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Gilford Silverhawks to defend Granite State Championship

The 2013 Gilford Silverhawks will look to defend their 2012 Granite State Championship next Saturday at the new Bank of NH Stadium at Laconia High School. Gilford will take their 7-1 regular season record to the title game against Concord, who also sports an identical 7-1 regular season record.

Gilford advanced to the championship game by defeating Kearsarge on Nov. 2 by a score of 49-22. Concord was able to reach the finals by defeating 2012 runner up Hollis/Brookline by a score of 38-14. Both Concord and Gilford boast high powered offenses and stingy defenses. This will be the first match up of these two teams this season.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play for another championship for Gilford Football." head coach Mike Robbs said recently. "This particular group has been a lot of fun to be around. They are a tight knit group, a real family. It's a testament to the parents who support our program."

The Gilford Football program is open to players from first grade all the way through high school.

Kickoff of the Granite State Championship is at 9 a.m. Saturday. The game is free and open to the public. In lieu of admission, please bring a canned food item or other non-perishable item to be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 09:00

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LMS football caps off season with strong win over Newfound

The 2013 Laconia Middle School football team completed its season on Saturday, Nov. 2 with a convincing 28-8 victory over Newfound. The 7th and 8th grade boys enjoyed an outstanding season on their way to a 9-1-1 record. The only loss was to Plymouth Middle School on October 22. The Middle School Sachem squad was able to play the  Bobcats from Plymouth to a 6-6 tie just one week later, thus ruining a perfect season for Plymouth. Laconia also played teams from Winnisquam, Franklin, Newfound, Kennett and Kingswood. The outstanding season will be defined by the 9-1-1 record, in which the Middle School Sachems scored a total of 380 points (35 points per game) and allowed a total of just 84 points (8 per game). Shown here, in the front row(left to right): Captains- Drew Muzzey, Ryan McCrea, Riley Roy and Steven Towers. Second row: Noah Shastany, Bradley Weeks, Jack Maher, Parker Minor, Caleb Hounsell, Laurence Barbarian, Evan Kreitzer, Ben Beliveau, Noah Cruz. Third row: Tony Collings, Dylan Tivey, Justin Holmes, Devin Miles, Logan Caruso, Jordan Brown, Gauge Hawkes, Travis Adams, Keegan Johnson, Pete Dauphin. Back row: Coach Dem Chiasson, Ryan Chiasson, Garret Whitney, Kaleb Bartlett, Coach Chip Nyhan, Jakob Steele, Thomas Bastis, Alex Westcott, Coach Mike Schofield. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 08:59

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Winnisquam cruises past Sunapee for chance to play in volleyball state final

PLYMOUTH — The Winnisquam Regional High School volleyball team will play for the state championship after defeating Sunapee in semi-final play 3-0 on Wednesday night at Plymouth State University. The third seeded Bears won each set by at least five points. The closest set came in the second. Sunapee, the second seed in the NHIAA's Division III tournament, knotted the set up at 16 after reeling off five unanswered points. That's as close as they would come late in any of the three sets. The sets ended with the scores of 25-15, 25-20, 25-16.

" I think our experience paid off. The girls understand what's at stake here. I never saw any panic." Coach Mike Livernois said. "Erica Doubleday, who had 24 assists, had a big game for us tonight. This is her first year starting as a junior and she played well on the big stage.

In the second set Winnisquam jumped out to 16-10 lead, only to see the Lakers claw their way back into it and tie the set up 16-16. The Bears did not look back after that. Bailey Long ended the set in style with a kill for the final point. Long had seven kills on the evening. "The second set we saw a lot of errors, but got the jitters out of they way after that. Our goal every year is to start here in the jamboree and finish here in the final four." Livernois added.

The final set was all Winnisquam. Senior Hannah Chapin lead the way with four kills in the set. Chapin finished the night with nine kills, five digs and two blocks. The Bears will look to defend their title in a rematch of last season's final versus Nute on Friday night at Plymouth State University.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 08:42

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Inter-Lakes volleyball can't top Nute in semi-finals

PLYMOUTH —The season came to an end Wednesday night for the Inter-Lakes High School volleyball team, losing 3-0 to Nute in the semi-final match of the NHIAA's Division III tournament played at Plymouth State University.

The Lakers hung around early in the first set but were no match for undefeated Nute's defense. Nute controlled all three sets winning 25-17, 25-19, and 25-18. The Rams will return to the finals for the second straight year.

"We played great defense, but couldn't our offense rolling." Said Coach Randy Mattson. 'None of our girls had more than five service points in a row. Usually we can roll into double digits serving. We started out with the energy I had hoped for, but could not generate the offense."

Jordan Donohue lead the Lakers attack with 15 kills. Jessica Schofield had nine kills and three blocks on the evening. " Jessica had the best game of her career tonight." Mattson continued."We had a great season. I am enormously proud of the girls this year. They showed tremendous heart winning on the road at Campbell to get here tonight."

Nute lost in the finals last year to Winnisquam 3-0. They will look to complete the perfect season Friday night at Plymouth State University.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 08:39

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