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D-III baseball: @BFA-Fairfax uses small ball, pitching to deny White River Valley
06-17-2024 2:55 AM

By BEN HOOKE

BURLINGTON — In White River Valley’s magical three-week run to reach the VPA Division III baseball state championship game, a lot of things broke the Wildcats’ way. Ground balls found gaps they shouldn’t have, opposing ace pitchers struggled with...

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Upper Valley athletes finish strong at Vt. decathlon meet
06-20-2024 11:04 AM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

BURLINGTON — Rivendell Academy sophomore Sydney Schoenbeck was second among the girls and Thetford Academy junior Ulysses Junker-Boyce was second in the boys division at the Vermont High School Decathlon Championship held at Burlington High School on...


White River Valley High School graduates celebrate opportunities
06-17-2024 11:24 AM

By NICOLA SMITH

SOUTH ROYALTON — Under a brilliant blue sky and cool temperatures, Anna Stratton, who gave the salutatory address at the White River Valley High School graduation Saturday on South Royalton green, urged her classmates to live in the present and not...


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...


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...


Raptors baseball breaks long slide vs. Wildcats
05-19-2024 7:12 PM

By BEN HOOKE

SOUTH ROYALTON — Rivendell Academy baseball coach Eric Reichert has been coming to the diamond in South Royalton for close to 40 years since his early days coaching summer ball in the 1980s.The nine-year wait his Rivendell team had to beat White River...


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...


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 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 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...


Getting a lift in South Royalton
04-12-2024 10:12 AM


White River Valley loses in semi-finals
03-08-2024 6:46 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BARRE, Vt. — Two teams of Wildcats clashed in girls basketball Thursday night at the Barre Auditorium. Sadly for Upper Valley fans, the wrong bunch of Felis Silvestris prevailed in the Vermont Division III quarterfinals.Top-seeded Hazen’s 70-49 defeat...


Windsor’s Bly wraps up his 12-year tenure with Yellowjackets
03-04-2024 5:39 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

COLCHESTER, Vt. — After 12 years of coaching, two state championships and two individual state champions, Windsor bowling coach Steve Bly is stepping down.Bly, who will be succeeded by Cody Warner next year, was given the Joe James Award at Saturday’s...


It’s all smiles for WRV boys in hoop quarterfinal
02-25-2024 3:14 PM

By TRIS WYKES

SOUTH ROYALTON — Any spectator wanting to re-enter Saturday night’s VPA Division III boys basketball quarterfinal game between No. 3 White River Valley and No. 6 Richford got a smiley face inked on the back of one hand.The majority of those in a...


Local Roundup: Hanover boys cross country wins D-II title
10-30-2023 10:43 AM

Staff Reports

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Hanover High boys cross country team won the NHIAA Division II championship Saturday with four runners finishing in the top 10.The Hanover girls placed second with three runners in the top 10, led by sophomore Lea Perreard, who...


Windsor 6, WRV 3: Yellowjackets take advantage of Wildcats’ still-learning goalkeepers
09-04-2023 9:09 PM

By TRIS WYKES

SOUTH ROYALTON — Soccer goalkeeping is deceptively difficult. The White River Valley High girls had that point reinforced for them Friday during a 6-3 loss to visiting Windsor, which feasted on the Wildcats’ inexperienced netminders.WRV lost only four...


Local soccer players adjust to new positions at Lions Twin State Cup
07-16-2023 8:58 AM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

HANOVER — Shannon Hadlock was a center back for the White River Valley girls soccer team. It was as simple as that.The senior anchored the Wildcats’ strong defense last fall, a unit that allowed just nine goals in 16 games. But on the Vermont team for...


Six locals to play in Lions Cup soccer games
07-14-2023 9:33 AM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

Six freshly graduated Upper Valley high school senior soccer players will take the field at Hanover High on Saturday for the Lions Twin State Cup games. The event is now in its 48th year and pits top seniors from New Hampshire and Vermont whose high...


Gordie Barnaby to coach WRV girls hoops after lengthy break
07-06-2023 4:02 PM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

Gordie Barnaby watched the White River Valley girls basketball team play three or four times last winter and remembered thinking to himself that the Wildcats would be a fun group to coach.Barnaby coached for six years at The Sharon Academy and nine...

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