Hello, readers. As many of you know, I started Octopus Athletics after being laid off by the Valley News in March, 2020. It was a chance to continue my passion for covering local sports and to provide news and recognition to our area’s high school athletes.  I was once a lousy sports player myself, but…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 NEWPORT, N.H. – During a crisp afternoon, the Mascoma High football team was anything but. The Royals lost, 52-30, at undefeated Newport on Saturday after trailing the NHIAA Division IV game by 30 points at halftime. The visitors contributed to their demise at Maryn Field with a variety…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The film script would have had the Hartford High girls soccer team triumphing over visiting Windsor on Wednesday night.  The hosts would have defeated their neighboring rivals, giving themselves and coach Jeff Acker a desperately needed emotional boost after perhaps the longest two weeks…

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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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