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Junior A hockey: Fighting Spirit look to grab 1st place this weekend

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit are prepared for another weekend series kicking off with a game Saturday night against the Maine Wild at the Laconia Ice Arena. The Spirit are looking to stake a claim for sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference after last weekend's sweep of the New England Stars.

"We know that we will have to come ready to compete for 60 full minutes Saturday night. Coach Mike Tenney of the Maine Wild always has his team prepared to compete. We know they will attack the puck in all three zones of the ice, so we need to match their speed and intensity. If we don't make the simple, quick plays we could be in for a long night" said associate head coach Ben Tefft.

The Spirit will compete in another home and home series this weekend with Saturday night's game taking place at the Laconia Ice Arena while Sunday afternoon's contest will be held in Maine. Saturday's game will be sponsored by Crossfit Juggernaut which is the official training facility of the Fighting Spirit and a large part of their early season success. There will be door prizes and giveaways so fans should be sure to arrive early. Pregame for Saturday's contest begins at 6:30 p.m. with puck drop at 7 p.m.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:01

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Inter-Lakes volleyball goes for win #10 tonight

The Inter-Lakes High School varsity volleyball team improved to 9-6 tonight with straight set win over Mascoma, 25-5, 25-5, 25-11. Sophomore middle hitter Amanda Kurowski led the way with 23 service points and five kills. Ella Flanders served for 16 straight points in the third set and also notched seven digs to lead the defense. Also contributing were Kaila Martin (four kills, seven points), Julia Brown (three kills) and Rebecca Otis (13 assists, four points). The Lakers finish out the regular season on Friday with a Senior Night match against Pittsfield. The varsity match is scheduled for 6 p.m. The Inter-Lakes JV team will play an intra-squad scrimmage at 4 p.m., as Pittsfield does not have a sub-varsity team.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:23

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GHS volleyball wins over much improved Laconia squad

The Gilford High School volleyball team improved its record to 12-3 by beating area rival Laconia in 3 straight on Wednesday by scores of 25-17, 25-11 and 25-15. "This was one of the most exciting matches of the season. The coaching staff at Laconia has done a fabulous job with the volleyball program this year. Laconia has made a tremendous amount of improvement since our first meeting back in early September. The scores do not indicate the hard fought battle by both teams."

In game one Gilford jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead only to have Laconia storm back and tie it 9-9. Gilford could not get more than a 2 point lead with scores: 10-10, 12-11, 14-12, 16-14 and 18-17. Gilford got the serve back with a 19-17 lead. Jess Freeman stepped to the service line and served out to match point as Gilford ran off 6 unanswered points. In that run Jordan Dean had kills for points 20 and 23, Maddie Harris had a block for point 21 and Cynthia Gagnon had a kill for point 22.. Gilford had 13 kill sand 2 blocks in game one. Jordan Dean had 7 kills, Maddie Harris had 2 kills and 1 block, Stevie Orton had 1 kill and 1 block, Brooke Beaudet, Cynthia Gagnon and Shannon Mercer had 1 kill apiece .

In game two Jordan Dean came to the service line with Gilford leading 9-6 and she ran off 8 points including 2 aces to give Gilford a 17-6 lead. Dean also added 4 kills, Harris chipped in with 2 kills and 2 blocks, Brooke Beaudet had 2 kills and 1 block, Cynthia Gagnon had 2 kills and Stevie Orton had 1 kill to round out the offense.

In game three Brooke Beaudet started the game with 2 ace serves and Jordan Dean added 2 more points on ace serves. Maddie Harris, Stevie Orton and Brooke Beaudet combined for 6 kills and 1 block in the final game.

"Our team is playing with confidence and we are peaking at the right time. This was a great match for us tonight. Shannon Mercer, our setter, had the best game of her career tonight. She finished with 23 assists and was steady throughout the match setting up the offense and playing solid defense".

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:19

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GMS field hockey team goes 14-0

Gilford Middle School Field Hockey Team completed its undefeated season with a 2-0 win over Laconia on Monday. Under the direction of coach Chelsea Cooper, the GMS Silver Hawks completed their season with a record of 14-0. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:00

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