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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Wrestling gains a hold at Lebanon

January 16, 2022

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 LEBANON – Simon Amaro staggered off a corner of the wresting mat in Lebanon High’s Lang Metcalf Gymnasium on Tuesday and headed directly to a small trash can on the lacquered wood floor.  Bent at the waist, the senior spit out the contents of his stomach. He readjusted…

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Hanover boys hoops suffers cold offense during heated contest

January 15, 2022

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 HANOVER – Outdoor temperatures dipped below zero Saturday night, but inside Hanover High’s gym, the hosts and Souhegan engaged in heated NHIAA Division II action. Shoves, complaints, insults and unfriendly gestures were freely traded as the Sabers triumphed, 46-34, to remain undefeated. When Hanover’s Max Galbraith fouled out,…

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Sharing is winning for Hartford boys basketball

January 14, 2022

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2022 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Back and forth on the scoreboard, up and down the court the Hartford High and Brattleboro boys basketball teams went during the first half of their Friday contest at Robert J. Hanley Gymnasium.  The Hurricanes held a two-point lead after a quarter and a…

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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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Royals remain winless; Raiders still unbeaten

September 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Royals remain winless; Raiders still unbeaten

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – The Mascoma High field hockey team’s bus became entangled in backed-up traffic near the intersection of Route 120 and Heater Road on Wednesday evening. A fender bender by Evans Drive caused congestion that left the Royals time to ponder a 3-1 loss to Lebanon that dropped…

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Mascoma misery: Royals football loses 49-8

September 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Mascoma misery: Royals football loses 49-8

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WEST CANAAN – Events went bad from the beginning for the Mascoma High football team Saturday afternoon against visiting Somersworth. The Hilltoppers scored early and often while dominating the NHIAA Division IV teams’ contest during an afternoon that alternated sun and rain. “Right from the start, it didn’t…

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Raiders boys soccer continues to roll

September 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Raiders boys soccer continues to roll

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Mosquitos and tiny, biting flies swarmed parts of Lebanon High’s soccer field Friday afternoon. More severe bloodletting occurred on the grass itself, however, where the Raiders boys routed Plymouth, 9-0, in an NHIAA Division II contest and improved to 5-0. Ryan Oliveira had two goals and…

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