Disputed call factors into Hurricanes loss

September 16, 2021

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Jeff Acker was well onto the field Thursday afternoon, his Hartford High girls soccer team having just gone down to visiting Springfield, 2-1, with 15 minutes to play. “What was that?” the 16th-year coach hollered, arms held aloft and his gaze burning a hole…

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Dartmouth football ducks indoors in preparation for Saturday’s season opener

September 15, 2021

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – A storm fouled the skies over Dartmouth College on Wednesday, but inside the athletic department’s indoor practice facility, the Big Green football team ran through preparations for the opening of its 139th season Saturday at Valparaiso (Ind.) University. The squad has used the facility before, but…

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Dartmouth’s sawed-off center a shining example of persistance

September 12, 2021

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – The Dartmouth College football team has some behemoths on its offensive line. Eleven players at that position are at least 6-foot-5. Seven of them weigh 300 pounds or more. Then there is senior center Max Telemaque. The Jersey City, N.J., native is listed at 5-11 and…

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Lebanon hammers Hollis-Brookline, 77-28

September 10, 2021

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Where to begin in describing Lebanon High’s 77-28 defeat of Hollis-Brookline on Friday? Let’s give it a try with numbers. There were 78 points scored in the first half of the NHIAA Division II contest alone, during which the hosts built a 50-0 lead. Lebanon rushed…

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Marauders boys soccer reloads yet again

August 26, 2021 | Comments Off on Marauders boys soccer reloads yet again

By Tris Wykes  Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Returning only four starters on a high school varsity soccer team can indicate a long season ahead. Particularly in the rugged confines of NHIAA Division I.  With the Hanover boys program, however, rebuilding is a foreign concept and reloading is an annual affair. This year’s Marauders…

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Hartford boys soccer rebuilding

August 24, 2021 | Comments Off on Hartford boys soccer rebuilding

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Hartford High boys soccer coach Kevin Guillbault was frank Tuesday after his squad was thumped, 6-0, by Lebanon during its penultimate preseason scrimmage.  “We’re laying the foundation for the future,” said the 10th-year bench boss, whose team returns only two starters (Nolan McMahon, Joey Beggs) after…

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Big Green football back in action

August 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Big Green football back in action

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Small clouds of smoke drifted over the Dartmouth College softball field at the base of Velvet Rocks on Sunday afternoon. First one, then another wafted past, carrying with them the smell of burning wood.  Football coach Buddy Teevens, conducting his first practice session of the preseason…

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Evan Nichols soars to Nordic combined dream

August 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Evan Nichols soars to Nordic combined dream

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics, 2021 Evan Nichols’ perspective was turned upside down in Lahti, Finland last February. Or at least sideways.  The 17-year old Lyme resident was in Scandinavia with the U.S. junior national Nordic combined team. The Americans were competing in a sport that combines ski jumping and cross-country (or Nordic) skiing. …

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Raiders boys soccer hunts first title since 1991

August 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Raiders boys soccer hunts first title since 1991

By Tris Wykes Copyright 2021 Octopus Athletics LEBANON – Lebanon High boys soccer coach Rob Johnstone was asked Saturday where this season’s team might rank among the 28 Raiders teams he’s guided thus far. “It’s a cliche answer, but 28th,” he said. “We haven’t done anything yet.” Oh, but it might. Lebanon returns eight players…

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Soccer scrimmage more than the usual preseason affair

August 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Soccer scrimmage more than the usual preseason affair

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Lebanon High boys soccer coach Rob Johnstone had an immediate and adamant message for his players following their 2-0 preseason scrimmage victory at arch-rival Hanover on Tuesday night. They were to create no social media posts or images of a gloating nature. “Don’t take the bait…

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Marauders football out to prove it’s for real

August 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Marauders football out to prove it’s for real

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Hanover High football appears back on solid ground. But can the Marauders use that perch as a stepping stone to reach another level? A trip to the 2018 NHIAA semifinals was followed by a winless season during which Hanover was not only beaten, but beaten up.…

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Time for Raiders futbol to run for time

August 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Time for Raiders futbol to run for time

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – At 8:20 a.m. on Sunday morning, Lebanon High’s decrepit running track sat in near silence. It was 61 degrees and sunny, the oval’s northeast end shaded by large trees. Traffic on nearby Route 120 produced a soft whoosh.  An hour later, sounds in the area were…

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Raiders return to championship quest

August 14, 2021 | Comments Off on Raiders return to championship quest

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Keegan Fredette rumbled down the Lebanon High football team’s practice field Saturday afternoon. The junior lineman, not known for deft coordination, was out in space and under the gun. If he caught the Jack Stone pass sailing his way, he and his teammates would escape further…

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Errors and walks spell the end for Post 22 junior baseball against visiting Salem

July 31, 2021 | Comments Off on Errors and walks spell the end for Post 22 junior baseball against visiting Salem

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Chauncey Wood, coach of the Lebanon American Legion Post 22 junior baseball team, tried to rally his troops Saturday. Boy, did he try. Wood cajoled, pleaded, barked and educated. The bearded Orford resident called half a dozen gatherings during his squad’s regular-season finale against visiting Salem Post 63, but the…

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