Laconia Little League elections are on Oct. 20

Laconia Little League will be holding its annual League Elections on Monday, October 20 at 6 p.m. in the Laconia Room at Colby Field. All members of the public are welcome to attend and new members are encouraged to join the active board.

Inter-Lakes volleyball earns win #7

The Inter-Lakes High School varsity volleyball team improved to 7-4 on Friday with a strong win on the road at Raymond (25-14, 25-13, 25-13). Leading the way for the Lakers was sophomore middle hitter Amanda Kurowski, who knocked down nine kills while serving 100 percent for 11 points. Terri Folsom added nine service points and four kills. Also contributing were Jordan Durand (eight points, four digs, two kills), Maegan Bunnell (six kills, six points) and Rebecca Otis (19 assists, four kills). Next up for the Lakers is another southern road trip to Trinity on Wednesday. Varsity match is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Harris serves up a win for Gilford volleyball

Gilford beat Prospect Mountain during their homecoming on Saturday 3-0 by scores of 25-22, 25-21, and 25-8. Gilford served 71 for 73 for 97 percent and scored 52 of their 75 points on 44 kills, 2 blocks and 6 aces. In game one the Gilford offense utilized 6 players who combined for 14 kills, 1 ace and 1 block led by Jordan Dean and Maddie Harris with 4 kills apiece, Shannon Mercer 3 kills, Brooke Beaudet 2 kills, Stevie Orton 1 kill and Cynthia Gagnon 1 ace and 1 block. In game 2 Jordan Dean tied her own school record putting down 9 kills for points 2, 3, 13,15, 16, 17, 19, 20 and 24. Maddie Harris and Shannon Mercer added 2 kills apiece. In the third game Brooke Beaudet put down 6 kills for points 7, 11, 13, 14, 17, and 21, while teammate Maddie Harris added 5 kills for points 6, 8, 9, 10 and 12. Shannon Mercer added 2 kills with her second one for match point.

In game 2 Gilford was down 18-10 when Maddie Harris came to the service line and served 10 straight points including 2 ace serves to give Gilford a 20-18 lead. In game three Harris repeated herself and served for 10 straight points including 1 ace to give Gilford a 24-7 lead. Harris served a perfect 27 for 27 in the match.

Jordan Dean finished with 14 kills, 6 digs, and 1 block, Maddie Harris 11 kills, 3 aces and 14 digs, Brooke Beaudet 8 kills (career high) and 7 digs, Shannon Mercer 26 assists, 7 kills, and 6 digs, Stevie Orton 3 kills, Cynthia Gagnon 1 kill, 2 aces and 1 block, Jess Freeman 6 digs, Tayla Dionne 4 digs.

Gilford hosts Hanover on Wednesday which is a make up game. This will be Gilford's fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.

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.