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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...

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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...


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...


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...


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....


Undefeated Olympians cruise to D-III softball title
06-13-2023 8:59 AM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

CASTLETON, Vt. — Chuck Simmons was reluctant to label his Oxbow High softball program a dynasty when the Olympians won their second straight Vermont Division III state championship last spring.After Oxbow completed a perfect season with a third...


Historic Hartford softball season ends in semifinals
06-09-2023 1:25 PM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — For all the history the Hartford High softball team made this spring, the Hurricanes’ season ended in an all-too-familiar way.Hartford’s run in the VPA Division II playoffs came to a halt at Maxfield Sports Complex at the hands...


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...


Hartford softball advances to D-II state semifinal
06-07-2023 3:05 PM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — It’s been a quarter-century since the Hartford High softball team made it this far, and while satisfied, the Hurricanes believe their ride is far from over.Facing a four-run deficit in the third inning of Monday’s resumed...


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...


Local roundup: Hartford boys finish third at state track meet
06-02-2023 10:51 PM

BURLINGTON — Jordan Davis won the discus and javelin and Ayodele Lowe took first in the long jump as the Hartford High boys track and field team finished third at the Vermont Division II state meet, edging fourth place Peoples by two points.Burr &...


Local roundup: Stevens softball falls to Berlin in first round
06-01-2023 9:20 AM

Staff ReportsBERLIN, N.H. — A Zoie Stevens home run was the only run for the Stevens High softball team as No. 8 seed Berlin defeated the No. 9 seed Cardinals, 8-1, in the NHIAA Division III first round.Mia Herbert pitched a complete game for Stevens,...


Local roundup: Windsor baseball pulls first-round upset of BFA-Fairfax
05-31-2023 7:31 AM

FAIRFAX, Vt. — The No. 13 seed Windsor High baseball team overcame sloppy play in the field with 13 hits and solid pitching to upset No. 4 seed BFA-Fairfax, 12-7, in the first round of the Vermont Division III playoffs.Johnny Clark led the...


Local roundup: Hartford softball clinches top playoff seed
05-30-2023 9:48 AM

MANCHESTER, Vt. — For the first time in program history, the Hartford High softball team will open the upcoming playoffs as Vermont Division II’s top seed. The Hurricanes, who beat Division I Burr & Burton, 18-5, in five innings on Saturday, also...


Local roundup: Hanover, Lebanon post strong performances at state track meet
05-27-2023 3:51 PM

DURHAM, N.H. — The Hanover High boys track and field team claimed second place, and Lebanon took fourth, in Friday’s NHIAA Division II state championship meet hosted by Oyster River.The Bears’ boys racked up five first-place finishes on their way to a...


Local roundup: Lebanon girls tennis edges Bishop Brady in playoff opener
05-26-2023 1:28 PM

NEW LONDON — The Lebanon High girls tennis team clinched a thrilling 5-4 win over Bishop Brady when the No. 1 doubles team of Aesha Soni and Adaa Karanwal won their match, 8-6, in the NHIAA Division III first round Thursday at Colby-Sawyer College.The...


Local roundup: Mascoma, Newport, Stevens turn in strong performances at D-III state track meet
05-24-2023 11:28 PM

KINGSTON, N.H. — The Mascoma High outdoor track and field team broke at least two school records at Wednesday's NHIAA Division III state meet, hosted by Sanborn.The boys' 4x800-meter relay team of Brody Albanese, Troy Loynds, Trevor Maheu and Gunner...


Hartford softball ‘in a really great place’ as playoffs approach
05-24-2023 6:17 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford High softball team looked more than ready for the upcoming VPA Division II playoffs on Tuesday during a 16-0 wipeout of Woodstock at the Maxfield Sports Complex.Logan Evans knocked a two-run home run over the...


Local roundup: Lebanon softball defeats Hanover at Dartmouth
05-23-2023 5:54 PM

HANOVER — The Lebanon High softball team battered Hanover at Dartmouth Softball Park on Monday, outlasting the rival Bears by a 15-8 final on a perfect spring afternoon.Natalia Somoff, who previously played at Hanover and transferred to Lebanon for...


Local roundup: Thetford baseball rallies late to beat North Country
05-21-2023 12:49 AM

NEWPORT, Vt. – The Thetford Academy baseball team pushed across five runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a tie and defeat North Country, 9-4.Andrew Spooner had three hits and three RBIs for the Panthers, and Dempsey McGovern and Xander...


Local roundup: Hanover baseball undefeated no more
05-20-2023 9:53 AM

NORWICH — The Hanover High baseball team suffered its first loss of the season Friday, dropping an NHIAA Division II contest to Milford, 11-6, at the Dresden Athletic Fields. The result leaves Division III Monadnock (14-0) as New Hampshire’s lone...

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