Laconia baseball could not advance past the preliminary round of the NHIAA Division III post season this week. The 13 seeded Sachems were upset at home by Raymond 9-6, who landed the final playoff spot at 20. Laconia finished the year with nine wins and seven losses.
Belmont entered the playoffs with an 8-8 record earning them the 19 seed. The Red Raiders traveled to Bow on Tuesday for first round action and fell to the Falcons 9-2.
Gilford edged out Belmont for the 18th seed with an 8-8 mark by beating the Red Raiders in the final game of the regular season. The Golden Eagles visited Masenic and cruised to a 10-3 victory, advancing to the second round. The Golden Eagles earned the right to visit the second seed Somersworth yesterday.
Winnisquam boasted a 12-4 regular season record going in to post season play. The Bears (5) earned a first round bye and hosted Berlin (12) yesterday.
Inter-Lakes, having earned the eight seed in the tournament, also enjoyed a first-round bye. The Lakers hosted Newport (9) yesterday.
Gilford captured their second consecutive NHIAA Division III title on Tuesday. The Golden Eagles beat Bow 5-4 for their 33rd consecutive win, completing a second perfect season. The Gilford boys have won the DIII title four out of the last five seasons.
The Gilford girls' team entered the playoffs with the eighth and final spot in the tournament. The Golden Eagles were shut out by top seeded Moultonborough Academy 9-0. The Gilford girls went 9-5 on the regular season.
Laconia's girls' team did not qualify for the post season, finishing the year at 4-9.
Belmont bested Hillsboro-Deering (17) 9-2 in the first round of playoffs on Tuesday. The 16 seed headed to the top seeded White Mountains yesterday for second round action. The Red Raiders finished the regular season with eight wins and eight losses.
Laconia, 4-12 on the regular season, earned the 20th and final spot in the post season. The Sachems fell to Raymond (13) 10-5 in the opening round.
Gilford earned a bye in the first round, sitting at the tenth seed. The 11-5 Golden Eagles traveled to Hopkinton (7) yesterday for the second round.
Winnisquam (6) hosted Prospect Mountain yesterday in second round play. The Bears had 13 wins on the year.
The Sachems earned the ninth spot in the post season. Laconia beat the eighth seed Merrimack Valley 11-9 on Tuesday. Laconia traveled to top seeded Derryfield yesterday for the quarter-finals.
Gilford did not qualify for the post season with a 3-11 regular season record.
Laconia earned a bye in the first round of the tournament with an 11-3 record. The four seed will host Lebanon (5) on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Gilford (3-11) and Belmont (1-11) did not qualify for the post season.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 08:05
The Laconia Sachems U15 Lacrosse team played host to Hampton for the regular season finale this past Sunday. The home team youngsters hung tough before dropping an 8-4 decision to the top seeded Hampton team. Hampton jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before Laconia settled in and started playing their game. Attack Riley Roy got his team on the board with a bullet to the back of the net. The goal gave the Sachems life and momentum as they headed into halftime down 5-1. The boys came out fired up in the second half as Roy tallied 2 more goals to cut Hampton's lead in half, 6-3 going into the 4th. Hampton got one back before Roy fed Middie Logan Caruso on a bang-bang play to keep the Sachems within striking distance. Time was not on Laconia's side, as Hampton added another tally before the clock ran out on the Sachem's season. Turning in gritty defensive performances were Noah Shastany and Garrett Whitney. "We played them even after that first quarter," said Coach Roy. "It says alot about this team when we can play tough with an undefeated team as good as Hampton is. We should make some noise in the tournaments."
Laconia ends the regular season at 3-4 and now heads to tournaments in Amherst and Londonderry.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 08:33
The Gilford High School softball team finished its regular season with an 11-5 record by beating Belmont 7-1 on Friday. It was Senior Day at the Gilford softball field where 7 seniors were honored prior to the start of the last home regular season game: manager Keeley Glover, center fielder Mollie Dignan, outfielder Kristina Hayden, shortstop Mikaela Mattice, third baseman Lisa Osborne, second baseman Brid Fillion and right fielder Kelsey Buckley. Gilford's goal was to have a strong start and a strong finish and they achieved their goal be jumping out early in the 1st inning, scoring 3 runs on 4 hits and a sacrifice bunt. Mollie Dignan led off with a double, Catiltin Houston laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Dignon to 3rd, Lisa Osborne hit a single to score Dignon, Sarah Lachapelle hit a single to put 2 runners on and Maggie Fillion and Jordan Dean hit a 2 run single to score Liisa Osborne and courtesy runner Kristina Hayden to give Gilford a 3-0 lead. Gilford added one more run in the 4th when Caitlin Houston walked and scored on a fielder's choice. Gilford pulled away by scoring 3 more runs in the 5th making the score 7-0. With 2 outs Lisa Osborne got on with an error and Sarah Lachapelle was hit by a pitch. Maggie Fillion hit a single to score Osborne and both courtesy runner Kristina Hayden and Maggie Fillion scored on an error. Belmont scored one run in the top of the 7th to take away a shut out win for Gilford.
Sarah Lachapelle was the winning pitcher, allowing 1 run, 4 hits, striking out 7 and giving up only 2 walks.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 08:24
The Gilford High School boys' tennis team is headed to Derryfield School to face Bow for the Division III title this afternoon. Gilford defeated Pelham, 9-0, in the quarterfinals and Prospect Mountain in the semi-finals, 7-1. Andrew Caulfield, Bryce Workman, Keaton Quigley, Nolan Dwyer, and Brad Bergman defeated their singles opponents in both playoff rounds; Grant Workman won his singles match against Pelham. The team swept the doubles matches against Pelham: Caulfield/G. Workman at the top seed, B.Workman/Quigley at 2, and Dwyer/Bergman at 3. The semi-finals were played inside Gilford Hills due to the rain. The 2, 3 doubles teams won while the #1 doubles match did not finish.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 08:23