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Hartford's Willy Todt gets a pat on the head from a Vermont Shrine Bowl teammate during practice at Castleton University Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Vermont and New Hampshire all star high school football players will play the Maple Sugar Bowl at Castleton University in Castleton, Vt. Saturday, August 1, 2015. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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New Hampshire Looks to Feast Again in Shrine Game

Friday, July 31, 2015

Castleton, Vt. — A New Hampshire practice for today’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl was the wrong place to be on Friday for someone skipping lunch. Three different quarterbacks called signals through an early afternoon passing drills, and most came colorfully titled with some sort of fruit or nut. (Banana! Watermelon! Peanut!) It’s the way Granite State coach Greg Gush plans …

High School Notebook: Oxbow Stars Get Noticed at Summer Showcases

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ah, summer. When a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of sprint passes, dig routs and other things football. For the past few summers, Oxbow High football teammates Tristan Longmoore and Dametres Perry have linked up for summer football camps, regardless of the location. This summer’s activities turned into more than they expected, …

Spreading the Wealth: Granite Staters Look to Soar in Spread Offense

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Castleton, Vt. — Matt Boone was in the middle of police cadet training at New Hampshire Technical Institute when he received the call that changed his summer. The Newport High slot receiver and defensive back’s cellphone rang during a course break, and it was Tigers coach Larry McElreavy on the other end. “He …

On Target: Wasps Sting Their Way to First Title in 18 Years

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Castleton, Vt. — “Bring The Sting” read the banner hanging in front of the Woodstock High cheering section at Castleton State’s Spartan Stadium for Monday’s Vermont Division II girls lacrosse final. Consider it brought after the Wasps’ 8-7 …

Local Roundup: Lebanon Runners Wins New England Title

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Saco, Maine — Lebanon High’s Corinne Kennedy capped her stellar sophomore season with a repeat first-place finish in the 300 meter hurdles at the New England Interscholastic Track Outdoor Championships on Saturday at Saco’s Thornton Academy. Kennedy, who won three titles at the New Hampshire Division II meet …

PCA Derails Sunapee’s Hopes of Another Baseball Title

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Manchester — Surrounded by tired bodies and downcast expressions Saturday, Sunapee High baseball coach Tom Frederick succinctly summarized his team’s emotions after a 10-1 loss to Portsmouth Christian in the NHIAA Division IV title game. “This is new …

Winning Recipe: Sunapee Finds Right Formula for First Title

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Holderness, n.h. — Crunch time came in the fourth inning, and catcher Lexie Hamilton was right in the middle of it. Sunapee High had a 6-0 lead and a dream to win the school’s first NHIAA softball championship, …

Big Bucks: Bold Moves Send Blue Mountain Past Royals

Friday, June 12, 2015

Poultney, Vt. — Small ball and a big decision paid off swimmingly for the Blue Mountain Union High softball team in Friday’s VPA Division IV final against South Royalton. The Bucks blew open a close game with six …

Goalie Backstops Windham Past Hanover for D-II Lacrosse Title

Friday, June 12, 2015

Exeter, n.h. — Can we be honest for a minute here? In a world of whale autopsy technicians, porta-potty cleaners and sewer inspectors, the job of lacrosse goaltender has to rank right up there. Think about it. You …

Woodstock Slips Past Chelsea in Semis

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Woodstock — There’s nothing complicated about the way the Woodstock Union High girls lacrosse team has gotten it done this season. “Our mantra has been to play our game,” Wasps coach Amanda Soule said after her second-seeded team edged No. 6 Chelsea, 14-13, on Wednesday to reach the …

Challenging Season Ends for Yellowjackets

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Richford, Vt. — A long week and season came to a close for the Windsor High softball team on Wednesday, as Richford junior Alex Benoit tied up the Yellowjackets’ bats in a 7-0 Vermont Division III semifinal shutout …

Local Roundup: Lebanon Senior Captures State Tennis Crown

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Manchester — Lebanon High senior Max Reed, seeded eighth, won the state boys tennis singles tournament in Manchester on Wednesday by beating two higher seeded players, first defeating Oyster River freshman and No. 7 seed Henry Bulkley, 6-2, …

Tough End for Panthers in Coach’s Finale

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Thetford — Endings are always bittersweet, but this one was more so than most. Trailing by seven runs entering the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday’s Division III semifinals, the No. 4 Thetford Academy softball team rallied to bring the potential tying run to the plate in …