With the football loss in sectionals, fall sports are officially over for the 2016 season and it is time to move into the winter season. Here at Lebanon, we feature six winter sports including Boys & Girls Basketball, Cheerleading, Boys & Girls Swimming and Diving, and Wrestling. All winter sports teams show potential to bring home more titles to Lebanon this season.
Boys Basketball: The Lebanon Boys Basketball team finished last year with a 15-10 season and a partial share of the Sagamore Conference title with a 6-1 record in the league. The team is returning many players with high-level experience at the Varsity and AAU level and will look to be a very seasoned team with four experienced seniors in Trevor Lakes, Clayton Barber, Will Byrd, and Trevor Boyne.
Tiger Guard Will Byrd said, “My expectations for this year are high, state or bust (points to ring finger). Within our schedule our toughest competition will be Park Tudor and Tri-West. We are a very experienced team and have been playing with each other since we were younger.”
The team will open up the season with a scrimmage at home on Saturday, November 19th at 7 p.m. as they take on Park Tudor. Their first regular season game will be November 23rd against Hamilton Heights at 7:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball: The Lady Tigers are coming off of an outstanding 2015 season with a Sagamore Conference, Sectional, and Regional Title, losing in Semi-State to North Harrison. The Tigers opened up their season with a 66-21 win against Broad Ripple High School.
Sophomore Payten Redman said, “My expectations for the team this year are to beat WEBO and to win Conference and Sectionals. Our toughest competition will be Danville in Conference and Zionsville out of conference because they added a tough transfer to their team that was Junior All-State last year. We’re a young team, but we’ve all played together so we should be fine.”
The Tigers show promise with three Seniors including Kassidi Cadle, Erin Huse and Brooke Montgomery.
Cheerleading: Cheerleading is both a Fall and Winter sport but with the exchange of seasons, also comes the exchange of some cheerleaders as well. The cheerleading team has two squads, Black and Gold, in order to prevent every cheerleader from cheerleading to many times a week.
Sophomore Zoē Stratton said, “My expectation for the winter cheer season is for no drama as a team and for me to perfect my back-handspring. Many people left from the fall team so we’re going to have to work harder than we have before.”
You can catch the cheer team at Boys and Girls basketball games home or away and watch them cheer your Tigers on.
Boys & Girls Swimming: The Lebanon swimming and diving teams had a very good year in 2015. Both Boys and Girls placed in the top three of the conference.
The boys team placed third in conference last year and will bring back notable athletes including Carter Dial and Zach Peycha to the team this year.
Boys swimmer Carter Dial said, “I expect myself individually to break as many records as I can and to go to state. As a team I would like us to win the Sagamore Conference and be top 3 at Sectionals. Our toughest competition will probably be Zionsville and Crawfordsville. Our team isn’t really young or old. Our talent is well-spread and we work well as a team.”
The girls swim team is coming off a second place finish in conference last year to Danville. Last year was the first time in four years that the girls did not win conference and they will look to redeem themselves this year and start a new streak.
Lady Tigershark diver Kyleigh VanDokkenburg said, “As a team I want to be top 3 in the conference and individually I want to make the podium at conference and sectionals. Our toughest competition will be Danville. We have a lot of freshman on our team but, a few of them show some promise to be good additions to the team.”
The girls team will look to compete this season and attempt to pick up their 5th Sagamore Conference title in the last six years.
Wrestling: The Lebanon Tigers Wrestling team is coming off of a great season. The team is returning some very experienced wrestlers including Seniors Evan Stambaugh and Zak Bowling, as well as Junior Jacob Mcclaine.
Junior wrestler Jacob Mcclaine said, “My expectations for myself this year are to go to state and to be conference champion. As a team I want us to qualify for team state and to be conference champions. We’re a very experienced team and we have a lot of returning wrestlers. Our toughest competition as a team will most likely be North Montgomery. For myself, my biggest match would be with Mason Perras from Lawrenceburg.”
The Tigers will begin their season on November 19th when they travel to the Beech Grove/Perry invite @ Perry Meridian High School.