Hold your heads high Lebanon Warriors.
While there won't be any sendoffs the the Lebanon's football team this year, the Warriors still made Lebanon proud. Last year, the Warriors made history by winning their first ever state championship in the history of Lebanon football (it should be noted that the Lebanon girls soccer team made history this year by making the state playoffs for the first time in that program's history). Last year for the football team, the city hosted two sendoff celebrations for the team when they went to go face Dallas, and again when they took a second trip up to Hillsboro for the state championship against Wilsonville.
When we came back from that state championship game people were lining the street with signs and cheering in celebration at 11 p.m., which was a different sight to see for a town that is usually pretty quiet around that time.
Last week, the latest game was a rematch of that state tournament contest. During the state championship last year, every break went the Warrior's way. This year that was far from the case as they racked up seven turnovers against Wilsonville. While we were hoping to write one of the greatest sports stories ever about giving the ball up that many times, and still coming away with the "W" that just didn't happen. That would have taken a miracle, but we still think that miracles can happen when it comes to Lebanon's football program, after all why not Lebanon? We believe.
Also, last year because Lebanon had won the league it gave them the fourth seed in the state tournament bracket. This year with three losses on their record, the Warriors barely made it into the tournament with the 10th seed giving them a much tougher hill to climb in the tournament, which meant a more grueling game in the first round this year. Last year, the Warriors cruised to an easy victory in the first round before they had to face a much tougher Ashland team in the second round. Because of Lebanon's higher seed last year, they had home field advantage, which makes a big difference when a game goes into overtime as it did against Ashland.
Despite the loss in the second round loss this year we say to the Lebanon Warriors football team, you worked hard and had a great season making it and winning any playoff game is a big deal, and remember there is always next year. Go Warriors!
On another note, Lebanon's medical students shared what they are doing with research projects to the community. While most of the audience was comprised of med students, the research symposium was open to the public and a few community members did show up to learn about what the student are working on outside of their already robust schedules.
Some of their research, and that should be expecting of depth of their studies, is way over our heads, but is impressive nonetheless (or maybe we find it more impressive because we can't understand some of it).
The research that is coming out of COMP-Northwest, and from students no less, is something else Lebanon is, and should be proud of.