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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By Tris Wykes HANOVER – It was nip and tuck between the Hanover High and Kearsarge boys basketball teams Saturday afternoon before the hosts pulled away for a 45-35 triumph. The Marauders’ Brett Simmons led all scorers with 21 points while Sam Carl had 16 for the visiting Cougars.  “We just didn’t get off the…

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By Tris Wykes WEST CANAAN – Mascoma High boys basketball coach Silas Ayres was an unhappy man during parts of Tuesday’s clash with visiting Lebanon. Particularly during the first half, the Royals’ bench boss stamped his feet, pounded both hands on the floor and railed against the dying of his NHIAA Division III team’s hopes…

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By Tris Wykes CANAAN – Caleb Hobbs is 6 foot 1 and 240 pounds and an All-State football honoree for Mascoma High. However, the senior isn’t beyond donning a costume for laughs, even while under duress.  Earlier this month, Hobbs dressed as the Will Ferrell movie character “Buddy the Elf”, complete with tight yellow pants,…

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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 CLAREMONT – Sally Rainey had never taken a penalty kick in a game before Thursday night, but that bothered the Lebanon High star not at all. The senior goalkeeper buried her team’s final attempt, then kicked out one by Stevens’ Stella LaVertue, lifting the visiting Raiders into the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals.…

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By Tris Wykes WEST CANAAN – Bri Withington’s index finger was splinted and wrapped in an ice bag late Sunday afternoon, but the Mascoma High field hockey player was in high spirits nonetheless.  That’s because it was the junior forward’s second-quarter goal that lifted the Royals to a 1-0 victory over Stevens in an NHIAA…

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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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