By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 LEBANON – Simon Amaro staggered off a corner of the wresting mat in Lebanon High’s Lang Metcalf Gymnasium on Tuesday and headed directly to a small trash can on the lacquered wood floor.  Bent at the waist, the senior spit out the contents of his stomach. He readjusted…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 WEST LEBANON – The Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal boys hockey team committed only two penalties during Wednesday’s NHIAA Division III clash with Hollis Brookline-Derryfield. Nonetheless, the Raiders were shorthanded all game.  Lebanon’s roster was already smaller than in past seasons and features only one goaltender. Now, take away two of…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 WEST LEBANON – Colin Logan is one of today’s rare high school hockey goaltenders to wear eyeglasses beneath his mask. The Belmont-Gilford backstop couldn’t have enjoyed what he saw Saturday, however, for although the Bulldogs scored first, they were soon overwhelmed by Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal, 5-2, at Campion Rink.…

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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 LEBANON – The Lebanon High boys basketball team tackled visiting Kennett on Friday without scoring standouts and seniors guards Braeden Falzarano and Cole Fabry, out because of positive Covid-19 test results. Another senior backcourt member, C.J. Childs, played only a few minutes because of an ailing hip joint. …

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – The new guy guiding the Lebanon High girls basketball team generally looked poised Wednesday when the Raiders hosted Merrimack Valley. Come halftime of the NHIAA Division II contest, however, K.J. Matte was left glancing around uncertainly. “Where do we go now?” the 24-year old asked his…

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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 LEBANON – The more daunting the situation for the Lebanon High football team Saturday, the worse the weather became. By the end, with Milford exiting Henry Emerton Field with a 24-14 victory in the NHIAA Division II semifinals, a cold, slanting rain was made all the worse by…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Saturday’s NHIAA Division II football quarterfinal game appeared well in hand for Lebanon High at halftime. But now, only minutes into the third quarter, a comfortable lead over Souhegan was slip-sliding away.  Raiders fans were restless. “Up the middle!” bellowed a leather-lunged spectator, leaning on Henry…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021   Look… if you had one shot, or one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment Would you capture it, or just let it slip? – “Lose Yourself”, Eminem (2002)     NASHUA – Lebanon High senior Krists Putans munched on an oatmeal cookie Friday…

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