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NH Fighting Spirit hockey team calling Laconia Ice Arena home this season

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit Junior 'A' Hockey Club of the Northern States Hockey League (NSHL) has made the Laconia Ice Arena as their new home for the 2014-2015 season after spending last season in Waterville Valley. During the past two seasons, the Spirit has claimed back-to-back Regular Season Championship titles, along with two consecutive appearances in Las Vegas, Nevada for the AAU National Tournament. This particular roster will be filled with players from North America and Europe, ranging from the ages of 18 to 20 years old, with the interest of playing NCAA hockey. The Spirit has two local players, Simon Campbell and Tim Casey who join the team after playing with the Manchester Monarchs for a year. Over the past three seasons (two with the Spirit, one with National Sports Academy), Head Coach/Owner Rod Simmons, Lisa Simmons, and Associate Head Coach Ben Tefft have moved close to 40 individuals to NCAA.
The Fighting Spirit has begun to practice for the season, which begins on the road in Cape Cod on September 20. The home opener will be held on October 3. Pregame starts at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 for children and seniors. Season tickets are on currently on special - $65 for 2 season passes. For more information regarding the Fighting Spirit, schedule, the NSHL, and other events, visit fightingspirithockey.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 09:27

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Gilford's Medeiros continues to stand out as Norwich University's kicker

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Sophomore Wesley Medeiros (Gilford, N.H.) was named the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Special Teams Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 14 on Monday morning.

Medeiros was superb all afternoon for Norwich in its kicking game as he helped the Cadets to a big 10-7 non-conference win over St. Lawrence on Saturday.

Medeiros went 1-for-1 on his field goal attempts, added an extra point for a four-point day and punted seven times for a 34.3 yard average with a long of 46. Medeiros set up the NU defense for a standout day, doing his part by starting the SLU offense on its own side of the 50-yard line for much of the day.

This marks Medeiros' third ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week nod in his career after winning the honor twice last season as a freshman.

Norwich (1-1, 0-0 ECFC) returns home to Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 20 when it hosts Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) at 1 p.m. in its final non-conference game of the season.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 09:24

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Golden Eagles start season with 12-0 win over Franklin

FRANKLIN — Gilford returned to the gridiron on Saturday looking to put last season's falter in the quarterfinals behind them. The Golden Eagles went to Franklin and came away with a 12-0 victory. A pair of touchdown passes from Connor Mercer to Kyle Gaudet were enough to get past the Golden Tornadoes.

"Our defense played outstanding only allowing 147 yards of offense," said first year head coach Shawn Garrett. "We made some mistakes on special teams, but our defense was up to the challenge."

Gilford won the NHIAA Division III Lakes Region Conference last season, a feat that will be difficult to repeat due to a new alignment of teams. The NHIAA went from a four conference setup down to two eight team conferences. Gilford is in the new North Conference. Four teams from each conference will make the postseason.

The Golden Eagles will host Somersworth in the home opener on Saturday. "We are working on our special teams this week to prepare for the Hilltoppers."

Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough and Winnisquam also won their season openers on Saturday. The Lakers beat Fall Mountain 35-20 and the Bears slipped by Raymond, 27-12. The two teams will meet on Saturday in Meredith.

The 0-1 Laconia Sachems had the weekend off and will host Manchester West (0-1) in their home opener Friday night at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 09:21

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Muskrat makes it to majors

LACONIA — Jason Rogers became the first Laconia Muskrat to reach the major leagues last week, when he debuted with a pinch hit double for the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Rogers, was played briefly for the Muskrats in 2010 before he was drafted and signed by the Brewers, was a standout at Columbus State College in his native Georgia. Over 6 feet and weighing 245 pounds, he plays both first and third base as well as either corner of the outfield, but Ron Roenicke, his manager at Milwaikee said "Jason is basically a hitter."

Noah Crane, general manager of the Muskrats, recalled that when he recruited Rogers he anticipated that he would be drafted after completing a spectacular college season, but he did not expect him to sign a contract. As it happened the Brewers drafted Rogers in the 32nd round, signed him to a contract and assigned him to their franchise in the Arizona League,where he led the team in runs batted in. By 2013 the Brewers named Rogers their "Minor League Player of the Year" and this year he hit .316 with 11 home runs and 39 runs batted in 57 games for Nashville before joining the Brewers in Chicago.

Crane said that 34 Muskrats have signed professional contracts and 27 are currently playing in the minor leagues, six have retired and Rogers is playing in the big leagues. He said that more than 100 players from the New England Collegiate Baseball League have performed in the major leagues.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:16

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