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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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 HANOVER – Lebanon High boys soccer coach Rob Johnstone had an immediate and adamant message for his players following their 2-0 preseason scrimmage victory at arch-rival Hanover on Tuesday night. They were to create no social media posts or images of a gloating nature. “Don’t take the bait…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – At 8:20 a.m. on Sunday morning, Lebanon High’s decrepit running track sat in near silence. It was 61 degrees and sunny, the oval’s northeast end shaded by large trees. Traffic on nearby Route 120 produced a soft whoosh.  An hour later, sounds in the area were…

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By Tris Wykes Copyright Octopus Athletics 2021 LEBANON – Keegan Fredette rumbled down the Lebanon High football team’s practice field Saturday afternoon. The junior lineman, not known for deft coordination, was out in space and under the gun. If he caught the Jack Stone pass sailing his way, he and his teammates would escape further…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Chris Boucher was hired this week as the first-year head coach of the Lebanon High girls varsity basketball team. The former Raiders player, however, has been serving an apprenticeship of sorts since before his 1992 graduation. Cut from the school’s boys basketball team as a senior, Boucher chose not to…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Hot and humid weather couldn’t dampen the Lebanon High boys lacrosse team’s spirits Saturday. The Raiders’ 12-6 victory over visiting Monadnock allows them to play in Wednesday’s semifinals of the NHIAA Division III playoffs at Plymouth. Hunter Grant and Griffin Auch each posted hat tricks and C.J. Childs scored twice…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Starter pistol shots from an adjacent track meet regularly punctuated Monday’s baseball game between Lebanon High and Hanover. On the diamond, it was the visiting Marauders who fired on all cylinders during a 14-5 NHIAA Division II victory. Hanover pounded out 17 hits and capitalized on five Raiders errors to…

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By Tris Wykes   LEBANON – A local group including Stanley Cup champion Ben Lovejoy hopes to partner with the Carter Community Building Association to construct a pair of outdoor sports surfaces on open space immediately north of the organization’s Witherell Athletic Center.   Tiffany Adams, secretary for the Lebanon Planning and Development department wrote…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Thank goodness for dogs. Because Wednesday afternoon didn’t end well otherwise for the Lebanon High girls lacrosse team. The Raiders surrendered the final three goals of their game with visiting ConVal and lost, 10-9, in overtime. Disheartened by the result and how it occurred, Lebanon coach Sara Ecker knelt on…

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By Tris Wykes LEBANON – Call it one of the best Senior Days ever.  That’s what the Lebanon High softball team enjoyed Monday when it rallied to beat visiting Fall Mountain, 23-11, behind two Autumn Crowell home runs. The NHIAA Division III victory was the Raiders’ first triumph in 45 games and snapped a losing…

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