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Twitter is abuzz with news of Hartford QB Tyler Hamilton’s latest honor as Vermont Gatorade football player of the year

Hartford’s Tyler Hamilton (12) and his fellow team captains (from left) Austin Shepard, Justin Bettis and Hunter Perkins line up for the coin toss against St. Johnsbury in the Division I state championship game in Rutland, Vt., on Nov. 11, 2017. St. Johnsbury won, 33-32. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

As Josh Weinreb reported and Amanda highlighted earlier, Hartford’s Tyler Hamilton has been named Gatorade’s football player of the year for Vermont — and Twitter is abuzz.

(Jordy, a Hartford alum who will play for the Upper Valley Nighthawks next summer, was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Vermont baseball player of the year.)

You can see more about all the players at playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.

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.

Dartmouth alum and pro hockey player Ben Lovejoy will donate his brain for science

New Jersey Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) clears the puck as Vancouver Canucks left wing Loui Eriksson (21), of Sweden, tries to get his stick on it during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New Jersey Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) clears the puck as Vancouver Canucks left wing Loui Eriksson (21), of Sweden, tries to get his stick on it during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Dartmouth College graduate and Stanley Cup champion Ben Lovejoy has announced he will donate his brain for concussion research after he dies, according to The Hackensack Record.

The move makes the 33-year-old defenseman the first active National Hockey League player to pledge such a donation.

Lovejoy won the 2016 Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He now plays defense for the New Jersey Devils. In August 2016, the Orford native chose to spend his day with the Cup in the Upper Valley, going from his summer home in Enfield back to his old Dartmouth stomping grounds, all with the Cup in tow. Valley News sports editor Greg Fennell accompanied on his Upper Valley victory tour. Read about Lovejoy’s homecoming here.

Re: Russia being barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics for systematic doping

You may have heard the news this afternoon about Russia and the Olympics.  Last month, Valley News reporter Josh Weinreb talked to Dr. Ed Merrens, chief clinical officer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, after he was named to the board of directors for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the body responsible for drug testing and analysis for events such as the Olympics. The topic of Russia comes up in the Q&A, available to read here.

Grantham Indoor is closing

Parker Mason, 10, of #LebanonNH, watches his father Shawn play in a 35-and-older men’s league #soccer game while having fries and chicken fingers with his mother Amye at Grantham Indoor in #GranthamNH on Monday evening. Parker and his older brother also play in soccer leagues at the facility. Its owners have announced they will be closing in January 2018 after selling the building, completing a 19-year run. “We love it here,” said Amye, whose family have been playing soccer at Grantham Indoor for the past eight years. ➡️ Read more at www.vnews.com. Direct link in profile. ⬅️ (Valley News – Geoff Hansen hansen_geoff) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #granthamindoor #nh #sports #recreation #workout #play #family #green #603 #news #localnews #photojournalism #closing

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