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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...

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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...


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...


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...


Raiders baseball moves on behind Brandis’ strong pitching performance
06-01-2024 5:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — If Declan Brandis made his final pitching start for Lebanon High on Thursday, he went out in fine form.The junior righthander allowed seven hits and one earned run while striking out one batter and walking one during a 3-1 defeat of Pelham...


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...


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...


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....


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 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,...


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....


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,...


A Life: Chuck Hunnewell ‘was an intense competitor but a real gentleman’
04-06-2024 5:17 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — A quick trip to the store wasn’t often possible with Chuck Hunnewell.Ubiquitous on the Upper Valley sports scene for more than 30 years, the longtime teacher and coach would be waylaid in Rich’s Department Store or Johnson’s Home Center on...


Oshoniyi leads Thetford past WRV for Panthers’ first baseball title since ‘86
06-11-2023 8:43 AM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

BURLINGTON — Xander Oshoniyi may have fallen three outs shy of a no-hitter, but leading the Thetford Academy baseball team to its first state championship in 37 years as a freshman still makes for a pretty good Saturday.Oshoniyi baffled the White...


Local roundup: Oxbow softball dominates again, title game next
06-07-2023 6:24 PM

BRADFORD, Vt. — The brilliant pitching of Anastase Bourgeois, not to mention an explosive offense, was more than enough to help top-seeded Oxbow softball earn a berth in the VPA Division III state championship game.The Olympians topped fourth-seeded...


Single run enough to send WRV past Windsor in D-III baseball quarterfinal
06-06-2023 3:58 PM

By TRIS WYKES Valley News Staff Writer SOUTH ROYALTON — Monday’s Vermont Division III baseball quarterfinal between White River Valley and Windsor moved quickly, but memories of the clash will last a long time.The fifth-seeded Wildcats and 13th-seeded...


Top-seeded Hanover baseball loses in quarterfinal 
06-05-2023 1:44 AM

By TRIS WYKES

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - Hanover High’s hunt for its first state baseball title will stretch into next year after the top-seeded Bears were upset, 8-6, by eighth-seeded Plymouth during Saturday’s NHIAA Division II quarterfinal game at the Maxfield...


Brother and sister believe gender played role in playing time at Thetford Academy
06-04-2023 5:43 AM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

THETFORD — Baseball has been at the core of Mason and Boone Fahey’s relationship for years.A junior and sophomore, respectively, at Thetford Academy, the Faheys are always talking baseball, whether it’s their own games, college ball or their beloved...


Local roundup: Konijnenberg lifts Woodstock girls lacrosse past St. Johnsbury in double-OT thriller
06-03-2023 11:21 PM

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — Isabel Konijnenberg’s seventh goal of the game in double overtime lifted the Woodstock High girls lacrosse team to a come-from-behind 15-14 win over St. Johnsbury in their VPA Division II quarterfinal game.Claudia Shoemaker added...


Oxbow 16, Windsor 1: Olympians’ bats provide drumbeat in quarterfinal win 
06-03-2023 8:50 PM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

BRADFORD, Vt. — Give the Oxbow High softball team an inch, and the Olympians will take a mile.Considering the amount of hard contact Oxbow made in Saturday’s VPA Division III quarterfinal against Windsor, the Yellowjackets played a mostly clean game....

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