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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

Don Mahler: The Visionary of Hartford Hockey; Philippe Bouthillier Went Overtime to Make Sport Happen

The hockey rink in Hartford may be named after Wendell Barwood, but the ice belonged to Philippe Bouthillier. Bouthillier, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday at the age of 71, was, plain and simple, the Godfather of Hartford High hockey. “The reality is that without Phil there would be no hockey in Hartford, or at least not as quickly,” said Todd Bebeau, who played his hockey at Hartford and coaches the boys team today. “I wouldn’t have the privilege to do what I do if it

Don Mahler: Can Shrine Game Be Saved?

Another year, another blowout. What can we do to save the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl from itself? As a philanthropy, the cause of helping burned and crippled children — for free — deserves our admiration as well as our support. And that is really all that matters — doing the good work for a good cause. But as a football game, on the other hand, things are not as worthy. Let’s run some of the facts. New Hampshire has won the last 13 straight games

Don Mahler: House of Cards; At the CCBA, an Old Hobby Is Given New Life

Sixth grade ... P.S. 86 in the Bronx. I’m standing on the roof of the six-story elementary school, about to turn structure into chaos. Below me, the entire student body — grades kindergarten through 6 — were standing at attention, preparing to leave the freedom of recess behind for the restriction of afternoon classes. Not on this day. With a yell of “Free for All!!!” my friend and I launched boxes of baseball cards into the air, cascading down onto our unsuspecting classmates. At first

Don Mahler: The Snow is Gone, but Winter Sports Linger

Here it is, the middle of July, and we’re still talking winter sports. And I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. This weekend brings the reborn Twin State Basketball Classic. After a three-years hiatus, the Classic is trying to breathe new life into the summer tip-off between Vermont and New Hampshire senior all-stars. We applaud the initiative, but have to question some of the decisions. Like, do you really think basketball can work in July? It really hasn’t had much of a positive track