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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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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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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