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Catching up with the Upper Valley’s representatives in spring collegiate athletics

06-13-2024 4:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

Here’s a look at some of the Upper Valley residents who played varsity collegiate sports during the spring season:BASEBALLBowdoin (18-17) enjoyed the services of freshman pitcher Sam Sacerdote (Norwich/Hanover), who started three times in 15...


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CVU counters Wasps’ lacrosse upset attempt

06-12-2024 5:02 PM

By TRIS WYKES

HINESBURG, Vt. — Woodstock High, with the smallest enrollment among VPA Division I boys lacrosse programs, hasn’t won a state title since 1999. Champlain Valley Union has captured 12 crowns during that stretch, its success fed in part by an enrollment...


D-II girls lacrosse: Wasps upset top-ranked Hartford for second straight year

06-12-2024 4:31 PM

By BEN HOOKE

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — For two straight years, Woodstock girls lacrosse coach Amanda Hull has ushered her Wasps into the Alumni Sports Complex to do what no team in Vermont had done so far: beat the Hartford Hurricanes.And for a second straight year,...


Hartford boys lax back in final

06-12-2024 4:00 PM

By BEN HOOKE

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford Hurricanes waited 24 years for a first title in boys lacrosse.They’d like to make the wait a lot shorter for the next one.Top-seeded Hartford overcame a spirited performance from fourth-seeded Milton to roll to a...


Local Roundup: Oxbow softball advances to championship with decisive win

06-12-2024 3:26 PM

Softball Oxbow 24, BFA-Fairfax 0 Key players: Oxbow — Anastase Bourgeois, Mazie Bourgeois, Brooke Osgood, Hadlee Allen, Braylee Phelps, Faith Eastman Highlights: Anastase Bourgeois struck out 12 to backstop the top-ranked Olympians’ VPA Division III...


Hartford baseball stopped in extra innings

06-12-2024 3:15 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Middlebury Tigers used some timely hitting and took advantage of Hartford miscues to defeat the Hurricanes in Tuesday’s VPA Division II baseball semifinal game at Maxfield Sports Complex.The Hurricanes had a golden...


Division IV baseball: Fearless Rivendell falls short

06-11-2024 5:00 PM

By BEN HOOKE

ORFORD — After his Rivendell Academy baseball team broke its post-game huddle, coach Eric Reichert offered each of his five seniors a handshake and then a hug.It was recognition for a group of players who brought his team further than it had ever been...


D-III baseball semifinals: White River Valley tips TA, returns to finals

06-11-2024 4:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

THETFORD — If the White River Valley High baseball team was going to lose in Monday’s VPA Division III semifinals, timidity wouldn’t be a cause. Of that, Wildcats coach Devin Cilley was certain.Tied during the seventh inning and not wanting to hand...


Exuberant coach has Oxbow softball marching onward

06-09-2024 6:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BRADFORD, Vt. — Chuck Simmons exploded off the white bucket on which he’d been sitting in the entry to the Oxbow High girls softball dugout on Friday.Bounding several steps toward the first-base line, the fourth-year coach raised both hands over his...


Panthers softball team shows hunger in win over Fair Haven

06-09-2024 5:00 PM

By BEN HOOKE

THETFORD — One game away from a return trip to the VPA Division III softball state championship game, are the Thetford Panthers feeling pressure? No, says Thetford coach Michelle Morgan: “Just hungry for more.” The young Panthers showed that hunger...


Four Upper Valley athletes post top-10 finishes at New England meet

06-09-2024 2:50 PM

DURHAM, N.H. — Newport High’s Kyle Ashley, who graduated last week and will attend the Naval Academy, finished fourth in the javelin at the New England High School Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of New Hampshire on...


Newport softball’s first loss ends strong season

06-07-2024 4:09 PM

By BEN HOOKE

One tough inning was all it took to end the Newport Tigers’ dreams of an undefeated softball season.The top-seeded Tigers were slow out of the gate, allowing three runs before getting a chance to bat, and never recovered. Fourth-seeded Gilford...


The certainties of life: Death, taxes and the Wildcats winning a VPA playoff game at home

06-06-2024 4:19 PM

By BEN HOOKE

There’s something Devin Cilley and his White River Valley Wildcats really seem to like about playoff baseball games at their home field in South Royalton.Maybe it’s the walk-up music and on-site PA announcer, a rarity at the small-school level.Maybe...


Miscues doom O’s baseball

06-05-2024 7:31 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BRADFORD, Vt. — A large piece of farm machinery rumbled several hundred yards behind the right-field baseball fence at Oxbow High on Tuesday, upturning the earth and sending clouds of dust drifting in its wake. On the diamond, the Olympians’ hopes for...


Yellowjackets too kind in softball tournament defeat

06-05-2024 3:49 PM

By BEN HOOKE

WINDSOR — When the Windsor Yellowjackets were on their softball game, they could challenge just about anyone in the state. But when they weren’t, things could get ugly in a hurry.The dual nature of Windsor’s season played out in microcosm in Tuesday’s...


Cycling nonprofit works to make the sport more accessible for LGBTQ+ Vermonters

06-05-2024 9:20 AM

By SOPHIA KESHMIRI

It was a big year for biking in Barre. In 2017, the Vermont Bicycle Shop opened, and Barre resident and avid cyclist Kristopher Hunt hosted the state’s first Pride Ride. Although the lifelong Vermonter grew up riding the state’s rural roads, it wasn’t...


Mascoma’s Kondi wins shot put title

06-03-2024 3:33 PM

DURHAM, N.H. — Mascoma High sophomore Georgia Kondi won the shot put at Sunday’s NHIAA Meet of Champions at the University of New Hampshire.Kondi’s winning distance of 38 feet, 6 inches, was more than two feet farther than second place. Kondi also...


Hurricanes boys track earn second spot at state meet

06-02-2024 7:49 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

BURLINGTON — The Hartford High boys track team had one of its best outings of the year at the VPA Division II outdoor state meet, finishing second to a strong Union-32 team, 148-135, at Burlington High School.It was a 49-point improvement from third...


Bears bow out to Bow; Grainger wraps up 8-year tenure

06-02-2024 7:42 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BOW, N.H. — Hanover High baseball coach John Grainger elected to keep his sunglasses on for a family photo after Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Bow in the NHIAA Division II playoff quarterfinals. There might have been a few tears under the tinted lenses, the...


Local roundup: Hanover baseball beats Plymouth 4-0

06-01-2024 6:00 PM

Baseball Hanover 4, Plymouth 0 Key players: Hanover — Allie Muirhead, Jake Toulmin, Alex Boone, Jack Lobb Plymouth — Johnny Flaherty Highlights: Hanover used three pitchers to throw a combined one hitter. Allie Muirhead started and went two innings,...


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