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Formidable Bow team stands between I-L-M football and the final game

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes-Moultonboro Lakers head to Bow on Saturday for the semi-final round of the NHIAA Division III tournament. If the Lakers are to advance to the title match, they'll have to pull off an upset against the strongly favored Falcons. Saturday's meeting will be the second of the season for the two teams. Bow traveled to Meredith a little over a month ago and walked away with a decisive win 33-0.

Bow's route to the semi-finals was secured last weekend by ending the top-seeded Pelham Pythons' perfect season last weekend 18-6. The Falcons ended the season with a 7-1 record – the only loss coming against Pelham in the season opener. Bow's offense tallied at least 28 points per game, excluding the pair of matchups versus Pelham. The defense posted three shutouts and held three other teams to 14 points or less.

The Lakers finished last season 1-7 under first year head coach Jon Francis. This season the Lakers improved to the .500 mark. The 4-4 record was good enough for second place in the Lakes Conference, beating out Winnisquam (4-4) by winning the head to head match up. The second place slot earned the Lakers the right to visit the Gilford Golden Eagles (6-2) last weekend. Like the Falcons, Inter-lakes also avenged an earlier loss when Gilford prevailed 31-20 during the regular season. The Lakers took advantage of six Gilford turnovers to down the Golden Eagles 27-14 in the quarter-finals and punch a ticket to the semi's.

The semi-final match will be held at Bow High School at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The second Semi-final match up will pit 4-4 Epping-Newmarket versus 6-2 Stevens. The winners will meet a week from Saturday at the top seed's home field.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:00

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Pee Wee Lakers knock in 6 against Dover

The Lakers Pee Wee I team, sponsored by Fay's Boat Yard, had a great weekend of hockey. Sunday's late afternoon game was against the Dover Stars Pee Wee team. The Lakers came out strong in the 1st period scoring just 13 seconds into the game. Trevor Gallagher put one in the back of the net from a pass from Blake Dunlap. Just about a minute later, Brendan Hanaway scored with a well-timed pass from Cole Reid. The Stars brought pressure to the Lakers end and if it wasn't for the work of one of the Laker goalies, Jacob Maheux, they would have scored. Cole Reid again rushed the puck down the middle of the 1st period making the score 3-0, Lakers with 5 minutes to go in the 1st. The Dover Stars finally came back and put one in. Laker Trent Fountain wouldn't let the period end without a great pass to Blake Dunlap, making a nice tip in the net. The score was 4-1, Lakers, at end of the 1st. Patrick Mohan had some great back-checks on defense and managed to clear the puck out of the Laker zone. Likewise, tag team Camille Pollak and Nate McCarvill worked together to force the Dover Stars out of Laker Territory. Colin McGreevy took over goalkeeping duties during halftime of the 2nd period and also made some head-turning saves. As the puck was cleared from the zone, Lakers Brendan Hanaway, passing to Cole Reid got another one past the Dover goalie, making the score now 5-1. Will Roberge flew the puck up the ice and took a serious shot on net but the Stars goalie jumped on it. Carter Rumney also saw the chance to sneak one past the Dover goalie but the goalie again made the save. Trevor Gallagher popped one in off a great pass from Trent Fountain, making the final score 6-1, Lakers prevail. The team missed injured player Ed Demers and absent player Nate Cammack and looks forward to their quick return.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 08:43

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Costly turnovers allow Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough to pass by Gilford en route to semi-finals

GILFORD — The Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough Lakers have advanced to the semi-final round of the NHIAA's Division III football tournament after beating Gilford 27-14 on the road on Saturday. The Lakers forced six turnovers to win the North Conference title and advance to the final four. Four of the six Eagle turnovers resulted in Lakers touchdowns. Two of Gilford's drives ended fumbles inside the Lakers five yard line. "Those two turnovers on the goal line getting ready to go in to score, They are killers," said Gilford head coach Chris Marden.

The Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough offense did not squander the opportunities their defense awarded them in the first half. Gilford's first two drives resulted in turnovers and Lakers scores. "We worked hard all week. Defensively we had these kids under the lights from four to seven at Prescott Park just grinding it out in the dark and working on defensive schemes and it paid off," stated Jon Francis, Lakers head coach.

The Golden Eagles first drive ended abruptly on an interception by Laker defensive back Malik Carter, who returned to Gilford's 26 yard line. The Lakers offense ran three plays before fullback Nick Hurd bulldozed his way up the middle for a nine yard scoring run. The next Gilford drive moved down the field with ease and looked as though they had brushed off the previous turnover. Until a Gilford running back tried to punch it in from the two yard line and was stripped by Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough linebacker Derek Rossetti. The Lakers recovered the fumble and quickly increased the lead to 13 on an 81 yard run down the Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough sideline by Devante Carter. Carter lead the Lakers attack with 125 yards on 19 carries. Gilford cut the lead to six with three minutes remaining in the half on a Max Troiano 17 yard touchdown. Troiano had 144 yards on 24 touches.

The Golden Eagles began the second half benefiting on the only mishap by the Lakers when quarterback Joshua Blundo tossed an interception to Kyle Gaudet, who sprinted 45 yards for a 14-13 Gilford lead. Both teams traded punts before Gilford's Jack Athanas tried to thread the needle, but paid the price when a Lakers defensive back jumped the route and went 89 yards for the final lead change of the game. Inter-Lakes punched in a one yard Nick Brothers run for some insurance late in the fourth to secure the victory.

Gilford coach Marden commented on the season: "I told the guys after the game that I couldn't be more proud of them from where they came from last year. Coming from 1-8 last year to regular season champions. Those kids gave everything they had this year and it showed. To make such a turn around like that, it reflects upon their character. They are a great group of guys and I could not be more proud of them."

Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 08:38

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Repeat denied: Winniquam volleyball falls to Nute in championship

PLYMOUTH — Winnisquam Regional High School's volleyball team entered the night looking to win their third state title in the last four years. Nute, who fell victim to the Bears last season, had other ideas. The Nute Rams rolled over Winnisquam 3-0 in the NHIAA Division III state finals, held Friday night at Plymouth State University. Winnisquam could not slow down the relentless attack that the undefeated (20-0) Rams unleashed. Nute won all three sets easily, 25- 18, 25-17, 25-19.

"We lost to a team that outplayed us," said Mike Livernois. "They were relentless on their attack." The Bears offense did not string together more than five points in a row all night. "They (Nute) got us out of our rhythm. We made some unforced errors and they didn't. When a team is not making errors you have to play almost perfect," Livernois added. "It is very hard to play from behind. Once you are four or five points behind late in the game, you can not afford to make any more mistakes."

Winnisquam played from behind beginning with the first set. The Bears tied up the first set at nine, but the Rams attackers took over, scoring nine of the next 11 points, rolling to 25-18 victory. The Rams middle hitter, Heidi Cloutier, took over and had five kills and three blocks in the first set. The senior totaled eight kills, six blocks and two aces.

The Bears led the second set 12-10 and sat tied at 16 when Nute took control and went on a 9-1 run to complete the second set 25-17.

The third set went back and forth until Nute went on a nine point run to take a 22-13 lead. Winnisquam attempted a late comeback only to fall short 25-19.

"Our four seniors, Hannah Chapin, Carissa Archbald, Dallis Austin, and Bailey Long have definitely left their mark. Those four girls went 69-10 with two state titles, a runner up and a semi-finals appearance over the four years. That's an impressive mark and they have set the bar for future teams," Livernois said.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 08:24

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