LACONIA -- Laconia High School students showed the community what it means to be a Sachem as they took on opposing teams for a full schedule of homecoming games on Friday and Saturday.
The Laconia High School football team kicked off the homecoming contests by defeating Hanover on Friday night by the score of 26-20. The Marauders proved a tough opponent, scoring all 20 points in the second half. The comeback effort was contained by Laconia's defense, though, which limited Hanover to 97 yards on the ground and 145 passing. Laconia managed 358 rushing yards, led by sophomore Kyle Chiasson. With the win, the Sachems evened their record to 2-2.
Laconia's field hockey team started Saturday's action at the school's new Bank of New Hampshire Stadium. As the ball started making its way down to the opposing side, the offense worked together fluidly, helping give the defense a break. Giulliana Kevlin scored two goals for Laconia, followed by a goal by Cheyanne Zappala, and the final goal was made by Emily DeDucca. "The girls played the best they have all year, and dominated Kearsarge." said Coach Suzanne Kiefer. The final score for girls' varsity field hockey was 4-1, marking a good start to the day for the Sachems.
The girls' soccer team took the field later in the afternoon, and tried their best to keep Hopkington, defending state champs, at bay. Though the Sachems fell short of a win, giving up eight goals to the opposing team during the duration of the game, the girls put up a good fight and proved that they would keep pushing on with a positive attitude no matter the score.
The boys' soccer team was the next to play on the turf. The game started off strong for the Sachems, as they boys pushed their way down the field toward the Winnisquam goal. Over the course of the game seven goals were netted by Laconia. The first goal was scored by Kolby Fornier, assisted by Aidan Dean. James Salta put a second score on the board with an assist by Drew Sykes. Senior Jake Sykes had a hat trick during the game, with one assist by James Salta. The final goal of the game for the Sachems was made by Brent Clarke, assisted by Patrick Guyer. The boys walked off the field proud of their 7-2 final score for the game. After splitting their first six games of the season, the Sachems improved to 6 wins, 3 losses following the homecoming game. "The boys are doing what they need to do," said coach Matt Dubois. "They are working hard in practice, focusing on their skills, and collaborating as a team." With a ranking of eighth in the division, the playoffs are looking very promising for the boys' soccer team this year.
The Laconia girls' varsity volleyball team displayed power and passion in their match against Hanover. However, their play was also marked with technical errors and poor on-court communication, which resulted in a loss in three sets to the visitors. The girls put up a great fight no matter the score, and showed to the many spectators that came to watch, that they have much potential. As always, captains Jeanine Parsons and Rebecca Dragon embody the motto, "We may be small in number, but big in heart."
The Laconia High School cross country team had quite a weekend. Eager to get the homecoming sporting events started, the team left school early on Friday afternoon and raced on up to Waterville Valley to take part in a meet. The team, all males with the exception of one girl, came in 10th out of 17 teams. Ready to keep running the team hosted a fundraiser on Saturday, which took the form of a volunteer race.
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The Laconia Chiefs U5 team split its recent two games, losing to Plymouth and winning over Londonderry.
The Chiefs opened the new Fitzgerald Field with a big time rivalry match up with the Plymouth Huskies. The youngsters from Plymouth put their hosts in an early 14-0 hole with some power running right up the gut. The Chiefs were able to respond, as tailback Jackson Reulke took a handoff from QB Logan Dee, broke several tackles, and raced his way 45 yards for his team's first score of the day. The score pulled the Laconia squad to within one score as the time was winding down in the half. Plymouth was able to capitalize on a Chiefs turnover, and punched another score in with just seconds remaining to go into halftime up 20-6.
The Chiefs made some key adjustments at halftime and came out fired up. LB Garrett Mango moved down to the defensive line and stuffed the inside running game of the Huskies. Helped by the linebacker play of Kaleb Daignault and Aaron Williams, the Chiefs kept their opponents out of the endzone and the ball in the hands of their offense. The offense moved the ball down the field, got Plymouth to jump offsides on consecutive plays, and then gave the ball to Reulke, who found the endzone once again. The extra point attempt by Daignault was good and the margin was now 7 points. The defense stood strong again and Laconia started one last march for paydirt. The drive, however, was stalled by a costly penalty and then an even more costly turnover. When the dust had settled, the Huskies were able to hang on for a 20-13 victory.
The Chiefs hosted their counterparts from Londonderry for the second game of this past weekend. The Chiefs were desperate for a victory and the tough Wildcats were just what the doctor ordered. The Chiefs took their opening possession and marched down the field before tailback Jackson Reulke (137 yd.on 22 carries, 2 TD’s) found a seam and raced 45 yards for the day’s first score. Wingback Rashuan Magdich was able to convert the extra point and the Chiefs had a 7-0 lead. The Wildcats were able to answer the call with a touchdown of their own, but the extra point attempt was stuffed short by defensive linemen Cooper French and Garrett Mango. But on this day the Chief’s offense was not to be outdone. Reulke was able to take the handoff from QB Philip Nichols and race 55 yards for his 2nd score of the day. The extra point attempt failed but the youngsters from Laconia had a 13-6 halftime lead.
Laconia’s defense came out fired up in the 2nd half and limited the Wildcat offense to just 2 first downs. OLB Nolen Perrino and Phil Nichols forced the Wildcats to run inside where they were consistently stuffed by DT Aaron Williams and LB Dakota McCoy. The Chiefs offense kept their momentum going as QB Logan Dee made a great fake and bootlegged the ball around the left end for a 35 yard touchdown run, his first of the season. CB Jackson Reulke was able to intercept a Wildcat pass and race the ball 60 yards down the sideline to the Londonderry 1-yard line. This time it was tailback Colton Roy who punched it in for his team’s final score on the day and Roy’s first touchdown of the season. Londonderry was able to tack on a late score but the Chiefs had all but secured the victory at that point. When it was over, Laconia had a convincing 25-13 victory to even their record at 2-2 on the year.
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The Sant Bani soccer team treated the homecoming crowd to a 5-2 victory over the Dublin JV team Saturday afternoon, extending the Sant Bani unbeaten streak to 4 games. Sant Bani co-captains Harrison Evans and Javin deMello-Folsom teamed up in the 28th minute to provide the only score in the first half. Things opened up a bit in the second half with Sant Bani's Mohamed Sapry scoring a pair of goals, the second coming off a great pass from freshman Dietrich Mahlstedt. Dublin's Harrison Glaude provided some offensive punch of his own, matching Sapry's two second half goals. Sant Bani put the game out of reach with additional goals from junior Zhenglin Yu and Evans' second of the day.
With a little breathing room, Sant Bani coach Todd Schongalla was able to put some of his younger players on the field and was "excited to see how well they performed." Ninth grader Lindsey Tarbin's hard work during the offseason "is paying huge dividends," and Ellen Lockwood and Justine Pitman's tenacious defense helped keep the Dublin attack off balance. "These kids are stepping up in a big way and it couldn't come at a better time, with three games scheduled this week, all against formidable opponents." After a day off, Sant Bani was scheduled to face Cardigan Mountain varsity at home on Monday; Wednesday is a rematch at New Hampton and Friday ends the week with a trip to Proctor Academy.
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The Inter-Lakes varsity volleyball team lost a hotly contested five set match in Moultonboro on Friday night, 18-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 12-15. Senior Inter-Lakes middle hitter Jordan Donohue had an overall outstanding evening garnering 22 kills, 13 service points (including four aces), 11 digs and five blocks. Hayley Roth had a career high 39 assists to go along with eight service points and seven digs. Senior outside hitter Sarah Sundius had a career high 10 kills. Also contributing were Jessica Schofield (nine kills), Lydia Swedberg (12 digs, eight points), Jennifer Pelczar (five points, nine digs), Victoria Burns (6 digs, five points) and Kaila Martin (eight points, four kills).
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