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7 GHS players score in field hockey win

Seven players scored after a sluggish first 10 minutes as Gilford defeated Franklin 10 - 0. Sisters Laura and Becky Zakorchemny netted two goals apiece. Also scoring were Kelsey Buckley, 2 goals and one each by Mollie Dignan, Rachel Blandford, Logan Baxter, and Sophie Sherkanowski scored her first varsity goal. The defense with Ashlyn Miller in goal held Franklin's offense to two penalty corners.
Gilford plays their first home game against White Mountains on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 06:29

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Gilford counting on speed, athleticism to give them the edge

GILFORD — ''We don't have much size overall but if we can stay healthy we've got a very athletic team which will be able to beat people with our speed,'' says Gilford High School football  head coach Chris Marden.
Only 24 and in his first year as a head coach, Marden has been an assistant coach the last two seasons for the Golden Eagles, and says the team has over 20 players returning from last year's 1-8 squad which gives the team a veteran presence he expects will pay dividends as the season progresses.
The offense will be lead by senior quarterback Jack Athanas, who will be joined in the backfield by tailback Max Troiano and fullback David MacDonald while Kyle Gaudet will be the prime target for Athanas, along with Braedon Lacroix and Beck Stecher.
Up front in the offensive line will be guards Drake Parker and Seth Rowley, center Austin Blais and tackles Shane Podmore and Zach Poisson.
Marden says that there are a lot of two way players on the team and that Parker and Rowley will be the interior linemen with Podmore and Ben Waite at the end positions. Linebackers will include Gaudet and Thomas Saeger on the outside and MacDonald and Poisson on the inside. Stecher and Troiano will be the cornerbacks with Carter Mercer at safety.
Marden, a 2007 graduate of Laconia High School, was an All-State selection as an offensive lineman in 2006 and played at Norwich University where he was three-year starter and twice an all-conference offensive lineman.
He has also played professionally for the West Texas Roughnecks but gave up his dream of playing professionally after he was cut by the Orlando Predators.
Marden, who says he's now considering a career as a police officer, is looking to bring the football program back to the winning ways of just a few years ago when the Eagles went 9-2 and played in the Division VI championship game in 2010.
He's get  a full coaching staff with former Souhegan and Kingswood head coach Scott Laliberte serving as defensive coordinator and Shawn Garrett, head JV coach and Jacob Kleckner, assistant JV coach.
''We were down to 19 players at the end of last year but we had over 30 turn out this year. We're down  to about 26 now with some injuries but we're looking to build the program back up so that we can remain competitive with other teams in our division.''
A realignment of the divisions of New Hampshire high school football has cut the number of divisions from six to three and will see Gilford competing in the 19-team Division III.
The new three-division system has basically fused the old Divisions I and II into the new D-I, Divisions III and IV into the new D-II, and Divisions V and VI into the new D-III.
There are four conferences in each division, with the following lineup in Division III, which has 19 teams:
South: Bow, Campbell, Pelham and Somersworth.
Lakes: Franklin, Gilford, Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough, Newfound and Winnisquam.
West: Bishop Brady, Epping-Newmarket, Farmington-Nute and Raymond.
East: Fall Mountain, Mascoma, Newport and Stevens.
Eight teams will qualify for the playoffs  with the top new teams in each conference meeting in the first playoff round. The four remaining teams will then be seeded using a point system and will meet in the semifinals, with the No. 4 seed playing at the No. 1 seed, and the No. 3 seed playing at the No 2 seed.
The Golden Eagles open their season on Saturday at Newport and will face some familiar foes in the Lakes conference, including Franklin, which posted 9-2 mark last year and was Division IV state champion, a rebuilding Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough squad which was 1-7 last year, as well Winnisquam which was 5-4 last year and Newfound which was 6-4 last year.
GILFORD SCHEDULE
Sep. 7: at Newport, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 14: Winnisquam 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 21: at Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 28: Bow 1;30 p.m.
Oct. 5  Farmington 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 12  at Newfound 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 19  Raymond, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 at Franklin 1:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 06:09

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New field, new division alignment as Sachems gear up for 2013 season

LACONIA — Laconia High School football coach Craig Kozens said that his players couldn't have been more excited when they took to the new turf field Wednesday for their first practice on the new surface.
''It was like Christmas came early. We've been practicing at New Hampton School and not getting back home until nine o'clock. So it's nice to get back to regular practice schedule'' says Kozens.
The new field at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium will see its first game action this afternoon and evening when the Sachems scrimmage John Stark Regional from Weare, with the junior varsity taking the field at 5 p.m. and the varsity at 7 p.m.
Kozens says there's a lot of excitement about the new field, named for former long-time head coach Jim Fitzgerald, which offers a dramatic new look behind the high school and where the Sachems will open their season on Friday, September 6 when they host Pembroke Academy.
Also new this year is realignment of the divisions on New Hampshire high school football which has cut the number of divisions from six to three and will see Laconia competing in the 20-team Division II.
The new three-division system has basically fused the old Divisions I and II into the new D-I, Divisions III and IV into the new D-II, and Divisions V and VI into the new D-III.
There are four conferences in each division, with the following lineup in Division II, which has 20 teams:
North: Hanover, Kennett, Laconia, Lebanon and Plymouth.
South: John Stark, Milford, Souhegan, Trinity and Windham.
West: Con-Val, Hollis/Brookline, Kearsarge, Monadnock and Sanborn.
Central: Kingswood, Merrimack Valley, Pembroke, Portsmouth and St. Thomas.
Laconia will play the other four teams in the North Conference as well Kingswood, Pembroke and Portsmouth from the Central Conference, Monadnock from the West Conference and Milford from the South Conference.
Eight teams will qualify for the playoffs with the top new teams in each conference meeting in the first playoff round. The four remaining teams will then be seeded using a point system and will meet in the semifinals, with the No. 4 seed playing at the No. 1 seed, and the No. 3 seed playing at the No 2 seed.
Kozens said the new alignment will mean that every game matters and make it much more difficult for teams to advance to the championship game.
He said that both Plymouth and Portsmouth are defending champions under the old format while Trinity of Manchester figures to be one of the top contenders for Division II honors.
Kozens said he's looking for the Sachems to be a competitive team in the division and is hoping to build on the momentum from last year's season in which Laconia won four of its last five games after getting off to an 0-4 start in an injury plagued season.
''We're going to be playing Laconia style football, grinding it out and playing a tough defense. We've got a really hard-working group of players who are growing together as a team.'' says Kozens.
He said that Steven Kemos, an inside linebacker on defense and a fullback on offense, and Efran Nouel, a two-way lineman, are looking good in early scrimmages and that he's pleased with the effort of running backs Jon Pelky and Chris Frontiero as well as lineman Mitchell Bailey.
Adding some power to the running game is Kyle Chaisson, who missed last season and has looked good so far in the pre-season.
Returning as quarterback is junior Matt Swormstedt, who last year completed 22 out of 45 passes for five touchdowns.
Kozens said that Swormstedt, who was only the second sophomore starting quarterback in LHS history, is an intelligent signal caller who knows how to run an offense and adjust to what the defense is doing in front of him.
''It's going to be an exciting season,'' says Kozens, who says that both Plymouth and Portsmouth are defending champions under the old format and, along with Trinity of Manchester, figure to be among the top contenders for Division II honors.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:53

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Richard L. Champagne, 72

TUCSON, Ariz. — Richard L. Champagne, 72, died at the Tucson Medical Center, on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Mr. Champagne was born December 4, 1940 in Laconia, N.H., the son of the late Henry J. and Mildred (Ricard) Champagne. He had been a resident of Laconia for many years where he was employed as a molder at Laconia Malleable Iron Co. Inc. He later resided in Florida for a number of years before

moving to Arizona fifteen years ago.

Survivors include two brothers, Henry D. Champagne and his wife, Jean, and Robert E. Champagne and his wife, Shirley, all of Laconia; three sisters, Rita Giguere and her husband, William, of Lakeport; Faye Clark of Belmont and Irene Shirley Bryson of Florida and many nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Emile Champagne, and a sister, Betty-Ann (Champagne) Burns.

There will be no calling hours.

Private burial will be in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia, N.H.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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