By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Thursday’s tennis match was nearly compete, the Lebanon High girls en route to an 8-1 victory over Plymouth on the Carter Community Building Association’s sunny courts.  Raiders coach Rob Johnstone rolled a cart of fuzzy, yellow balls up a wooden ramp and into an equipment shed, pausing as he reached…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – What’s the perception of Birhanu Harriman and Tommy Wolfe among their Lebanon High track teammates? “Most of them think they’re crazy,” chuckled Raiders coach Kevin Lozeau. You can understand why. The sophomores don’t just practice and compete for their school’s squad, they embrace outside challenges. Significant challenges.  Last August, Harriman…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – The Lebanon High boys lacrosse team lost to Keene, 9-3, on Monday, allowing the NHIAA Division II Blackbirds to score strings of three and six consecutive goals.  Keene opened a 3-0 lead before C.J. Childs got the Division III Raiders on the scoreboard a minute into the second quarter. The…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Hanover High’s a bit down in boys lacrosse this spring. Lebanon might be a bit better. The gap between the neighboring rivals remains wide, however, after the Marauders’ 15-6 victory on Thursday at Henry Emerton Field.  Hanover, mostly middle-of-the pack in NHIAA Division I during the past decade, led 8-1…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Sara Ecker left her Lebanon High girls lacrosse players with a final thought Tuesday after their 15-12 loss to visiting Hanover.  “Let’s get 10 minutes of stretching,” the veteran coach said. “Big muscle groups. Tomorrow’s going to be a tough day for those of you who did a lot of…

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By Tris Wykes WEST CANAAN – Two games and two late rallies, but also two Lebanon High baseball victories over Mascoma in three days. Wednesday, the visiting Raiders surrendered four runs during the Royals’ final at-bat before hanging on for a 7-5 triumph.  Mascoma scored the final three runs Monday during a 9-7 loss at…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – One team managed only three hits but piled up five times as many runs. The opposition enjoyed its biggest offensive output in the last three seasons, but lost. Those were only some of the oddities Monday during Mascoma High’s 15-10 softball victory over Lebanon in the NHIAA Division III schools’…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Lebanon High softball coach Ray Pettersen gave pitcher Kaitlyn Eylander good-natured grief during Thursday’s practice.  “You look tired,” the fifth-year bench boss said to the senior. “I don’t know what you were up late drinking last night. Esperesso? Mocha cafe lattes?”  Responded Eylander: “I haven’t had anything with sugar in…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Just don’t call him a rookie.  Chauncey Wood has been at the helm of the Lebanon High varsity baseball team for less than a week, but he owns a wealth of coaching experience. The Canaan resident ascended to the program’s top spot after three years guiding Raiders JV squad and…

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By Tris Wykes It’s been a difficult year and a half for the Lebanon High baseball program.  Doug Ashey, the team’s 18-year coach, died of cancer in October, 2019. The 2020 season wasn’t played under his replacement, former Raiders standout Travis Pelletier, because of Covid-19 concerns. Last week came news that Pelletier had resigned after…

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