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'Dig Pink' game nets win for Gilford, $1,070 for cancer research

The Gilford Volleyball team held their "Dig Pink" game on Wednesday and raised $1,070.37 for breast cancer research. With pink uniforms the Gilford volleyball team beat Hanover in 3 games 25-21, 25-10 and 25-13. The Gilford team combined for 96 percent serving, 38 kills (32 assists by setter Shannon Mercer), 5 aces and 3 blocks in route to improving their record to 8-3 in DII.

In game one Hanover jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before Gilford quickly tied the score behind Jordan Dean's kill spike for point 2 and block for point 4. The Gilford offense combined for 14 kills in game one. Dean put down 7 kills while teammates Maddie Harris, Brooke Beaudet and Stevie Orton put down 2 kills apiece and setter Shannon Mercer added one kill tip. Libero Jess Freeman served up 2 aces. The game remained close and Gilford could not get more than a 3 point lead until the score was 21-18 and Maddie Harris put down a kill for point 22 giving Gilford a 4 point lead. Hanover clawed back with solid defense to bring the game within 1 point 22-21. Then Gilford scored 3 unanswered points when Stevie Orton put down a kill for point 23 and Jordan Dean put down a kill for game point.

In game 2 freshman outside hitter Brooke Beaudet caught on fire and had 5 kills for points 4, 7, 10, 11 and 15. Maddie Harris and Jordan Dean added 3 kills apiece and Stevie Orton chipped in with one. Harris added 2 aces for points 17 and 18 and Jess Freeman had an ace for point 3.

In game three Gilford used 15 kills for the 25-13 win. Leading the offense in the 3rd game was Brooke Beaudet with 5 kills for points 9, 12, 14, 15 and 17 and Maddie Harris with 5 kills for point 6,7,8, 23 and 24. Teammate Jordan Dean had 3 kills for point 1, 8 and 25 while Stevie Orton had 2 kills for points 16 and 18.

Gilford's next game is home on Friday against Kingswood.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 07:49

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Round-up: Belmont bursts out of losing streak with 9-0 wiun

The Belmont High School boys' soccer team snapped a three game skid blanking Franklin 9-0 on Wednesday. The Belmont boys are currently sitting in the ninth seed for the playoffs and will host Campbell today.

In other boys' soccer news, Prospect Mountain is four games from completing an impressive perfect season. The 12-0 Timberwolves have outscored their opponents 49-4 on the season. The perfect record is on the line Tuesday at Sanborn.

Gilford's 9-2 record has them sitting in the third seed heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. The Golden Eagles slipped by Belmont 1-0 last Friday and rolled Kingswood 8-1 on Tuesday of last week. They return to the pitch today at White Mountains before hosting Inter-Lakes in a battle for the third seed on Tuesday.

Inter-Lakes is riding a three game win-streak heading into yesterday's action with Kingswood. The Lakers were unscored upon last week beating Mascoma Valley 3-0 and Laconia 2-0. The game of the week will be in Gilford on Tuesday when the 9-3 Lakers take on 9-2 Gilford for the third seed in the NHIAA Division III standings.

Laconia (3-9) split the week beating Newfound 5-4 and losing to Inter-Lakes 2-0. The Sachems host Mascoma Valley today and Belmont on Tuesday.

Winnisquam (1-9) fell to White Mountains 5-0 to begin the week. The Bears head to Franklin tomorrow and Laconia on Tuesday.

Girls' soccer

Belmont's five game win-streak has them sitting in the fifth seed in the DIII standings. The Red Raiders shut out Gilford 4-0 last Friday and ran past Inter-Lakes 5-1. The Red Raiders were in Laconia yesterday and head to Kearsarge on Tuesday.

The seventh seeded Lakers (7-3) dropped their last game to Belmont 5-1 last Tuesday but looked to rebound yesterday against Berlin. Inter-Lakes head to Raymond on Tuesday.

Gilford (2-6-4) are in the hunt for the post season currently in the 15th spot. The Golden Eagles fell to Belmont 4-0 and played to a 0-0 tie last week. They will try to hold on to the playoff spot against Bishop Brady today and at Kingswood on Tuesday.

Laconia is (3-7-1) is holding on to the 16th and final spot in the post season. The Sachems have dropped the last three matches 1-0 to Fall Mountain, 5-1 to Raymond, and 4-0 to Pelham. Laconia hosted Belmont yesterday and will host Berlin on the final home game of the year on Tuesday against Berlin.

Prospect Mountain is currently on the outside looking in on the playoffs. The 2-9-2 Timberwolves tied Gilford 0-0 in their last match. They head to Hillsboro-Deering on Tuesday and Berlin on Thursday.


Laconia knocked off undefeated St. Thomas Aquinas last Friday 35-28. The Sachems held an offense that was averaging over 40 points a game to 28 and scored more points than the Saints had given up all season. The win sets up Laconia to make a push for the playoffs. Rival Plymouth is in town tonight to try to put a damper on Laconia's playoff hopes and string together a pair of wins for the first time this season. The 1-3 Bobcats slipped by Trinity 36-35 last week.

Winnisquam (3-1) fell for the first time on the year 35-7 to Campbell. Winnisquam gave up 28 unanswered points in the second half in the loss. The Bears host 3-1 Somersworth in a battle for second place in the DIII South Conference standings.

Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough (2-2) fell to Newport 42-7 last week. The Lakers host Stevens tomorrow.

Gilford (3-1) cruised to a 41-0 victory last week against Fall Mountain. The Golden Eagles currently sit in second place in the DII North Conference. They head to Mascoma Valley tomorrow.


Gilford (7-3) swept Prospect Mountain last Friday. The Golden Eagles are in action tonight against Kingswood before heading to Oyster River on Wednesday.

Laconia (5-6) won a pair of matches this week besting Plymouth 3-1 and Kennett 3-0. The Sachems are at Fall Mountain tonight and host Pelham on Wednesday.

Prospect Mountain (2-10) was swept by Gilford and Somersworth last week. The Timberwolves are at Somersworth tonight and host Kennett on Wednesday.

The Bears are in the fifth spot in the DIII standings and are on a four game win-streak. Winnisquam topped Mascoma Valley twice, Belmont and Newfound all by the score of 3-0. They will try to continue the streak at home on Wednesday against Campbell.

Belmont (3-7) nipped Franklin to stop a four game skid on Tuesday. The Red Raiders host Raymond Wednesday.

Inter-Lakes (7-4) shut out Raymond 3-0 to begin a four game road trip. They continued the trip last night at Trinity and will head to 11-0 Nute on Wednesday.

Field Hockey

The Bears have won five in a row and will look to continue the streak tomorrow at Franklin. Winnisquam defeated Conant 4-1 and Mascoma Valley 1-0 last week. The 7-4 record is good for eighth place in the DIII standings.

Gilford (5-6) won a pair of games this week to halt a four game slide. The Golden Eagles topped Pembroke 5-0 and Bishop Brady 5-1. They continue the season at White Mountains this afternoon.

Laconia (4-7) fell to Littleton 4-2 and Hopkinton 4-0 this week. The Sachems look to stop a three game losing streak today at Pembroke before hosting White Mountains on Tuesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 07:33

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Golden Eagles spoil homecoming for Fall Mountain Wildcats

After losing a heart breaker in their own homecoming game last week, the Gilford Golden Eagles bounced back in a big way, dropping the Fall Mountain Wildcats 41-0 at their own homecoming. On the road for the second time this season, the Golden Eagles faced adversity before their game even began. Their bus initially took a wrong turn resulting in the team arriving nearly an hour late and had several players suffering from road sickness. The tardiness forced the team into an abbreviated pregame warmup and to top it off, three defensive starters were not in the game at kickoff. All this seemed to do was liven up the team as they shut down the Wildcats in three plays and then proceeded to score on their opening drive as sophomore Jackson Spooner took an inside handoff and raced 31 yards for his first TD of the season. After that it was all Gilford as the offensive line led the way, allowing the team to gain 408 yards on the ground, behind Senior Max Troiano's career high 220 yards and 3 TDs on only 13 carries. Fellow senior Spencer Macevoy added a late TD on a 58 yard fullback dive to close out the offensive outburst.

After giving up the ball seven times in last week's loss to Newport, Gilford managed to control the ball in otherwise sloppy conditions. While playing in a constant rain, the Golden Eagles had no turnovers while recovering one of the Wildcats three fumbles. Junior Carter Mercer, the state's leading passer with over 600 yards and 8 TDs was limited to only three passes for no yards, but did take a miss-handled snap and hit Senior Kyle Gaudet for the two-point conversion after the team's initial TD. Head coach Shawn Garrett credited Mercer with excellent game management, controlling the tempo and using the clock efficiently. He added, "This was a game that we were looking to establish the inside run and establish a good offensive pace." The team accomplished both as they converted over half of their plays into either first downs or TDs and scored twice on runs between center and guard.

Special teams, led by first year coach Steve Pouliot, had their day too as Senior Bech Stecher took the Wildcat's lone kickoff 79 yards and a TD.

Much of the credit can be placed in the hands of the Gilford defensive as they shut out an opponent for the second time this season, limiting Fall Mountain to an impressive 6 total yards of
offense. The Wildcat QB was sacked 7 times and held to negative 52 rushing yards, with senior Sean Mulcahy pacing the defensive line.
Sophomore Dom Troiano, with two interceptions this season, looked to add another one on a sensational catch in the third quarter but the play was negated by an untimely holding call.

The Golden Eagles (3-1) will travel to Mascoma (2-2) next Saturday. Game time has been pushed back to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate SAT testing

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Junior B hockey: Wolves collect two more wins

The MJHL New England Wolves, one of the Junior Hockey teams playing out of the Laconia Ice Arena, scored two dramatic victories over the weekend against northern New England Junior Hockey powerhouses.
On Friday night in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the Wolves defeated the Valley JR Warriors 2-1, and followed that up with an even more impressive 4-3 OT win at home on Sunday against the rival, and 2013-14 EHL Champion, Northern Cyclones.
Conway, N.H. native Dillon Smith paced the comeback on Sunday that saw the Wolves fall behind 2-0 before the first 2 minutes were completed in the game, and 3-1 before the first period was out. Rallying to tie the game on the strength of Dillon Smith's 1 goal and 2 assists, the Wolves battled back to tie the game, and won it in overtime on a goal from Monroe, N.J. native, Kevin Morello. Goaltender Zach Skop, a Milford, N.J. native who is currently living in Gilford, was in nets for both Wolves victories.
In addition to the on-ice action, Broadway North Dance Studio in Belmont, N.H. provided intermission entertainment on Saturday evening's game against the Valley JR Warriors.
The MJHL New England Wolves return to action next weekend for 3 games in 2 days, as they take to the road for the MJHL Columbus Day Showcase in Brooklyn, New York. In addition, to their on-ice MJHL competition, the MJHL New England Wolves will be assisting this week with 3 youth hockey programs skill practices, the Henniker Huskies on Monday night, the Lakes Region Lakers on Tuesday night, and the Rochester Blackhawks on Thursday.
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Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 08:02

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