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GHS swim team grows to 15 members

After three snowed out meets the Gilford High School swim team finally started the competitive aspect of their season with a meet at the Upper Valley Aquatics Center last week. The team competed against 6 other teams proudly representing the high school with Rebecca Cook sophomore placing first and second in her two events, Kaitlyn Egbert rookie placed seventh and fifth, Ayden Ernst sophomore 7th and 11th with two best times from last season, Owen Sanborn placed 6th and 8th, again two best times from last season, Autumn Bos sophomore place 6th and 10th. Freshman Michael Hart, Kyle Davies, Joe Bonnell, Brendan Carkin all swam strong and fast for their first high school meet. Chrissy Leach a three year veteran placed in the top 20. The boys medley relay beat last year best time by 3 sec for a 1:12.33. The team has grown from one swimmer, Jillian Whitaker, three time National Swimmer while at Keene State, 6 years ago to 15 swimmers this year.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 09:41

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Sachem girls earn 45-39 win over Gilford

Laconia High School girls' basketball used a 12-8 3rd quarter to outlast the Gilford Golden Eagles 45-39. Both teams traded baskets in the first quarter with the Eagles grabbing a 14-12 lead . The score went back in fourth in the second quarter with Laconia holding a 28-26 advantage at the break. The Sachems extended their advantage to 40-34 after three. Gilford spent most of the fourth quarter at the foul line but was unable to capitalize, shooting 6 for 19.
Leading Laconia was Cali Swormstedt with 13 points followed by Kailey Nute's 9 first half points. Natalie Compton contributed with 11 points for the winners. For Gilford Jordan Dean led all scorers with 11 points followed by Kayla Orton and Maddie Harris who both scored 8. Kelsey Buckley and Cassidy Bartlett added 5 apiece and Shannon Mercer also added 2 points.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 09:29

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Sachems take charge early in 67-62 win over Gilford

LACONIA — The Laconia High School boys' basketball team (4-1) Jumped out to an early lead and held on late to beat the Golden Eagles 67-62. The Sachems led by 15 early in the second quarter in large part by the play of junior Matt Swormstedt (15 points). "I have coached Matt from a freshman," Coach Stephen McDonough said. "You could see when he arrived in the locker room, he came ready to play. I don't know if there is a kid that bleeds Laconia red more than Matt."

"We were careless with the ball," Gilford coach Chip Veazey said. "We have been careless all year. We have to do a better job protecting the ball. We had too many turnovers that led to easy shots."

Gilford did not roll over easily, scoring 23 points in the final five minutes of the first half. The Golden Eagles charge was led by Cody Goodwin (15 points), who came off the bench and scored 11 consecutive points in under two minutes. Gilford held a two point lead going into the half 34-32.

Laconia responded in the second half by holding Josh Joyce (18 points), Gilford's leading scorer, to only three points in the final frame. The Sachems reclaimed the lead midway into the third when Gilford's Kaleb Orton (17 points) slammed the ball down in disgust from a foul call, an outburst that drew a technical foul. Laconia converted the free throw and scored eight consecutive points to go ahead and not look back. The second half scoring was led by senior captain Aidan Dean, who scored 12 of his 16 after halftime. Laconia's leading scorer was Jake Sullivan, who scored 18 off the bench.

The Sachems will host Division II foe Plymouth (5-0) tonight at 6:30. Gilford visits Winnisquam (2-2) tonight at 4:30.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 09:23

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Wolfpack's depleted defensive line can't hold on for win

LACONIA —  The Laconia Winnisquam Wolfpack held a two goal lead with under six minutes remaining, but could not hold on, losing to John Stark-Hopkinton 8-6. The Wolfpack, playing at the Laconia Ice Arena on Saturday, led 6-4 when the General's Jake Blanchette (3 goals, 2 assists) scored the first of four unanswered goals on a rebound that he flipped over the stick of Wolfpack goalie Brayden Harriman. "It's tough to be up by two and then lose at the end, but that happens," Wolfpack coach TJ Galligan said. "We need to get our injuries taken care of. If we had more guys on the bench it might have been a different outcome." Lac-Winn started the game with four defenseman and lost Junior Ryan Smith midway into the second, leaving the Wolfpack with three defenseman in the third period.

The Generals opened up the scoring just 28 seconds into the game on a two on one breakaway when Blanchette fed forward Tim Sawitsky who wristed a shot above the shoulder of Harriman (37 saves). The Wolfpacks' special teams responded when Josh Shevlin blasted a shot from the top of the circle. The Generals netminder deflected the shot into the air, but could not compose himself enough to reach back and grab the loose puck which bounced behind him and into the net. Laconia netted two more from Jack Decormier and Dakota Tyno (2 goals) before the end of the first.

The second period saw only four minutes of five on five hockey. The Wolfpack ended up on the short end of two five on three penalty kills. Each team would allow only one special teams goal. "We could not capitalize on the five minute major," said Galligan. "instead we put ourselves in a hole going down four on three twice during that time."

Tyno's second goal of the game gave the Wolfpack the 6-4 advantage with 5:52 remaining, which is when the short bench started to take its toll. The Generals spent the majority of the remaining five minutes swarming the Wolfpack net. The fatigued defense had trouble clearing the zone. JS-Hopkinton tied the game at the three minute mark and took the lead a minute later. The Generals added an empty net goal to close out the scoring.

Laconia will host NHIAA Division III foe Berlin (3-1) tomorrow night at 6:50.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 09:19

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