Sachems football team fights hard in loss to John Stark


Laconia - 14, John Stark - 28

Laconia's key players were Riley Roy, 19 completions on 46 attempts for 277 yards and two touchdowns; Carter Doherty, five receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown; Jacob Filgate, seven receptions for 64 yards; Nick Drouin, two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown; Ryan McCrea and James McDonald each had 12 tackles.

The Sachems were down 21-0 at the half but were able to put them in a position to tie the game, trailing 21-14 and with possession of the ball on the John Stark 20-yard line with three minutes remaining. Laconia couldn't score, though, and John Stark scored again with less than two minutes remaining.

Coach Craig Kozens came away impressed with his players' effort. "Kids proved to themselves that they can play with anybody. Stark is a top-ranked team and we had an opportunity to win, that is all that you can ask for. We really needed that win, we have dug a hole and have to dig out with only four games remaining. Couldn't be any more proud of the effort this week."

The win was John Stark's fifth of the season, Laconia fell to 2-3. Laconia's next contest is at home against Lebanon, the game will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.

Sports Roundup 9-28

LHS – Field hockey

From Tuesday, Sept. 27

Laconia - 1

White Mountains - 2

Laconia's record falls to 2-7, next game will be Friday, Sept. 30 at home against Winnisquam.


LHS – Boys soccer

From Tuesday, Sept. 27

Laconia - 0

Prospect Mountain - 5

Laconia fell to 2-8 after the loss, next game will be Friday, Sept. 30 at White Mountains.


LHS – Girls soccer

From Tuesday, Sept. 27

Laconia - 0

Campbell - 10

Laconia is still looking for their first win of the season, the team will play again on Friday, Sept. 30 in a home game against White Mountains.


LHS – Volleyball

Laconia - 0

Kennett - 3

Laconia's record stands at 4 wins, 2 losses after the loss. The team played last night at Kennett.

Sports Roundup 9-24

Laconia girls volleyball
• Saturday, Sept. 24
Despite missing 18 serves, the Laconia Sachems volleyball team was able to rally to beat ConVal in five games in the homecoming match. Digs and kills kept the Sachems alive, and the team’s record stood at 4-1 heading into Monday night’s match at Kingswood. Hannah Dow led the team with six aces, Abby Crowell had 16 kills, and Mykynzy Bartlett had 12 digs.
Game scores were 23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 20-25 and 15-7.

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Laconia High drops boys tennis team, citing lack of student participation

LACONIA — The Laconia High School boy's varsity tennis team has been taken off the 2014 spring sports roster due to a decline in student participation.

Over the past two years the team experienced a big drop-off in participation, and so could not meet the minimum requirement of six players at the start of the 2013 season. That, combined with double sports conflicts among some team members, sickness, and other issues, left the team short of players consistently throughout the season. Falling short of the required numbers, the team was forced to forfeit many of its matches last year. 

When evaluating the status of the team prior to the current season, high school administrators decided to remove the team from the school roster because it could not meet the standards set by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association. The school is open to reinstating the program in the future. But school administrators say more than six students would need to sign up for a tennis team before the school would notify the NHIAA of Laconia High's intention to reactivate the team.

"The lack of students participating in tennis in Laconia could be a factor as simple as court location. If the locations of the sports venue was at the middle school or the elementary schools, then students would be able to learn at a younger age. It is hard for students to take up tennis as a beginner in high school, especially when other students in neighboring towns have been playing for years, " said Laconia High Athletic Director Craig Kozens.

Kozens also said costs to students and their families could be partly to blame for the drop in participation. Sports can be costly to families, he said, particularly in tennis which often requires private lessons and training year-round. Laconia does not have an indoor facility available for use during the winter. Kozens said that greatly hinders the program because students do not have access to courts to use for practice and training year-round. Although there are some private facilities in the Lakes Region available to families, they are often too costly for individuals to afford, he said.

"It's disappointing that there isn't a tennis team this year, because it is a lifelong sport that people can all play," stated Kozens. "But like anything though it's all a cycle, so hopefully we will have youth movement occur over the next few years that will help fill the spots and bring back the team to Laconia."

Despite the elimination of the boys tennis team, the overall trend of athletic participation is increasing at the high school. Participation in track has quadrupled over the past year, and there is a sharp increase in students on the bowling and bass fishing team. Kozens recognizes that there is a decline in the enrollment in sports programs statewide, however in most sectors of sports Laconia is going against this statewide trend.