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Don Mahler: Big Green Makes a Statement

Hanover — They will be replaying this one for years on the Dartmouth College football DVD player up in Buddy Teevens’ office. They’ll replay it for former players. They’ll replay it for alums and they’ll replay it anytime the Big Green needs a motivational moment. Yes, that 28-24 victory Saturday over Princeton was what Teevens called “a statement game.” No, the Big Green didn’t win an Ivy League title with this one, but it may have won something bigger and more important: respect. What Teevens

Don Mahler: Now That’s Using Your Noodle; Ace Pays Off for Crown Point Golfer

Springfield, Vt. — Mark Twain once said golf is a good walk spoiled. That may be true for some, just don’t try selling that sentiment to Springfield’s Ken Spear. For Spear, playing a round of golf on Sept. 22 turned into a rather profitable walk at the Crown Point Country Club. With just one swing of his hybrid club, Spear walked away with the top prize from the Jeffrey S. Holmes Memorial Golf Tournament that day. His drive off the 18th tee was worth $25,000

Don Mahler: Cardigan’s Mountain of a Man

Canaan — You don’t have to look far to see Jim Marrion’s influence at Cardigan Mountain School. There’s the football field that bears his name, the generations of students who revere him, and now, after an Oct. 19 ceremony, there’s a massive granite boulder that bears a plaque with his likeness and achievements. The words echo the man’s philosophy: Play hard. Play fair. But while friends and family came out to honor Cardigan’s old man of the mountain, the 78-year-old Marrion was more interested in

Don Mahler: X-C Coach Departs; Resignation Raises More Questions At Lebanon

The group of student-athletes was gathered in a tearful huddle in the school hallway. A teacher, hearing the commotion, came out of one of the classrooms to check on their well-being. “Why are you crying?” the teacher asked. “We just found out that Kim resigned,” one of the kids explained. “What are we going to do now?” ■ Running is a way of life for 47-year-old Kim Sheffield. She runs to stay physically fit and mentally clear. And for the past seven years — five

Don Mahler: In Search Of a Few Good Fans

Let this serve as the clarion call to all Dartmouth College football fans. Plain and simple, your team needs you. Listen carefully Saturday morning, and you’ll hear Reveille coming up from the Connecticut River, echoing across the Hanover green and crashing against the home stands of Memorial Field. The call will tell you it’s time to get your green on cause Dartmouth’s in town again — and the Yalies will be coming across the line of scrimmage. Yes, it’s Homecoming in Big Green country. And

Don Mahler: Time To Punt Skits, Hanover

So what do we know about the freshman skits involving members of the Hanover High football team? ■ We know it wasn’t hazing, but it was in bad taste; ■ We know that the incident has been removed from the criminal ledger and relegated to where it belongs, as a school matter; ■ We know these type of skits have been part of the football program for a number of years; ■ We know that other Marauder sports teams have also been involved in similar

Don Mahler: Learning In Progress At Hanover

It’s the way of the world in locker rooms. Survival of the fittest. The veterans rule and the new kids pay. It’s been going on since, well, forever. It may not be right, certainly not politically correct, no longer condoned, but yet it’s something many athletes have gone through in their playing days. And something that continues today. It ranges from something as innocuous as singing your school’s fight song in front of teammates, to sexual deviation that causes a team to shutter its season.

Don Mahler: Lebanon Makes Right Call

For the first time since the Lebanon High athletic director search went haywire last month, sanity returned to the process. If for only a few moments. And we have Linda Preston to thank for that respite. Preston, the longtime Lebanon Junior High athletic director, was approved to take over as temporary athletic director at the high school on Wednesday night by a unanimous vote of the School Board. The support shown for Preston should have come as no surprise. She was a finalist for the

Don Mahler: ‘I’ve Come to Grips With It’; Pearce Spreads the Word About Moving Forward After Brain Injury

They take their ping pong seriously in the Pearce houshold. As a way to help his injured son, Kevin, along with his rehab following a horrific snowboarding accident on New Year’s Eve morning in 2009, Simon Pearce spent hours at the family ping pong table. It was just a way to help Kevin regain critical hand-eye coordination as he recovered from the halfpipe accident that ended his competitive career, and almost ended his life. At first, the elder Pearce had all he could do to

Don Mahler: Why Can’t Lebanon Hire an AD?

As the night sky lazily turned from light to dusk, Barrett Williams walked out of the SAU 88 building after an hour-long meet and greet with the Lebanon School Board Wednesday night, looking none the worse for the experience. Presented by Superintendent Gail Paludi as the heir apparent to the departed Kelley Carey as the new Lebanon athletic director, Williams was encouraged by the meeting with the board, but still a little unsure of his job future. “I can tell you I was not offered