Mascoma mistakes spell doom during football loss at Newport

October 23, 2021

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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Lebanon, Stone dominant during 42-0 football defeat of Hanover

October 22, 2021

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – You can’t stop Lebanon High’s Jack Stone on a football field. You can only hope to contain him.  Hanover, like every other team the Raiders have played the past two seasons, couldn’t do either, falling, 42-0, in the Principals Cup rivalry game Friday at Merriman-Branch Field. …

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Top-seeded Marauders upset in field hockey quarterfinals

October 22, 2021

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – The Hanover High field hockey team’s undefeated season came crashing down Friday, the top-seeded Marauders losing, 2-1, to visiting and ninth-seeded Goffstown in the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals. “Goffstown played a great game and they were certainly the better team today,” said 19th-year Hanover coach Jean…

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Weary Hurricanes girls soccer concludes regular season with shutout loss vs. Windsor

October 21, 2021

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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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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Welcome to Octopus Athletics

September 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Welcome to Octopus Athletics

By Tris Wykes When I need to think something through at night, I lay in bed and turn a new, unused baseball in my throwing hand. The ball’s shape and the texture of its red, raised seams feed my need to fidget and its leather scent calms me with the peripheral memories of a thousand…

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Lebanon’s track remains in limbo

September 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Lebanon’s track remains in limbo

By Tris Wykes Octopus Athletics LEBANON – The Lebanon High track program hasn’t hosted a home meet since 2016 because of a dilapidated running surface last resurfaced in 2012. It doesn’t seem like the Raiders will compete at home in 2021, either. In response to an email inquiry about the track’s condition and a timeframe…

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Focus On: Megan McFarland

September 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Focus On: Megan McFarland

Focus On is a periodic feature profiling Upper Valley coaches and athletes in their own voices. Today, we meet Megan McFarland, coach of Hanover High’s volleyball team and Lebanon Middle School’s softball squad and a reading teacher at the latter institution. Early Days: “I grew up in Chesterfield, N.H. It’s a little town between Keene…

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Cole Shambo – Lebanon’s impact import

September 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Cole Shambo – Lebanon’s impact import

By Tris Wykes Octopus Athletics LEBANON – Cole Shambo has yet to play a down for Lebanon High’s football team, but it seems clear he’ll be an impact player for the Raiders this autumn. A Hartland resident who started at running back and linebacker for Hartford last year, Shambo and his father, Randy, set the…

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Dartmouth Football Hopes To Resume Practice Within A Month

September 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Dartmouth Football Hopes To Resume Practice Within A Month

By Tris Wykes Octopus Athletics HANOVER – There will be football on Memorial Field this fall. So said Dartmouth College head coach Buddy Teevens this week while discussing the Covid-19 pandemic and its affects on his defending Ivy League championship squad. “We’ll essentially be having spring practice in the fall,” Teevens said by phone from…

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British Invasion: Bello Has Come To Ball

September 1, 2020 | Comments Off on British Invasion: Bello Has Come To Ball

By Tris Wykes Octopus Athletics Unexpected gifts can be the best kind. So Lebanon High boys soccer coach Rob Johnstone was delighted last winter with the unexpected arrival of transfer student Emmanuel Bello. The stocky player came from East London, and that’s not some obscure town in northern Vermont. No that’s the London, as in…

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