LACONIA -- Laconia High School students showed the community what it means to be a Sachem as they took on opposing teams for a full schedule of homecoming games on Friday and Saturday.
The Laconia High School football team kicked off the homecoming contests by defeating Hanover on Friday night by the score of 26-20. The Marauders proved a tough opponent, scoring all 20 points in the second half. The comeback effort was contained by Laconia's defense, though, which limited Hanover to 97 yards on the ground and 145 passing. Laconia managed 358 rushing yards, led by sophomore Kyle Chiasson. With the win, the Sachems evened their record to 2-2.
Laconia's field hockey team started Saturday's action at the school's new Bank of New Hampshire Stadium. As the ball started making its way down to the opposing side, the offense worked together fluidly, helping give the defense a break. Giulliana Kevlin scored two goals for Laconia, followed by a goal by Cheyanne Zappala, and the final goal was made by Emily DeDucca. "The girls played the best they have all year, and dominated Kearsarge." said Coach Suzanne Kiefer. The final score for girls' varsity field hockey was 4-1, marking a good start to the day for the Sachems.
The girls' soccer team took the field later in the afternoon, and tried their best to keep Hopkington, defending state champs, at bay. Though the Sachems fell short of a win, giving up eight goals to the opposing team during the duration of the game, the girls put up a good fight and proved that they would keep pushing on with a positive attitude no matter the score.
The boys' soccer team was the next to play on the turf. The game started off strong for the Sachems, as they boys pushed their way down the field toward the Winnisquam goal. Over the course of the game seven goals were netted by Laconia. The first goal was scored by Kolby Fornier, assisted by Aidan Dean. James Salta put a second score on the board with an assist by Drew Sykes. Senior Jake Sykes had a hat trick during the game, with one assist by James Salta. The final goal of the game for the Sachems was made by Brent Clarke, assisted by Patrick Guyer. The boys walked off the field proud of their 7-2 final score for the game. After splitting their first six games of the season, the Sachems improved to 6 wins, 3 losses following the homecoming game. "The boys are doing what they need to do," said coach Matt Dubois. "They are working hard in practice, focusing on their skills, and collaborating as a team." With a ranking of eighth in the division, the playoffs are looking very promising for the boys' soccer team this year.
The Laconia girls' varsity volleyball team displayed power and passion in their match against Hanover. However, their play was also marked with technical errors and poor on-court communication, which resulted in a loss in three sets to the visitors. The girls put up a great fight no matter the score, and showed to the many spectators that came to watch, that they have much potential. As always, captains Jeanine Parsons and Rebecca Dragon embody the motto, "We may be small in number, but big in heart."
The Laconia High School cross country team had quite a weekend. Eager to get the homecoming sporting events started, the team left school early on Friday afternoon and raced on up to Waterville Valley to take part in a meet. The team, all males with the exception of one girl, came in 10th out of 17 teams. Ready to keep running the team hosted a fundraiser on Saturday, which took the form of a volunteer race.