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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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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Marauders boys soccer reloads yet again

August 26, 2021 | Comments Off on Marauders boys soccer reloads yet again

By Tris Wykes  Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Returning only four starters on a high school varsity soccer team can indicate a long season ahead. Particularly in the rugged confines of NHIAA Division I.  With the Hanover boys program, however, rebuilding is a foreign concept and reloading is an annual affair. This year’s Marauders…

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Hartford boys soccer rebuilding

August 24, 2021 | Comments Off on Hartford boys soccer rebuilding

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Hartford High boys soccer coach Kevin Guillbault was frank Tuesday after his squad was thumped, 6-0, by Lebanon during its penultimate preseason scrimmage.  “We’re laying the foundation for the future,” said the 10th-year bench boss, whose team returns only two starters (Nolan McMahon, Joey Beggs) after…

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Big Green football back in action

August 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Big Green football back in action

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Small clouds of smoke drifted over the Dartmouth College softball field at the base of Velvet Rocks on Sunday afternoon. First one, then another wafted past, carrying with them the smell of burning wood.  Football coach Buddy Teevens, conducting his first practice session of the preseason…

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Evan Nichols soars to Nordic combined dream

August 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Evan Nichols soars to Nordic combined dream

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics, 2021 Evan Nichols’ perspective was turned upside down in Lahti, Finland last February. Or at least sideways.  The 17-year old Lyme resident was in Scandinavia with the U.S. junior national Nordic combined team. The Americans were competing in a sport that combines ski jumping and cross-country (or Nordic) skiing. …

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Raiders boys soccer hunts first title since 1991

August 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Raiders boys soccer hunts first title since 1991

By Tris Wykes Copyright 2021 Octopus Athletics LEBANON – Lebanon High boys soccer coach Rob Johnstone was asked Saturday where this season’s team might rank among the 28 Raiders teams he’s guided thus far. “It’s a cliche answer, but 28th,” he said. “We haven’t done anything yet.” Oh, but it might. Lebanon returns eight players…

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Soccer scrimmage more than the usual preseason affair

August 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Soccer scrimmage more than the usual preseason affair

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Lebanon High boys soccer coach Rob Johnstone had an immediate and adamant message for his players following their 2-0 preseason scrimmage victory at arch-rival Hanover on Tuesday night. They were to create no social media posts or images of a gloating nature. “Don’t take the bait…

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Marauders football out to prove it’s for real

August 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Marauders football out to prove it’s for real

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Hanover High football appears back on solid ground. But can the Marauders use that perch as a stepping stone to reach another level? A trip to the 2018 NHIAA semifinals was followed by a winless season during which Hanover was not only beaten, but beaten up.…

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