When the team earned its first win this season, they dedicated the game to Lily Johnson, a 14 year-old Laconia girl who was killed on the afternoon of April 19, when a vehicle drove onto the sidewalk near Laconia Middle School and struck her and Allyssa Miner, also 14, as they were walking. Miner was seriously injured and is now home and recovering.
The team's second win was also played in honor of Lily, said Jurius. With four games left this season, the team boasts a record of 6-3. They've done more than play for Lily, they've also dedicated this year's fund raising efforts to benefit the "Lily Johnson Memorial Fund/Allyssa Miner Benefit Fund", established at Franklin Savings Bank. On Thursday, the team presented a representative of the bank with a check for $240.
Jurius said the team began its fund raising campaign with the goal of raising enough to defray the cost of team jackets, until parent Jim Dyer volunteered to cover the entire bill. Instead, Jurius decided to follow the lead already established by her players, who were thinking of and talking about the recent tragedy, and she redirected the money to help the families of two girls in a neighboring town. "I just piggybacked on their idea," said Jurius.
Fund raising activities included two bake sales and the raffle of a candy basket.
Although Lily and Allyssa are from another town and another school, many of the Inter-Lakes softball players knew them, some quite well. Rebecca Wild often hung out with Lily when the two found themselves watching a basketball game played by their younger siblings. When Wild was feeling lonely, she knew she could find company by Lily's side. "She had a really sweet personality, she was so nice. If you needed someone to talk to, she was always there for you."
"A lot of us knew them, we all had a kind of connection," said Rebecca Otis. "We wanted to help out because we knew it was something terrible that happened."
The girls on the team said the act of helping others brought a measure of relief from their own grief. Lindsey Rosette said, "I think it was awesome that we pulled together as a team for two special people and their families... It definitely helped me."
"It helped us feel better that we did something that helped," said Brianna Knauss.
Jurius said, "Inter-Lakes has had a lot of hard years as far as softball wins and losses. I'm happy we can put it all together – we've compassion and caring, and we have a winning record this year."
Winning record or no, Inter-Lakes Middle Tier principal Everett Bennett said the team has put together an exemplary season. "What they did is the example of what we want to be all about at the Middle Tier... They should be so proud of themselves."
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New Hampton scored in the first minute of play to take an early lead but Belmont's Emily Ennis tied the game less than two minutes later. With the action moving up and down the field, the teams traded scoring chances throughout the half. Both teams had ten shots on net in the half and New Hampton held a 5-3 advantage at the break.
The teams continued the performance into the second half, moving up and down the field and trading goals. With ten minutes remaining New Hampton possessed a slim 7-5 lead. Then, New Hampton took control, scoring four unanswered goals to go up 11-5. The teams traded single tallies after that and at the final whistle Belmont suffered its second defeat of the season, final score 12-6.
Emily Ennis paced the Red Raider attack with three goals. Jen Hamilton, Anna Scott and Allivia Burbank added single tallies. Burbank also had an assist on Hamilton's goal with a beautiful, long pass from midfield to the wide open Hamilton on the right side of the net. Sarah Thayer played well offensively with several ground ball controls. Alexa Robbins recorded 10 saves in net.
Belmont traveled to Robbie Mills Field to close out the season Tuesdy against Laconia.
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Gilford lost to Bow by the score of 8-1. The only Gilford player to score was second-seeded Charleyne Panner, who beat Nisha Naik 8 games to 2.
Panner and Cheralynn Corsack, comprising Gilford's top doubles team, nearly earned a second point, losing to the doubles team of Naik/Sunday Swett in a tiebreaker.
Gilford will host its first playoff game on Wednesday, against fifth-seeded Monadnock. If Gilford wins, the team will have a chance to seek revenge against the top-seeded Bow, which has a bye in the first round of elimination play.
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