By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford High girls hockey team is building for the future with a roster that includes four eighth-graders and seven sophomores. Wednesday, however, the present was pretty bright itself.  The Hurricanes defeated Rutland, 4-3, at Barwood Arena, hanging on through a final three minutes when the puck was…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Barwood Arena’s parking lot was almost as slippery as the building’s ice sheet Saturday. Daylong melting snow followed by freezing temperatures combined to make crossing the blacktop surface highly treacherous.  Inside, the Hartford High boys hockey team found its going similarly risky. The Hurricanes blew a two-goal lead…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – One of the Upper Valley high school basketball season’s best moments occurred Thursday, moments before Hartford High and Brattleboro tipped off at Hanley Gymnasium. Upon asking those in attendance to please stand for the national anthem, student public-address announcer Remy Lambert couldn’t come up with the tune on…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – When Hartford High boys hockey goaltender Colby Boyce was lured away by Kimball Union Academy last summer, the Hurricanes appeared to have suffered a serious blow. Boyce was one of Vermont’s best backstops and starred as a freshman last winter, helping the team go 15-7-1 and reach the…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Hartford High’s athletics facilities have improved so dramatically in recent years that it was startling to enter Hanley Gymnasium on Friday and find half a dozen ceiling lights out. Half the basketball floor was bathed in a sort of twilight, but the dim view couldn’t lessen excitement created…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – If you enjoy small talk and circling a difficult subject, Kylie Young is not your cup of tea. The first-year Hartford High girls ice hockey coach tends to tell it like it is, and for the Hurricanes, “it” hasn’t been much fun in recent years.  “We have nowhere…

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Hartford High athletic director Jeff Moreno sent along an email today to keep us appraised of where things stand for his school’s winter teams. Here’s a slightly-edited version for our readers. Basketball: The Southern Vermont League “is currently working on a 16-18 game schedule that is largely based on regional alignment. The schedule would be on a Monday…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The visiting bus horn sounded repeatedly for almost a minute following Friday’s Vermont Interscholastic Football League regional semifinal. The Windsor Yellowjackets wanted everyone the area awash in the sound of their 48-36 victory over Hartford. The Hurricanes’ players and coaches gathered at one end of the field for…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Sharon Academy boys soccer players wear warmup jackets with the word “RISE” printed across the back. The Phoenix did just that Saturday evening, battling host Hartford to a 1-1 tie during 100 minutes of end-to-end play. The Vermont Division IV visitors staged their best game of the season,…

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