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Round-up: Girls' basketball season underway

Girls' basketball kicked off the winter sports season on Friday evening. The Sachems, looking to improve upon the 12-6 season from the past two seasons, began the season with a 60-24 win over the Lakers. Sachem junior Cali Swormstedt led all scorers with 27 points in the victory. The Sachems return nine players from last season's squad. Laconia will head to Belmont tonight.
Inter-Lakes will look to bounce back from the loss to Laconia Friday night at Newfound.
Belmont finished last season at 9-9 and advanced to the second round before losing to Newfound. The Red Raiders return four seniors and five under classmen. Senior Chayleigh Cadarette led the Red Raiders with 15 points and 20 rebounds in a 45-34 victory at White Mountains in the season opener. Belmont hosts Laconia tonight.
Gilford rolled past Winnisquam 72-37 to open their season. Freshman Brooke Beaudet had 16 points to lead the game in scoring. The Golden Eagles return eight players from the quarter-final team that fell to defending DIII champion Campbell. Gilford went 10-8 in the regular season last year. The Golden Eagles host Prospect Mountain tonight.
Winnisquam fell to Campbell in the second round of last season's tournament. The Bears won five of their last seven to finish the regular season 9-9. This year's squad returns only three players from last year's second round team. The Bears look to rebound from the loss to Gilford at Franklin tonight.
Prospect Mountain fell to Pelham 74-46. The Timberwolves finished last season 9-9, losing in the first round to Belmont. Five players return from last season. The Timberwolves will be in action tonight at Gilford.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:04

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LMS boys steal a win in Alton

The Laconia Middle School boys' A-team opened the season with a road game against Alton. This one turned out to be a nailbiter, as Alton gave the Sachems all they could handle. Laconia's shooting guard Ryan Chaisson led all scorers with 16 points while center Ryan Paiva recorded 8 points and 11 rebounds. With 2:30 left in the game, the young Sachems were trailing 35-30. They went into their full court press and were able to create several turnovers. Chaisson stole the ball on 3 consecutive inbounds plays which led to points for the Sachems. The defensive pressure was too much for Alton and Laconia took the victory, 38-30. It was an exciting way to start the season as the Sachems look ahead to Bow for their next matchup.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:04

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Junior hockey: New England Wolves in hot pursuit of 1st place

LACONIA — The MJHL New England Wolves, after taking 3 out of a possible 4 points last weekend, took to the ice of the Champions Arena in Cromwell, Connecticut and inched closer to 1st place with a shootout win over the Central Penn Panthers at the MJHL Thanksgiving Showcase.
The win over the Panthers was a total team effort that featured outstanding performances by two players in particular. Dillon Smith (Madison, N.H.) recorded his second hat trick of the season in regulation, and followed that up with the only goal recorded in the shootout. His 4 tallies were the difference as the Wolves pulled out the 4-3 victory. Backstopping the hometown Wolves was Milford, N.J. native Zach Skop. In stopping 35 shots, Skop helped temporarily move the Wolves into 2nd place in the division, although having played two less games than 1st place Vermont, and one less game than the Northern Cyclones.
The Wolves will play a pair of home games versus the Walpole Express at the Laconia Ice Arena this Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (2:15 p.m.). Broadway North Dance Studio's "Wolves Dancers" will provide entertainment on Saturday night between the 2nd and 3rd period. In addition, Santa will be making his rounds in the Laconia Ice Arena lobby during Saturday's game posing for pictures. All kids under 12 enter for free. Rink staff will provide a laser light show during player introductions.
Congrats to Wolves Goaltender Harley Eliason (Glasgow, Mont.) as he was awarded Honorable Mention by the MJHL for his performance during the weekend of Nov. 22.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 08:54

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Gilford High School to be well-represented on All-State Football Team

Five members of the Gilford High School football team have been named to the NHIAA's Division III All-State teams.

Golden Eagles named to the First Team are: defensive lineman Sean Mulcahy, wide receiver Kyle Gaudet, linebacker Jackson Spooner, and kick/punt returner Max Troiano.

Named to the Second Team were quarterback Carter Mercer and, this time as a running back, Max Troiano.

Gilford's Zack Poison, a defensive lineman, received an honorable mention.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 08:41

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