Local Roundup: Defending Champ Lebanon Rolls in Tennis Debut

  • Jacob Peress

Published: 4/6/2017 12:35:46 AM
Modified: 4/6/2017 12:54:58 AM

Lebanon — Picking up where they left off after last spring’s NHIAA Division II state championship, the Lebanon High boys tennis team kicked off the new campaign with an 8-1 win over Bishop Brady on Wednesday at the CCBA Witherell Center courts.

The Raiders (1-0) swept singles and came within an 8-6 tiebreaker at third doubles of a shutout. Jacob Peress, Noah Didehbani, Owen Johnstone and Lasse Bisp — all returnees from last year’s state title run — recorded 8-0 singles wins, while No. 4 Noah Ryder (8-4) and No. 6 Graham Chickering (8-1) completed the clean sweep of singles.

Lebanon coach Mike Haxton put in the reserves for doubles. Brodie McPherson and Peter Elder took first doubles, 8-2, and Erik Spaulding joined Benjamin Tichner in an 8-3 decision at No. 2.

Lebanon boasts seven seniors this spring, most of whom played key roles in the Raiders’ run to their first state championship last year. Lebanon opened yesterday without last year’s No. 2, Terran Campbell, who sat out with an illness.

The Raiders visit Milford on Monday afternoon.

College Baseball

Holy Cross 5, Dartmouth 2

Marlborough, Mass. — The host Crusaders jumped on Dartmouth pitching for four first-inning runs and withstood a Kyle Holbrook home run in the ninth inning to beat the Big Green (13-8) at the New England Baseball Complex.

Zach Fox fronted a five-pitcher effort on the mound for Holy Cross (8-17), allowing two singles to go with three strikeouts over three innings. Dartmouth had come into the contest averaging 6.6 runs per game, but the lineup managed just five hits on the night.

Holbrook broke up the Crusaders’ shutout bid with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth. Sam Ficthorn surrendered four runs on six hits in the opening frame and took the loss for Dartmouth. The win was Holy Cross’ first against the Big Green since 2006, covering a stretch of seven games.

Dartmouth opens the home portion of its schedule on Saturday when Princeton visits Red Rolfe Field for a noon Ivy League doubleheader.

Women’s Lacrosse

Colby-Sawyer 19Johnson State 1

New London — The Chargers (3-1 league, 6-2 overall) had little difficulty in its second North Atlantic Conference rout in as many days.

Junior Molly Mulcahy led the way with five goals and two assists. Sophomore Brittany Ireland finished with three goals and three helpers.

The Chargers remain at home to host Lyndon State on Saturday.

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