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An end and a beginning for the Hanover High Class of ’24
06-15-2024 7:36 AM

By ALEX HANSON

HANOVER — Education is a series of expanding horizons. Students do their work, fail or succeed, move forward and repeat the process all over again.“The human condition is complex,” Hanover High School Principal Julie Stevenson said at the start of the...

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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...


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...


Hanover boys tennis advances to DI tennis semifinal
05-27-2024 4:03 PM

By BEN HOOKE

HANOVER — The Hanover High boys tennis team rolled past seventh-seeded Keene, 8-1, on Friday at Storrs Pond to advance to the semifinals of the NHIAA Division I state tournament.Hanover won all six singles matches in dominant fashion, dropping a total...


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...


Lebanon has chances but still can’t solve Hanover baseball mystery
04-28-2024 6:26 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — Lebanon High baseball coach Chauncey Wood stood on the first-base line on Friday afternoon, arms akimbo and staring into center field as if the answer to his team’s 7-5 loss to Hanover was hidden somewhere in the distant grass.The Raiders,...


Hanover’s Perreard may soon capture the attention of collegiate coaches in two athletic pursuits
04-24-2024 5:08 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — Lea Perreard’s wrists are wrapped in bracelets. How many? The Hanover High sophomore isn’t sure, but 15 would be a solid guess.Rubber bracelets, woven bracelets, string bracelets with beads on them. It takes Perreard roughly five minutes to...


2024 Upper Valley high school tennis guide
04-21-2024 4:31 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

Lebanon and Hanover have been historically joined at the hip in all sorts of high school sports. Tennis is no different.What puts the Raiders and Bears in the same conversation these days is their success rather than head-to-head battles. Hanover is...


2024 Upper Valley high school softball guide
04-19-2024 4:15 PM

When it comes to Upper Valley high school softball, one program stirs the proverbial championship drink.In three years under coach Chuck Simmons, Oxbow High has reeled off 49 wins in 53 games and raced relatively unimpeded to state honors each time....


2024 Upper Valley high school girls lacrosse guide
04-18-2024 5:49 PM

Two words best describe Upper Valley high school girls lacrosse: quality and consistency.All four squads made the playoffs last spring. While none came home with a state title, Hanover and Woodstock made their finals, with the Wasps’ trip coming at...


2024 Upper Valley high school track and field guide
04-17-2024 4:54 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

As surely as snapping the finish-line tape signifies a winner, the Upper Valley is filled with high school track and field potential this spring.A number of area schools won outdoor titles last year, and some followed that up with indoor successes...


2024 HS boys lacrosse guide
04-16-2024 11:11 PM

Once you’ve finally been to the top of the mountain, what do you do for an encore?That’s the challenge facing the Hartford High boys lacrosse program this spring. After multiple attempts that came up short, the Hurricanes ran the table en route to...


2024 Upper Valley high school baseball guide
04-15-2024 4:21 PM

The arrival of the Upper Valley high school baseball season marks the return of one top-shelf rivalry (Thetford vs. White River Valley, last year’s VPA Division III title-game matchup) along with another roster (Hanover) good enough to hang some...


College Notes: Upper Valley athletes race for points and playing time
04-12-2024 7:02 PM

By TRIS WYKES

Here’s a look at some of the Upper Valley residents who played varsity college sports this winter.Men’s basketballPlymouth State men’s basketball was 8-17. Sophomore guard Max Galbraith (Hanover) appeared in seven games and totaled 21 minutes… Kansas...


A Life: Chuck Hunnewell ‘was an intense competitor but a real gentleman’
04-06-2024 5:17 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — A quick trip to the store wasn’t often possible with Chuck Hunnewell.Ubiquitous on the Upper Valley sports scene for more than 30 years, the longtime teacher and coach would be waylaid in Rich’s Department Store or Johnson’s Home Center on...


Hanover boys basketball turnaround ends with runner-up finish
03-11-2024 7:31 PM

By TRIS WYKES

DURHAM, N.H. — One of the greatest turnarounds in Upper Valley sports history came up short of a fairy-tale ending Sunday when the Hanover High boys basketball team fell to Pelham, 51-41, in the NHIAA Division II final at UNH’s Lundholm Gymnasium.The...


Bears author storybook ending in NHIAA D-I title game
03-10-2024 8:31 PM

By TRIS WYKES

MANCHESTER — The story is told by Hanover High girls hockey coach John Dodds only if his team reaches the NHIAA final and at the conclusion of its last practice before the big game.The tale describes how Dodds’ 1973 Hanover boys hockey team used an...


Season ends in semifinals for Hanover boys hockey
03-07-2024 1:56 PM

MANCHESTER — The fifth-seeded Hanover High boys hockey team lost, 5-1, to top-seeded Windham during an NHIAA Division I semifinal on Wednesday at J.F.K Arena.“Windham showed why they are number one,” said Hanover coach Dick Dodds. “They took advantage...


Hanover 49, Pembroke 43: Bears use smart, methodical play in semifinal
03-06-2024 1:31 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

DURHAM, N.H. — Entering Tuesday night’s Division II boys’ basketball semifinal, the No. 3 Pembroke Spartans (18-3) knew exactly what No. 2 Hanover (19-1) was going to do: run a remarkably methodical offense and play smart, disciplined defense.Pembroke...


Hanover girls shut out Bishop Guertin to advance to NH title game
03-06-2024 12:08 PM

By TOM KING

CONCORD — The tournament meetings between the Bishop Guertin and Hanover High School girls hockey teams are usually classics, tugging at nerves and emotions every minute.Not this time.No, Tuesday night’s 6-0 Bears semifinal win over the Cardinals at...


NH girls hockey: Lee’s hat trick powers Hanover past Lebanon in state quarterfinal
03-02-2024 11:33 AM

By TRIS WYKES

WEST LEBANON — Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge has its strongest girls hockey team in years. The Raiders, however, don’t have Maeve Lee.Hanover’s star forward posted a hat trick during the Bears’ 3-0 defeat of its neighbor Friday in an NHIAA playoff...

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