesday night.  The hosts would have defeated their neighboring rivals, giving themselves and coach Jeff Acker a desperately needed emotional boost after perhaps the longest two weeks…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Carlton Fisk has nothing on Heather Scudder.  The former Charlestown High and Boston Red Sox baseball player is best known for the “body english” he displayed while leaping and waving his winning home run inside Fenway Park’s left foul pole during a 1975 World…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Jeff Acker was well onto the field Thursday afternoon, his Hartford High girls soccer team having just gone down to visiting Springfield, 2-1, with 15 minutes to play. “What was that?” the 16th-year coach hollered, arms held aloft and his gaze burning a hole…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright 2021 Octopus Athletics WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford High boys soccer team opened its season last weekend with a five-goal loss at powerful Milton, a side featuring seven fourth-year starters and 15 seniors. The Hurricanes? They feature one senior and two starters from last season’s squad. “Luckily, they’re young enough…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright 2021 Octopus Athletics WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Hartford High girls soccer coach Jeff Acker stretched his arms wide around noon Saturday to encompass his team’s field at the Maxfield athletic complex. The glowing green pitch is surrounded by trees, the sky was bright blue and the weather sunny but not too hot. “It’s…

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