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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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I-L volleyball drops tough-fought match

The Inter-Lakes High School varsity volleyball team lost a hard-fought three set match against Winnisquam on Wednesday night in Meredith, 26-24, 25-23, 25-20. Sophomore setter Rebecca Otis led the Lakers with 13 service points and 25 assists. Freshman Jordan Durand had a great all-around match with a team-high seven kills. Senior captain Kaila Martin served for nine points while knocking down six kills. Sophomore middle hitter Amanda Kurowski had a strong game at the net with five kills and seven blocks. The Lakers will host Portsmouth Christian Academy on Friday night with the varsity match scheduled for 6 p.m.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:10

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Round-up: DIII football kicks off this weekend

The Laconia Sachems football team will have an extra week to prepare for a Manchester West team they haven't seen in Craig Kozens's tenure as head coach. The Sachems fell in Lebanon last Friday night to open the season 22-21. The week off will help to prepare for a team that "likes to put the ball in the air," said Assistant Coach Rod Roy. Manchester West will visit Bank of New Hampshire Stadium a week from today in the Sachems' home opener.

The Division III football season kicks off tomorrow when Gilford heads to Franklin, Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough hosts Fall Mountain, and Winnisquam welcomes Raymond.

Boys' soccer

On the soccer field, the Prospect Mountain boys' team (4-0) is off to a quick start, winning all four of their games to begin the year. The Timberwolves have scored 23 goals in the four contests and have allowed only three in the same span. Laconia comes to town today before heading to Farmington on Wednesday.

Laconia heads into tonight's match with two wins and two losses. The Sachems beat White Mountains last Friday and lost to Inter-Lakes on Tuesday. The boys are in Alton today and head to Division II Plymouth on Tuesday.

Inter-Lakes (3-1) entered last night's game coming off of a 3-1 victory over Laconia. The Lakers hosted Newfound yesterday after this article's deadline. Yesterday's match is the beginning of a four game home stand that continues Tuesday against Berlin.

Gilford (2-2) has been involved in four shutouts. Two of which were in favor of the Golden Eagles. Last Friday Gilford handed Inter-Lakes their only loss 3-0 and then fell to Prospect Mountain 1-0 on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles head to Bow on Tuesday.

The Red Raiders (3-1) have won three in a row after an opening season loss. Belmont posted four goals in each of the last two wins, beating Mascoma Valley 4-1 and Somersworth 4-1. The team hosts Kingswood today and will head to Winnisquam on Tuesday.

The Winnisquam Bears (0-4) have yet to score a goal two weeks in to the season. Winnisquam fell to Prospect Mountain 9-0 last Friday and 7-0 at Newfound on Tuesday. They will host Belmont on Tuesday and head to Berlin on Thursday in search of their first win.

Girls' soccer

On the girls' side of the pitch, Belmont (4-0) is undefeated heading into yesterday's match versus Somersworth. The most recent win came at the expense of Bishop Brady who took the loss 6-1. The Red Raiders host Bow on Tuesday end the week.

Inter-Lakes (3-1) suffered their first defeat of the season, falling to Hillsboro-Deering 3-0 on Wednesday. The Lakers host White Mountains today and head to Berlin on Monday.

The Sachems' (2-2) two losses have both been 1-0. The most recent was at Kearsarge on Wednesday. Laconia is at Campbell today and will host Plymouth on Wednesday.
The Golden Eagles (1-2-1) played Somersworth to a 0-0 tie last Friday. On Tuesday Bow came to town and shut out the girls 5-0. Gilford will host Hopkinton today and visit Campbell on Wednesday.

Prospect Mountain (0-4) was shut out by Somersworth on Tuesday 2-0. The Timberwolves are in Bow today and host Pelham on Tuesday.

Field hockey

Winnisquam (1-3) is the only local field hockey team to earn a victory this week beating Gilford 2-1. The Bears are in Hopkinton today and host Pelham on Tuesday.

Gilford (1-2) fell in the season opener 2-1 against the Bears. The Golden Eagles beat White Mountains last Friday and fell to Berlin on 1-0 on Wednesday. Gilford will face off against Kearsarge today and head to Franklin on Wednesday.

Laconia was 0-2 heading into yesterday's game against Franklin. They visit White Mountains on Tuesday.


Volleyball season began this week and Gilford jumped out early, winning both of their matches 3-0 against Kingswood and Laconia. The Golden Eagles host Windham tonight and head out to Plymouth on Monday before hosting Kennett on Thursday.

Laconia (1-1) won their opener 3-1 over Prospect Mountain and fell to Gilford to begin the season. The Sachems head to Meredith to play Inter-Lakes on Monday.

Prospect Mountain (0-3) has struggled to begin the year, falling to Coe-Brown, Laconia and Somersworth to begin the year. The Timberwolves are at Kennett tonight.

Winnisquam is 2-1 to begin the season. The Bears beat Hillsboro-Deering and Inter-Lakes. The Bears are in Franklin tonight and Sunapee on Monday.

Inter-Lakes is 1-1 on the year, beating Newfound and falling to Winnisquam. The Lakers host Portsmouth Christian at Dover tonight and Laconia on Monday.

Belmont is also 1-1 on the season dropping the opener to Farmington then beating Stevens. Mascenic comes to Belmont on Monday. The Red Raiders head to Winnisquam on Thursday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 07:37

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LHS boys' soccer tops White Mountains 4-2

The Laconia High School boys' soccer team improved to 2-1 after a 4-2 win over White Mountains on Friday night.

Brayden Harriman started the scoring for Laconia and was followed by Thomas Turpin to give the Sachems an early 2-0 lead. Tim Wright then posted consecutive goals to bring White Mountains even. However, a Drew Sykes goal at the end of the first half put Laconia ahead 3-2. The lone goal in the second half was scored by Laconia's Matt Westcott.

Laconia goalkeepers Griffin Nyhan (6) and Panthavy Pradachith (2) combined for 8 saves. White Mountain's Spencer Nast stopped 5 shots.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 08:28

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