Football round-up: Sachems earn rare win against Bobcats

"Success against Plymouth has been very far and few between," said head coach Craig Kozens about the 28-17 Sachems overtime victory against the Bobcats on Friday night at Fitzgerald Field in Laconia. Laconia stopped the Bobcats on a two-point conversion that would have won the game for Plymouth.. The Sachems improve to 4-1 on the season.
Down 7-0 heading into the second half, quarterback Matt Swormstedt took matters into his own hands on a QB draw that resulted in a 49 yard game tying TD. Swormstedt ended the game with a pair of rushing scores and 144 yards on the ground.
The Sachems, leading 21-14, turned the ball over with 3:30 minutes reaming in the fourth. Plymouth tied the contest two minutes later to force overtime.
The Bobcats won the coin toss in OT and chose to start on defense. Laconia scored on the third play of the drive and elected to kick the extra point. Plymouth also needed just three plays to score but decided to go for the win with a two-point play. The Bobcats handed the ball to running back Justin Robinson who came around the tackle and was met by sophomore Jacob Filgate short of the goal line.
"We did not match up well with them. Their strengths were our weaknesses," said Kozens. "Our kids wanted this one. They have worked hard to get to this point. They deserved it."
The Sachems head to Penacook to take on Merrimack Valley on Friday night. The Pride (3-2) had a week off to prepare for the Sachems. "We have our hands full with Merrimack Valley. They have a ton of talent that can score quickly and swarm defensively" added Kozens. "They pose yet another tough match up. I tell you, there is absolutely no letup in our schedule. Hopefully we can improve week to week and meet the challenges we face."
Winnisquam fell short to Somersworth 54-48. Bear running back Christian Serrano tied things at 48 with 1:40 remaining. Serrano had 83 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. Somersworth scored three plays later on a 45 yard run from Elyjah Dejoie. The senior running back had seven touchdowns and 355 yard running for the Hilltoppers. The Bears had one final drive that ended on an interception. The Bears (3-2) will look to end a two game skid at Epping-Newmarket (2-3) on Saturday. Winnisquam needs a win to stay in contention for a playoff bid.
Gilford rolled over Mascoma Valley 53-14. Quarterback Carter Mercer threw for 338 yards and six touchdowns in three quarters in the win. The second place Golden Eagles (3-1) host Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough Saturday afternoon.
The Lakers got by Stevens 28-22 at home on Saturday. Inter-Lakes (3-2) is holding on to the fourth and final playoff spot in the DIII North Conference standings.

Inter-Lakes volleyball improves to 8-4

The Inter-Lakes High School Varsity volleyball team improved to 8-4 with a solid win against Trinity High School in Manchester on Wednesday night, 3-1 (25-10, 23-25, 25-13, 25-15). Sophomore middle hitter Amanda Kurowski led the way for the Lakers with 13 kills, 12 service points and four blocks. Senior captain Kaila Martin registered 12 service points and six kills. Sophomore setter Rebecca Otis notched 27 assists, 13 points and two kills in good all-around performance. Also contributing were Jordan Durand (11 points, seven digs), Maegan Bunnell (eight points, five kills), Ella Flanders (six digs, exceptional defense) and Terri Folsom (100 percent serving, three kills, two blocks). The Lakers head to Division III leading Nute High School next Wednesday night, with the varsity match scheduled for 6 p.m. in Milton.

'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.

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.