Lakes Region Sports Roundup 3/20/18

By Keith Murray
Sports Director WEEI


Well by the looks of the fields at Opechee, Robbie Mills and Memorial you wouldn’t think baseball will happen anytime soon. Living here as long as I have, one things is constant: change! Once Mother Nature decides it’s time to play ball the sun’s journey from horizon to horizon will be longer and higher, the temperatures will soar, the snow will melt and Kevin Dunleavy’s team will make ready the fields. Now that I’ve waxed poetic about my favorite sport here are some important pre-season events happening:
Laconia Little League is holding tryouts coming up on Saturday morning at Memorial Middle school. The minor leaguers are going at 8:30 and the major leaguers go at 9. Following each tryout there will be a free winter warm up clinic. Another clinic will be held on March 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Returning players are asked to register now at and new players are asked to register from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday. Boys and Girls aged 5-12 who live or go to school in Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Gilmanton, Bristol, New Hampton and Meredith are eligible to play. Cost is $35 per player in Tee-ball and $50 for all other divisions with a family maximum of $75.
The 2018 Armand J Laramie Babe Ruth league is taking online registrations now at Registration is open and everyone interested in playing is encouraged to register before May 1. After that there is a $100 late fee. Joe Dee, the president of the league, said there are some great changes coming this year. “The season will be starting May 19th and running through the end of June. There is a possibility of having a traveling Extreme Babe Ruth team and All-Star teams as well if there is enough interest. This season we will be inter-leaguing with both Kingswood and Plymouth.” For a league that was near extinction just a couple of years ago this is great news as baseball is back for the 13-15 year olds. Dee also said they are still in need of volunteers at both the Little League and Babe Ruth levels. “We depend upon on volunteers and sponsors and without them we would not exist.” You can contact Joe through the website or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lakes Region Flag Football:
Bob Giroux from Lakes Region Flag Football said the indoor winter season is heading into its home stretch. “We have two more Saturdays of indoor flag football, with this past Saturday being the end of the regular season for our youth and men's divisions.” Playoff seedings have been determined and will happen next Saturday at the Tilton Sports Center. The following week Giroux says they have something special in store for the final games of the winter season. “On Saturday March 31 we have our Super Bowl and consolation games to end the winter season. Our Super Bowl champs in each division will receive an LRFFL Championship T-shirt, while the winners of our consolation games receive a super-size chocolate bunny (solid chocolate!), as Easter is April 1!” Registration for the spring season also ends on April first and Giroux reports there are still some slots available. “While all age divisions are at or very near wait list, we still have room for more players as we build teams. Wait list doesn't lock players out, just gives us a chance to build an even number of teams in each division. Our 10U division has already cleared first wait list and now we are working on our second wait list.” Divisions are all co-ed 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U (age as of June 1) and you can register at and follow them on Facebook: LakesRegionFlagFootball. Listen for Bob on Lakes Region Voice of Sports this Saturday morning at 9 on 107.3FM WEMJ.

The Road Ahead:
The WEEI Sports Trivia night at Hart’s Turkey Farm in the Copper Kettle Lounge is tonight! Join Dominic Biello and myself for some fun and prizes from 7 to 9 p.m. WEMJ Coaches Roundtable, featuring several area high school basketball coaches, is Monday, March 26. Time and location will be revealed in Saturday’s report.
Keith Murray is the host of Lakes Region voice of Sports on 107.3FM WEMJ Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and can be heard on WEEI 101.5FM with daily local sports updates. Reach Keith by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lakes Region Sports Roundup 3/13/18


Belmont-Gilford senior Harrison Parent navigates around  Kennett senior Conner Furtado to the net during Friday’s NHIAA Division III semi-final game at PSU on Friday, March 9, 2018.  (Alan MacRae for the Laconia Daily Sun)

By Keith Murray
Sports Director, WEEI Lakes Region

Schoolboy Hockey:

The seasons ended for both local teams that were still alive in the playoffs as the Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs were overpowered by #1 Kennett 6-1 on Friday night in the semi-finals of the DIII Tournament. Earlier in the season the Bulldogs dominated Kennett on Jan. 18, 6-0. But Kennett got their revenge when it mattered most. However, the Eagles themselves were blown out in the championship game against the John Stark Generals 6-2. The Bulldogs finished the season strong after a slow start winning 7 out of 9 to reach the playoffs and finished with an 11-8-1 record overall and a frozen four appearance.
In DII the surprising Kingswood Knights had their season end in the semi-finals as well but not before making some noise into the frozen four! Their road was a little longer than Belmont-Gilford as they had to play an opening round game against Portsmouth to have a shot at #2 Windham in the quarter finals. They shut out the Jaguars 2-0 to make the final four where they succumbed to the powerful Saints of St. Thomas 2-0. The Knights also had to shake off an early slump winning four straight and eight out of 10 to end the season. It was a strong season in DII for Kingswood with a 12-8-1 overall record.

DI Unified Basketball:
Gilford and Belmont had their seasons end in the opening round of the DI tournament. Belmont had to travel to Whitefield to take on the Spartans of White Mountains. It was as tough game for the Red Raiders who were in it for most of the game but the Spartans pulled away for a 54-33 romp. Despite the loss the kids had fun and were excited to be in the playoffs.
The Gilford Golden Eagles were upset at home by Oyster River who ran away with it 38-16. Rachael Bradstreet opened the scoring for Gilford with a nice play and lead the Eagles with 4 points. Allison Paige had 4 points as well, but the play of the game came in the fourth quarter with a steal and breakaway by Darren Brown who almost had the ball stolen away on his way to the hoop. Both players fell to the floor but Brown jumped up with the ball and scored a basket bringing the home crowd to their feet! Another fun and exciting season of unified basketball in Gilford closed out with high fives all around.

New England Wolves and EHL Premier Wolves:
Both Wolves teams had their seasons end over the weekend but not before some fireworks! The Premier team traveled to Haverhill, Massachusetts, and took on the Valley Jr. Warriors. The Wolves got on the board first with a nice goal by Nate DeWolf assisted by Rob Lennox. The Warriors tied it up before the end of regulations. In the overtime frame Belmont native Dylan Treamer set up defenseman Harrison Sirkis who launched a missile from the blue line that found the back of the net sending the Wolves to the next round. Head coach Tim Kunes said, “The guys found that playoff mentality, where everyone was willing to do whatever it took to win.” No rest for the weary as the Wolves were back on the road the next night against the Boston Jr. Rangers in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, where they were overmatched by the top seed 7-2. This was the first time in Laconia Jr. hockey history that a Jr. A team made the playoffs.
The EHL team was swept in the best of 3 series with Walpole ending their season. In the first game at Merrill Faye Arena on Friday the Wolves found themselves seriously shorthanded, giving up five power-play goals. In the must-win match on Saturday in Walpole it was more competitive but the Express earned a hard fought victory 4-3. The EHL team set a new high for wins in a season and the future appears bright for the Wolves: “I am excited about the direction this program is heading. We are expanding with a focus on quality and there is a real buzz in northern New Hampshire about what our program offers,” said general manager and head coach Andrew Trimble. He went on to say, “To have both teams in the playoffs was a huge accomplishment and we are proud of the guys to have made it that far.” Captain Blake Harlow was awarded 2nd Team All-Northern Conference, off the strength of his 30-goal season. Roger Powers, Rodahn Evans, Chris Mattone, and several more are headed to NCAA hockey programs in the fall.
The Wolves were also recognized by the league for their charitable work and especially the JBT Benefit Game, which raised more than $23,000 on March 3. Learn more about the wolves at

Central NH Skating Academy Fundraiser
Mark your calendars for Saturday night as the Central NH Skating Academy will be holding its 14th annual benefit show for cancer research and Max Gagnon and his family. Karen Tardif reports, “The kids are excited for the show and we appreciate all the support for Max and his family!” Tickets are $15 with children under 3 free. The show begins at 5 p.m.

The Road Ahead:
Tonight is WEEI Sports Trivia night at Hart’s Turkey Farm in the Copper Kettle Lounge. Join Dominic Biello and myself for some fun and prizes from 7 to 9 p.m. We’re looking forward to warmer weather and the high school spring sports season that starts in April!
Keith Murray is the host of Lakes Region voice of Sports on 107.3FM WEMJ Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and can be heard on WEEI 101.5FM with daily local sports updates. Reach Keith by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lakes Region Sports Roundup

Lakes Region Sports Roundup
Keith Murray
Sports Director WEEI

Lou Athanis Youth Basketball:
Recently the LAYBL Tournament was hosted throughout Laconia with games at the high school, middle school and community center. Dozens of teams from all over New England descended upon the lake city in what is becoming a premier youth basketball tournament. Rod Roy reported that all of our teams did well including Lou Athanis League's 5th and 6th grade boys who were undefeated coming into the tournament but lost in their very first game to ICB out of Merrimack Valley. “Our guys missed 45 shots and did not play well offensively at all and lost by 3 points. But heading to the loser’s bracket meant more basketball for us and that’s not necessarily a bad thing!” The team rallied in the losers bracket and found themselves in the championship game against the same team that dropped them in the opening round. “We felt better about how we were playing heading into that game and the boys were looking for some payback.” They got just that capturing the championship in convincing fashion winning by 20 points over ICB. Other teams doing well included the 3rd and 4th grade co-ed team finishing 3rd behind Brandon Dee, Jake Tryon and Ryan Walsh. The 5/6 girls also finished third with Mattie Mouseau and Kallie Andriski playing well with Renee Bergeron making the All-Tournament Team. Sierra Halligan and Jaylen Dow helped the 7th and 8th grade girls to a 3rd place finish while the 7/8 boys rallied for a 5th place finish with Nolin Stevens, Caden Roberts and Lucas Bean standing out.
This past weekend in the Don Weeks Memorial Tournament in Farmington, the 5th and 6th grade boys and girls teams from LAYBL dominated and captured the tournament championships. The boys beat Dover and the Girls crushed Marshwood. The MVP of the boys was Keaton Beck while Carson Tucker and Logan Sanchez both made the All-Tournament team.
This weekend its an all Lakes Region Youth Basketball tournament in Gilford with the annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Tournament. The tournament will be at the Middle/High School and is named after Aaron T. Francoeur, a 13 year old Gilford student who died of cancer in the summer of 1993. Nathan Babcock’s Name was added in 2006 after he lost his battle with cancer in the fall of 2005. Look for a recap in Tuesday’s column!
Laconia Youth Lacrosse:
Sign ups are continuing with the season beginning on the 19th. It’s the final week for inside clinics. Tuesday at the Tilton Sports Center from 7-9pm and Sundays at the high school from 6-8pm. Get more information at
New England Wolves and EHL Premier Wolves:
Both Wolves teams have made the playoffs with the top team heading to Walpole to take on the Express in the opening round of the North Conference Playoffs Saturday night after hosting game one on Friday. If there is a game 3 it will be in Walpole Sunday. The winner of that series will play the New Hampshire Avalanche who are the top seed. Head Coach Andrew Trimble reported that they had to fight right down to the final games to make the playoffs as the final seed, “We didn’t start the season well but as the boys played together more the wins started to come. Since the holidays we’ve been playing well and winning. Getting into the playoffs was a great accomplishment for both of our teams”.
The Premier team playoffs are different with a one and done playoff format. They opened up on Friday on the road taking on the Valley Jr. Warriors in Haverhill Massachusetts. Tim Kunes, the Head Coach of the Premier Team recently said “this is the culmination of a long season and everyone is looking forward to a good showing in the playoffs”. The younger team made the playoffs earlier and were playing their final games for seeding. Learn more about the wolves at
The Road Ahead:
Coming up in Tuesday’s Report we cover the storm delayed semi-finals (and hopefully the finals) of the DIII boys' hockey tournament with the Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs and in DII the Kingswood Knights. The DI unified basketball got underway and both Gilford and Belmont had opening round games. Also we’ll find out how the The Wolves playoff runs for both teams went over the weekend and we recap the Francoeur/Babcock Tournament.
Keith Murray is the host of Lakes Region voice of Sports on 107.3FM WEMJ Saturday and Sunday Mornings at 9 a.m. and can be heard on WEEI 101.5FM with daily local sports updates. Reach Keith by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.