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Hartford's Brooke Hurd catches a foul ball for an out against Otter Valley at Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vt. Friday, May 1, 2015. Hartford won 2 - 1.  (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Are Olympians Rebuilding, or Reloading?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

With winter finally in the rearview mirror, area high school softball teams are at long last hitting the diamond. Some teams are gearing up for a potential championship run, while others are dealing with a common malady — a low number of athletes playing softball due to increased participation in other spring sports. Longtime Oxbow coach Robin Wozny oversees an …

High School Roundup: Marauders Earn Crucial Win

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Portsmouth, n.h. — Senior JJ Daniell netted the game-winner with 9 minutes, 30 seconds remaining and the Hanover High girls lacrosse team played outstanding defensively throughout a 7-6 road win over Portsmouth on Saturday. The result avenges last week’s 12-8 home loss to the Clippers and improves the Marauders to 6-2, a half-game …

New Lacrosse Coach Gives Wasps Some Sting

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Woodstock — Twenty-nine goals, five ties, five lead changes, 50 minutes of regulation, six minutes of overtime — it added up to a sunny afternoon of suspense. Woodstock and Mount Anthony’s girls lacrosse nail-biter supplied just about everything, including — finally — a winner. Woodstock junior midfielder Lauren Kaija had seen some close …

Local Roundup: Newport Softball Walks Off in Opener

Friday, April 17, 2015

Newport — With no seniors on their roster this season, the Newport High softball team will have to rely on the young’uns to get victories this spring. And it appears the Tigers aren’t so young that they don’t …

High School Tennis Season Preview: Hartford Teams Form Unlikely Alliance

Friday, April 17, 2015

Joe Denny and Iris Berezin clearly belong to the camp that knows how to make lemonade when life delivers lemons. Berezin, longtime coach of the Hartford High girls tennis team, and Denny, who has guided the Hurricane boys …

Local Roundup: South Royalton Teams Handle Concord

Thursday, April 16, 2015

South Royalton — It never hurts to have a large bounty of players who want to take the mound — especially when they throw the way they did for South Royalton in its season opener. Four sophomores and …

Local Roundup: Raiders Roll Past Pembroke in Opener

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pembroke, n.h. — Once acclimated to actually playing outside on an actual field, the Lebanon baseball team erupted for 10 runs in the final two innings to beat host Pembroke 10-3 on Wednesday afternoon. After a long, cold winter that has led to zero outdoor practices so far …

So Far, So Good: After Last Year’s Struggles, Engineers Roll in Opener

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

North Haverhill — The Woodsville High baseball team is looking to turn things around after winning just a couple of games last season, and the Engineers had a good start Wednesday. In a five-inning game cut short by …

Many Jobs, One Goal: New Hartford Lacrosse Coach Looks to Revitalize Program

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wilder — Jennifer Wheatley stood in the crowded Dothan Brook Elementary School lobby earlier this month, surrounded by girls lacrosse players and parents. Conversation and laughter swirled about in the wake of three hours of practice with the …

Hanover’s OT Work Rewarded

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hanover — With his red hair, goateed chin and stocky build, first-year Hanover High boys lacrosse coach Ryan Gardner bears some resemblance to the comedian Louis C.K. Gardner, but his players weren’t laughing as dusk crept across Merriman-Branch …

High School Lacrosse Preview: Better Late Than Never, Spring Has Sprung

Friday, April 10, 2015

It’s time for high school lacrosse season. Really. Yes, there’s still snow on the ground in the Upper Valley and no, some teams have not yet practiced on outdoor fields. But it’s time, nonetheless. At Stevens, fifth-year coach …

Snow Time Like Game Time

Friday, April 10, 2015

Above: Thetford Academy senior Rozzlyn Kidder swings to send the ball to a snowy, foggy outfield during the first outdoor softball practice of the season in Thetford on Friday. Left: Coach Michelle Fifield attempts to tag out Susannah …

New Mascoma Coach Looks to Play Winning Tune

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Canaan — When Karla Champney looks at the wall in the gym at Mascoma Valley Regional High, she sees a banner trumpeting the school’s last state softball title, a 9-2 Class M win over Hillsboro-Deering. That was in …