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Loss to Kennett darkens Laconia's football playoff outlook

CONWAY — The Sachems' (3-5) playoff hopes are now a long shot after a 38-14 loss to Kennett (4-4) on Friday night. Laconia's offense was smothered by the Eagles defense as Kennett linebackers caused three turnovers and did not give up a touchdown in the second half.

"We were outmatched tonight," said coach Craig Kozens. "They were the better team. We are not mathematically eliminated, but will need a lot of help if we want to reach the playoffs." With the win over Laconia, Kennett is in the driver's seat for the second playoff spot in the Division II North Conference.

Kennett started the game with an onside kick that was recovered by Laconia at midfield. The Sachems needed to convert two fourth downs and a little help from a pass interference penalty to score the first six points of the game. Laconia's touchdown came on a Kyle Chiasson sweep to the left side from 13 yards out. The drive totaled 51 yards on 15 plays, chewing up eight minutes of the first quarter. Kennett did not waste any time scoring in the Eagles' first possession. Eagles running back Nate Emerson lined up in the slot on the opening play, took a hand-off while coming around for a reverse and sprinted untouched down the Eagles sideline for 65 yard touchdown.

Laconia's defense had trouble slowing Eagles quarterback Nick Graziano, who completed 12 passes for 229 yards and two TDs. The Sachems' Matt Swormstedt completed seven passes for 84 yards and a TD of his own. The touchdown ended the first half on a 10 yard toss to Chiasson.

The second half looked promising for Laconia when Emerson fumbled the snap on the opening drive and Laconia's Jordan McCrea recovered the ball. Laconia ran three plays before Swormstedt tried to hit Chiasson up the middle, only to be picked off by Grant Meserve. Meserve had a fumble recover in addition to his interception, while racking up 92 yards rushing and a touchdown on offense.

Bank of New Hampshire Stadium will be the site for senior night and the final regular season game, as Laconia will host Milford (5-3).

Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 10:24

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Back-to-back wins for Sant Bani soccer

After a string of tough losses earlier in the month, the Sant Bani soccer team achieved its second straight win on Saturday, outscoring Kimball Union Academy's JV3 team 7-1. The 3-0 halftime lead gave Sant Bani coach Todd Schongalla some flexibility with his younger players, inserting freshman Sam McLaughlin into the net. "Sam will likely be our #1 keeper next season and the more playing time we can give him now, the better." Schongalla also praised the defensive work of freshman defender Lindsey Tarbin and sophomore midfielder Connor Lemay, who had a couple of great shots on goal and an assist in the second half. Sant Bani senior Harrison Evans took credit for four goals on the afternoon; rounding out the scoring were juniors Mohamed Sapry and Ander Trevino Aizpurua and senior midfielder Caio Thielen. KUA denied Sant Bani's attempt for their second shutout of the season with a late goal in the 76th minute. Sant Bani travels on Wednesday, playing Vermont Academy for the first time. San Bani's season record is now 6-4-1.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:10

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Gilford volleyball notches win over improved Laconia team

Gilford High School volleyball earned a 3-0 win over Laconia on Monday. Game scores were: 25-14, 25-23, 25-20.

The score was close in game one until Mikaela Mattice came to the service line and served 4 straight to give Gilford a 14-5 lead. Mattice served an ace for point 13 and Kristen Dionne had a kill spike for point 12 in that run. Laconia battled back and brought the score within 4 points with Gilford holding onto a slim 18-14 lead. Cassidy Demo came to the service line for Gilford and served the final 7 points of the game. In the final run, Demo served aces for points 22 and 24, Mikaela Mattice put down a kill for point 20 and Jordan Dean had kills for points 19 and 25. Laconia jumped out to a 5-0 lead in game two and brought the score to 11-6 before Gilford's setter Danica Gelotte came to the service line and served 7 straight to give Gilford the lead that they never relinquished. In that run, Gelotte had ace serves for points 8 and 13, Brooke Marcella had a kill spike for point 11 and Kirsten Dionne had a kill spike for point 12. Gilford finished game two with 7 kills in the final 10 points. Jordan Dean had kill spikes for points 16 and 17,  Gelotte point 19,  Dionne for point 23 and Maddie Harris for points 21, 22 and 25. Game three was highlighted by Dean and Harris with 4 kills apiece,  Dionne with 2 kills, Marcella with 1 block and Gelotte with a kill tip. Said Gilford coach Joan Forge, "The Laconia coach is doing a wonderful job with her team. They demonstrated tremendous improvement since the first time we played them earlier in the season."

Gilford improved to 11-3 with the win.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:08

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Belmont volleyball's losing streak stretches to three

The Belmont High School volleyball team dropped its third game in a row and its fourth of the season in 3-2 loss against Moultonborough on Monday. Belmont took the first two sets with scores of 25-22 and 25-21, but Moultonborough swept the following three, by the scores of 25-23, 25-18 and 15-10.

Belmont's Megan Bailey recorded one ace, five kills, one dig and 31 assists. Jessie Bergeron had six aces, two kills, 28 digs and two assists. Alyssa Woods had three aces, ten kills, one dig and one block. Louisa Bergeron had 11 kills and one block, while Jackely Robarge added five ace and five digs.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:04

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