LACONIA — Fresh off its first win of the season, a comeback 21-20 thriller at Kingswood in Wolfeboro last week, the Laconia Sachems are looking to record their first win ever on their new home field at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium.
The Sachems (1-2) will host Hanover High School (1-2) at 7 p.m. tonight. The Sachems grabbed a 23-10 halftime lead in their season opener against Pembroke Academy on September 6 but ended up losing 36-23. They lost their first road game the next weekend to Portsmouth 35-0 but bounced back last week with the winning score coming on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Matt Swormstedt to Kyle Chaison with 56 seconds left in the first half.
Hanover comes to town with a 1-2 record, losing 7-28 to Windham before topping Souhegan 25-21 in a road tilt.
Last weekend they did not play, forfeiting a homecoming game to Kearsarge as many of the team's 37 players were suspended due to what administrators termed ''egregiously inappropriate" behavior at a pre-season party.
One of the highlights of the evening Friday will the dedication of the new field to former Laconia High School football coach and athletic director Jim Fitzgerald, who coached the Sachems from 1973 to 2001, a period in which they went to the playoffs 19 times and advanced to 12 state finals and won three state titles.
The dedication will take place at 6:45 p.m. and is one of the highlights of the third annual Laconia High School Alumni Reunion.
Homecoming weekend will continue on Saturday with a number of athletic contests at the Bank of New Hampshire Stadium, field hockey at 9:30 a.m., girls soccer at noon and 1:30 p.m., boys soccer at 3:30 and 5 p.m. and volleyball contests in the LHS gym at 3 and 4:30 p.m.
In other games involving area teams the big game in Division II sees undefeated Plymouth, which crushed Kennett 42-0 last week, traveling to Manchester to face another undefeated team, Trinity, which has already beaten Portsmouth 58-37, Milford 30-20 and Lebanon 42-6. Many see the Saturday afternoon game as a preview of the Division II championship game.
Kingswood (1-2) will play at Merrimack Valley (2-1) which is coming of off a 48-14 loss to Portsmouth under the lights tonight in Penacook.
In Division III action, with all games being played Saturday, Gilford 2-1, coming off a 31-20 comeback win over Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough, hosts Bow (2-1), which beat Stevens 28-14 last weekend.
Newfound (2-1) hosts Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough (1-2). Newfound routed Franklin 50-15 last weekend while Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough lost 31-20 to Gilford.
Franklin (0-3) is at Newport, (2-1) which beat Fall Mountain 19-0 last week.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 08:22
The Gilford volleyball team extended their win streak to 4 games and played close to perfect volleyball by beating Manchester West in 3 games with the scores of 25-6, 25-8 and 25-3. Gilford served 93 percent and recorded 19 aces. Serving was led by Mikaela Mattice 15/15 with 4 aces, Cassidy Demo 11/11 with 3 aces, Shannon Mercer 8/8 with 3 aces, Kirsten Dionne 11/12 with 3 aces, Danica Gelotte 16/18 with 5 aces and Jordan Dean 7/9 with 1 ace. The Gilford offense was close to flawless by recording 30 kills and only 2 hitting errors for a team high .475 hitting percentage. The offense was led by Jordan Dean with 9 kills, Maddie Harris 7 kills, Mikaela Mattice and Kirsten Dionne with 5 kills apiece, Stratton Coleman 3 kills and Brooke Marcella 1 kill. The offense was set up by Danica Gelotte who recorded 21 assists.
The highlights of game one were Maddie Harris who put down kill spikes for points 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 and Kirsten Dionne who served 10 points in a row including 3 aces. Shannon Mercer finished game one by serving the final 6 points including ace serves for points 21, 22 and 23.
In game two Cassidy Demo served for 10 points including ace serves for points 23 and 25 to end the game.
In game three Mikaela Mattice served 8 points in a row to give Gilford a 9-0 lead followed by Danica Gelotte who served 9 straight points to give Gilford a 19-1 lead. Jordan Dean had kill spikes for points 6, 9, 14, 17 and 20. Stratton Coleman had kill spikes for points 5, 8 and 15.
Gilford's next game is home against Kingswood on Saturday at 6 p.m. as part of Gilford's Homecoming.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 08:16
Laconia High School boys' varsity team won a 5-3 shoot out against Inter-Lakes on Wednesday. Laconia's Jake Sykes, who would go on to complete a hat trick in the match, started the scoring in the 12th minute, only to be answered a minute later by Chris Yopp of Inter-Lakes. So the first half would go: James Salta put Laconia back in the lead in the 18th minute, but Yopp again equalized eight minutes later. Erick Cheney scored for Laconia in the 28th minute, only to have the lead erased by Inter-Lakes's Mason Peverly in the 36th minute.
After the first half's flurry of goals, the score remained knotted for about 15 minutes into the second. Sykes broke the drought with a strike from the penalty stripe, scoring what would be the winning goal. He scored again near the end of regulation to give the Sachems a 5-3 victory. Aidan Dean accumulated three assists for Laconia, Drew Sykes had one assist. Panthavy Pradachith made three saves for Laconia, while Inter-Lakes's Kalep Phelps stopped a dozen.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 08:13
The Inter-Lakes High School varsity volleyball team improved to 5-1 in Division III standings on Friday, defeating local rival Moultonboro Academy in straight sets, 25-22, 25-13, 25-15. Leading the way for the Lakers was senior middle hitter Jordan Donohue who hit .485 on the night with 19 kills while also recording 8 service points, 4 aces and 3 block kills in a great all-around performance. Fellow senior libero Lydia Swedberg led from the service line with 16 points and 3 aces. Senior setter Hayley Roth notched 25 assists, 8 service points and 6 digs and Jenny Pelczar added 10 points and 6 digs. Also contributing were Victoria Burns (6 digs, 4 points), Jessica Schofield (3 kills, 3 blocks) and Kaila Martin (3 kills, 4 points). Inter-Lakes benefited from the vocal home crowd, who supported the team in their annual Dig Pink match. Together with their opponents' fans, the Lakers raised more than $800 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:17
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