Lebanon High grad embraces the grind while climbing college basketball ladder

January 23, 2022

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Braeden Estes has followed a challenging road since he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a college basketball coach.  There is no easy road. Estes, a 24-year old Lebanon High school graduate and the director of operations for Dartmouth College’s men’s basketball team, made his…

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Hanover girls hockey leaves Lebanon out in the cold

January 22, 2022

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 WEST LEBANON – It was cold enough outside Campion Rink on Friday night that Zamoni operator Ryan Damren closed the vehicle bay’s overhead door in an attempt to keep the building’s warmer air inside. On the ice, Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge goaltender Paige Hoegler did her best to slam the gate…

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All That’s Old is New Again

January 20, 2022

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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Hurricanes girls hoops deflated by Danville

January 19, 2022

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford High girls basketball team scheduled a game with Danville this week on short notice. Unfortunately for the Vermont Division II Hurricanes, they were left with long faces Wednesday after a 55-42 setback to the Division IV Bears. Hartford reached the playoff semifinals…

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Hanover girls basketball gives John Stark its marching orders

January 6, 2022 | Comments Off on Hanover girls basketball gives John Stark its marching orders

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Those 17-0 runs will get you every time. Midway through the first quarter of Thursday’s Hanover High vs. John Stark girls basketball game, visiting coach Bruce Johnson called time-out with his team trailing, 8-3. The stoppage, however, didn’t help in the slightest. Instead, the undefeated Marauders…

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Crimson Tide rushes over Hanover boys hockey

January 5, 2022 | Comments Off on Crimson Tide rushes over Hanover boys hockey

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WEST LEBANON – Despite the valiant efforts of its management and hourly workers, Campion Rink is showing its age. The public-address system is out, replaced by a single, portable speaker hung on netting over the 34-year old facility’s penalty boxes. During Wednesday’s Hanover High boys hockey game, the…

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Now is the winter of Dartmouth women’s basketball’s discontent

January 2, 2022 | Comments Off on Now is the winter of Dartmouth women’s basketball’s discontent

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – The Dartmouth College women’s basketball team is 1-12 and lost its Ivy League opener to visiting Cornell on Sunday, 46-35. Only a handful of spectators were allowed because of Covid-19 precautions. The Big Green’s record stands out and causes its remaining supporters an involuntary wince. The…

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Hanover girls hockey prevails during third game in 48 hours

December 31, 2021 | Comments Off on Hanover girls hockey prevails during third game in 48 hours

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WEST LEBANON – John Dodds wanted goals. His Hanover High girls ice hockey team had managed just one tally during its last two games, so the 17th-year coach dedicated Thursday’s practice to scoring.  How best to shoot in certain situations. When to fire away and when to wait…

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Loss to Sanborn drops Hanover boys basketball to 1-4

December 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Loss to Sanborn drops Hanover boys basketball to 1-4

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Climbing out of one hole was hard enough for the Hanover High boys basketball team Thursday afternoon. Attempting to do so twice proved too much of a challenge for the Marauders, who lost to visiting Sanborn, 62-45, after the NHIAA Division II teams were tied, 30-30,…

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Undefeated hockey Hurricanes win Phil Bouthillier Classic

December 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Undefeated hockey Hurricanes win Phil Bouthillier Classic

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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Young Hurricanes hope to blow up as girls hockey season unfolds

December 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Young Hurricanes hope to blow up as girls hockey season unfolds

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – More than half of the Hartford High girls hockey team’s players cannot yet legally drive. Heck, five of the Hurricanes aren’t even in high school. So while Saturday’s 9-4 loss to Division I Rutland at Barwood Arena wasn’t enjoyable, the hosts at least felt…

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Depleted Raiders down Kennett, 47-43, in boys hoops

December 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Depleted Raiders down Kennett, 47-43, in boys hoops

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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Hanover girls hoops beats Bow but loses Adams

December 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Hanover girls hoops beats Bow but loses Adams

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Hanover High’s gymnasium filled with the usual sneaker squeaks, shouts and ball thumps Thursday as the school’s girls basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Bow, 50-28, in an NHIAA Division II game. The soundtrack ground to a halt two minutes before halftime, however, when…

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Lebanon girls basketball victorious in Matte’s coaching debut

December 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Lebanon girls basketball victorious in Matte’s coaching debut

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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