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 LEBANON – Late in the Lebanon High boys soccer team’s 4-0 defeat of visiting Stevens on Saturday, a blue SUV sped past the field on adjacent Old Etna Road. The vehicle’s occupants laid on the horn, blew through the Heater Road intersection and its four stop signs and…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – The Upper Valley’s Lightning Soccer Club has long been physically headquartered and psychologically centered in the Hanover-Norwich wealth bubble, so Bill Miles’ recent declaration about the youth organization’s future was a bit startling. “Lebanon is now the home of Lightning soccer,” said the local businessman and newly named club president.…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Justin Devoid is the son of a commercial painter and as such, he’s spent many a day wielding a brush, carrying ladders and touching up spaces under the eaves.  The 2013 Hartford High graduate’s current gig is a whole lot better. Devoid is the head coach of the…

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By Tris Wykes WOODSTOCK – Ever ridden a roller coaster in the rain? The Woodstock High boys lacrosse team endured that experience Tuesday, losing 9-8 in overtime to Burr & Burton in the Vermont Division I semifinals.  Woodstock junior midfielder Corey White posted a hat trick, Andrew Gubbins and Keaton Piconi each scored twice and…

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By Tris Wykes WOODSTOCK – Visiting Middlebury High won the overtime faceoff and drove into Woodstock territory before calling time out Saturday afternoon. Shortly thereafter, the Tigers enjoyed a fortuitous bounce on the restart and Owen Lawton cranked in a shot from the left side for an 7-6 victory in Vermont Division I boys lacrosse. …

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By Tris Wykes NORWICH – It was only the top of the first inning, but Hanover High baseball coach John Grainer had seen enough Monday afternoon. The sixth-year bench boss bolted from the dugout to the on-deck circle at the Dresden Athletic Fields. “Wake up!” Grainger screamed at his infielders after visiting Stevens successfully executed…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – One team had experienced and capable pitching. The other did not. That factor decided Saturday’s softball game between Hartford High and visiting Windsor, which won, 19-3. The Hurricanes surrendered only one hit but 11 runs during the first inning. The hosts issued 21 walks and 12 wild pitches…

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By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford High boys lacrosse team scored first but not often Monday, falling 10-2 to visiting Woodstock. The Hurricanes, a Vermont Division II outfit, trailed their Division I foes by two goals at halftime before the Wasps cut their defense to ribbons following the break.  Andrew Gubbins, fresh…

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