LHS lacrosse loses to Derryfield in semifinal match

MANCHESTER — Laconia High School girls' lacrosse lost to Derryfield, 13-6, last night in the NHIAA Division III semi-final match.

After the loss, Laconia coach Kerry Howe said, "It was our first time making it to the final four after many one and two-win seasons. I was excited for our girls. Our goal this season was to make it here and they did a fantastic job. Next year looks promising, we're losing three seniors but have a lot of talent coming in. We hope to be here again, we lost to a great Derryfield team and we have a lot of respect for them."

Laconia started the scoring last night a little more than six minutes into the game, when freshman Danielle Cote, who would net 2 goals in match, found the net with 17:35 remaining in the first half.  Derryfield then scored three consecutive goals before Laconia could bring the score to 3-2 with a goal scored by freshman Helen Tautkus at the 4:57 mark

Derryfield answered with three more consecutive goals. Tautkus scored her second of the night with 54 seconds remaining in the half, bringing the halftime score to 6-3.

The second half belonged to Derryfield, who opened up the scoring at 23:34, and followed with four more consecutive goals. Laconia didn't score again until sophomore Natalie Compton netted her only score of the game at 12:46 to bring the score to 11-4. The two teams went back and forth to end the game.

Laconia's goalie, freshman Lyndsey Paronto, made eight saves in the game. Sophomore Meya Minor also netted a goal for Laconia.

Derryfield will face John Stark on Thursday for the Division III title.

Derryfield ran the table during the regular season, winning all 15 games. Only Laconia scored more than ten goals on the Cougars during the regular season. The top seed beat Plymouth 15-6 in the quarter-finals.
Laconia earned the tournament's four seed by winning 11 games in the regular season. The Sachems' three losses were by a combined five goals. Laconia came the closest to beating Derryfield in the regular season losing 13 – 12 at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium.
After a first round bye in the NHIAA Division III tournament, Laconia hosted Lebanon on Saturday and advanced with a 13–9 victory.

4 members of Gilford boys' tennis played in state tournament

Four members of the Gilford boys' tennis team qualified for this past weekend's state singles and doubles tournament. On Saturday, Bryce Workman lost to Sam Grondin of Derryfield, 8-3. Andrew Caulfield, the #5 seed, defeated Reily Hay of Keene, 8-5, Henry Pletcher of Hanover, 9-7, then lost to Dan Soucy of Bedford, the #3 seed, 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.
In doubles play on Sunday, Gilford's #2 team of Bryce Workman and Keaton Quigley lost to the #3 seeded team of Bedford, 8-0.
The Gilford #1 team of Andrew Caulfield and Grant Workman, seeded #5, defeated Windham, 8-3, Hanover, 8-3. They meet Portsmouth in the quarterfinals, who had defeated the #1 seed in the opening round, and lost, 7-5, 1-6, 1-6.

Belmont's Boles, Zimmer qualify for New England track & field championships

At the New Hampshire State Meet of Champions held on Saturday at Londonderry High School, senior Joseph Boles placed 3rd in the 800m event in a time of 1:56.44, a new school record. His mark surpassed the previous record time of 1:57.5 which he set on May 10. Junior Bruce Zimmer placed 3rd in the shot put with a throw of 45' 8.75", a new personal record. Also competing at the Meet of Champions was the Belmont boys' 4 x 400m relay team (senior Tyler Rolfe, Boles, sophomore Kyle Gelinas and senior Matt LeClair). They placed 10th, with the 2nd fastest time in BHS history, 3:34.46.

Since they placed in the top 6, Boles and Zimmer have both qualified to compete in the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held this Saturday at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.

Franklin-Tilton Pop Warner Youth Football and Cheer holding sign-ups

The Franklin-Tilton Pop Warner Youth Football and Cheer team is currently holding sign-ups. Boys and girls ages 5-14, from Franklin, Tilton and all surrounding towns, are welcome to join. For more information, visit
www.leaguelineup.com/ftfnh, www.facebook/ftfnh, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-5129.