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.

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.

Flag football league teams up with Lakes Region Food Pantry

On Sunday, November 10 the Lakes Region Flag Football League will be holding the Fall 2013 Super Bowl games at the Inter-Lakes High School turf field in Meredith. First game starts promptly at noontime. In addition to some great flag football being played, the league will be collecting canned goods, toiletries, household items, as well as cash donations for the Lakes Region Food Pantry.

A concessions stand will be available as well, with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, crab cakes, French fries and more.

The NFL Patriots are not playing this Sunday, and our LRFFL games will be just as action packed as any professional game. You can see the entire Super Bowl schedule of games on On Saturday November 9, the league will be having  playoff games to see which teams will advance to the Super Bowl games. Football fans are welcome to attend both days of flag football action.

Inter-Lakes volleyball upsets Campbell for ticket to semi-finals

On Thursday night in Meredith, the Inter-Lakes High School varsity volleyball team captured a straight set win over 12th ranked Epping High School in the preliminary round of the NHIAA Division III volleyball tournament, 25-15, 25-14, 25-19. Leading the way for the 5th seeded Lakers were senior captains, Jordan Donohue (18 kills, 10 digs) and Lydia Swedberg (16 points, 10 digs). Jenny Pelczar registered 11 points, five aces and nine digs in the win. Also contributing were Hayley Roth (27 assists, six points), Sarah Sundius (6 kills) and Victoria Burns (seven points, three aces).

Inter-Lakes heads to Campbell High School on Saturday night, where the team took a hard-fought road win in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division III volleyball tournament.  The Lakers downed the fourth-ranked Cougars in straight sets, 27-25, 25-23, 25-18.  Donohue knocked down 19 kills to lead the offense, while also registering nine digs and two blocks. Swedberg finished the evening with 14 service points and 10 digs.  The senior libero set a new school record for season points, totaling 219 to date, breaking the old record of 205 set by Rachel Burack in 2005.  Hayley Roth racked up 24 assists, and eight digs.  The senior setter’s 448 assists on the season, is also a new school record, eclipsing the old mark of 438 set by Hanna Roberge in 2011.  Other key contributors in the impressive team effort were Pelczar (10 points, seven digs), Jessica Schofield (six kills, four blocks), Sundius (five kills), Burns (seven points, two aces) and Kaila Martin (six points, six digs).  Inter-Lakes will meet the top-seeded Nute High School Rams in the semi-finals of the Division III tournament at Plymouth State University on Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m.