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Gilford volleyball knocks off Laconia in three games

The Gilford volleyball team's defense is improving and the team has won three games in a row, the most recent against area rival Laconia. Gilford won in 3 games by the scores of 25-10, 25-18 and 25-13.

Gilford jumped out to a 16-4 lead in game one by serving 3 aces, recording 3 blocks and 8 kills. Jordan Dean had 2 blocks and 2 kills, Mikaela Mattice had 3 kills, Maddie Harris had 1 block and 1 kill, and Kirsten Dionne had 2 kills.

Game two was more of a battle between the two teams, but Gilford served 7 aces to go along with 6 kills for the win. Danica Gelotte served 4 aces in a row for Gilford, Maddie Harris had 3 kills, Mikaela Mattice, Jordan Dean and Stratton Coleman had 1 kill apiece.

In game three Mikaela Mattice and Jordan Dean each served 2 aces. Dean also had 2 kills and 1 block, Mikaela Mattice had 2 kills and Maddie Harris, Kirsten Dionne and Stratton Coleman had 1 kill apiece.

The Gilford offense was led by Mikaela Mattice with 6 kills and 4 ace serves, Jordan Dean 5 kills, 3 blocks and 3 ace serves, Maddie Harris 5 kills and 1 block, Kirsten Dionne with 3 kills and Stratton Coleman with 2 kills. Senior setter Danica Gelotte had 18 assists and 6 ace serves.

The Gilford defense was led by Jordan Dean and Kirsten Dione with 11 digs apiece, Shannon Mercer had 9 digs, Danica Gelotte had 8 digs, Cassidy Demo had 5 digs and Stratton Coleman and Maddie Harris had 3 digs apiece.

Gilford's next game is at Manchester West on Tuesday.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:12

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Two more games, two more hat tricks for I-L's Rotonelli

The Inter-Lakes girls' soccer team ended last week with a record of 5-2 after splitting a pair of matches.

The Lakers ended the week with a  5-0 home win against rival Moultonborough in the homecoming game on Friday.  After a big defeat the day prior against White Mountains, the Lakers came ready to defend and stay undefeated on their home turf. Caitlin Rotonnelli started with 2 goals in the 1st half and added a third in the 2nd with assists from Kaylee Converse, Chloe Davis, and Emelia Pendergast.  Pendergast soared a long range direct kick into the net and Sarah Dunlap finished off the final goal in the half with a Rotonnelli assist.  Strong defense kept Moultonborough to a limited number of shots for the day. Rotonnelli's streak of hat tricks have helped boost the Lakers to a 5-2 record as they headed into their third straight game on Monday at Prospect Mountain.

On Thursday, Inter-Lakes traveled to White Mountains for a 6-3 defeat. With 2 starting defenders out of the game, the Lakers came out flat in a scoreless 1st half while letting White Mtn score 3. The 2nd half was a bit more organized for the Lakers but White Mountain overpowered and out shot Inter-Lakes for another 3 goals. Caitlin Rotonnelli came away with her 4th hat trick of the season scoring three times in the 2nd half.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:07

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Determination driving LHS field hockey to 4-1 start

LACONIA – The Laconia girls' varsity field hockey team is certainly a team to be reckoned with this year.

As the clock started the first game of the season, the field hockey girls took Pembrook by storm, scoring three goals during the duration of the game. Pembrook was the first team to feel the sting of being shut out by Laconia, but soon proved not to be the last. Profile School and Somersworth were the next teams to fall victim to a shut out game, brought on by the Laconia girls.

With their confidence up and a good record to start off the season, the girls went into their next game Sept. 18 against Winnisquam with the hopes of another win, and possibly another shut out. As the ball started rolling, the girls started running, and the sticks started hitting, spectators and players knew this was going to be the most intense game the girls had played thus far. Laconia for the first time this season was up for a real challenge.

Feeling the pressure, the Laconia girls tried their best to keep the ball out of their zone. A few break-a-ways gave Maggie Randall, goalie for the team, a brief moment of relief, but this period did not last long. Charging back toward the goal, Winnisquam closed in on the Laconia girls heading toward the goal. Laconias, reacting to the advance went on high alert to get the ball back down the field, but could not stop the advance in time. Laconia let the ball slip past Randall, but did not let this score break their spirit.

The second half of the game proved to be more intense than the first, as the Laconia girls stepped up their game and had more frequent possession of the ball. Cheyanne Zappala, freshmen, darted down the field gaining possession of the ball. Receiving a well-executed pass, Danielle Cote charged after the ball next and helped move the ball further into Winnisquam's territory. Nicole Boggart, receiving possession of the ball, headed toward the goal but was intercepted by an advance by Winnisquam. This advance was just one of many the girls had during the game.

"Keep it coming this way! There you go!" screamed spectators from the sidelines. The crowd was focused on the ball now in possession of Giuliana Kevlin, as she worked skillfully to get the ball out of dangerous territory. Winnisquam girls were swarming the Laconia players, making various attempts to steal the ball. As the ball shifted possession one could hear Mary Garside, retired coach of the varsity field hockey team, yelling "Challenge it! Challenge her! Put the pressure on girls." Clearly Laconia was feeling the pressure.

In a desperate attempt to put a score on the board before the game came to a close, Ashley Silva put power in her drive as she shuttled the ball back down to Kevlin. No one could question the endurance of the girls, as until the minute the buzzer sounded the girls were hustling on the field. Madeline Smith, defender for the team, stopped many advances and helped keep the ball from reaching Randall on various occasions.

Although the girls were trying their best to keep the ball down the field, they felt the blow of three additional goals before the end of the game. This loss did not break their spirit though, rather it strengthened it. Leaving the field, Captain Danielle Cote stated, "We have grown as a team this year, and losing and winning is an experience that helps all players on the team bond. Each game we learn more how to situate ourselves to learn how to be more efficient, which is extremely beneficial in the long run. We will continue to learn from our mistakes and become a better team as the year goes on."

Cote's words proved to have truth in them, as they entered their game against White Mountains on Friday with a new drive to get another win. During their game against White Mountains Annie Dionne put the first score on board for Laconia. Following suit, Kevlin scored an additional goal for the team, making the score 2-1. The team is hoping to secure another win this afternoon at Kennett High School.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 09:59

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First win comes on the road for LHS football

WOLFEBORO — After dropping its first two contests, Laconia High School football team won its first game of the season, fending off a late Kingswood (1-2) drive that resulted in a missed 48-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in the game. Laconia took the lead at the end of the second quarter when quarterback Matt Swormstedt hit Kyle Chiasson down the sideline for a for a 56 yard touchdown with 53 seconds remaining in the half. The final score of the game was 21-20.

"It was a good win going into Homecoming next week. These kids worked hard and stepped up on defense in the second half." said head coach Craig Kozens. "I am proud of Cody Yale (who lead the team in tackles) and the rest of linebackers who had a great game."

Kingswood did all of their damage through the air with 253 yards passing. Of those yards, 117 came on two touchdown passes. Owen Gonya, Kingswood's QB had three scoring passes on the night, all to tight end Thomas McCullough. Laconia's defense held the Knights to only 45 yards on the ground.

On the first drive of the evening, Gonya threw the ball away while in his own end zone, resulting in a safety to start the scoring. After the free kick, Laconia used half of the first quarter to compile an 11 play drive that was capped off with a six point scamper from Jon Pelkey. Pelkey lead the Sachems with 22 carries for 79 yards and the nine yard touchdown run. After the extra point was blocked, Kingswood only need three plays to bring the Knights within one on a 58 yard toss over the middle. Later in the second, with the Sachems driving, Chris Frontiero cut back up the middle for a score from 27 yards out. Chiasson totaled 49 yards on the evening. With the score 15-7, Gonya connected with McCullough two more times in a three and a half minute span for Kingswood's only lead of the game.

The second half was a battle for field position as Laconia would tighten up on the defensive side of the ball, yielding only 120 total yards. Kingswood had two threatening drives late in the game. The first was halted by an interception on Laconia's ten yard line by Steven Kemos who returned back to mid-field. The final drive ended the game on the missed field goal. The Sachems had 75 yards passing and 158 yards on the ground for the evening.

Laconia will host Hanover at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium on Friday Night.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 09:41

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