By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 MILFORD, N.H. – You can only play the hand you’re dealt, but that doesn’t make Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Milford any easier for the Lebanon High boys soccer team to absorb.  The Raiders (11-2) drew a bad beat when senior goalkeeper Colbie Delisle suffered a broken ankle last…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Late in the Lebanon High boys soccer team’s 4-0 defeat of visiting Stevens on Saturday, a blue SUV sped past the field on adjacent Old Etna Road. The vehicle’s occupants laid on the horn, blew through the Heater Road intersection and its four stop signs and…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Lebanon High football coach Chris Childs believes his 5-0 team needs two more victories to guarantee itself an NHIAA Division II playoff berth. After yet another Raiders rout Friday, this one a 41-0 shellacking of visiting Souhegan, it’s hard to imagine postseason entry being any sort…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Scoring is the hardest part of soccer. So how does Krists Putans make it appear so easy? The lanky Latvian exchange student, who’s been at Lebanon High for less than two months, would stand out even if he weren’t such an offensive threat. There’s his 6-foot-4…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – The Mascoma High field hockey team’s bus became entangled in backed-up traffic near the intersection of Route 120 and Heater Road on Wednesday evening. A fender bender by Evans Drive caused congestion that left the Royals time to ponder a 3-1 loss to Lebanon that dropped…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Mosquitos and tiny, biting flies swarmed parts of Lebanon High’s soccer field Friday afternoon. More severe bloodletting occurred on the grass itself, however, where the Raiders boys routed Plymouth, 9-0, in an NHIAA Division II contest and improved to 5-0. Ryan Oliveira had two goals and…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Where to begin in describing Lebanon High’s 77-28 defeat of Hollis-Brookline on Friday? Let’s give it a try with numbers. There were 78 points scored in the first half of the NHIAA Division II contest alone, during which the hosts built a 50-0 lead. Lebanon rushed…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – The Lebanon High field hockey team created precious few scoring opportunities Friday against Goffstown. Fortunately for the Raiders, junior Mikayla Thornton put away one of those chances with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter to give the hosts an eventual 1-0 victory. “That was a…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Hartford High boys soccer coach Kevin Guillbault was frank Tuesday after his squad was thumped, 6-0, by Lebanon during its penultimate preseason scrimmage.  “We’re laying the foundation for the future,” said the 10th-year bench boss, whose team returns only two starters (Nolan McMahon, Joey Beggs) after…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright 2021 Octopus Athletics LEBANON – Lebanon High boys soccer coach Rob Johnstone was asked Saturday where this season’s team might rank among the 28 Raiders teams he’s guided thus far. “It’s a cliche answer, but 28th,” he said. “We haven’t done anything yet.” Oh, but it might. Lebanon returns eight players…

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