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Hartford teen named Gatorade’s Football Player of the Year

Hartford High School’s Tyler Hamilton (12) motions to throw for a 2-point conversion on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, during a game between Colchester High School and Hartford in White River Junction, Vt. Hartford won, 53-13. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Pretty cool that someone in our backyard was chosen for this honor.

Hartford’s Tyler Hamilton has been named Gatorade’s Football Player of the Year for the state of Vermont. The annual award recognizes the best high school football players in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

With this title, Hamilton, a three-sport athlete, adds another accolade to his lengthy list.

“This feels great,” said Hamilton before Monday’s hockey practice at Wendell A. Barwood Arena. “It’s been one of my goals, really, since the end of last year. It’s something that I’ve always wanted.”

Also worth noting: Hamilton is the fifth Hartford selection for the award, which “ ‘recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field,’ ” according to a Gatorade news release. Hamilton also “maintains a 3.69 GPA and is the president of the school’s athletic leadership council.”

Read the full story here.

Good thoughts: Meditation helps Rivendell athletes get their heads in the game

Rivendell girls soccer assistant coach Stefanie DiSimone leads the girls in meditation before a game on Sept. 14, 2017 in Orford, N.H. DiSimone was instructing them to relax their shoulders. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Sports reporter Josh Weinreb recently spent some time with the Rivendell girls soccer team, which has begun incorporating mindfulness exercises and yoga techniques into its practices. It’s all part of assistant coach Stephanie DiSimone’s effort to help her players decompress and shift their focus into the moment.

Gotta say, as an ex-athlete and current yogi myself, I’m all for this. Read the full story here.

Hot off the press, it’s the Fall Sports Preview!

The 2017 Fall High School Sports Preview, produced by the Valley News sports staff.

The 2017 Fall High School Sports Preview, produced by the Valley News sports staff.

Written by our sports staff and designed by Night Editor Dave Bailey, the 2017 Fall High School Sports Preview is your guide to each of the Upper Valley’s varsity sports teams — all 76 of them.

Pick up today’s Valley News to get your copy!