Using a stalwart defense and strong offensive attack, Belmont defeated John Stark 9-1 in Weare on May 13.
Just 5 minutes and 16 seconds into the game Belmont scored to take the lead. Thirty five seconds later the team scored again providing all the offense the girls would need for the victory. Belmont's offense controlled the pace of the game throughout the half and the defense was able to hold the home team to a single goal. Belmont had a commanding 5-1 lead heading into halftime. In the second half the Lady Red Raiders continued their dominance. The girls scored just over three minutes into the second half. The Belmont defense remained strong and the offense rolled along. At the final whistle, Belmont had a convincing 9-1 victory.
Clorissa Roode, Emily Ennis and Allivia Burbank each had two goals in the game. Jen Hamilton, Kaitlyn Berry and Anna Scott each recorded single goals. Goaltender Alexa Robbins played well in net, turning aside nine of the 10 shots she faced in the contest. Caitlyn Keville had a strong offensive game, ringing a shot off the post.
Belmont earned another win the next day over the Laconia junior varsity squad at Robbie Mills Field. Belmont scored three and a half minutes into the contest and added two more before Laconia found the back of the net about midway through the half.
Belmont's defense played another strong game holding the Lady Sachems to only two shots on goal in the half. Belmont held a 7-2 lead at the break. Laconia struck first in the second half but before they could put together a comeback the Lady Red Raiders scored to go up by five again. The teams traded a few more goals and at the end of the game Belmont had a 10-4 win.
Burbank had three goals and an assist in the game. Kate Witschonke and Berry each had two goals while Katherine Jeas, Hamilton and Scott had single tallies. Sarah Thayer played well in the offensive end of the field with a nice assist on Hamilton's goal and had a strong showing in the transititon game. Cori Heimlich played well defensively helping hold Laconia to minimal shots on net. Goaltender Robbins had six saves in the contest.
In their third game in three days, Belmont built on its momentum by earning a 13-0 win over Sant Bani on Wednesday, May 15.
Clorissa, Thayer, Hamilton, Hailey Clough and Keville each had two goals. Heimlich, Maddi Blajda and Jeas added single goals. Zoe Zeller and Hamilton recorded assists. Robbins turned aside 8 shots in net.
The girls travel to New Hampton for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday.
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Coach Jon Myers, now in his third year with the team, said his players have the potential to make the 2013 season a highlight of his young coaching career. Laconia hasn't been to a baseball championship game since 1999, when the school competed in NHIAA's Division II. What's even more encouraging to Myers is a trio of freshmen who earned a spot on the varsity roster and have shown promise of being leaders of the team for seasons to come.
The varsity freshmen include brothers Andrew and James Salta, who have demonstrated the ability to produce for their team despite their young ages. James, a shortstop, has been hitting .393 this year, while right field-playing Andrew has a seasonal batting average of .409.
The third ninth grader on the team is Riley Stone, who, said Myers, "has been phenomenal this year." Stone has impressed his coach as both a pitcher and an infielder, and his .628 batting average leads the team.
Myers is excited to see how his young players progress, especially considering the unusual amount of varsity experience they're seeing for their age. "That's a nice foundation to have going forward the next three years."
More impressive than their stats, said Myers, are the unmeasurable qualities of Stone and the Salta twins. "They're just good players all around," he said. Hard-working on and off the field, eager to learn from their coaches, Myers expect his three freshmen to be the leaders of the team in the not-too-distant future. Sharing the dugout with juniors and seniors, he said Stone and the Saltas are pretty quiet for now, but, "They're already modeling what a good ballplayer's all about. They're almost role models already."
Looking at the rest of the games on his schedule, Myers said their division-best record is anything but safe. For the final game of the season, on May 22, Laconia will travel to Berlin, a 6-7 team the Sachems haven't seen yet this season. Laconia travels to Winnisquam, which has won nine games so far, for the penultimate game of the regular season.
If those games weren't worrying enough for Myers, his team will host Prospect Mountain tonight for his team's Senior Night. Laconia beat Prospect Mountain on April 19, but just barely. The game concluded with a 7-6 decision that took ten innings to reach. He expects the Timberwolves will remember that loss when they come to Robbie Mills Field tonight. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
Laconia's most recent game was Wednesday at Belmont, where Myers and his team came away with a 13-6 win. Despite the outcome, he was less than thrilled with his team's performance. "It was a weird game," he said. Afternoon rain caused for sloppy conditions and similar play. Laconia jumped out to a 13 run lead after two innings, but fundamental errors in the field allowed Belmont to make the game competitive. If his team is to reach the same height Laconia saw in 1999, Myers said his team will have to stay sharp in every condition and situation.
"I think if we play the way we've been playing, things look pretty good," he said. "We have to play well, stay focused on every pitch."
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He is one of eighteen collegiate athletes, ten men and eight women, who make up the Men's and Women's Snowboard Teams representing the United States at this prestigious international competition. These riders are full-time college students and exceptional snowboarders, each holding individual and team titles across several snowboarding disciplines, including halfpipe, slopestyle, giant slalom, and snowboardcross.
Dan graduated in 2010 from Plymouth Regional High School and Waterville Valley Academy (a school for student athletes that focuses on academics and snowsports training/competition). He is currently a Sophomore at Westminster College in Salt Lake
City, Utah and a member of the Westminster College Men's Snowboard Team.
Sara Beaudry, Team Manager of the World University Games U.S. Snowboard Team, says "These are dedicated athletes and serious college students who will make us proud. The one thing remaining in our quest for world recognition and world medals is the money we need to raise to get us all there. If we can't raise enough money as a group, each person who wants to go will have to pay the individual balance out of his or her pocket."
The team and its supporters are actively fund-raising. In addition to accepting individual donations, they plan to hold online raffles and online retail fund-raisers. The team is also seeking official corporate sponsors.
Anyone interested in making donations and/or corporate sponsorships can do so via the Paypal donation link on the Facebook page, by contacting Ms. Beaudry at WUGUSSnowboard@gmail .com, by calling (801) 832-2389, or by mailing a check to WUG US Snowboard Team, c/o Sara Beaudry, 3070 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84106.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 10:29