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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Milford mauls Marauders, 34-7

October 8, 2021 | Comments Off on Milford mauls Marauders, 34-7

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – No weighty tools were hoisted in the Hanover High football team’s postgame huddle this time. Not after Milford invaded Merriman-Branch Field on Friday and turned what was a tight NHIAA Division II game at halftime into a 34-7 whipping.  The Marauders pride themselves on “pounding the…

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Football is finished, but Dartmouth’s Jake Allen has no regrets

October 8, 2021 | Comments Off on Football is finished, but Dartmouth’s Jake Allen has no regrets

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Jake Allen glides across the Dartmouth College campus, his daily commute between an off-campus apartment, classes and football practice made easier and more amusing while riding an Unagi electric scooter. The senior’s vehicle will be parked outside Floren Varsity House today when the Big Green takes…

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Sold! Marauders strike for fifth consecutive victory in boys soccer

October 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Sold! Marauders strike for fifth consecutive victory in boys soccer

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Oscar Miller’s future endeavors are wide open, as befits a Hanover High senior. After Thursday’s 2-0 boys soccer defeat of visiting Londonderry, however, it’s clear the striker has a potential future in sales. Dribbling into the right side of the Lancers penalty area early in the…

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Hurricanes whack Wasps, 2-1

October 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Hurricanes whack Wasps, 2-1

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Carlton Fisk has nothing on Heather Scudder.  The former Charlestown High and Boston Red Sox baseball player is best known for the “body english” he displayed while leaping and waving his winning home run inside Fenway Park’s left foul pole during a 1975 World…

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Raiders boys soccer rallies after first setback

October 2, 2021 | Comments Off on Raiders boys soccer rallies after first setback

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Late in the Lebanon High boys soccer team’s 4-0 defeat of visiting Stevens on Saturday, a blue SUV sped past the field on adjacent Old Etna Road. The vehicle’s occupants laid on the horn, blew through the Heater Road intersection and its four stop signs and…

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Raiders rumble to 41-0 victory

October 1, 2021 | Comments Off on Raiders rumble to 41-0 victory

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Lebanon High football coach Chris Childs believes his 5-0 team needs two more victories to guarantee itself an NHIAA Division II playoff berth. After yet another Raiders rout Friday, this one a 41-0 shellacking of visiting Souhegan, it’s hard to imagine postseason entry being any sort…

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Cooney ramps up returns for Dartmouth

September 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Cooney ramps up returns for Dartmouth

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – It’s an old story and one Jamal Cooney has experienced firsthand.  High school star commits to Dartmouth College football, turning down bigger programs to enroll at the Ivy League school. The youngster expects to still be a standout, because really, how hard could it be to…

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Putans preys on Lebanon soccer foes

September 27, 2021 | Comments Off on Putans preys on Lebanon soccer foes

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Scoring is the hardest part of soccer. So how does Krists Putans make it appear so easy? The lanky Latvian exchange student, who’s been at Lebanon High for less than two months, would stand out even if he weren’t such an offensive threat. There’s his 6-foot-4…

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Dartmouth football returns with a rout

September 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Dartmouth football returns with a rout

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – The Dartmouth College football team returned from Indiana a bit sheepish from last week’s error-filled opener at Valparaiso. The Big Green more than made up for that narrow victory on Saturday, however, with a 41-3 pummeling of Sacred Heart. It was the program’s first home game…

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Hanover pounds John Stark, 41-8

September 24, 2021 | Comments Off on Hanover pounds John Stark, 41-8

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Patrick Elder raised the black and silver sledgehammer over his head and screamed to his encircled Hanover High football teammates Friday night.  “Did we pound the rock?!” the junior lineman asked, repeatedly slamming the hammer into the artificial turf beneath his cleats. The Marauders roared affirmation…

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