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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Time for Raiders futbol to run for time

August 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Time for Raiders futbol to run for time

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – At 8:20 a.m. on Sunday morning, Lebanon High’s decrepit running track sat in near silence. It was 61 degrees and sunny, the oval’s northeast end shaded by large trees. Traffic on nearby Route 120 produced a soft whoosh.  An hour later, sounds in the area were…

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Raiders return to championship quest

August 14, 2021 | Comments Off on Raiders return to championship quest

By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Keegan Fredette rumbled down the Lebanon High football team’s practice field Saturday afternoon. The junior lineman, not known for deft coordination, was out in space and under the gun. If he caught the Jack Stone pass sailing his way, he and his teammates would escape further…

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Errors and walks spell the end for Post 22 junior baseball against visiting Salem

July 31, 2021 | Comments Off on Errors and walks spell the end for Post 22 junior baseball against visiting Salem

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Chauncey Wood, coach of the Lebanon American Legion Post 22 junior baseball team, tried to rally his troops Saturday. Boy, did he try. Wood cajoled, pleaded, barked and educated. The bearded Orford resident called half a dozen gatherings during his squad’s regular-season finale against visiting Salem Post 63, but the…

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Post 22 juniors push postseason hopes down to the wire

July 31, 2021 | Comments Off on Post 22 juniors push postseason hopes down to the wire

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Playing with a chill in the air that called October to mind, the Lebanon American Legion Post 22 junior baseball team took a step towards extending its summer campaign Friday. The hosts pinned a 12-4 defeat on Keene Post 4 during their penultimate game of the regular season at Lebanon…

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New version of Lightning Soccer Club to offer youngsters hyper-local futbol

July 22, 2021 | Comments Off on New version of Lightning Soccer Club to offer youngsters hyper-local futbol

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – The Upper Valley’s Lightning Soccer Club has long been physically headquartered and psychologically centered in the Hanover-Norwich wealth bubble, so Bill Miles’ recent declaration about the youth organization’s future was a bit startling. “Lebanon is now the home of Lightning soccer,” said the local businessman and newly named club president.…

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Rain-soaked split for Post 22 juniors

July 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Rain-soaked split for Post 22 juniors

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – The Lebanon American Legion Post 22 junior baseball team departed from its District A schedule Saturday, hosting District B foes Exeter Post 32 and Hudson Post 48 and splitting the unorthodox doubleheader. The hosts lost to Exeter, 8-4, before defeating Hudson, 5-3, in a contest ended early by rain. Lebanon…

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Post 22 juniors suffer come-from-ahead loss

July 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Post 22 juniors suffer come-from-ahead loss

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – The Lebanon American Legion Post 22 junior baseball team’s hold on its game with Weare Post 65 fell apart like a badly-wrapped burrito Sunday. The hosts first lost a four-run lead and then the District A game, 8-7. Post 22 committed four errors during the contest, its second in as…

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Post 22 juniors run over by Nashua, 10-4

July 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Post 22 juniors run over by Nashua, 10-4

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – The difference between the Lebanon American Legion Post 22 junior baseball team and its Tuesday foes from Nashua Post 3 was evident before the District A contest even began.  Many of Nashua’s players drove to the game. The hosts? Because almost all lack a motoring license, they arrived with mom,…

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Devoid’s a rookie but he’s rising fast

July 4, 2021 | Comments Off on Devoid’s a rookie but he’s rising fast

By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Justin Devoid is the son of a commercial painter and as such, he’s spent many a day wielding a brush, carrying ladders and touching up spaces under the eaves.  The 2013 Hartford High graduate’s current gig is a whole lot better. Devoid is the head coach of the…

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Post 22 seniors hold on to defeat Keene

June 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Post 22 seniors hold on to defeat Keene

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – The Lebanon American Legion Post 22 senior baseball team pinned a 7-5 defeat on Keene Post 4 on Tuesday, prevailing despite the loss of an earlier, substantial lead. Lebanon built a 6-0 advantage after five innings before surrendering five runs, three of them unearned, during the sixth frame. The hosts…

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