Dartmouth football returns with a rout

September 25, 2021

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – The Dartmouth College football team returned from Indiana a bit sheepish from last week’s error-filled opener at Valparaiso. The Big Green more than made up for that narrow victory on Saturday, however, with a 41-3 pummeling of Sacred Heart. It was the program’s first home game…

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Hanover pounds John Stark, 41-8

September 24, 2021

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Patrick Elder raised the black and silver sledgehammer over his head and screamed to his encircled Hanover High football teammates Friday night.  “Did we pound the rock?!” the junior lineman asked, repeatedly slamming the hammer into the artificial turf beneath his cleats. The Marauders roared affirmation…

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Royals remain winless; Raiders still unbeaten

September 22, 2021

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – The Mascoma High field hockey team’s bus became entangled in backed-up traffic near the intersection of Route 120 and Heater Road on Wednesday evening. A fender bender by Evans Drive caused congestion that left the Royals time to ponder a 3-1 loss to Lebanon that dropped…

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Mascoma misery: Royals football loses 49-8

September 18, 2021

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WEST CANAAN – Events went bad from the beginning for the Mascoma High football team Saturday afternoon against visiting Somersworth. The Hilltoppers scored early and often while dominating the NHIAA Division IV teams’ contest during an afternoon that alternated sun and rain. “Right from the start, it didn’t…

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Raiders gunning for goals, victories in 2020

September 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Raiders gunning for goals, victories in 2020

LEBANON – The Lebanon High girls soccer team concluded last season with a shutout setback at Hanover and a 3-9-4 record. There was certainly no shame in losing to a foe which finished undefeated and as NHIAA Division II champion, but the Raiders are hoping for a better overall showing this fall. “We talk about…

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Hartford High boys soccer hopes to take next step

September 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Hartford High boys soccer hopes to take next step

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Kevin Guilbault had three returning players when he convened his first Hartford High varsity boys soccer team in 2014. Since then, the Hurricanes have again become an expected factor in the Vermont Division II playoffs, advancing as far as the semifinals in 2016. The program is established at a certain level.…

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Raiders looking to reload, not rebuild

September 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Raiders looking to reload, not rebuild

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – If the Lebanon High boys soccer team plays with the intensity that it practiced with Monday, the Raiders will be just fine despite losing 11 seniors and seven starters from last fall’s NHIAA Division II finalist roster. Coming off an 16-3 campaign, the Raiders went after each other with an…

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Hanover girls soccer hopes for third consecutive state title

September 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Hanover girls soccer hopes for third consecutive state title

By Tris Wykes HANOVER – Players on the Hanover High girls soccer team camped at Storrs Pond last weekend, taking the necessary Covid-19 precautions but engaging in a talent show, yoga and other bonding exercises. The Marauders, who were undefeated last season in winning their second consecutive NHIAA Division II title, long ago established themselves…

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Hiding in plain sight

September 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Hiding in plain sight

The Old Days By Tris Wykes The Old Days is a periodic look back at unusual, memorable and offbeat happenings during my 27 years in sports writing. Today, we retreat to my first work day at the Los Angeles Times, where I somehow landed an internship straight out of college at the University of Minnesota.…

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Marauders plan to move on and upwards from winless season

September 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Marauders plan to move on and upwards from winless season

By Tris Wykes HANOVER – If enthusiasm and voice volume are indications, the Hanover High football team should be improved this autumn. The Marauders are fired up despite being outscored 320-86 during a winless 2019. “Did you go 0-9 last season?!” screamed sixth-year coach Sam Cavallaro at the end of Friday’s practice. “Did you like…

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For one local team, wearing masks is no problem

September 11, 2020 | Comments Off on For one local team, wearing masks is no problem

By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Jeff Acker has an apt analogy for the necessity of his Hartford High girls soccer players wearing masks for Covid-19 prevention. “It’s like getting braces on your teeth,” said the 15th-year head coach. “When you first get them, you can’t stop touching them and running your tongue on…

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Lebanon Football: Leaner, faster, expectant

September 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Lebanon Football: Leaner, faster, expectant

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – The Lebanon High football team has lost bulk but gained speed since last year’s appearance in the NHIAA Division III title game. Will it be enough to carry the Raiders back to the playoffs? The preseason returns look promising, although a reshuffling of the state’s divisions based on enrollment bumped…

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Hurricanes ready themselves for football’s new form

September 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Hurricanes ready themselves for football’s new form

By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford High football team was nearing the end of its initial preseason practice Tuesday afternoon when Bill Schellong spoke up. “It doesn’t matter if we’re playing touch or tackle, we want to be the best team in the state!” the veteran line coach said loudly. No doubt…

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Hanover High golf lands new coach, new home course

September 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Hanover High golf lands new coach, new home course

By Tris Wykes QUECHEE – The good news for Zach Temple earlier this summer was that he’d been named Hanover High’s interim golf coach. The bad news was that the Marauders no longer had a home course. When owner Dartmouth College announced on July 8 that it was permanently closing the Hanover Country Club, the…

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