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Elle Brine, left, and Kendra MacDonald hoist the state championship trophy after Lebanon defeated Portsmouth 3-0 in the NHIAA Division II match in Bedford, N.H., on November 1, 2015. (Medora Hebert photograph)

Still the Best

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lebanon High’s field hockey team is fast and unstoppable on artificial turf. That might be an understatement, considering the Raiders’ recent success. For the majority of every season, Lebanon hones its skills on the grass and dirt behind the school: a slower, more rigid game that forces athletes to play a more controlled game. But in the latter stages of the NHIAA tournament, field hockey is played on neutral grounds on turf — a change of scenery that has become, in recent years at least, the Raiders secret weapon. “Our defense is so good that when the ball travels quicker, it really helps them get …

Championship Reflections: Oxbow Cross Country

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

After finishing second by just six points to rival BFA-Fairfax in the 2014 Vermont Division III championship meet, the Oxbow High girls cross country team entered this season determined for victory. The Olympians accomplished that on Oct. 31 at Thetford Academy, placing five runners in the top 26 to easily upend the defending …

And They’re Off!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hartford High sophomore Clara Posner, left, and freshman Deveon Martin run a 270-yard timed lap of the school’s hallways during the indoor track team’s practice on Tuesday in White River Junction. The team of 27 athletes opens the season on Dec. 12 at the University of Vermont. Valley News — Geoff Hansen …

Pass-Intensive South Rolls to Lopsided Victory

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Middlebury, Vt. — The South felt it had a serious advantage with its wide receivers, and the All-Star squad was not afraid to exploit that behind the talented arms of Rutland High quarterback Andy Kenosh and Fair Haven hurler Ryan Alexander. The two quarterbacks combined for 21 completions …

KUA Boys Blank VA

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Saxtons River, Vt. — Emilio Perez polished off a Jules Stewart pass just 60 seconds into the match, setting the Kimball Union Academy boys soccer team on its way to a 4-0 win over Vermont Academy on Saturday. Sophomore Roope Hirvonen scored an unassisted goal at the 22-minute …

The Wheel Deal: Hartford Students Put Bike Obstacles to the Test

Saturday, November 14, 2015

White River Junction — For one class period, Randy Dickson’s Industrial Arts students at Hartford High got to feel like Olympians — and they even built the course. The class’ 14 mixed-grade students got out of the classroom …

Breeding Success: KUA’s Fall Teams Riding High Into Postseason

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Meriden — It’s been some time since Kimball Union Academy’s fall teams have been this good at the same time. “This is the first time in a while,” KUA’s athletic director Michael Doherty said Wednesday in a phone …

Chargers Lose in ECAC Quarters

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New London — The Colby-Sawyer men’s soccer team fell at third-seeded Springfield College, 4-1, in the Eastern College Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Springfield improved to 15-4-1 and will go on to play second-seed Wentworth in the ECAC semifinals on Saturday. The Leopards defeated seventh-seed Norwich, 4-2, …

Succeed With Speed: Two Early Goals Net Hanover a Second Straight State Girls Soccer Title

Monday, November 9, 2015

Exeter, n.h. — The Hanover High girls soccer team knew a quick start would be important in Sunday’s NHIAA Division II final. The Marauders couldn’t have anticipated just how successful they’d be with that approach. Mirroring last season’s …

Newport Football Charges Into Semifinals

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Newport — Fans of Newport High’s football team kept one eye on their home scoreboard and one on their cell phones all Saturday afternoon. When the tally on the scoreboard finally appeared out of reach for Somersworth, Newport’s …

Bow Shakes Off Stevens Football

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bow, n.h. — The Stevens High game plan to put the football in the air during Saturday’s NHIAA Division III quarterfinal stymied Bow for a while, but the Falcons got a long touchdown run to start the second half and cleared some space for their top runner in …

Lebanon Football Hobbled, but Not Humbled

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Windham, n.h. — Lebanon High assistant football coach Brandon Lahaye massaged one of the fingers on quarterback Caleb Broughton’s throwing hand, either to keep it loose or straight. Ryan Milliken hobbled for most of a half. Matt Eylander …

Cougars Haunt Lakers for Second Straight Year

Friday, November 6, 2015

Laconia, n.h. — Derryfield School junior Gabi Brummett has faced Sunapee in the NHIAA Division IV girls soccer tournament semifinals in all three of her seasons with the Cougars. Thursday night’s reunion was familiar territory for the Cougars’ go-to offensive target. And for the second year in a …