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Bear boys looking to bounce back from tough year


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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

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Adrian Ehmann is back for his senior season for the Newfound boys' soccer team. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
September 16, 2020
BRISTOL — Veteran coach Jason Hill is hoping that a combination of experience and youth will be the key for the Newfound boys' soccer team this fall.

"The 2020 NRHS boys' soccer team has a balance of experience and youth," said Hill. "The team will be looking to improve upon last year's disappointing 1-15 campaign."

Like everyone else in the state, the schedule for the Bears has been shortened a bit and has focused on local teams, keeping the kids close to home as much as possible.

The Bears will have an experienced midfield anchored by four upperclassmen. Seniors Garrett King, Matt Karkheck and Tyler MacLean and junior Bodhi Smith will be counted on to control the middle of the field for the Bears.

Likewise, the defense will also be led by a quartet of upperclassmen who will seek to shut down opposing teams. Juniors George Belville and Logan Glidden and seniors Adrian Ehmann and Hayden Reynolds will be leading the way on the defensive side of the ball.

Up front, it will be a bit more of the youth movement for the Bears, as sophomore Gavin Brooks and freshman Josh Blouin looking to provide some scoring as the team's strikers.

Sophomores Tyler Kulacz and McGowan Willey and freshmen Conner Sullivan, Beckett VanLenten and Eli Sylvain-Stott will also be chipping in for the Bears.

Freshman Hayden Dolloff has been preparing to do the work in the pipes for the Bears.

Newfound will play a schedule that features two games each with Inter-Lakes, Winnisquam and Moultonborough, three games with Franklin and one game each with Belmont and Lin-Wood. As always, the schedule is subject to change as conditions change.

Newfound has a tough task right out of the gate, as the Bears will head to Belmont to take on the perennial powerhouse Raiders at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. On Monday, Sept. 21, the Bears will be on the road to Meredith to play Inter-Lakes at 4 p.m. and the first home game of the season comes on Thursday, Sept. 24, also against Inter-Lakes at 4 p.m.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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