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Round-up: Tennis playoffs begin

The Gilford High School boys' tennis team completed its perfect 14-0 season this week. The NHIAA Division III top seed Eagles hosted Pelham yesterday after the deadline for this article. The winner will meet fifth seeded Prospect Mountain in the Semi-Finals.

Gilford's girls finished the season 9-5, failing to make the top eight and a playoff bid. They ended the season on a three game win streak, finishing with a win over Profile School 6-3.

Laconia (4-9) beat Inter-Lakes 6-3 to close out the year.


Laconia has one more regular season game remaining to improve their position for the post season. Currently sitting in the 17th spot with eight wins and seven losses, a win could vault them two spots into the 15th seed. A loss could cause them to miss the playoffs altogether. The Sachems have dropped the last four games, losing to Inter-Lakes and Prospect Mountain last week. Laconia travels to Berlin for the regular season finale.

Belmont is in the same boat as the Sachems, sitting at 8-7 with one game remaining today at Gilford. The Red Raiders need a win to secure a spot in the post season. A loss could eliminate them from contention. Belmont lost to Farmington on Wednesday 7-2.

Gilford (7-8) has an outside shot of reaching the post season. They must beat Belmont today at home. The Golden Eagles beat Franklin 13-1 on Wednesday.

Winnisquam finished the regulars season by falling to Newfound 2-0 and dropping to 12-4. The Bears are currently in the fifth seed and await the rest of the division to complete their regular season schedule.


Winnisquam softball finished the year with a 13-4 record this week, beating Newfound 13-0. The Bears, like the baseball team, wait for the rest of the regular season to play out to see where they will be seeded. Currently they are the five seed.

Gilford hosts Belmont today to finish the regular season. The 10-5 Golden Eagles fell to Franklin on Wednesday 9-0. Gilford will qualify for the post season once the regular season ends.

Belmont travels to Gilford today looking to end the season at and even .500. The Red Raiders hold the 16th spot in the NHIAA Division III standings. Today's game will not influence their spot in the standings.

Laconia is 4-11 heading into the final game of the season against Berlin. The Sachems lost to Winnisquam 14-3 on Tuesday.

Girls' lacrosse

The Sachems currently hold the fourth spot in Division III standings. Laconia hosted Belmont yesterday for the regular season finale.

Gilford (3-10) hosted Plymouth yesterday to end the Golden Eagles season. They lost to Kearsarge 21-7 on Tuesday.

Belmont traveled to Laconia to complete the year. The 1-10 Red Raiders' only victory came against Merrimack Valley in April.

Boys' lacrosse

Gilford dropped the final two games of the regular season last week to Laconia 4-16 and Plymouth 9-7. The losses dropped the Golden Eagles to 3-11 on the year.

The Sachems finished the regular season at 8-6, winning their final two games. The wins came against Gilford 16-4 and Pembroke 18-5. Laconia has to wait for the regular season to be completed to see if they qualify for the post season.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 08:12

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Pass Set Crush Volleyball clinic takes place June 9-13

This spring the Pass Set Crush Volleyball clinic for 1st-7th graders will be held in the Gilford High School gym Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 13 from 3:30 to 5:30. The camp is designed for young girls to have fun while learning the basic fundamental skills of volleyball. The campers will receive personal attention from knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff that features outstanding, local high school players. This year the camp is being run by Gilford Middle School and Lakes Region Juniors coach Michelle Martin. Please contact Coach Martin for further information at 520-4711 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:30

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U15 Sachems lacrosse team has even record with one game left

Laconia's U15 lacrosse team split a pair of contests over the weekend. On Saturday morning the Sachems traveled to Hanover for a makeup game against the Marauders. The sun broke through the clouds about the same time the Sachems were breaking through Hanover's defense. Middie Kaleb Bartlett started his big day (first career hat trick) with a quick goal about 2 minutes into the contest and the Sachems were off and running. Attack Riley Roy (2 goals, 1 assist) got on the board, as did middie Parker Minor. Bartlett tacked on 2 more, one of them a shot from 45 yards out into the empty net as the goalie was out of position, to give his team a commanding 6-1 halftime lead. The second half was all about defense as goalie Steven Towers turned away 16 shots and Noah Shastany and Logan Caruso played stingy "D" in front of their netminder. Defensemen Drew Muzzey capped off Laconia's day with a coast to coast run punctuated with a nice top shelf shot to secure the Sachem's 7-1 victory.

Sunday saw the Sachems play host to the undefeated Hollis/Brookline team. This was an old-fashioned grudge match, as the teams battled back and forth exchanging goals and penalties. Led by attack Riley Roy (3 goals, 2 assists) and middie Parker Minor (hat trick on his birthday) the Sachems showed Hollis they weren't going to be an easy mark. Hollis jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before the youngsters from Laconia battled back to tie things up. Attack Bailey Moore (on a nice feed from Roy) gave Laconia its first lead of the day before Hollis could answer with 3 goals, all on a man up situation. The goals gave Hollis a 6-4 lead at the half. The second half was a mirror image of the first. U13 Middie Ryan Chaisson, playing up from his regular team, got his first U15 goal of the season to pull his team to within 2, 10-8. Unfortunately the clock was not on the Sachems' side, as time ran out and the Laconia rally fell short. Defensively it was a couple more U13 guys who played hard. Josh Reynolds and Gauge Hawkes stepped up to help out the shorthanded U15s and showed the fans that the future for the team looks bright. The loss, coupled with Saturdays win, evens the Sachem's record at 3-3 with one regular season game left.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:23

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Holy Trinity School adds fields a track team

Holy Trinity School's new track team is celebrating its success after participating in its first meet this season at Winnisquam Regional School on Monday, May 5. Eleven students from grades 6 through 8 participated in both track and field events.

Notable performances by the girls include hurdlers Addie Dinsmoor, Emily LeClaire, Cheyenne Wright, as well as Piper Dion in the 1600m run. The girls 4 x 100m relay team of Addie Dinsmoor, Brigid Hosmer, Sophia Clery, and Cheyenne Wright delivered a strong qualifying performance.

Leading the way for the boys, James Marceau competed in the hurdles and triple jump, and took 2nd place in the 400m dash. The team has already qualified in several events for the small-school middle school state meet in Belmont on May 22.

"The kids did an amazing job at their first meet," said team coach and grade 4/5 teacher Kristina Conti. "We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to assemble this team of strong student athletes. Our early success is icing on the cake."

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:18

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