As we head into the final few weeks of the regular season, there are many local teams looking toward the playoff seedings with tournaments fast approaching.
In Sunapee, both the boys and girls soccer teams are having fine seasons. Myles Cooney’s Lakers girls are currently 10-1 and are in second place. The guys are also 10-1, good for second place under 24-year coach Jack Iacopino.
The Lakers boys are defending Division IV champions after having won the first ever Sunapee boys state soccer crown last year.
Next door, the Newport Tigers field hockey team, under Steve Christensen, has a solid 6-4 record and is coming off a 6-0 trouncing over Littleton. The Tigers are at Lebanon on Tuesday.
In Claremont, the Cardinals are having a successful fall as football, field hockey and soccer teams are looking to make the tournaments. Tom Belaire’s girls soccer team battled back from a 2-0 deficit on Saturday to tie Kearsarge, 2-2, to remain undefeated with a 10-0-1 record and sit atop the D-III mountain. Patty Deschaine’s field hockey team is 6-3 and will host top-ranked Hopkinton on Wednesday.
The Stevens football Cardinals are now 4-1 and will host Laconia (3-2) this Friday and welcome the undefeated Raiders from Lebanon (5-0) the following week. Not to be overlooked, the Stevens golf team is having a great season and will enter the tournament with a fourth seed.
Down Route 12A at Fall Mountain, a big football win on Friday has the Wildcats looking to make a splash in D-IV this season. The Wildcats have a 3-2 record after winning their last three games after getting off to a shaky start.
Bruce Ferland has his very young girls soccer team gaining confidence and back above .500 with a 5-5-1 record. They will host the Stevens Cardinals on Tuesday for the annual Charity Cup in what is always a very well attended game. Josh Beer has the boys soccer team at 5-6 and are on a two-game winning streak. Jason Lintner’s golf team has made the tournament and will be in action next week.
Across the river in Vermont, there are some very good teams looking to make deep playoff runs.
Jody Wood has the Yellow Jackets field hockey team atop the D-III standings with an 8-1-1 record. They will host Brattleboro on Wednesday and Otter Valley on Saturday.
The girls soccer team sits at 5-4-1 under Jeff Bachey and hosts Rivendell on Wednesday before heading to Green Mountain on Saturday. The Windsor boys soccer team is in seventh place with a 4-5-1 record with second-year head coach Steve Malloy — they will host Twin Valley on Friday. The Yellow Jackets grabbed the 10th spot in the first ever Vermont fishing championships held last weekend on Lake Champlain.
The Springfield Cosmos girls soccer team, under first-year coach Ray Curren, has a fine 8-2-0 record in the very competitive Division II. They will travel to Brattleboro on Thursday to take on the (2-8-1) Division I Colonels. Todd Aiken’s Cosmos football team is 4-2 and currently in third place in D-II. They will travel to face Woodstock (0-6) Friday night.
Bellows Falls field hockey plays in D-I. With Bethany Coursen at the helm, the Terriers stand at 6-6 and are on a two-game winning streak. They will host Hartford on Tuesday and will look to avenge two earlier losses to the Hurricanes.
The Bellows Falls football team currently is in second place in Division II with a 4-2 record, and will head to North Country (1-5) on Friday for a 7 p.m. game.
The Green Mountain boys soccer team is currently in third place in Division III with a 7-3 record. The Chieftains will be on the road for the next week starting at Rivendell Academy on Tuesday, at Leland & Gray on Saturday then heading off to Arlington next Tuesday.