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Lebanon High School senior Jada Goodrich, 17, right, catches a pass from fellow senior Emily Courtemanche, 18, left, during softball practice at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The team started practices on Monday. Their first home game is April 13, 2015, against Goffstown High School. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Indoor, Infield

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Above: Lebanon High School senior Jada Goodrich, 17, right, catches a throw from fellow senior Emily Courtemanche, 18, left, during softball practice at Lang Metcalf Gymnasium on Wednesday. Left: Sophomore Kayla Boisvert, 16, sends the ball back toward Goodrich during Wednesday’s workout, the Raiders’ third since the start of the preseason on Monday. Lebanon is hoping to progress from a …

Abu Embraces His Role: KUA Graduate Earns Minutes for NC State

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Raleigh, n.c. — Gone are the days when North Carolina State freshman Abdul-Malik Abu was in a hurry when he caught the ball inside or was mentally trying to keep up with all the team’s defensive principles. The 6-foot-8 forward looks at ease and has been a major factor in the eighth-seeded Wolfpack’s …

The Best Of the Rest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Valley News’ three staff photographers and intern logged many miles over the first two weeks of March covering town and school meetings across the Upper Valley. Here are a few favorites that were not part of the daily report. …

Spartan Chase: Pembroke Girls Pull Away From Raiders

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lebanon — It’s not often that a team comes to town and pushes Lebanon’s defense around, but Pembroke did just that Monday night. Fueled by Hannah Seidner’s hot hand, the Spartans overcame foul trouble and avenged an early-season …

Local Roundup: Lebanon’s Streak Stopped at Nine

Monday, February 16, 2015

Staff Reports Concord — A slow start combined with an inattentive defense spelled the end of the Lebanon High boys basketball team’s nine-game winning streak on Sunday afternoon. Brothers Jordan and Joe Bell combined to score 31 points, leading Bishop Brady to a 62-52 win over the Raiders. …

Judith Ann Johnson

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pawleys Island, S.C. — Judith Ann Johnson, age 65, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at her residence after a long illness. Born in Hanover, N.H., she was the eldest daughter of the late Everett and Priscilla King. She graduated from Becker Junior College …

Lebanon Boys Get a Big Scare From an Ancient Rival

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lebanon — Time was, a couple of bucks and a shoehorn would net a seat in a jam-packed Lebanon High School gym on the rare occasions when the Raiders and neighboring Mascoma met on the basketball floor. Back then — as in the late 1980s — the Royals …

Gregory Douglas Estey

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Meriden, N.H. — Gregory Douglas Estey, 67, died surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at his home after a determined fight with cancer. He was born on Jan. 26, 1948, in Springfield, Vt., the son of Alva P. (Bill) Estey and Eda (Bickford) Estey. He …

A Woman’s Place Could Be in the Gym … If Only More Would Apply to Be H.S. Basketball Coaches

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Claremont — Some things are hard to understand. When Title IX was adopted in 1972, forcing schools to offer and fund female and male athletics equally, there was a bit of an upheaval when men were hired to …

Richard “Dick” A. Baril

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Meriden, N.H. — Richard “Dick” A. Baril, 77, lost his valiant two year fight with cancer, and passed away with family at his side, on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He was born Jan. 16, 1938, in Claremont, N.H., the youngest of …

Raiders Earn Revenge on Goffstown

Friday, February 6, 2015

Lebanon — Lebanon High boys basketball coach Kieth Matte isn’t given to handing out game balls. So how about a best actor in a supporting role statuette instead? The same guys got the points, and the Raiders’ big …

A Spark of Education: Lebanon Community Center Teaches Health, Fitness

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lebanon — Occupying a corner of the former Lebanon Junior High building, the Spark Community Center is a new place of learning. Among the facility’s educational programs is a health and fitness class, led by Executive Director Brett …

Local Roundup: Mascoma Boys Basketball Catches Winning Fever

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

West Canaan — If winning can be contagious, it’s safe to say the Mascoma High boys basketball team has caught the bug. The Royals used a collective hot-shooting touch to beat visiting Stevens 71-47 on Tuesday night. Mason …