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".

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)

LMS cross country competes at championship meet

The Laconia Middle School cross country team competed at the NH Middle School Cross Country Championship Meet on Saturday October 18, 2014. "The team did well and all of the athletes that competed had a great race," said coach Heather Landry. Shown here, left to right in the back row: Noah Mousseau, Andrej Bright, coach Landry, Eric Phelps, Joey Lennon, Jeffrey Schmitt, and Brendan Allen. In the front row: Faith Pakasuk, Camille Pollak, Maya Minnick, Bella Daly, and Collin Corneau. (Courtesy photo)

Round-up: playoffs begin for many local teams

The fall sports postseason tournaments began yesterday, beginning with the field hockey bracket. The first round matchups ended after the deadline for this article.

Winnisquam (9-5) secured the seventh seed in the tournament with a win against White Mountains last Friday to end the regular season. The Bears will host the 15th seed Kearsarge today.

Laconia (7-7) is the heading into the playoffs on a three game win-streak capped off by beating John Stark 4-0 in the season finale last Friday. The Sachems visited sixth seeded Littleton yesterday afternoon.

Gilford (6-7-1) dropped the final game of the season to Newfound 2-0. The loss dropped the Golden Eagles to the 12th seed and will head back to the sixth seed Newfound today.

Boys' soccer

Prospect Mountain (15-0) bested Berlin 6-2 to extend their unbeaten streak to 15 games. The Timberwolves head to Inter-Lakes today to try to complete the perfect season and secure the top seed in the DIII playoffs.

Gilford (13-2) has secured the third seed in the postseason with before yesterday's tilt with Farmington. The Golden Eagles were riding a 11 game win-streak heading into yesterday.

Inter-Lakes (10-5) is tied for the seventh seed going into today's matchup with unbeaten Prospect Mountain. The Lakers have dropped two in a row to Gilford 1-0 and White Mountains 5-0.

Belmont (9-5-1) is in the ninth spot with a game remaining today against Hopkinton. The Red Raiders slipped past Winnisquam 2-0 on Tuesday.

Laconia (6-9) finishes up the season to at Berlin. The Sachems posted three of their six wins in the last three games against Mascoma Valley 4-0, Winnisquam 6-0, and Belmont 3-0.

Winnisquam (2-12) finishes their season this afternoon at Sanborn. The Bears fell to Belmont on Tuesday 2-0.

Girls' soccer

Belmont (12-3) is holding onto the third spot in the DIII post season with a game remaining. The Red Raiders put their seven game win-streak on the line today against Laconia.

Inter-Lakes (9-4-2) played to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday against Gilford. The Lakers were at Kingswood yesterday trying to hold on to the seventh seed.
Gilford (4-7-5) is sitting at the 12th spot after tying Inter-Lakes to complete their regular season. The Golden Eagles are waiting to see who they play in the first round of the tournament.

Laconia (4-10-1) is on the outside looking in on the post season with a game remaining. They need a win today at Belmont and a loss from either Newport or Bishop Brady to gain a playoff berth.

Prospect Mountain (4-10-1) is in the same situation as Laconia. The Timberwolves were at Somersworth and needed a win and a loss from Bishop Brady and/or Newport for an outside shot at the playoffs.


Gilford (12-3) is in the third spot in the DII standings with the season finale tonight against Somersworth. The Golden Eagles have won six straight heading into tonight's match.

Laconia (7-8) is in the 11th seed after a loss to Gilford on Wednesday night. The Sachems host Portsmouth tonight before the postseason.

Prospect Mountain (3-13) finished out the season dropping the last two matches to Kingswood 3-0 and Plymouth 3-0. The Timberwolves failed to make the post season.

Winnisquam (11-4) is at Farmington tonight to finish out the regular season. The Bears are in the sixth seed in the DIII standings.

Inter-Lakes (9-6) is the eighth seed heading into tonight's action against Pittsfield. The Lakers shut down Mascoma Valley 3-0 on Wednesday to begin the week.

The Red Raiders (5-10) head to Hillsboro-Deering tonight for their season finale.


Laconia's (4-2) four game win-streak ended last Friday night to 20-17 Merrimack Valley on a late touchdown by the Pride. The Sachems head to Conway tonight to take on the unbeaten Eagles in a must-win game.

Gilford (5-1) hosts 0-6 Newfound tomorrow afternoon. The Golden Eagles ran over Inter-Lakes 33-7 in a rematch of last season's quarter-finals.

Inter-lakes-Moultonborough fell to 3-3 after the Gilford loss. The Lakers host Mascoma Valley tomorrow.

Winnisquam bested Epping-Newmarket 43-12 last Saturday. The Bears host unbeaten Bow in an DIII South Conference showdown.