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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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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Allard grateful for collegiate return

August 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Allard grateful for collegiate return

By Tris Wykes Octopus Athletics Jordy Allard isn’t allowing current, necessary precautions to diminish his love of baseball. Wearing masks, submitting to frequent diagnostic tests and taking meals in an outdoor tent can’t dim the former Hartford High star’s enthusiasm for returning to the field. A senior at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., Allard spent…

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