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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Raiders break through Knights’ armor, advance to state soccer finals

November 2, 2021 | Comments Off on Raiders break through Knights’ armor, advance to state soccer finals

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 NASHUA, N.H. – Rob Johnstone couldn’t believe it. The longtime Lebanon High boys soccer coach had seen his third-seeded team utterly dominate Kingswood during the first half of a Tuesday NHIAA Division II semifinal at Stellos Stadium and now… this? On the artificial turf, Raiders netminder Easton Wykes…

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Another football nail-biter at Harvard Stadium. Another Dartmouth victory

October 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Another football nail-biter at Harvard Stadium. Another Dartmouth victory

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 ALLSTON, Mass. – Mist and low-hanging clouds hid Boston’s skyline from spectators inside Harvard Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The gray gloom and accompanying rain, however, couldn’t obscure another classic Ivy League football contest inside the nation’s oldest concrete structure dedicated to intercollegiate athletics.  Two years after Derek Kyler’s…

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Lebanon boys punch semifinal soccer ticket via penalty kicks

October 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Lebanon boys punch semifinal soccer ticket via penalty kicks

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Twilight descended Friday afternoon as Lebanon High soccer standout Ryan Oliveira prepared for a penalty kick against visiting Bow. The familiar foes had produced a 1-1 tie through 100 minutes and now the midfielder could end the NHIAA Division II quarterfinal playoff match in front of…

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Howard overcomes loss to help Dartmouth football gain ground

October 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Howard overcomes loss to help Dartmouth football gain ground

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Give Miles Oldacre credit. The Yale University safety took his best shot at Dartmouth’s Nick Howard late in the Ivy League teams’ Oct. 9 game at Memorial Field, sprinting across the hashmarks and accelerating into the quarterback’s left side. Oldacre, however, encountered the Big Green version…

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Mascoma mistakes spell doom during football loss at Newport

October 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Mascoma mistakes spell doom during football loss at Newport

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 | Comments Off on Lebanon, Stone dominant during 42-0 football defeat of Hanover

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 | Comments Off on Top-seeded Marauders upset in field hockey quarterfinals

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 | Comments Off on Weary Hurricanes girls soccer concludes regular season with shutout loss vs. Windsor

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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Raiders boys soccer toppled in clash of Division II titans

October 13, 2021 | Comments Off on Raiders boys soccer toppled in clash of Division II titans

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 MILFORD, N.H. – You can only play the hand you’re dealt, but that doesn’t make Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Milford any easier for the Lebanon High boys soccer team to absorb.  The Raiders (11-2) drew a bad beat when senior goalkeeper Colbie Delisle suffered a broken ankle last…

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Dartmouth football beats Yale, 24-17, in overtime thriller

October 9, 2021 | Comments Off on Dartmouth football beats Yale, 24-17, in overtime thriller

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – You can’t win an Ivy League football title in October. There’s no rule, however, against celebrating an Ancient Eight overtime victory with championship fervor. That’s what Dartmouth College did Saturday, as dusk crept over Memorial Field and Yale’s last-gasp pass attempt hit the artificial turf in…

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