Division III Volleyball championship game switched to Derry

The Division III Girls Volleyball Championship game between Inter-Lakes High School and Winnisquam Regional High School,which was originally scheduled for Friday, Nov.  3,  at Plymouth State University, will now be played at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, at 7 p.m. Ticket prices will be $5 for students/seniors and $7 for adults.

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Championship: Inter-Lakes, Winnisquam meet tonight

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Newfound's Ashlee Dukette(17) battles Emma Wheeler(9) of Interlakes during their NHIAA Division III semifinal match Wednesday evening at Plymouth Regional High School. (R C Greenwood/ for The Laconia Daily Sun)


PLYMOUTH — Undefeated Inter-Lakes (18-0) faces second-ranked Winnisquam (17-1) at Plymouth State in the Division III championship game tonight at 7 p.m.
Both teams punched their tickets to the title game Wednesday night in Plymouth as Winnisquam defeated No. 3 Campbell, 3-0 and the Lakers topped fifth ranked Newfound 3-1.
The Lakers are in the finals for the first time since losing to Gilford in 2004. Meanwhile, Winnisquam returns to a familiar place. The Bears won it all in 2010 and 2012, and have been to the championship match five times in the last eight years.
The championship will be a rematch of Winnisquam’s regular-season finale, when it lost to Inter-Lakes in four sets in Tilton.
Winnisquam got the night started with a sweep over Campbell, but the match played out more like a five-set thriller.
The Bears won the first set easily, 25-15, but the final two required the championship pedigree that an experienced team like Winnisquam possesses.
Both the second and third sets saw Winnisquam and Campbell deadlocked at 21-all before Winnisquam finished off both games. In the second set, kills from Allison Foster and Isabelle gave the Bears a 23-21 lead, and Foster’s block for the final point gave Winnisquam a 25-22 win.
The third set played out in similar fashion. Winnisquam pulled ahead, 23-21, on a kill from Talia DeBlasie (27 assists, eight digs) and a Campbell hitting error before ending things on a kill from Isabelle that was deflected out of play.
The second match of the night saw the Lakers, who had beaten Newfound twice during the regular season, drop the opening set, 26-24.
Inter-Lakes didn’t lose another set on the night despite Ashlee Dukette (team-high 14 kills) and Newfound’s best effort.
The Lakers blitzed Newfound in the second set, 25-14, and repeated the process again in the third, 25-17.
Newfound took the Lakers to the brink in the fourth set, but this time it couldn’t finish the job. Tied at 24-all, Inter-Lakes grabbed the lead on a kill from Hailey Hart before ending Newfound’s season, 26-24.

Leading the way for the Lakers was sophomore Emma Wheeler, who registered 16 kills, 14 service points and 4 blocks in a great all-around performance.  Jessalyn Brown had a career high 38 assists to go with 10 service points and 11 digs.  Senior co-captain Jordan Durand knocked down 12 kills and added 9 digs and 6 service points.  Other key contributions came from Madisyn Wilson (8 points, 2 aces), Morgan White (9 kills, 7 points)and Hailey Hart (8 points, 6 kills).  

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Gilford Volleyball earns final four spot for 24th consecutive year

GILFORD — The Gilford High School volleyball team outlasted Oyster River 3-2 Saturday night as senior captain Brooke Beaudet hammered down 21 kills, half the team’s 42 total, to help Gilford punch their ticket into the final four.
The top-ranked Golden Eagles (15-2) will play fifth ranked Portsmouth tonight at 7 p.m. at Pinkerton Academy. Second-ranked Milford plays third-ranked Windham at 5 p.m.
This is Gilford’s 24th year in a row making a semi-final appearance and 29th overall. Set scores were 25-15, 25-15, 12-25, 22-25, 15-9
Gilford has been in a fifth set three times this year and knows the importance of jumping out to an early lead. They did exactly that. Brooke Beaudet put down kills for points 2, 4 and 5, Maggie McNeil served an ace for point 3, Karly Sanborn served an ace for point 6 and Abby O’Connor had a kill for point 7 to give Gilford a quick 7-3 lead. Maggie McNeil added kills for points 9 and 11 which was enough to secure the 15-9 win and a trip back to Pinkerton Academy.

Undefeated Inter-Lakes beat Moultonborough 3-0 Saturday while Newfound beat Farmington 3-1, Winnisquam beat Prospect Mountain 3-0 and Campbell beat Belmont 3-0.
Tonight at Plymouth State, Winnisquam meets Campbell at 5 p.m. and Inter-Lakes faces Newfound at 7 p.m.
The winners meet at 7 p.m. Friday at PSU in the championship game.

Second-ranked Hopkinton beat 10th ranked Prospect Mountain 3-1, top-ranked Derryfield beat eighth-ranked Belmont 3-0, 4th-ranked Raymond beat fifth-ranked Campbell 3-2 in overtime and third-ranked Gilford beat sixth-ranked Stevens 1-0.
Hopkinton plays Gilford on Wednesday at Laconia High School at 4 p.m. Derryfield plays Raymond at 6 p.m. The winners will meet Saturday at Southern New Hampshire University at 1:45 p.m.

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Sachems beat Gilford-Belmont 53-12 in season finale

LACONIA — The Laconia High School Sachems ended the season with a 4-4 record after beating Gilford-Belmont 53-12 in their season finale Friday night at the Bank of New Hampshire stadium.
The Sachems fumbled on their first two possessions on Gilford-Belmont’s 49 and eight yard lines, but scored on a 58-yard touchdown run by Drew Muzzey to make it 6-0 late in the first quarter.
They scored again early second quarter on one-yard run by Muzzey run, but missed on a two-point conversion attempt.
Gilford-Belmont scored to make it 12-6.
The Sachem offense then came to life and scored on a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Riley Roy to Ryan McCrea on a play action pass, making it 18-6.
They scored on their next possession on a reverse pass. Jakob Steele handed off to Riley Roy who connected with Ryan McCrea on a 79-yard touchdown pass. Those two connected again on a two-point conversion, making it 26-6.
Jakob Steele scored on six-yard counter play and converted a two-point run, making it 34-6.
Steele scored again on another five yard run and it was 40-6.
Bradley Weeks scored on a one-yard run and kicked the point after, making it 47-6.
Kelby Brooker scored on a 31-yard fullback trap play for the final score for the Sachems.
Quarterback Riley Roy was six of 10 passing for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He passed for 1,104 yards for the season.
Muzzey had 20 rushes for 203 yards and two scores and finished with 1,027 yards for the season.
Steele had nine rushes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Weeks had eight rushes 45 yards and one score.
Defensively the Sachems were led by Bradley Weeks with 10 tackles, Kelby Brooker with nine tackles, one sack; Ryan McCrea, eight tackles, one sack; Caleb Hounsell, nine tackles, one sack; Noah Shastany, seven tackles, one sack; Jakob Steele, seven tackles and two pass break-ups and; Ryan Dee, three tackles and three pass break-ups.
Coach Craig Kozens said the Sachems had a 4-4 record but lost two games by a total of three points and could have ended with a 6-2 record, which would have put them in the Division II playoffs. Gilford-Belmont finished 1-7.

Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough 4, Kearsarge 12
Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough ended up with a 4-4 record and will face second-ranked Campbell 8-0 Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Division III playoff game. Campbell has averaged 55 points a game and beat Bishop Brady 81-9 in one of its games. They beat Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough 42-0 in a game played in September.


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