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Thetford Academy forum focuses on cell phone bans in schools
06-20-2024 9:54 PM

By HALEY CLOUGH

THETFORD — Upper Valley proponents of a national movement to keep kids from using cell phones while in school made their case during a community forum Tuesday at Thetford Academy.Panelists at the forum, hosted by the Vermont Phone-Free Schools...

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Thetford Academy graduates celebrate an ‘unorthodox’ four-year journey
06-15-2024 7:53 AM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

THETFORD — They entered to pods and COVID and exited to pomp and circumstance: The past four years had not been easy for the senior class of Thetford Academy, but their graduation on cooling Friday evening was a time to remember, express gratitude and...


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...


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...


Career coaching
06-10-2024 1:54 PM


Oxbow softball at dynastic, dominant best
05-01-2024 5:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BRADFORD, Vt. — The exuberant shout emanated from the home dugout Tuesday as Oxbow High entertained Thetford in a VPA Division III softball clash.“Hit it louder!” The hosts certainly did so, orchestrating a virtual cacophony of bat smacks and hand...


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 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 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...


Thetford 57, Hazen 53: Third championship in six years produces a sweet celebration
03-03-2024 6:30 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BARRE, Vt. — And on the 108th day of the Thetford Academy basketball season, a VPA Division III boys hoop championship was created. How would coach Jason Gray celebrate? “We’re going to go back to the academy to have some cupcakes and Gatorade,” the...


Thetford 60, WRV 58: Epic comeback sends Panthers to state title game
03-01-2024 4:22 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BARRE, Vt. — The Barre Auditorium’s inner arena was deserted Thursday evening, half an hour after Thetford Academy and White River Valley concluded their Vermont Division III boys basketball playoff semifinal.Silence inside the 85-year old building...


Windsor girls basketball takes title game rematch with Thetford
12-23-2023 2:17 AM

By TRIS WYKES

THETFORD — Thursday’s rematch between the Windsor High and Thetford Academy girls basketball teams again proved the Yellow Jackets’ superiority, though this time with much less on the line.The visiting Yellow Jackets, who rallied to knock off the...


A look back at fall accomplishments for Upper Valley college athletes
11-27-2023 8:52 AM

By TRIS WYKES

Here’s a look at some of the Upper Valley residents who competed in collegiate varsity sports this fall: CREW Union College (N.Y.) finished eighth among NCAA Division III varsity women’s crew teams and 36th overall with junior Lena Nowell (Lebanon)...


Undefeated Olympians cruise to D-III softball title
06-13-2023 8:59 AM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

CASTLETON, Vt. — Chuck Simmons was reluctant to label his Oxbow High softball program a dynasty when the Olympians won their second straight Vermont Division III state championship last spring.After Oxbow completed a perfect season with a third...


Oshoniyi leads Thetford past WRV for Panthers’ first baseball title since ‘86
06-11-2023 8:43 AM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

BURLINGTON — Xander Oshoniyi may have fallen three outs shy of a no-hitter, but leading the Thetford Academy baseball team to its first state championship in 37 years as a freshman still makes for a pretty good Saturday.Oshoniyi baffled the White...


Thetford Academy graduates celebrate a ‘wild four years’
06-11-2023 6:16 AM

By KAELI BENNETT

THETFORD — Thetford Academy celebrated the accomplishments of 42 graduating seniors at the school’s 204th commencement Friday night. Thanks to Thetford Academy’s tradition of having solely student speakers, the audience heard from them directly about...


Local roundup: Oxbow softball dominates again, title game next
06-07-2023 6:24 PM

BRADFORD, Vt. — The brilliant pitching of Anastase Bourgeois, not to mention an explosive offense, was more than enough to help top-seeded Oxbow softball earn a berth in the VPA Division III state championship game.The Olympians topped fourth-seeded...


Brother and sister believe gender played role in playing time at Thetford Academy
06-04-2023 5:43 AM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

THETFORD — Baseball has been at the core of Mason and Boone Fahey’s relationship for years.A junior and sophomore, respectively, at Thetford Academy, the Faheys are always talking baseball, whether it’s their own games, college ball or their beloved...


Here come the Panthers
05-12-2023 1:58 PM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

THETFORD — Michelle Morgan realized this season could be different for the Thetford Academy softball team early on. The second-year head coach’s players are now starting to realize it as well.With seven sophomores, six of whom played on the varsity...


Local roundup: Hartford softball bounces back to split doubleheader with Springfield
05-07-2023 9:01 AM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — After suffering a 6-3 loss to visiting Springfield in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Maxfield Sports Complex, the Hartford High softball team came roaring back for an 18-3 victory in the nightcap, scoring 11 runs...


Local roundup: Oshoniyi leads Thetford baseball over Lamoille
05-05-2023 9:45 AM

THETFORD — Xander Oshoniyi drove in four runs on two hits, and on the mound he struck out seven and allowed two hits and one earned run over four innings in the Thetford Academy baseball team’s 9-7 win over Lamoille.Owen Goodrich and Nolan Pepe had...

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