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Playoff round-up: LHS football knocked out by Kearsarge, Gilford and Inter-Lakes to face off

Laconia's football playoff hopes were dashed Friday night when Kearsarge ousted the Sachems 33-30. A win would have sent the team to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. The game took a familiar path as Laconia held a lead in the fourth quarter but could not hold their opponent out of the endzone. Laconia, up 22-19, gave up a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to relinquish the lead and the game.

Senior Matt Swormstedt led the offense with 295 yards passing and 58 on the ground. Swormstedt went 35 for 52 with three TDs and a pair interceptions. Kyle Chiasson, Andre McNeil, and Keith Schultz were the recipients of the TD passes.

Laconia finished the season 4-4, falling to fifth place in the DII North Conference standings.

Gilford soared past Stevens Friday night 47-20. Gilford's high flying offense was led by QB Carter Mercer who went 18-28 for 411 yards and five touchdowns and an interception. Kyle Gaudet caught 10 of Mercer's passes for 324 yards and three scores.

The Golden Eagles (7-1) will host Inter-Lakes (5-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first round of the DIII playoffs. Gilford fell to the Lakers in the playoffs last season. The regular season matchup went to Gilford 33-7.

Winnisquam failed to get past Bishop Brady, losing 60-40 and falling to 4-4 which will not qualify the Bears for the post season.

Field hockey

A pair of underdogs entered the DIII semi-finals in field hockey on Thursday night at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter. The 11th seed Sachems and the 12th seed Golden Eagles took on the second seed Berlin and the top seed Hopkinton. The Sachems won their last three regular season games and a pair of playoff games to reach the semis.

Laconia had a 1-0 lead at the half before Berlin took over and scored three unanswered goals in the second half to lift the Mountaineers to a 3-1 victory and a spot in the DIII finals. Laconia's goal was scored by senior forward Samantha Silva. Sachems goalie May Margaret Randall had 14 saves in the loss.

Hopkinton needed over time to get past the Gilford who also jumped out to a lead early over the top seed Hopkinton in the second semi-final. Gilford's Logan Baxter scored the lone goal for the Golden Eagles. Hopkinton tied things halfway into the second half and forced overtime. The Hawks scored the game winner off a penalty corner three and a half minutes into the overtime.

Berlin beat Hopkinton 3-0 in the DIII finals on Sunday to remain the DIII champions.


Inter-Lakes fell to top seed and defending champion Nute 3-0 in the DIII quarter-finals. The Lakers were led by sophomore libero Ella Flanders who recorded 14 digs against Nute's big hitters in an impressive defensive performance. Jordan Durand registered eight digs and three aces in a solid all-around match for the freshman playing in her second tournament game.

Winnisquam's (7) hopes to return to the finals were dashed in the first round when they were upset by Epping (10) 3-2.

Belmont (13) fell to Sunapee (4) 3-0 in first round action.

Laconia (11) couldn't get past Portsmouth in the first round of DII play. Portsmouth were ousted in the quarter-final round by Gilford. The Golden Eagles (3) will face Milford in the semi-finals at Pinkerton Academy on Thursday at 5 p.m.


In soccer action the undefeated two seed Prospect Mountain Timberwolves took on the three seed Gilford Golden Eagles yesterday in DIII semi-final action. The Golden Eagles had a first round bye before beating Berlin in the second round 4-0 and White Mountains 2-1 to in the quarter-finals. The Timberwolves also had a free pass in the first round before dismissing Kearsarge 3-0 in the second round and Belmont 1-0 in the quarter-finals.

Inter-Lakes (8) beat Stevens in the second round before falling to the one seed Hopkinton in the quarter-finals.

Laconia (20) fell to Campbell in the first round 2-1.

On the girls' side of the pitch Gilford fell to Campbell 2-1, Inter-Lakes fell to White Mountains 2-1. and Belmont fell to Somersworth 1-0. All the macthups were in the first round.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 09:36

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Junior A hockey: Fighting Spirit are unbeaten on Laconia ice

The Fighting Spirit are primed for another weekend battle against the Cape Cod Islanders. Both games will be played at the Laconia Ice Arena, which is welcomed by the Spirit as they are unbeaten at home. The Spirit have recently claimed the top spot in the NA3EHL Eastern Conference and look to solidify their hold this weekend. “Both teams are coming in having won their last 4 games; we know that Cape Cod is a physical team that plays fast. We need to match their intensity and outwork them in all areas on the ice”, says Spirit captain Travis Blinkhorn. “We have to play a disciplined game and stay out of the penalty box because we know they have a very potent power play”. 

Saturday evening's contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humane Society. Sunday afternoon’s game will start at 1:45 p.m. and is hosted by Burrito Me. Both games will offer fast paced hockey action as well as door prizes for the fans. Tickets will be on sale in the Laconia Ice Arena lobby. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:46

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LMS girl's soccer team takes 2nd at Alton tournament

The Laconia Middle School girls' soccer A team won 2nd place in the Alton Tournament that took place October 17-18. Shown here, from left to right: From left to right: Katie Theberge, Nicole Turpin, Kristina Vo, Megan Gaspa, Solary Chhun, Rhyan Kirk, Riley Treat, Riley Grant, and Alyson VonGeorge. Missing from the picture: Delaney Ross, Sydney Stevens, Skylar Tautkus, Sabrina LaDuke, Sophie George, and Jillian McDonald. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:34

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Boys' & girls' Gilmanton Middle soccer teams win tournaments

On Saturday, October 25, 2014 a second seeded Gilmanton Middle School boys' soccer team participated in the Suncook Valley League Tournament held in Pittsfield. The boys faced a third ranked Concord Christian Academy in the first game. The Gilmanton boys' team under the direction of coach Phillip Eisenmann played to a 4-1 win. Goals were scored by Finn Baldwin with an assist by Brian Tremblay and a hat trick for Ramsey Landry with assists by Mikey Eisenmann and Griffin Plourde. The Gilmanton boys' team then moved on to face an undefeated, number 1 seed, Chichester in the Championship Game. Defense played an incredible game against an excellent opponent and took a 0-0 tie through regulation and 2 overtimes. The championship was decided on penalty kicks and 8th graders Finn Baldwin and Sam Ruchti put 2 goals into the back of the net, while Carter Segalini held the Chichester players scoreless. 

Also, on Saturday, a second seeded Gilmanton Middle School girls' soccer team participated in the Suncook Valley League Tournament held in Barnstead. Gilmanton faced a third ranked Chichester in their first game under the direction of coach Danielle Eisenmann. The Gilmanton girls advanced to the Championship with a 2-1 win. Goals were scored by Maddi Rector and Kyla Mercier. In the Championship game, the girls faced an undefeated number 1 seed, Barnstead. The tone was set in both games by the "good luck" 6th grade captains, but the Championship was an intensely competitive 6o minutes of play. The Gilmanton girls scored on an own goal by Barnstead after a great run and cross by Callie Carpenter. The game went on to be decided after Maddi Rector scored on a penalty kick after a Barnstead handball in the box and Jaylin Tulley played a great game in goal to hold both opponents to a single goal each.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:27

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