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LHS coach Kozens: 'Heartbreaker' to lose on failed 2-point conversion

LEBANON — Laconia dropped the season opener by a yard, 22-21 to the Raiders. The Sachems' final scoring drive covered 80 yards and two fourth down conversions and was capped with a Matt Swormstedt touchdown with 22 seconds remaining. While an extra point attempt could have forced overtime, the Sachems chose to give the ball to fullback Cody Yale for the two point attempt up the middle who managed a yard before a Raider linebacker stood Yale up short of the victory. "When we started the final drive I had planned to go for the win," said head coach Craig Kozens. "I asked the guys up in the tower if they had a two-point play in mind."

Swormstedt had two touchdowns and completed two passes for 25 yards. Both completions were to running back Kyle Chiasson who carried the ball 38 times for 193 yards and a TD. "Kyle had a monster game. He has tons of talent and tons of heart," continued Kozens. "He did more than anyone can ask. We sat him defensively and it worked in our favor because he carried the load so much."

The Sachems erased a 14-0 deficit, scoring 15 unanswered points in the final 2:18 of the second quarter to head into halftime with the lead. The third quarter was a battle of field possession before the Raiders scored on a drive in the fourth that was highlighted by a 43 yard scamper by running back Ryan Milliken. Milliken scored the eventual game winner three plays later. Lebanon completed a two point conversion to give the Raiders a seven point lead.

"It was a heartbreaker loss," added Kozens. "These kids have worked so hard all offseason and preseason, they deserved a better outcome. Too many early season mistakes with missed tackles and turnovers. We need to finish drives and get better tackling."

The Sachems have a week off to prepare for the home opener on September 19. Manchester West will be coming in for the first time in Kozens's tenure as head coach. "They have tons of size and athletes on both sides of the ball. It is going to be a challenge, but I know that we are up for the challenge. Should be a great game," said Kozens.

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5th Annual Laker Open is Sept. 28 at Waukewan Golf Course

The Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association would like to invite anyone interested in a fun day of scramble golf, hole competitions, raffles and a barbecue lunch, to come to the Waukewan Golf Course on Sunday, September 28 for the 5th Annual Laker Open. The Meredith Kiwanis Club is again joining the event as the Stanley Cup Sponsor. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. A putting contest is open to all tournament participants, observers and dinner guests at 2:30 p.m. Those who don't want to golf are welcome to join for dinner for just $20. Dinner and awards will be from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $80 per player or $300 for a foursome. Sponsorships are still available. Become a Zamboni Sponsor for $500 or a Hole Sponsor for $100. Tournament proceeds support the organization and help provide scholarships. Register to play by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association is a membership organization open to anyone in the Lakes Region. The organization sponsors youth travel hockey teams, in-house teams, and learn to skate programs and is based in the Laconia Ice Arena. For information go to LRYHA.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Round-up: Sachem boys start soccer season with scoring explosion

The Sachem boys' soccer team began the season with an offensive explosion. In the first game of the season, Laconia (1-1) netted ten goals on their way to a shutout victory over the Franklin Tornadoes. Junior midfielder James Salta led the Sachems attack with a three goal game. The boys could have used some of that offense in the second game at Belmont in a 3-1 loss. Laconia will host White Mountains today and Inter-Lakes on Tuesday.

Belmont (1-1) fell to Prospect Mountain last Friday 3-1. The Red Raiders rebounded, beating Laconia by the same score. The team has a pair of road games this week, beginning today at Mascoma Valley and Somersworth on Tuesday.

Inter-Lakes (2-0) bested Newfound 2-1 on the road to begin the season. The Lakers continued to win on the road, beating Mascoma Valley 6-1. Gilford comes to town for the Lakers first home game today before heading back out to visit Laconia on Tuesday.

Gilford (1-1) split the opening week, losing the first game to Somersworth 1-0. The offense came to life in the second game trouncing Winnisquam 9-0. Kaleb Orton had a pair of goals in the victory. The Golden Eagles will visit The Lakers today and host Prospect Mountain on Wednesday.

Prospect Mountain (2-0) piled on the offense in the first week of play. The Timberwolves beat Belmont 3-1 and and handled Newfound 10-2. The team will visit Winnisquam today and head to Gilford on Wednesday.

The Winnisquam Bears (0-2) have yet to score this season, dropping the first game 2-0 to Kearsarge and 9-0 against Gilford. The Bears will host a strong Prospect Mountain team today and head to winless Newfound on Tuesday.

Girls' soccer

Inter-Lakes (2-0) opened the first week of the season without giving up a goal. The Lakers beat Prospect Mountain 2-0 and Gilford 1-0 to begin the year. They will be tested today when they travel to Hillsboro-Deering (2-0). Hillsboro beat their first two opponents 3-1 and 7-1. Tuesday the Lakers will host White Mountains.

Belmont (2-0) is also undefeated to begin the season, topping Kingswood 9-1 and Stevens 5-2. The Red Raiders visit White Mountains today and host Bishop Brady on Tuesday.

Gilford (1-1) has scored one goal in the first two games. The one goal was good enough to beat Laconia 1-0 in the season opener. The Golden Eagles suffered their first loss of the season 1-0 to Inter-Lakes. Gilford travels to Somersworth (0-2) today and host Bow on Tuesday.

Laconia (1-1) dropped a 1-0 match to Gilford to open the season. The Sachems topped Somersworth 2-1 in overtime to notch their first win of the season. Laconia hosts Kingswood (0-2) today and travels to Kearsarge (0-2) on Wednesday.

Prospect Mountain (0-2) has struggled early , losing 2-0 to Inter-Lakes and 5-0 to Raymond. The Timberwolves will look for their first win of the season at home today when Hillsboro-Deering (2-0) visits. Somersworth comes to town on Wednesday.

Field hockey

Winnisquam opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Gilford. The Bears host Littleton today and head to Kearsarge on Tuesday.

The Golden Eagles look to rebound from the Winnisquam loss today when White Mountains comes to town. Gilford will host Berlin on Wednesday.

Laconia fell to Division II foe Plymouth 8-0 to start the season. The Sachems begin their division III schedule today when they host Newfound.


Laconia's volleyball season begins on Monday when the Sachems host Prospect Mountain. The Sachems travel to Gilford on Wednesday.

The Golden Eagles begin the year at Kingswood on Monday before hosting Laconia on Wednesday.

Prospect Mountain's season starts tonight at Coe-Brown before heading to Laconia in Monday. The Timberwolves open the home schedule Wednesday against Somersworth.

Winnisquam opens their season tonight at Hillsboro-Deering. They host Moultonborough on Monday and travel to Inter-Lakes on Wednesday.

Belmont hosts Farmington tonight, Franklin on Monday and travels to Stevens on Wednesday.

Inter-Lakes travels to Newfound on Monday and hosts Winnisquam on Wednesday.


Laconia opens the football season tonight in Lebanon. The Sachems beat Lebanon 20-17 at home last season.

Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Winnisquam, and the rest of the division III football begin play on Saturday September 13th.

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Fall skating begins soon in Plymouth and Tilton

TILTON & PLYMOUTH — US Figure Skating programs, Plymouth State Skating Academy (PSSA) at Plymouth State University and the Magic Blades Figure Skating Club (MBFSC) at the Tilton School Ice Arena, are offering lessons this fall.

The Plymouth State Skating Academy begins fall lessons in September with four successive six-week sessions beginning on Sunday September 7th at 5 p.m. The season in Tilton with MBFSC will begin on Monday, October 27 at 6 p.m. with two eight-week sessions.

MBFSC has served the Lakes Region since 1997 and PSSA since the opening of the PSU Ice Arena in 2010. These programs are two of over 1,000 US Figure Skating Basic Skills clubs across the country. Both programs offer lessons for skaters as young as three-years-old with the Snowplow Sam levels through the advanced freestyle levels of the basic skills program. Parents are encouraged to participate in practice time with their tots or are welcome to register and participate in the adult group lessons.

Both clubs are US Figure Skating Basic Skills programs offering membership through USFS, as well as the USFS basic skill badges to reward skaters for skill levels that they have mastered. Classes are comprised of a 30 minute lessons and 30 minutes of free, practice ice.

PSSA has opportunity for beginner hockey players to learn skating skills along with some stick and puck training. MBFSC accepts beginner hockey skaters to learn skating skills but does not incorporate stick and puck use; skaters are directed to local hockey programs when they are ready for advanced training.

Figure skating is both an individual and group endeavor. While students are allowed to move forward at their own pace, support from coaches and the group, and friendly competition help students achieve their goals. Some students, like Maggie DeVoy of Sanbornton, and Colleen Harriman, of Bridgewater, have been with the program over six years and have competed all over New England.

Tuition is $80 for the PSSA six week sessions, and $100 for the Magic Blades eight-week sessions, with discounts for families. To join, check out www.plymouth.edu/arena/learn-to-skate/ or www.magicblades.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or show up at the Plymouth State Ice Arena on Sunday September 5 at 5:30 for registration for either program.

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