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Repeat denied: Winniquam volleyball falls to Nute in championship

PLYMOUTH — Winnisquam Regional High School's volleyball team entered the night looking to win their third state title in the last four years. Nute, who fell victim to the Bears last season, had other ideas. The Nute Rams rolled over Winnisquam 3-0 in the NHIAA Division III state finals, held Friday night at Plymouth State University. Winnisquam could not slow down the relentless attack that the undefeated (20-0) Rams unleashed. Nute won all three sets easily, 25- 18, 25-17, 25-19.

"We lost to a team that outplayed us," said Mike Livernois. "They were relentless on their attack." The Bears offense did not string together more than five points in a row all night. "They (Nute) got us out of our rhythm. We made some unforced errors and they didn't. When a team is not making errors you have to play almost perfect," Livernois added. "It is very hard to play from behind. Once you are four or five points behind late in the game, you can not afford to make any more mistakes."

Winnisquam played from behind beginning with the first set. The Bears tied up the first set at nine, but the Rams attackers took over, scoring nine of the next 11 points, rolling to 25-18 victory. The Rams middle hitter, Heidi Cloutier, took over and had five kills and three blocks in the first set. The senior totaled eight kills, six blocks and two aces.

The Bears led the second set 12-10 and sat tied at 16 when Nute took control and went on a 9-1 run to complete the second set 25-17.

The third set went back and forth until Nute went on a nine point run to take a 22-13 lead. Winnisquam attempted a late comeback only to fall short 25-19.

"Our four seniors, Hannah Chapin, Carissa Archbald, Dallis Austin, and Bailey Long have definitely left their mark. Those four girls went 69-10 with two state titles, a runner up and a semi-finals appearance over the four years. That's an impressive mark and they have set the bar for future teams," Livernois said.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 08:24

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Gilford Silverhawks to defend Granite State Championship

The 2013 Gilford Silverhawks will look to defend their 2012 Granite State Championship next Saturday at the new Bank of NH Stadium at Laconia High School. Gilford will take their 7-1 regular season record to the title game against Concord, who also sports an identical 7-1 regular season record.

Gilford advanced to the championship game by defeating Kearsarge on Nov. 2 by a score of 49-22. Concord was able to reach the finals by defeating 2012 runner up Hollis/Brookline by a score of 38-14. Both Concord and Gilford boast high powered offenses and stingy defenses. This will be the first match up of these two teams this season.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play for another championship for Gilford Football." head coach Mike Robbs said recently. "This particular group has been a lot of fun to be around. They are a tight knit group, a real family. It's a testament to the parents who support our program."

The Gilford Football program is open to players from first grade all the way through high school.

Kickoff of the Granite State Championship is at 9 a.m. Saturday. The game is free and open to the public. In lieu of admission, please bring a canned food item or other non-perishable item to be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 09:00

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LMS football caps off season with strong win over Newfound

The 2013 Laconia Middle School football team completed its season on Saturday, Nov. 2 with a convincing 28-8 victory over Newfound. The 7th and 8th grade boys enjoyed an outstanding season on their way to a 9-1-1 record. The only loss was to Plymouth Middle School on October 22. The Middle School Sachem squad was able to play the  Bobcats from Plymouth to a 6-6 tie just one week later, thus ruining a perfect season for Plymouth. Laconia also played teams from Winnisquam, Franklin, Newfound, Kennett and Kingswood. The outstanding season will be defined by the 9-1-1 record, in which the Middle School Sachems scored a total of 380 points (35 points per game) and allowed a total of just 84 points (8 per game). Shown here, in the front row(left to right): Captains- Drew Muzzey, Ryan McCrea, Riley Roy and Steven Towers. Second row: Noah Shastany, Bradley Weeks, Jack Maher, Parker Minor, Caleb Hounsell, Laurence Barbarian, Evan Kreitzer, Ben Beliveau, Noah Cruz. Third row: Tony Collings, Dylan Tivey, Justin Holmes, Devin Miles, Logan Caruso, Jordan Brown, Gauge Hawkes, Travis Adams, Keegan Johnson, Pete Dauphin. Back row: Coach Dem Chiasson, Ryan Chiasson, Garret Whitney, Kaleb Bartlett, Coach Chip Nyhan, Jakob Steele, Thomas Bastis, Alex Westcott, Coach Mike Schofield. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 08:59

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Winnisquam cruises past Sunapee for chance to play in volleyball state final

PLYMOUTH — The Winnisquam Regional High School volleyball team will play for the state championship after defeating Sunapee in semi-final play 3-0 on Wednesday night at Plymouth State University. The third seeded Bears won each set by at least five points. The closest set came in the second. Sunapee, the second seed in the NHIAA's Division III tournament, knotted the set up at 16 after reeling off five unanswered points. That's as close as they would come late in any of the three sets. The sets ended with the scores of 25-15, 25-20, 25-16.

" I think our experience paid off. The girls understand what's at stake here. I never saw any panic." Coach Mike Livernois said. "Erica Doubleday, who had 24 assists, had a big game for us tonight. This is her first year starting as a junior and she played well on the big stage.

In the second set Winnisquam jumped out to 16-10 lead, only to see the Lakers claw their way back into it and tie the set up 16-16. The Bears did not look back after that. Bailey Long ended the set in style with a kill for the final point. Long had seven kills on the evening. "The second set we saw a lot of errors, but got the jitters out of they way after that. Our goal every year is to start here in the jamboree and finish here in the final four." Livernois added.

The final set was all Winnisquam. Senior Hannah Chapin lead the way with four kills in the set. Chapin finished the night with nine kills, five digs and two blocks. The Bears will look to defend their title in a rematch of last season's final versus Nute on Friday night at Plymouth State University.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 08:42

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