Lebanon sports 2018: A year in review

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The Lebanon High School football team celebrates their second consecutive district championship victory over the Willard Tigers this season. Sports editor Alex Boyer recaps the top moments in Lebanon sports for 2018.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

What a year 2018 was in the world of Lebanon High School sports. From celebrating championships, individual successes and bringing in two new faces to take over the basketball programs, there has been plenty of things to be pleased with at LHS.

Today, Laclede County Record Sports editor Alex Boyer reviews 10 moments of Lebanon sports in 2018.

Editors note: The ranking of these events are in no specific order, and there are plenty of other sports and moments that could have been chosen. Let’s dive in.

1. Back-to-back district champs — For the first time in school history, the Lebanon High School football team won back-to-back district championships after a hard-fought 32-19 win over the Willard Tigers on November 9 at ‘Jacket Stadium in one of the coldest games I can remember covering. It was the sixth district championship in program history, and the team advanced to the state quarterfinals for the third time ever.

2. Volleyball program caps off successful season — Although the Lebanon High School volleyball team fell just short of winning a district title for the second straight season, the team won 20-plus games during the fall. The ‘Jackets have strung together four consecutive 20-plus win seasons under head coach Jenny Collins. As the program turns the page into 2019, the future appears bright.

3. Boys’ soccer defeats Camdenton — It took over a decade, but the Lebanon High School boys’ soccer team dramatically defeated the Camdenton Lakers, winning in penalty kicks, 4-3. The game took two days to complete due to excessive rain. The first round of penalty kicks resulted in a 4-4 tie, but Luis Vasquez stepped up in the second round to nail a go-ahead kick pass the Laker goalkeeper before Lebanon goalie Zach Jamieson made a game-winning save to secure the win.

4. Freshman Myah Hough qualifies for state — 2018 was the start of something special for the Lebanon cross country program. Finding success all year long at plenty of races, and in the sectional race, freshman Myah Hough qualified for the state cross country meet in Jefferson City. She finished the race 74th out of 169 runners with a time of 20:50.07.

For the complete article, see Thursday's print edition of The County Record, or view the e-Edition online.

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