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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Sisters who score together: Marchand girls lead Bears


BRISTOL — Newfound field hockey advanced to the Division III title game as the Marchand sisters combined to score all of the Bears' goals in a 5-1 victory over defending division champion Gilford Thursday at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter.
The undefeated Bears (16-0) will face No. 10 Mascoma (11-6) for the state championship on Sunday at Bedford High scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Mascoma knocked out No. 3 Monadnock, 3-1, in the first semifinal game Thursday evening. It will be Newfound’s first time back in the title game since 2009.
Sophomore Caroline Marchand scored a hat trick, starting with Newfound’s second goal of the first half that gave the Bears a 2-0 advantage. Her older sister, Julianne, a senior forward, had pushed Newfound onto the scoreboard for a 1-0 lead just over 17 minutes into the game. After gathering a pass from senior classmate Kylee Macdonald, Julianne carried the ball 35 yards down the middle of the field, beat a Gilford defender in a foot race, and scored past Gilford goaltender Jenna DeLucca.
Meanwhile Gilford (13-3-1) was having trouble clearing the ball out of its own end. Gilford Coach David Rogacki took a timeout when Newfound pulled ahead, 2-0, and 11 minutes left in the first half. The Golden Eagles came back out and scored two minutes later in a scramble in front of the net. Laurel Gingrich put her stick on the ball and snuck it through to the net.
With plenty of time left, Gilford trailed 2-1. But Julianne scored her second goal with 8:35 left in the first half, giving Newfound a two-goal cushion. Jasmine Peterson assisted and the Bears took a 3-1 lead into halftime.
Caroline hit her second and third goals less than two minutes apart in the second half, mounting a 5-1 lead, which held up the rest of the way.
Newfound Coach Karri Peterson said that she was pleased to see the intensity which her team showed the entire game against a traditional rival that has come up big against the Bears in post-season play.

Belmont 5, Masoma 0
The eighth-seeded Belmont boys’ soccer team, which had lost three of their last five, put together 80 minutes of the best soccer they’ve played all season, running circles around the No. 9 Mascoma Valley Royals in a 5-0 shutout Thursday on the turf at Laconia High School.
The Raiders attacked Mascoma nonstop. Fom freshman Lucas Mathieu’s goal in the 16th minute all the way down to his brother, River, blasting home a direct kick from 20 yards out late in the second half, the contest was all Belmont.
The Raiders will have a chance to really make a statement when they visit top-seeded Derryfield in Sunday’s Division III quarterfinal round at 2 p.m.
The matchup against Derryfield will be a rematch of a tight regular-season contest on Sept. 8. The Raiders carved out a 2-0 lead, but Derryfield exploded for three unanswered goals to snatch away the victory.

Moultonborough 3, Pittsfield 2
The two sides put up exactly the match expected between similar seeds in the first round. Pittsfield sandwiched a 25-17 win in the second set around two losses in sets one and three before running away with game four. Moultonborough caught fire in the fifth set on the way to a 15-8 win.
Moultonborough, 12-5, will play at top-ranked Inter-Lakes (16-0) Saturday at 6 p.m.

Belmont 3, Mascenic 2
The Raiders completed the lone upset of the first round, taking advantage of a season-high 17 Mascenic service errors to win in five sets. The Raiders went up 2-0 on the night before allowing Mascenic back in it and stunned the Vikings in the fifth set by scoring the game’s final four points to win, 16-14. Belmont takes on No. 3 Campbell in the quarterfinal round on Saturday.
Belmont is 9-8; Mascenic 10-6.

Newfound 3, Sunapee 1
The Bears held tough on their home floor as the two sides traded wins in the first three sets. Newfound claimed the first set, 25-17, and put its postseason victory on ice with a 25-22 victory in the fourth set. Newfound plays at No. 4 Farmington next in the quarterfinals.
Newfound is 12-5; Sunapee 8-9

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Belmont blanks White Mountains in first round of tournament

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Belmont's Julianna Estremara kicks the ball past White Mountain's goalie, scoring during the first half of Wednesday's match at Laconia High School.  (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)


LACONIA — The fifth-ranked Belmont High School girl's soccer team (11-3-3) blanked 12th-ranked White Mountains (7-9-1) 3-0 Wednesday in a game moved to Laconia High School due to a wet field.
Key players for Belmont were Julianna Estremera (goal, 2 assists), Gabrielle Day (goal), Rebecca Fleming (goal), Makenzie Donovan (3 assists), Emma Cochran (3 saves), Madison Lima (midfield), Morgan Hall (midfield).
The Raiders took a 1-0 lead into halftime and improved down the stretch – cementing the victory with Fleming’s goal off a corner kick – to earn a spot in the quarterfinals against 4th-ranked Hopkinton (13-3-1), which beat Derryfield 3-0. Belmont and Hopkinton played to a 1-1 tie in the opening game of the season in late August. They will play Saturday at 2 p.m. in Hopkinton.
“It was good to get some experience on the turf. We struggled with the speed of the play early, but got in a groove in the second half. White Mountains has really improved,” said Belmont’s Mark Dawalga. The Laconia High School turf field will be the site of the Division III semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 31, and the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2:15 p.m.
In a Division II playoff game, sixth-ranked Campbell topped 11th-ranked Gilford by the score of 5-2.
Key players for Gilford were Maddi Rector (goal), Lauren Dean (goal), Julianna Coulstring (assist), Hannah Perkins (15 saves).
Despite striking the first blow in this first-round matchup, the Golden Eagles couldn’t contain Campbell. Gilford managed to tie the game up at two-all before halftime, but Campbell used three second-half goals to stay alive in the tournament.
“We played them hard but just didn’t get a few bounces to go our way. I’m very proud of the 15 seniors on this team and their dedication, hard work, leadership and growth they showed this season and over their four years playing for the program,” said Gilford’s Tom Raymond.
Gilford finished with a 9-8 record, Campbell 13-4-1.

Oyster River 3, Laconia 1
The season came to an end for the Sachems (9-6) as they lost a tough opening round matchup to Oyster River (10-7) on their home court.
Plymouth 3 Coe-Brown 1
The Bobcats advanced with a 3-1 win over Coe-Brown and will play at second-ranked Milford Saturday.


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Belmont's Katie Gagnon blocks a kick during Wednesday's match against White Mountain at Laconia High School.  (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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