Belmont gets past Farmington but trips up in Sunapee

The Belmont High School Red Raiders won their first round playoff volleyball game at home against Farmington on October 31. Set scores were 25-23, 25-19 and 25-18. Said coach Melissa Miner, "Tonight was the best I have seen them all play in a couple of weeks. Every player was a contributing factor to the win. The biggest key to our success was we played together as a team." Belmont's Megan Bailey recorded one kill, five digs and 27 assists. Alyssa Woods had seven kills and one dig. Louisa Bergeron had ten kills. Shannon Conway had five kills and four digs, and Jessie Bergeron had 28 digs and one assist.

Belmont traveled to Sunapee on Sunday for the quarter-final match, where the Raiders' dreams of making the semi-final round were dashed with a 3-1 loss. The match was very competitive, with each set decided by four points or less. Miner said, "It wasn't the ending that the Red Raiders wanted.  We were determined to get to the Final Four in Plymouth.  However, Sunapee gave us a fight, they are a very scrappy and smart team.  We struggled in the first three matches with a lot of unforced errors and serving errors, but we kept pushing on.  I was hoping that with the experience that we had with five seniors  that would be an advantage, but it just wasn't our day.  We had a great season and will be saddened with the departure of our seniors." In Sunapee, Woods recorded one ace, six kills and one dig. Bailey had one ace, six kills, two digs and 36 assists. Conway had six kills, Louisa Bergeron had 11 kills and Jessie Bergeron had one ace, one kill and 19 digs.

Waukewan Golf Ladies donate $1,000 to American Heart Association

CENTER HARBOR — On October 1, Waukewan Ladies Golf League presented a check to Cheryl Andrews, the New Hampshire representative for the Go Red for Women movement of the American Heart Association.

The Ladies League had sponsored their 40th Annual Golf Invitational in September and had themed it Heart of a Woman in honor of this charity. Traditionally, the league selects a charitable organization to share in the seasonal profits. This year the League voted to donate $1,000 to New Hampshire's Go Red for Women. At the golf event, each of the contestants was given a red dress lapel pin as a reminder that heart disease is not uncommon among women. One in three women die of some form of heart related disease. The red dress represents the ability of all women to improve their heart health and live longer, stronger lives.

Prospect Mountain edges Inter-Lakes 2-1

Inter-Lakes girls varsity soccer couldn't get fully warmed up in Wednesday's cold weather preliminary game on their home turf. Although Caitlin Rotonnelli was able to capitalize with the game's first goal from a Natalie Johnson assist, Prospect Mountains #22 was able to squeeze through the defense for a goal in each half for a 2-1 win for the visitors. Freshman goalie Kenzi Giroux laid out for a couple fantastic saves to keep the Lakers in the game. Inter-lakes ended the season 12-4 allowing them the team its first home field post season game in the school's history.

Playoff round-up: LHS football needs a win and a lot of luck

LHS football will need a Hail Mary if the team is to reach the NHIAA Division II Playoffs this weekend. The 3-5 Sachems will host 5-3 Milford for Senior Night tonight at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium. Last Friday Laconia traveled to Conway to take on conference foe Kennett. The Eagles shut down Laconia's offense while taking advantage of three Sachems turnovers. With the win Kennett is in the driver's seat for the second conference playoff spot. Laconia will need a loss from the Eagles and help from a few other teams to jump over Kennett and sneak in.

Field Hockey

The Sachems finished the 2013 season with a 9-5 record. The winning record was good enough for the girls to earn the 10th seed in the NHIAA Division III tournament. Laconia traveled to Tilton last week for the first round matchup against Winnisquam. The 7th seed Bears shutout Laconia 3-0. Advancing to the next round Winnisquam traveled to Gilford looking to upset the second seed last Saturday. Gilford, who did not lose in the regular season, handled Winnisquam easily to advance to the semi-finals. The Golden Eagles hosted the three seed Berlin and were defeated 2-1.

Boys Soccer

Laconia soccer entered the year on a positive note netting 10 goals on Mascoma Valley. The 11-5 record was good enough for the eighth seed in the NHIAA Division III tournament. After the first round bye the Sachems traveled to Kearsarge for second round action on Thursday afternoon. Gilford (13-2-1) earned the three seed and was also in action on Thursday playing host to Sanborn. Four seed Prospect Mountain (12-2-2) welcomed 13 seed Belmont to round out the Thursday action.

Girls soccer

Laconia's girls failed to make the tournament, having won only two games on the season. Belmont (13-2-1) earned the second seed in postseason play, hosting Gilford on Wednesday afternoon. Belmont avoided the upset scoring the lone goal late in the second half to advance to the quarter-finals. Belmont will host Campbell on on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Sachems fought their way to the 10 seed in the NHIAA Division II postseason with a 6-10 record. They traveled to Somersworth on Wednesday afternoon where they were eliminated 3-0 in first round action. The 13-3 Gilford Golden Eagles earned a first round bye and will host Milford on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the quarter-finals.