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Sunapee Volleyball, Girls Soccer Set for Semis; Cougars Win in Finale

Well there was plenty of high-school sports action over the weekend, but we’ll begin with the Sunapee girls soccer team in its quest to advance to a 6th straight Division IV semifinal.

And while the 4th-ranked Lakers weren’t quite sure what to expect against a 12th-seeded Littleton team they didn’t face during the regular season, it was the home team who left celebrating a comfortable 8-0 victory and another ticket to the Final Four.

Sunapee sophomore Maddie Austin got things started when she found the back of the net on this shot less then 10 minutes into the contest, netting what proved to be the game-winning goal.

The Lakers added two more goals within a 60-second span just two minutes later, as junior Mary Grzanna slipped this shot through the leg’s of Littleton’s keeper to make it 2-0, before Austin’s second score of the game here gave the team a 3-0 advantage. Austin finished with three goals in all in the contest, followed by Grzanna with two. Lexi Hamilton added a single tally on this score on a free kick during the first half, while Lynnsey Trabka also added a first half score here. Freshman Hannah Cooney rounded out the game’s scoring here on an assist from Sydney Clark.

Mike Pezone spoke with Grzanna after the game to ask her about the significance of the win, and her team’s thoughts on a rematch against rival Derryfield in the semifinals.

And girls soccer won’t be the only Sunapee team headed to the semifinals, as the school’s volleyball team took care of business against Epping Saturday night by way of a 3-0 sweep. The victory was a lot more tightly contested than the teams previous 14 in a row, with wins of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-22 in front of its home crowd. The 3rd-ranked Lakers now have a date with 2nd-seeded Farmington Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Plymouth State University. Good luck to the Lakers as they hope to reach the finals for the first time since 2006.

And finally there was plenty to celebrate Friday night in North Sutton, as Kearsarge unveiled its Sportsmanship banner for the 2014-15 school year, and celebrated the seniors on both the football team and cheerleading squad. Once action began, fans were treated to an offensive showcase as both teams found the end zone on numerous occasions. In the end, it was the Cougars who left celebrating a 54-48 victory worth a No. 6 seed in the upcoming Division II tournament.

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