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Football round-up: Saints fall to earth against Laconia

The Sachems shot down the high-flying St. Thomas Aquinas Saints 35-28 Friday night. The previously undefeated Saints were averaging over 40 points a game heading into Friday but Laconia held them on defense and matched the Saints through the air.

"We needed this win," said head coach Craig Kozens. "This was a [program win from the top to bottom. We had our JV team running a no huddle spread offense all week to prepare for them." The practice paid off on a pair of defensive stands late in the fourth quarter. The Saints gambled on a fourth and one on their own 22 and were stopped up the middle when linebacker Keith Schultz met the Saint running back in the hole for no gain. Schultz was rewarded for the big play moments later with a one yard touchdown run to tie things at 21 late in the third quarter.

"Our defense bent but didn't break," continued Kozens. "They were gutsy out there. It was a great game to coach." The defense had its biggest moment late in the fourth on St. Thomas' last possession. The Sachems shut down the goal line on four plays to keep the Saints from tying the game. The Saint ran three running plays before trying to throw on fourth down to the far corner of the endzone. The pass was handled and dropped by the Saint wide out.

"I am very happy for this team," finished the head coach. "They are great football kids and have learned a tremendous amount from last season." QB Matt Swormstedt finished the night with three touchdown passes and 271 yards. Junior Keith Schultz had 19 tackles on the defensive side to complement two TDs on offense. Brenden Mooney had a pair of interceptions on defense and 2 TD receptions on offense.

The Sachems host rival Plymouth at 7 p.m. on Friday night. The Bobcats edged Trinity 36-35 on Saturday to secure their first victory of the season. Plymouth is 1-3 in NHIAA Division II play and 0-2 in the DII's North Conference.

Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough (2-2) fell to Newport and out of a three way tie for first in the DIII North Conference 42-7. The Lakers host 1-3 Stevens, who lost to Franklin last week, on Saturday.

Winnisquam (3-1) gave up 28 unanswered points in the second half to fall to Campbell 35-28. The Bears will host Somersworth on Saturday.

Gilford (3-1) returned to the win column this week blanking Fall Mountain 41-0. The Golden Eagles share the top spot in the North with Newport. Gilford will head to Mascoma Valley on Saturday.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 07:20

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Round-up: Gilford volleyball drops to 6-3

The Gilford Golden Eagles volleyball team fell to 6-3 this week, dropping matches to Coe-Brown 3-0 and Portsmouth 3-1. Gilford looks to rebound tomorrow at Prospect Mountain before hosting Hanover on Wednesday.

In other volleyball action, Prospect Mountain (2-8) will head into tomorrow's matchup with Gilford on a three game skid. The Timberwolves host Gilford tomorrow and Kingswood on Monday.

Laconia (3-5) split the week, losing to Kingswood 3-0 and besting Hanover 3-0. The Sachems host Newfound tonight and Plymouth on Monday.

Winnisquam lost their third match on the season to begin the week 3-2 against Farmington. The Bears bounced back and shut down Mascoma Valley two days later. They return to the court tomorrow at Belmont and host Mascoma Valley on Monday.

The Red Raiders (2-6) fell to Farmington and Nute this week by the scores of 3-0. Belmont host the Bears tomorrow and Franklin on Monday.

Inter-Lakes (6-3) began the week by losing a heartbreaker to Moultonborough 3-2 on Saturday before topping Franklin 3-1. The Lakers head to Raymond tonight and Trinity on Wednesday.


The Laconia Sachems offense adapted last Friday night from run first to an aerial attack in a 35-14 victory over Hanover. Laconia, 2-1 on the season, will return home this Friday to host St Thomas Aquinas. The Saints have been rolling over their competition so far,  outscoring their opponents 169-28. St. Thomas beat Plymouth 49-16 at home on Saturday.

Gilford's homecoming was spoiled by Newport 27-20 on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Eagles are in a three way tie with Newport and Inter-Lakes for first in their conference. Gilford will head to Fall Mountain (0-3) on Saturday.

Christian Serrano carried the Winnisquam Bears to a 35-26 victory over Farmington-Newt on Friday Night. The junior rushed 12 times for 238 yards and four touchdowns. The Bears head to Campbell (1-2) on Saturday.

Inter-Lakes (2-1) returned to their winning ways on Saturday besting Newfound 39-20. The Lakers offense was lead by Andrew Brothers with 78 yards on the ground and two rushing TDs. Inter-Lakes head to Newport in a NHIAA Division III North Conference first place matchup. Newport is 2-1 on the season,edging the Golden Eagles to bring all three teams atop the conference.

Field hockey

Winnisquam (5-4) is riding a three game win streak, most recently shutting out White Mountains 3-0. The Bears are in action today at Conant before hosting Mascoma Valley on Tuesday.

The Laconia Sachems (4-5) earned a split this week, first nipping Gilford 2-1 and then falling to Bishop Brady 3-2. Laconia heads to Littleton today before returning home on Tuesday against Hopkinton.

Gilford (3-6) is on a four game skid heading into today's action at Pembroke. The Golden Eagles return home to host Bishop Brady on Tuesday.

Girls' soccer

The Lakers (6-2-1) blanked Moultonborough 2-0 last weekend before falling to falling to Somersworth 2-1. Inter-Lakes are at Belmont on Monday and will host Berlin on Thursday.

Belmont (7-3) scored a pair of 1-0 victories against Gilford and Hillsboro-Deering this week. The Red Raiders host Lakes Region foes Gilford tomorrow and Inter-Lakes on Monday.

The Sachems (3-5-1) beat Prospect Mountain 3-2 before falling to Fall Mountain 1-0.
Laconia are at Raymond today and host Pelham on Tuesday.

Gilford (2-5-3) gained their second win on the season over Berlin 4-1. The Golden Eagles head to Belmont tomorrow and host the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Prospect Mountain (2-8) also gained their second win this week 6-1 over Kingswood before falling to Bishop Brady 3-2. The Timberwolves host White Mountains tomorrow and are in Gilford on Tuesday.

Boys' soccer

Prospect Mountain earned win number 10 this week against Campbell 2-1. The Undefeated Timberwolves host Farmington tomorrow and Somersworth on Tuesday.

Belmont (7-3) dropped a pair this week to Gilford 3-0 and Inter-Lakes 2-1. The Red Raiders look to return the favor at home against Gilford tomorrow before hosting Franklin on Wednesday.

Gilford (7-2) is on a five game win-streak, recently rolling over Laconia 7-2. The Golden Eagles are at Belmont tomorrow and head to Kingswood Tuesday.

Inter-Lakes (7-3) have gone .500 over the last four matches losing to Moultonborough last Saturday 4-1 and beating Belmont 2-1 recently. The Lakers hosted Mascoma Valley yesterday and will face off against Laconia on Tuesday.

Laconia (2-8) have dropped seven games in a row heading into this weekend. The Sachems are at Inter-Lakes on Tuesday and host Mascoma Valley next Friday.

The Bears (1-8) scored their first three goals of the season in a 3-1 victory over Franklin. Winnisquam then doubled their season goal total in a 5-3 loss to Newfound. They look to continue the offense against White Mountains today and Bow on Tuesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 06:07

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Inter-Lakes volleyball earns win over Franklin but falls to Newfound

The Inter-Lakes High School varsity volleyball team's record stands at 6 wins, four losses after splitting a pair of matches this week. The Lakers earned their sixth win on Monday with a solid team effort against a scrappy Franklin squad, 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-21, 25-8). The Lakers had eight players record kills and seven players with service points. Leading the way was sophomore Amanda Kurowski, who recorded 15 kills and 15 service points. Terri Folsom had a strong overall game with nine kills, four blocks and seven service points. Rebecca Otis set up the Laker offense registering a career-high 41 assists. Also contributing were Jordan Durand (14 points, two kills), Hailey Eldridge (eight points) and Katherine Miller (three kills, two points). 

Inter-Lakes lost a tough three set match on Wednesday to Newfound in straight sets (23-25, 21-25, 23-25). Sophomore outside hitter Maegan Bunnell had a career high ten kills and 11 digs. Freshman right side hitter Jordan Durand led the defense with 17 digs while scoring four service points and two kills. Sophomore setter Rebecca Otis contributed with 23 assists and 10 service points. The Lakers finish out the week with a road match at Raymond today.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 05:51

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Chiefs edge Goffstown for 14-13 win

The 5th grade Laconia Chiefs football team, after winning the first game of the season, traveled to Goffstown this weekend to square off against a big, physical Eagles team. This one was a defensive battle from the get go, as both teams kept their opponents from gaining much ground. It was Laconia who was able to find pay dirt first. Tailback Kayden Roberts darted in from 12 yards out as tackle Kyle Harding and TE Keith Corriveau opened a huge hole for him to run through. Guard Michael Frakes moved to fullback for the extra point and was able to pound it in for a 7-0 Chiefs lead. Goffstown answered with a 60 yard touchdown on a sweep run, then converted the extra point to knot the score at 7 going into the half.
The second half saw more great defense as the Chiefs forced some key turnovers. Defensive ends Corriveau and Frakes each had a fumble recovery and the Chiefs defensive line started to penetrate the Eagles's line to stuff their ground game. The Eagles reached into their bag of tricks for a reverse play to get the ball to the Laconia 3 yard line before punching it in for a score. On the extra point attempt, the Chiefs defense stuffed the run at the one yard line, resulting in an Eagles lead of 13-6. That lead lasted about 15 seconds as return man Anthony Robbins fielded the ensuing kickoff and bolted around the left side for a 65 yard touchdown dash. Using a little misdirection of their own, Chiefs quarterback Cole Roy faked to his fullback and booted around the left side for the 14-13 lead with time winding down. The Eagles looked to put together one last drive but Corner Kayden Roberts stepped in front of the Goffstown pass and intercept the ball to secure his team's second victory of the season, 14-13.
After the game, coach Rod Roy said, "It was incredibly hot today and the kids never gave up, never stopped fighting. They believe they can win and that attitude showed today. I couldn't be more proud of the job they did today." The Chiefs travel to Nashua to play the Elks Crusaders next Sunday.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 07:59

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