Lebanon advances in boys playoff basketball

March 4, 2021

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – The Lebanon High boys basketball team’s reward for defeating last season’s NHIAA Division II co-champion on Thursday? A date with the other co-champion Saturday. Both clashes will occur during the current postseason’s first two rounds.  Friday’s 54-37 defeat of visiting ConVal in the preliminary-round earned the Raiders (12-0) the right…

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Hartford girls hockey nips Rutland, 4-3

March 3, 2021

By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford High girls hockey team is building for the future with a roster that includes four eighth-graders and seven sophomores. Wednesday, however, the present was pretty bright itself.  The Hurricanes defeated Rutland, 4-3, at Barwood Arena, hanging on through a final three minutes when the puck was…

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LSK girls hockey reaches end of the road

March 2, 2021

By Tris Wykes WEST LEBANON – The Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge girls hockey season ended Tuesday with a 3-0 NHIAA playoff loss to Berlin at Campion Rink. The Mountaineers scored once during the second period and twice during the third stanza and advanced despite 31 saves by the Raiders’ Paige Hoegler. “Paige said she thought it was our…

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Hartford boys hockey ends unusual day with excruciating loss

February 28, 2021

By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Barwood Arena’s parking lot was almost as slippery as the building’s ice sheet Saturday. Daylong melting snow followed by freezing temperatures combined to make crossing the blacktop surface highly treacherous.  Inside, the Hartford High boys hockey team found its going similarly risky. The Hurricanes blew a two-goal lead…

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Jumping for joy: Marauders boys soccer mounts late comeback vs. Lebanon

September 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Jumping for joy: Marauders boys soccer mounts late comeback vs. Lebanon

By Tris Wykes HANOVER – Because of Covid-19 precautions, Saturday’s NHIAA boys soccer game between Hanover High and archrival Lebanon those who watched were mostly Marauders parents. No Raiders fans were allowed at Merriman-Branch Field. That’s a shame, because the host team’s 2-1 comeback victory was a doozy. The Raiders, who reached the Division II…

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Hanover wins JV boys soccer clash, 2-1

September 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Hanover wins JV boys soccer clash, 2-1

By Tris Wykes HANOVER – Matthias Einarsson headed in a corner kick with 22 minutes to play Saturday, lifting the Hanover High junior varsity boys soccer team to a 2-1 defeat of archival Lebanon at Merriman-Branch Field. The teams met during the 2019 preseason with the Marauders winning in a rout, so the competitive showing…

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Hanover High boys soccer reloads yet again

September 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Hanover High boys soccer reloads yet again

Hanover – How many New Hampshire boys soccer programs could graduate 17 seniors and still be considered a state title threat later that year? Perhaps only one and it’s Hanover High, where 97 players tried out for its four teams and the defending Division I champions are once again loaded. “This team is already very…

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Raiders gunning for goals, victories in 2020

September 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Raiders gunning for goals, victories in 2020

LEBANON – The Lebanon High girls soccer team concluded last season with a shutout setback at Hanover and a 3-9-4 record. There was certainly no shame in losing to a foe which finished undefeated and as NHIAA Division II champion, but the Raiders are hoping for a better overall showing this fall. “We talk about…

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Hartford High boys soccer hopes to take next step

September 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Hartford High boys soccer hopes to take next step

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Kevin Guilbault had three returning players when he convened his first Hartford High varsity boys soccer team in 2014. Since then, the Hurricanes have again become an expected factor in the Vermont Division II playoffs, advancing as far as the semifinals in 2016. The program is established at a certain level.…

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Raiders looking to reload, not rebuild

September 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Raiders looking to reload, not rebuild

By Tris Wykes LEBANON – If the Lebanon High boys soccer team plays with the intensity that it practiced with Monday, the Raiders will be just fine despite losing 11 seniors and seven starters from last fall’s NHIAA Division II finalist roster. Coming off an 16-3 campaign, the Raiders went after each other with an…

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Hanover girls soccer hopes for third consecutive state title

September 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Hanover girls soccer hopes for third consecutive state title

By Tris Wykes HANOVER – Players on the Hanover High girls soccer team camped at Storrs Pond last weekend, taking the necessary Covid-19 precautions but engaging in a talent show, yoga and other bonding exercises. The Marauders, who were undefeated last season in winning their second consecutive NHIAA Division II title, long ago established themselves…

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Hiding in plain sight

September 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Hiding in plain sight

The Old Days By Tris Wykes The Old Days is a periodic look back at unusual, memorable and offbeat happenings during my 27 years in sports writing. Today, we retreat to my first work day at the Los Angeles Times, where I somehow landed an internship straight out of college at the University of Minnesota.…

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Marauders plan to move on and upwards from winless season

September 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Marauders plan to move on and upwards from winless season

By Tris Wykes HANOVER – If enthusiasm and voice volume are indications, the Hanover High football team should be improved this autumn. The Marauders are fired up despite being outscored 320-86 during a winless 2019. “Did you go 0-9 last season?!” screamed sixth-year coach Sam Cavallaro at the end of Friday’s practice. “Did you like…

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For one local team, wearing masks is no problem

September 11, 2020 | Comments Off on For one local team, wearing masks is no problem

By Tris Wykes WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Jeff Acker has an apt analogy for the necessity of his Hartford High girls soccer players wearing masks for Covid-19 prevention. “It’s like getting braces on your teeth,” said the 15th-year head coach. “When you first get them, you can’t stop touching them and running your tongue on…

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