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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October 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Photo gallery

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Lebanon breaks halftime tie en route to 4-1 triumph

October 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Lebanon breaks halftime tie en route to 4-1 triumph

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Lebanon High boys soccer coach Rob Johnstone was clearly downcast during his team’s 4-1 victory over visiting Mascoma on Monday. It didn’t have much to do with his Raiders needing to break a halftime tie, either.  No, Johnstone was still digesting the day’s earlier news: that despite going 4-2 this…

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Lebanon banishes Blackbirds, 21-0

October 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Lebanon banishes Blackbirds, 21-0

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Lebanon High football coach Chris Childs figured it had been roughly 50 years since an NHIAA Division I foe played at Henry Emerton Field. Given how the Division II Raiders welcomed Keene on Saturday, it might be a few decades more before another such foe accepts an invitation. Somewhat lackluster…

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Late goals lift Hanover over Lebanon, 2-0

October 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Late goals lift Hanover over Lebanon, 2-0

By Tris Wykes HANOVER – It was a beautiful night for The Beautiful Game at Merriman-Branch Field on Thursday and the Hanover High and Lebanon boys soccer teams upheld their end of the bargain.  For weeks, prep players and coaches have noted how lucky they are to be playing sports despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The…

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Hurricanes breeze past Wasps, 31-13

October 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Hurricanes breeze past Wasps, 31-13

By Tris Wykes WOODSTOCK – The downtown streets here are reliable territory for speed traps, but the Woodstock High football team was unable to slow visiting Hartford on Wednesday, falling 31-13. Vermont is utilizing a 7-on-7, touch format as a precaution against the Covid-19 virus this season. The Hurricanes’ Kobe Peach caught a touchdown pass,…

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Second half a success for Wasps

October 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Second half a success for Wasps

By Tris Wykes WOODSTOCK – Like a sweater sleeve’s cuff caught on an exposed nail, the Hartford High girls soccer team’s hold on its Monday contest at Woodstock unraveled in a hurry.  The Hurricanes were the better side through the first half but the Wasps scored the game’s final three goals during a 14-minute stretch…

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High school athletes, it’s time to raise your mask game

October 12, 2020 | Comments Off on High school athletes, it’s time to raise your mask game

By Tris Wykes It took a minute for what I was watching to register. An Upper Valley high school football team packed together in a small slice of parking lot, almost none of its players wearing masks, minutes after a game’s conclusion.  The guys were loving life and I remember that feeling so well. The…

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Mascoma tastes the big time

October 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Mascoma tastes the big time

By Tris Wykes HANOVER – A small, folding table stood atop the hill overlooking Merriman-Branch Field on Saturday. Spread across its surface were Klondike ice cream bars for boys soccer players from Hanover High and Mascoma who had just finished their NHIAA match. It was the sweetest part of the afternoon for the visiting Royals,…

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Royals flush after shutting out Hanover

October 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Royals flush after shutting out Hanover

By Tris Wykes CANAAN – Mascoma High field hockey coach Jenn Hammond left her troops with a short thought before they took the field Friday against Hanover.  “Don’t play scared,” instructed the seventh-year bench boss.  Turns out the host Royals didn’t have as much to fear as Hammond perhaps thought. They outworked and outplayed the…

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Marauders march on undefeated

October 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Marauders march on undefeated

By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hanover High boys soccer team remained undefeated Thursday with a 3-1 defeat of host Hartford at the Maxfield Sports Complex. The Marauders held a 36-3 shot advantage and took 16 of the contest’s 18 corner kicks.  Shane Miller made 10 saves, including stopping a second-half penalty shot,…

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