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Local Roundup: Lebanon Golfers Earn Sweep

Lebanon's T.J. Barber tees off during the match at Carter Country Club, in Lebanon, N.H., on August 27, 2014. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Lebanon's T.J. Barber tees off during the match at Carter Country Club, in Lebanon, N.H., on August 27, 2014. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Lebanon — The Lebanon High golf team opened its season with a sweep of John Stark, Coe Brown and Bishop Brady at par-36 Carter Country Club.

The Raiders’ T.J. Barber shot a 38 to earn the medal, beating out teammate David Albright (39) by one stroke. Nate Damren (41), Tony Vaikunas (41) and Ryan Kopecky (44) rounded out Lebanon’s scoring.

The Raiders (3-0) return to action on Tuesday, when they visit Hanover. Pembroke is also slated to appear.

Women’s College Volleyball

Chargers Picked To Win Title

New London — Colby-Sawyer was a unanimous selection to win the North Atlantic Conference women’s volleyball title for the fourth straight season in a recent poll of the league’s coaches.

The Chargers, unbeaten in conference play since joining the NAC in 2011, return a host of standouts, including three-time all-conference honoree and 2012 NAC player of the year Jackie Keating. Laura Smolinski, who earned Rookie of the Year in 2012 and all-conference first team a season ago, also returns to bolster reigning coach of the year Brett Sayer’s lineup.

Maine Maritime was chosen second, just two points ahead of Husson, while Castleton and Lyndon rounded out the top five.

The season kicks off this weekend, with conference play slated to begin on Sept. 21.

College Field Hockey

Colby-Sawyer Picked Sixth

New London — Colby-Sawyer was picked to finish sixth in the North Atlantic Conference standings in a poll conducted by the league’s coaches.

The Chargers went 6-11 and 1-8 in the conference last season, but saw its win total increase for the second straight season and double from the program’s first year in 2011. The Chargers, who were without a senior on the roster for the second straight season, outscored their opponents 19-1 in the six wins.

There are seven seniors on the squad this season. The team also features seven juniors,.

Colby-Sawyer will have a tough beginning to the season, with six of its first seven games away from New London. After road contests at Vassar and Anna Maria this weekend, the Chargers will play their first game on the Sally Shaw Veitch Turf Field on Monday against Endicott at 1 p.m.

Two-time defending champion Castleton earned three first-place votes and was chosen as the preseason favorite to win a third straight title.