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Woodstock girls finish as runner-up in D-II lacrosse
06-17-2024 3:00 AM

By TRIS WYKES

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — A half moon hung in the sky on Saturday night over Norwich University’s Sabine Field. Below, the evening was full of disappointment for the Woodstock High girls lacrosse team.The Wasps, who led U-32 by six goals with six minutes to...

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Trailblazing former Dartmouth College athletic director Josie Harper dies at 81
06-21-2024 7:06 PM

By TRIS WYKES

Josie Harper, who as Dartmouth College’s athletic director became the first woman to hold such a post in the Ivy League, died last week in White River Junction. She was 81 and had battled cancer.“It is a sad day for the Dartmouth community,” current...


Hartford wears out Harwood, repeats as D-II boys lax champion
06-17-2024 2:53 AM

By TRIS WYKES

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Saturday’s VPA Division II boys lacrosse final between Hartford High and Harwood Union High began with a Highlander goal and the scorer immediately running towards the Hurricanes’ student section with a finger to his mask.Ninety...


Catching up with the Upper Valley’s representatives in spring collegiate athletics
06-13-2024 4:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

Here’s a look at some of the Upper Valley residents who played varsity collegiate sports during the spring season:BASEBALLBowdoin (18-17) enjoyed the services of freshman pitcher Sam Sacerdote (Norwich/Hanover), who started three times in 15...


CVU counters Wasps’ lacrosse upset attempt
06-12-2024 5:02 PM

By TRIS WYKES

HINESBURG, Vt. — Woodstock High, with the smallest enrollment among VPA Division I boys lacrosse programs, hasn’t won a state title since 1999. Champlain Valley Union has captured 12 crowns during that stretch, its success fed in part by an enrollment...


D-III baseball semifinals: White River Valley tips TA, returns to finals
06-11-2024 4:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

THETFORD — If the White River Valley High baseball team was going to lose in Monday’s VPA Division III semifinals, timidity wouldn’t be a cause. Of that, Wildcats coach Devin Cilley was certain.Tied during the seventh inning and not wanting to hand...


Exuberant coach has Oxbow softball marching onward
06-09-2024 6:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BRADFORD, Vt. — Chuck Simmons exploded off the white bucket on which he’d been sitting in the entry to the Oxbow High girls softball dugout on Friday.Bounding several steps toward the first-base line, the fourth-year coach raised both hands over his...


Miscues doom O’s baseball
06-05-2024 7:31 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BRADFORD, Vt. — A large piece of farm machinery rumbled several hundred yards behind the right-field baseball fence at Oxbow High on Tuesday, upturning the earth and sending clouds of dust drifting in its wake. On the diamond, the Olympians’ hopes for...


Bears bow out to Bow; Grainger wraps up 8-year tenure
06-02-2024 7:42 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BOW, N.H. — Hanover High baseball coach John Grainger elected to keep his sunglasses on for a family photo after Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Bow in the NHIAA Division II playoff quarterfinals. There might have been a few tears under the tinted lenses, the...


Raiders baseball moves on behind Brandis’ strong pitching performance
06-01-2024 5:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — If Declan Brandis made his final pitching start for Lebanon High on Thursday, he went out in fine form.The junior righthander allowed seven hits and one earned run while striking out one batter and walking one during a 3-1 defeat of Pelham...


Lebanon girls finish as runner-up in NH DIII tennis
05-30-2024 11:00 AM

By TRIS WYKES

CONCORD — The Lebanon High girls tennis team’s impressive 2024 season ended in decisive fashion on Wednesday with an 8-1 loss to Littleton in the NHIAA Division III finals at Memorial Field.The Crusaders, winners of back-to-back titles and three of...


Lebanon bests Berlin in girls tennis
05-28-2024 4:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

HANOVER — Like a Hailey Schibuola backhand, the Lebanon High girls tennis team’s program has picked up speed and power in a startlingly short period of time.Less than a decade ago, the Raiders had no team because of a lack of interest. Last March, the...


Wildcats softball slowly improving in bid to recapture glory
05-26-2024 4:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

SOUTH ROYALTON — It’s not often that a victorious high school softball team surrenders eight runs during an inning. Add eight errors committed by that same squad and the odds become ever longer.Somehow escaping that situation Saturday was White River...


Royals taking steps to make baseball more viable for future
05-24-2024 4:16 PM

By TRIS WYKES

WEST CANAAN — There are plans to raise the necessary funds for scoreboards at the Mascoma High baseball and softball fields. The Royals have played those sports for decades without all spectators being sure of who’s winning at what stage of a...


Hartford parts with state champion girls hockey coach
05-23-2024 4:52 PM

By TRIS WYKES

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — In April, fewer than two months after guiding the Hartford High girls ice hockey team to the first state title in its 30-year history, head coach Kylie Young was fired by athletic director Jeff Moreno.Young, who worked on a...


Sophomore softball pitcher carries Raiders’ load
05-21-2024 4:53 PM

By TRIS WYKES

NORWICH — Lebanon High’s Ava Kaercher was under the weather Monday. The sophomore softball pitcher nonetheless lifted her team over the top, striking out 16 Hanover batters while throwing a two-hitter during the visitors’ 5-0 defeat of their archrival...


Raiders, Cardinals short on boys lacrosse victories but making up for it with effort
05-14-2024 5:31 PM

By TRIS WYKES

CLAREMONT — Last place was on the line Monday at Monadnock Park, and neither the Stevens High boys lacrosse team nor rival Lebanon wanted to claim the dubious prize.The NHIAA Division III squads entered a combined 0-18 and it was Lebanon that got off...


WRV baseball prevails on an off day
05-12-2024 4:52 PM

By TRIS WYKES

SOUTH ROYALTON — Had Friday’s baseball game between White River Valley High and Leland & Gray gone into extra innings, the path paced by Wildcats coach Devin Cilley in front of the home dugout might have become a trench.Back and forth walked the...


Lebanon’s Jewell back from auto accident, more aware of ‘drowsy driving’ dangers
05-09-2024 5:16 PM

By TRIS WYKES

PLAINFIELD — Maddie Jewell realized she was tired when she embarked on the half-hour drive home from Grantham late on a Saturday night last November.It had been a busy start to the school year for Jewell, a three-sport student-athlete at Lebanon High....


Young Oxbow baseball team struggles, but coach still finds joy in teaching the game
05-08-2024 5:02 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BRADFORD, Vt. — Oxbow High’s baseball scoreboard remained aglow half an hour after Tuesday’s game with U-32. Not that the Olympians needed a lengthy reminder of the loss or its 22-6 denouement.Oxbow is 1-6 and has been outscored 91-36 this season....


Hurricanes earn 10-9 victory over U-32 in girls lacrosse
05-05-2024 5:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The pass was perfect, a classic backdoor feed that arced from Paisley Danaher to Madison Barwood and resulted in the winning goal Saturday for the undefeated Hartford High girls lacrosse team.The strike lifted the host...

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