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 dominant in opener

December 10, 2021 | Comments Off on Hanover girls basketball dominant in opener

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Bad news for the rest of NHIAA Division II girls basketball: Hanover High might be even better than last winter. Nine months after being nipped in the playoff semifinals, the Marauders scuffled early Friday before pinning a 66-27 defeat on visiting ConVal in the teams’ season…

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Hartford, Lebanon boys help get hockey season started

December 8, 2021 | Comments Off on Hartford, Lebanon boys help get hockey season started

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford High and Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal boys hockey teams scrimmaged for 50 minutes Wednesday at Barwood Arena, staging something like Old Home Days on ice. Residents of the two towns populate most of the Upper Valley Storm youth hockey program, so although some hard…

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Dartmouth football shares Ivy League title for second consecutive season

November 20, 2021 | Comments Off on Dartmouth football shares Ivy League title for second consecutive season

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Ivy League’s football championship trophy isn’t overly large but weighs roughly 40 pounds. Dartmouth College coach Buddy Teevens lugged the silver cup and its attached, gridiron sculpture off the field Saturday at Brown Stadium using both arms and some obvious effort. “Light as a…

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Resilient Di Leo helps Dartmouth to the verge of a football championship.

November 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Resilient Di Leo helps Dartmouth to the verge of a football championship.

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Dartmouth College football’s No. 92 has the given name of Luca Antonio Liquori Carr Di Leo.  Luca, as he’s known day-to-day, is a man with many monikers. However, the senior is primarily focused on making a name for himself within a Big Green program on the…

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Lebanon High football sunk in semifinals

November 13, 2021 | Comments Off on Lebanon High football sunk in semifinals

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – The more daunting the situation for the Lebanon High football team Saturday, the worse the weather became. By the end, with Milford exiting Henry Emerton Field with a 24-14 victory in the NHIAA Division II semifinals, a cold, slanting rain was made all the worse by…

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Hometown heroes: Thurston, Finley excel with Dartmouth football

November 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Hometown heroes: Thurston, Finley excel with Dartmouth football

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Buddy Teevens’ pockets are usually full by the time he exits Memorial Field after a practice. That’s because the Dartmouth College football boss picks up bits of trash throughout the session. He’s also prone to moving blocking bags, mobile water tanks and footballs back off the…

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Lebanon football shrugs aside Souhegan rally to prevail in Division II quarterfinals

November 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Lebanon football shrugs aside Souhegan rally to prevail in Division II quarterfinals

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Saturday’s NHIAA Division II football quarterfinal game appeared well in hand for Lebanon High at halftime. But now, only minutes into the third quarter, a comfortable lead over Souhegan was slip-sliding away.  Raiders fans were restless. “Up the middle!” bellowed a leather-lunged spectator, leaning on Henry…

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Hanover boys soccer falls, 3-2, in state finals

November 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Hanover boys soccer falls, 3-2, in state finals

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 NASHUA – A fabulous season ended in agonizing fashion for the Hanover High boys soccer team late Friday when it lost, 3-2, to Nashua North in the NHIAA Division I title game at Stellos Stadium.  Following 100 minutes and a 2-2 deadlock, penalty kicks were called for and…

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Finally: Lebanon captures first boys soccer state title in 30 years

November 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Finally: Lebanon captures first boys soccer state title in 30 years

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021   Look… if you had one shot, or one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment Would you capture it, or just let it slip? – “Lose Yourself”, Eminem (2002)     NASHUA – Lebanon High senior Krists Putans munched on an oatmeal cookie Friday…

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Can longtime rivals create a hometown advantage on the road?

November 3, 2021 | Comments Off on Can longtime rivals create a hometown advantage on the road?

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 Interstate 89 South traffic will be a bit busier than usual Friday afternoon. That’s because the Hanover High and Lebanon boys soccer teams are playing for state titles, back-to-back at Nashua’s Stellos Stadium, the Marauders in NHIAA Division I and the Raiders in Division II. Third-seeded Lebanon faces…

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