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U11 lacrosse Sachems remain undefeated

The Laconia U11 boys' lacrosse team had a busy weekend, playing two games on consecutive days. Saturday they made the trek south to play a makeup game against Amherst. Laconia's offense came alive in this one, as attackmen Cole Roy and Evan "Papi" Carignan had 4 goals each. Middie Zach Whitney notched 3 goals to go with 4 assists. Cam Harriman got his first goal of the season as did Cody Newman. The young Sachems were able to give their big defenders a chance to play attack and score some goals and they answered the challenge. After moving to the attack position, Keith Corriveau and Jacob Mello both found the back of the net. Zach Kitchen and Lucas Beane owned the field as they recorded 7 ground balls each. When the final whistle sounded, Laconia had earned a 15-2 victory.
Sunday was Laconia's last home game of the season. A scrappy Seacoast team came to play and gave the Sachems their toughest challenge to date. Roy and Carignan continued to impress on offense, as they each grabbed a hat trick. Middie Ty Barlett found the back of the net to round out the scoring for Laconia. It was the defense that had to come up big in this one. Jacob Mello, Keith Corriveau, Edgar Conroy, and Cody Newman were continuously challenged and they all stood tall in shutting down the Seacoast offense. Goalie Noah Potter turned aside 8 shots in preserving the 7-3 victory to keep the Sachems undefeated at 5-0-1.
Laconia will wrap up the season with a game in Peterborough on Saturday and Manchester PAL on Sunday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 09:13

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Gilford softball nearly pulls off upset against Bishop Brady

The Gilford High School softball team played one of its best offensive and defensive games of the season but it wasn't enough as it fell to Bishop Brady 5-4. The Gilford offense produced 10 hits by 9 different players. It was a thrilling game from beginning to end with 4 lead changes. Bishop Brady struck first by scoring one run in the bottom of the 1st on a lead off single, stolen base and fielders choice. Gilford answered back in the top of the 3rd with 2 runs to take a 2-1 lead. Brooke Beaudet singled, stole second and scored on an error followed by Caitlin Houston's single and also scored on an error. Bishop Brady answered back in the bottom of the 4th with 2 runs to regain the lead at 3-2. They scored 2 runs on 1 triple, 1 single and 1 error. Gilford scored 2 more runs in the top of the 5th to take the lead away from Bishop Brady and go up 4-3. With 2 outs Gilford strung together 4 singles in a row by Jordan Dean, Sarah Lachapelle, Stevie Orton and Alexis Lacroix to produce the 2 runs. In the bottom of the 6th Bishop Brady scored 2 more runs to take a 5-4 lead on 1 single, 1 walk, 1 stolen base and 1 pass ball. Gilford had an opportunity to tie the game in the top of the 7th inning when Jillian Lachapelle led off with a single and advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Dean, but the next two batters could not produce the timely needed hit.

"Our defense made some amazing plays today. The players were focused and determined to pull off an upset win. It was a great game to be a part of. Rightfielder Stevie Orton fielded a grounder and threw the batter runner out at 1st base, centerfielder Maddie Harris made a tough catch on a line drive and in the 4th inning with 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd leftfielder Jessica Freeman made a spectacular catch deep toward the left field foul line that saved the 2 runs from scoring."

Sarah Lachapelle took the loss on the mound with 3 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 hit batter and gave up 7 hits.
The 10 hit offensive attack by Gilford was led by Caitlin Houston with 2 hits and the other 8 players to get a single for Gilford were Brooke Beaudet, Jillian Lachapelle, Jordan Dean, Sarah Lachapelle, Stevie Orton, Alexis Lacroix, Shannon Mercer and Maddie Harris

Gilford ends the season with a 6-11 record. This season was a rebuilding year for Gilford, the nucleus of the team will return next year with only 2 starting seniors needing to be replaced.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 09:10

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Muskrats season starts tonight

The Laconia Muskrats, a team in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, will begin its sixth season with a home game tonight against the Sanford Mainers. The Muskrats finished last season 20-24 after losing a best of three first round playoff matchup to the Vermont Mountaineers.

The Muskrats will play under the direction of first year manager Nick Cenatiempo. The former pitching coach will take over for former manager Matt Alison. Cenatiempo is the pitching coach for St. Anselm college and hails from Manchester, N.H.

The 2015 Muskrats will bring back pitcher John Lipinski from Western Kentucky University and catcher Jake Henson from St Louis University from last season's squad. Lipinski was 0-3 last season with a 7.15 ERA. He struck out 13 batters in 27 innings pitched. Henson hit .290 with three home runs, 15 RBI and two stolen bases during the '14 campaign.

Timothy Viehoff is the lone N.H. native. Viehoff is a senior at Southern New Hampshire University. Viehoff helped the Penmen reach the NCAA DII regionals this season. The Derry native was 4-1 with 41 strikeouts and a 2.10 era for SNHU.

The rest of the squad is comprised of NCAA Division I and II student athletes from across the country.

Tonight's game starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults 16 and older. Children are free.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 09:04

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Round-up: playofff season in full swing

Gilford baseball doubled up Newfound 4-2 in the first round of the NHIAA Division III tournament Wednesday. Alex Thornton went 1 for 2 with a pair of RBI in the first round win. The 13th seeded Golden Eagles traveled to Hopkinton (4) yesterday for the second round. The teams did not meet in the regular season.

Winnisquam (14) could not advance past the first round Tuesday falling to Kearsarge (19) 10-8. The Bears finish the season 9-8.

In other second round action the Sachems (3) hosted Kearsarge (19) yesterday. The teams did not meet in the regular season. Prospect Mountain (9) traveled to Conant (8) yesterday for the first meeting of those two teams this year. Also yesterday, Belmont (10) traveled to White Mountains (7). The Red Raiders fell to the Spartans 3-1 in the regular season finale.

Softball

The Sachems (20) could not get out of the first round of the DIII tournament, falling to Mascenic (13) 5-0. Laconia dropped the final five games of the season grabbing the 20th and final seed in the playoffs. The girls finish the season 5-12.

The Golden Eagles (19) battled against Bishop Brady (14) only to fall short 5-4 in the first round. Gilford finished the season 6-11.

In second round action Belmont (5) hosted Winnisquam (12) yesterday. The Red Raiders shut out the Bears in both regular season games 5-0 and 6-0. Prospect Mountain (6) welcomed Raymond (11) yesterday. The Timberwolves topped Raymond 6-1 earlier in the season.

Boys' lacrosse

The third seeded Laconia Sachems host Plymouth (6) in a quarterfinal matchup this afternoon. The Sachems swept a pair of games from the Bobcats 8-7 and 12-8 in the regular season.

Girls' lacrosse

Laconia earned the second seed in the DIII tournament and hosted Bow (7) in a quarterfinal tilt yesterday. The Sachems topped Bow 17-5 earlier in the season.

Gilford (5) traveled to Berlin (4) yesterday. The Golden Eagles looked to top the Mountaineers in the quarterfinal match. The teams did not meet in the regular season.

Boys' tennis

The all Lakes Region DIII final featuring the top seed Gilford and the sixth seed was rescheduled from Tuesday to yesterday due to poor weather conditions. The Golden Eagles were looking for their third straight Division III state championship. Inter-Lakes fell to Gilford 9-0 in the only regular season tilt.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 08:49

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