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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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – It was during the Friday night football game’s third quarter and with the result no longer in serious doubt that the Hartford High student section sang along with the Backstreet Boys’ 1999 hit, “I Want It That Way” as it was pumped over the…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Hartford High boys soccer coach Kevin Guillbault was frank Tuesday after his squad was thumped, 6-0, by Lebanon during its penultimate preseason scrimmage.  “We’re laying the foundation for the future,” said the 10th-year bench boss, whose team returns only two starters (Nolan McMahon, Joey Beggs) after…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford High baseball team produced its first undefeated regular season since 1936 on Saturday night, rallying to beat visiting Otter Valley, 11-7, at Dick Grassi Field. A seven-run fifth inning propelled the Hurricanes (14-0) past the Otters (7-8) and into the history books. What exactly awaits them…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Senior Night for the Hartford High boys lacrosse team didn’t turn out quite as hoped by the hosts. Rice showed up with 13 seniors of its own. One of them, attackman Jackson Harris, scored his third goal of the evening with 2 minutes, 7 seconds remaining to give…

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