It's that time of year and Maddie Norris has been crowned queen of the 108th Lebanon Strawberry Festival, and Strawberry Festival weekend is here.
Read all about the Strawberry Festival events in the special section that can be found as a special insert in this paper.
Congratulations to the 94 graduating osteopathic physicians from COMP-Northwest who will walk at the campus on June 2.
We took this chance to connect with Erin Gray (now Erin Wos) who not only will graduate this weekend, but got married last weekend. We've followed Wos during her time at COMP-Northwest because she was an Olympic competitive racewalker. She just missed the Olympics in 2012 when she placed third at the trials, but did not make the qualifying time. And then was unfairly dq'd at the 2016 Olympic trials because of an officiating error.
After we spoke with Gray it's clear that she took the event in stride, and is ready to move on with her life. That is some resiliency.
The only complaint that we do have about that medical school graduation (we have quite a few about the disqualification) is that it is held on Strawberry Festival weekend, which may see hotels overbooked making it harder for parents to find a place to stay to see their kids graduate.
Grant Johnson Memorial
A Lebanon tradition that's worth noting: The Grant Johnson Memorial Jazz Concerts marked their 50th anniversary, with crowds jamming into the Lebanon High School auditorium.
Johnson was a senior at Lebanon High and a gifted musician of exceptional promise who died in a car wreck in December 1967. He was driving back from a gig that his band, Grant and the Blueboys, had played in Adair Village.
Both the Lebanon baseball and Softball teams lost in the quarterfinals.
For the baseball team, the Warriors had the 13th seed in a 16-team bracket so they had a mountain to climb to win. However, the Warriors were able to upset fourth seeded La Salle prep on the road in the first round of the tournament. Way to go Warriors!
As for the Lady Warriors, they had a better seed, but were facing the tough-as-nails Dallas Dragons who went 18-0 in the league (which is Lebanon's league).
The Warriors came close to pulling off the upset at Dallas after a 2-run-home run started off the Warriors at the top of the first, and stellar defense kept the Dragons to one run until the bottom of the sixth when it came unglued for the Warriors.
The 1-run loss was the closest the Lady Warriors were able to come to beating Dallas in their fourth meeting, it was a great effort.