LACONIA – The Laconia high school boys' varsity soccer team's consistent performance throughout this season, has helped them claim a spot in the Division III Playoffs. Entering the last week of regular season, the boys are currently in in 8th place overall in the Division. To protect a first round home game, the boys must win both upcoming games to either keep their current standing or potentially improve in ranking.
At the start of the season the boy's determination to get back into postseason play for the second consecutive year wasn't matched, at least initially, by their performance on the field. The team lost their first match of the season and was 3 and 3 through the first six contests.
The team turned its season around on September 23 with a 6-0 win against Newfound. This win set off a seven-game winning streak, broken on October 16 by a 5-1 loss against neighboring rival Gilford.
Coach Matt Dubois attested that it was the team's hard work and practice that allowed the members to form a more fluid team. Last week's loss against Gilford was a clear example of how communication loss and forgotten standard procedures on the field can negatively impact the team.
"Making it to the playoffs is a huge accomplishment," said senior Jake Sykes. "Losing against Hopkington in the second round last year was hard, but I know that our team has the potential to make to father than we did last year."
In response to making it to the playoffs, Dubois said, "The seniors have been working hard for three varsity seasons to get to this place, and have made much progress during these years. The playoffs will be challenge, as it's hard with teams you haven't played, but if the team plays consistently they should do well in the first few rounds."
This afternoon the boys will be traveling to Belmont to play the Red Raiders. Having already won against Belmont 3-1 for their first victory of the season, the team expects to manage another win today.
The Senior Night game will be this Friday, October 25 starting at 5:30 p.m. The Sachems will host Mascoma Valley, a team which has only won two matches this season.
The playoff schedule will be posted after the scores from this week's regular season games have been finalized.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 09:16
Friends of Belmont Football (FOBF), a charitable organization, is currently raising funds toward its goal of making football a reality for Belmont High School student-athletes.
Any Belmont High School athlete who has played football in younger recreational leagues can't play in high school because Belmont doesn't have a team. Current Belmont 8th graders playing football in Gilford won a championship last year and currently have a record of 5 and 1 so far this year.
These kids have nowhere to play next year unless the school district can establish a co-operative team.
FOBF members are determined to raise funds to help Belmont establish that partnership with another school district and have a combined football team. To help make this happen, Friends of Belmont Football is reaching out to the community for help with fundraising efforts.
The Belmont Village Store is currently offering $.99 egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches through Nov.14. The store is donating 100% of proceeds from the sale of those sandwiches to FOBF.
Additionally, donations can be made online at: http://www.gofundme.com/4hn5wc, or checks made payable to The Friends of Belmont Football may be mailed to 552 Union Road in Belmont NH, 03220.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 08:46
The White Mountain School hosted the Sant Bani soccer team in a hard-fought nail-biter on Saturday. Sant Bani found themselves quickly down 2-0 on back-to-back White Mountain goals in the 9th and 10th minutes by Chen Chen Zhou and Darvis Borges. Three minutes later, Sant Bani co-captain Harrison Evans got his team back to within a goal, scoring on an indirect kick deflected off a White Mountain defender.
Seven minutes into the second half Evans again found the back of the net, this time on a feed pass from fellow senior Caio Thielen. Both teams, playing with only three subs, were denied further chances with great goalkeeping and gutsy defense, each squad exhausted by the final whistle. Sant Bani will be logging some significant miles in the coming week, visiting Dublin School, Kimball Union Academy and Vermont Academy. Coach Todd Schongalla's advice to his team: "Get some rest and keep up with your homework."
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 08:44
Caitlin Rotonnelli fired 6 shots into the net for an 8-0 Inter-Lakes win away at Laconia on Friday. Goals were also scored by Kaylee Converse (assist from Sarah Dunlap) and Daniele Boucher (assist from Margaux Dickinson). Other assists from the game, 3 more from Sarah Dunlap, 2 from Charlotte Morrow, 1 from Madelyn Edgar. Goalie Kenzi Giroux posted a shutout with help from a strong defensive performance by senior Reilly Donovan.
Inter-Lakes now has a record of 10-4 and is scheduled to play at home today against Newport.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 08:34