Local roundup: Lebanon High football returning to Division II

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Published: 11/27/2019 8:57:14 PM
Modified: 11/27/2019 9:26:40 PM

LEBANON — Not even a week after playing in the NHIAA Division III championship game, Lebanon High football is moving up a division. The news was confirmed Wednesday afternoon by NHIAA football committee chairman and Exeter High athletic director Bill Ball.

The NHIAA announced in 2017 that realignments were set through the 2019-2020 academic year, but since then the Raiders’ enrollment has grown from 575 to 606 students, barely putting them on the cutoff between Divisions II and III. This means Lebanon will compete at the D-II level next season.

“It comes down to getting in the weight room a little bit more. It’s going to be a harder road, for sure,” Lebanon coach Chris Childs said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “We’re going against schools with 1,110 kids, Timberlane has the biggest enrollment.

“The big things is depth and numbers. We have 35-40 kids every year, and Plymouth has 80 kids. We have an injury and we go to a freshman or sophomore, and another team can put in a junior or senior. Not a big difference football-wise, just depth in numbers.”

Lebanon competed in D-II from 2013-2017 and went 21-21; the last two years in D-III, the Raiders were 16-5. Moving up a division will re-establish the Lebanon-Hanover rivalry, however.

The Raiders lost, 28-21, to Trinity in the D-III championship game on Sunday at UNH. They will lose 10 seniors to graduation.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Hamilton nets 1,000th point

HOLDERNESS, N.H. — Colby-Sawyer College senior Lexie Hamilton scored her 1,000th career point on Tuesday night in the Chargers’ 73-58 win over Plymouth State at Foley Gymnasium.

A former standout guard at Hanover and Sunapee highs, Hamilton reached the milestone with a free throw in the final minute of the game. Hamilton finished with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, following the game-high 22 points of Charger teammate and former Lebanon High player Joslin Wainwright.

Hamilton is the 16th player in CSC women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points, hitting the mark less than two weeks after teammate Tianna Sugars also reached the milestone.

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