By Tris Wykes

Hanover High will host the 20201 return of the Lions Cup high school all-star boys and girls soccer games on July 17. The charity events, pitting the best recent graduates from New Hampshire and Vermont against each other, were canceled because of Covid-19 concerns last summer.

“We felt that a one-day event this year would simplify things, and eliminate the need for staying in dorms on college campuses, which would be pretty risky,” said Hanover High boys coach Rob Grabil. “We feel that by July 17 we can have these outdoor games and even if we need to take precautions, we know how to make that work.”

Lebanon’s Rob Johnstone will coach the New Hampshire boys and Hanover’s Doug Kennedy the Granite State girls.

Lebanon High’s Sally Rainey.

Hanover will be represented on the girls team by midfielder Casey McGuire and forwards Charlotte Johnson and Sage McGinley-Smith. Lebanon’s Sally Rainey will tend net for the Granite State side.

Lebanon midfielder Tyler St. Martin, a four-year varsity player, will play in the boys game, along with Hanover striker Henry Aspinwall and Marauders fullback Dylan Kotlowitz. 

“This is a one year arrangement,” said Grabill, noting that Vermont has yet to name its roster or coaches. “We will study how it goes, and decide what to do with future years once we get past this year.

“But this is a great way to get the game back up and running, honor the seniors, and work for the Lions charities, which we have been doing for more than 45 years.”