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Lebanon bests Berlin in girls tennis
05-28-2024 4:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

HANOVER — Like a Hailey Schibuola backhand, the Lebanon High girls tennis team’s program has picked up speed and power in a startlingly short period of time.Less than a decade ago, the Raiders had no team because of a lack of interest. Last March, the...

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Wildcats softball slowly improving in bid to recapture glory
05-26-2024 4:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

SOUTH ROYALTON — It’s not often that a victorious high school softball team surrenders eight runs during an inning. Add eight errors committed by that same squad and the odds become ever longer.Somehow escaping that situation Saturday was White River...


Royals taking steps to make baseball more viable for future
05-24-2024 4:16 PM

By TRIS WYKES

WEST CANAAN — There are plans to raise the necessary funds for scoreboards at the Mascoma High baseball and softball fields. The Royals have played those sports for decades without all spectators being sure of who’s winning at what stage of a...


Hartford parts with state champion girls hockey coach
05-23-2024 4:52 PM

By TRIS WYKES

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — In April, fewer than two months after guiding the Hartford High girls ice hockey team to the first state title in its 30-year history, head coach Kylie Young was fired by athletic director Jeff Moreno.Young, who worked on a...


Sophomore softball pitcher carries Raiders’ load
05-21-2024 4:53 PM

By TRIS WYKES

NORWICH — Lebanon High’s Ava Kaercher was under the weather Monday. The sophomore softball pitcher nonetheless lifted her team over the top, striking out 16 Hanover batters while throwing a two-hitter during the visitors’ 5-0 defeat of their archrival...


Raiders, Cardinals short on boys lacrosse victories but making up for it with effort
05-14-2024 5:31 PM

By TRIS WYKES

CLAREMONT — Last place was on the line Monday at Monadnock Park, and neither the Stevens High boys lacrosse team nor rival Lebanon wanted to claim the dubious prize.The NHIAA Division III squads entered a combined 0-18 and it was Lebanon that got off...


WRV baseball prevails on an off day
05-12-2024 4:52 PM

By TRIS WYKES

SOUTH ROYALTON — Had Friday’s baseball game between White River Valley High and Leland & Gray gone into extra innings, the path paced by Wildcats coach Devin Cilley in front of the home dugout might have become a trench.Back and forth walked the...


Lebanon’s Jewell back from auto accident, more aware of ‘drowsy driving’ dangers
05-09-2024 5:16 PM

By TRIS WYKES

PLAINFIELD — Maddie Jewell realized she was tired when she embarked on the half-hour drive home from Grantham late on a Saturday night last November.It had been a busy start to the school year for Jewell, a three-sport student-athlete at Lebanon High....


Young Oxbow baseball team struggles, but coach still finds joy in teaching the game
05-08-2024 5:02 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BRADFORD, Vt. — Oxbow High’s baseball scoreboard remained aglow half an hour after Tuesday’s game with U-32. Not that the Olympians needed a lengthy reminder of the loss or its 22-6 denouement.Oxbow is 1-6 and has been outscored 91-36 this season....


Hurricanes earn 10-9 victory over U-32 in girls lacrosse
05-05-2024 5:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The pass was perfect, a classic backdoor feed that arced from Paisley Danaher to Madison Barwood and resulted in the winning goal Saturday for the undefeated Hartford High girls lacrosse team.The strike lifted the host...


Stevens, Newport baseball split high-scoring games
05-03-2024 5:31 PM

By TRIS WYKES

NEWPORT — Newport High baseball coach Matthew Robbins is often on the job by 3:30 a.m. at his manufacturing employer and works as a locksmith on the side. The Tigers’ boss somehow survives on four or five hours of sleep per night during the...


Lebanon High senior comes to the aid of driver with health problem
05-03-2024 5:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — Those darn teenagers. No respect for their elders. Always on their smart phones. You know the narrative.You must not know Lebanon High senior Paddy Mooney, however. The 18-year old recently aided 63-year old Mary Anne Sculley, who was...


Oxbow softball at dynastic, dominant best
05-01-2024 5:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BRADFORD, Vt. — The exuberant shout emanated from the home dugout Tuesday as Oxbow High entertained Thetford in a VPA Division III softball clash.“Hit it louder!” The hosts certainly did so, orchestrating a virtual cacophony of bat smacks and hand...


Lebanon has chances but still can’t solve Hanover baseball mystery
04-28-2024 6:26 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — Lebanon High baseball coach Chauncey Wood stood on the first-base line on Friday afternoon, arms akimbo and staring into center field as if the answer to his team’s 7-5 loss to Hanover was hidden somewhere in the distant grass.The Raiders,...


Bears ride strong 2nd half to win in girls lacrosse
04-26-2024 5:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

HANOVER — Nora Bradley scored four times and Bummy Loughman and Maeve Lee each added hat tricks to push Hanover High to a 13-5 victory over NHIAA Division II opponent Timberlane on Thursday at Merriman-Branch Field.The Bears (3-2) trailed by two goals...


Hanover’s Perreard may soon capture the attention of collegiate coaches in two athletic pursuits
04-24-2024 5:08 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — Lea Perreard’s wrists are wrapped in bracelets. How many? The Hanover High sophomore isn’t sure, but 15 would be a solid guess.Rubber bracelets, woven bracelets, string bracelets with beads on them. It takes Perreard roughly five minutes to...


Woodstock boys lax defense steps up, holds off Hartford
04-23-2024 5:31 PM

By TRIS WYKES

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Monday night’s boys lacrosse game between host Hartford High and Woodstock came down to the final minute, with the Wasps prevailing, 11-10.The Vermont inter-division clash might have been decided, however, by a pair of goals at...


Pick a sport and Pete DePalo’s has probably officiated it over the past 40-plus years
04-22-2024 5:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

Pete DePalo spent his first 15 years living on Coney Island in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, home of America’s first large-scale amusement park. His family moved to the Upper Valley and his life since has been filled with games.Soccer games....


Lebanon girls lacrosse prevails over Coe-Brown
04-21-2024 6:31 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — At one point during Friday’s Lebanon High girls lacrosse game, Raiders coach Sara Ecker closed her eyes and gently tapped her head against the shoulder of longtime assistant Rob Fett.Lebanon was winning and would prevail over visiting...


To Raiders’ Reilly, rebuilding isn’t a dirty word
04-18-2024 5:56 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — Dennis Reilly doesn’t shy away from the label “rebuilding season.” The first-year coach of the Lebanon High boys lacrosse team has a 26-player roster, and 19 are either freshmen or sophomores.“That’s the definition of rebuilding,” said...


Windsor baseball’s annual gauntlet begins with Hartford defeat
04-16-2024 6:09 PM

By TRIS WYKES

WINDSOR — How does Windsor High baseball coach Jamie Richardson keep his players emotionally afloat as they face their notoriously tough schedule each spring? “There are a lot of hugs and back rubs,” the veteran bench boss said.It worked last season,...

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