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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Disputed call factors into Hurricanes loss

September 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Disputed call factors into Hurricanes loss

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Jeff Acker was well onto the field Thursday afternoon, his Hartford High girls soccer team having just gone down to visiting Springfield, 2-1, with 15 minutes to play. “What was that?” the 16th-year coach hollered, arms held aloft and his gaze burning a hole…

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Dartmouth football ducks indoors in preparation for Saturday’s season opener

September 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Dartmouth football ducks indoors in preparation for Saturday’s season opener

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – A storm fouled the skies over Dartmouth College on Wednesday, but inside the athletic department’s indoor practice facility, the Big Green football team ran through preparations for the opening of its 139th season Saturday at Valparaiso (Ind.) University. The squad has used the facility before, but…

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Dartmouth’s sawed-off center a shining example of persistance

September 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Dartmouth’s sawed-off center a shining example of persistance

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – The Dartmouth College football team has some behemoths on its offensive line. Eleven players at that position are at least 6-foot-5. Seven of them weigh 300 pounds or more. Then there is senior center Max Telemaque. The Jersey City, N.J., native is listed at 5-11 and…

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Lebanon hammers Hollis-Brookline, 77-28

September 10, 2021 | Comments Off on Lebanon hammers Hollis-Brookline, 77-28

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Where to begin in describing Lebanon High’s 77-28 defeat of Hollis-Brookline on Friday? Let’s give it a try with numbers. There were 78 points scored in the first half of the NHIAA Division II contest alone, during which the hosts built a 50-0 lead. Lebanon rushed…

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Hartford boys soccer bounces back by blanking Lake Region

September 8, 2021 | Comments Off on Hartford boys soccer bounces back by blanking Lake Region

By Tris Wykes Copyright 2021 Octopus Athletics WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford High boys soccer team opened its season last weekend with a five-goal loss at powerful Milton, a side featuring seven fourth-year starters and 15 seniors. The Hurricanes? They feature one senior and two starters from last season’s squad. “Luckily, they’re young enough…

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Hurricanes’ early stumble proves costly in the end

September 4, 2021 | Comments Off on Hurricanes’ early stumble proves costly in the end

By Tris Wykes Copyright 2021 Octopus Athletics WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Hartford High girls soccer coach Jeff Acker stretched his arms wide around noon Saturday to encompass his team’s field at the Maxfield athletic complex. The glowing green pitch is surrounded by trees, the sky was bright blue and the weather sunny but not too hot. “It’s…

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Lebanon field hockey needs only one goal to triumph

September 4, 2021 | Comments Off on Lebanon field hockey needs only one goal to triumph

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – The Lebanon High field hockey team created precious few scoring opportunities Friday against Goffstown. Fortunately for the Raiders, junior Mikayla Thornton put away one of those chances with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter to give the hosts an eventual 1-0 victory. “That was a…

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Hurricanes pound Hilltoppers, 41-9

September 3, 2021 | Comments Off on Hurricanes pound Hilltoppers, 41-9

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – It was during the Friday night football game’s third quarter and with the result no longer in serious doubt that the Hartford High student section sang along with the Backstreet Boys’ 1999 hit, “I Want It That Way” as it was pumped over the…

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Dartmouth football benefits from Guidone’s return

September 2, 2021 | Comments Off on Dartmouth football benefits from Guidone’s return

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – The Dartmouth College football team’s best player might be an offensive guard. Jake Guidone is also the squad’s best quote and perhaps its friendliest person, which is saying something on a roster that always features some wonderful human beings. The senior from East Walpole, Mass., combines…

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Dartmouth football pumps up the volume

August 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Dartmouth football pumps up the volume

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Dartmouth College’s football coaching staff is comprised of gentlemen who generally don’t meet the “old school” typecast for their profession. It’s unusual to hear head man Buddy Teevens or his 12 assistants use profanity or angrily shout. Saturday was certainly an exception.  Here was Cheston Blackshear,…

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