6th Annual Annis Volleyball Tournament raises $2,300 to fight cancer

GILFORD — The 6th Annual Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament was held on Saturday, Jan. 7 in the Gilford High School and Middle School gyms. 16 teams consisting of high school, college and adult players competed in four different pools. After the completion of pool play the top two teams with the best record went into the Gold Division Single Elimination Tournament and the bottom 2 teams from each pool went into the Silver Division Single Elimination Tournament.

The teams competing were: Team Amy, Central Lakes Region Movers, Dream Team, Gilford Well, Hit For Brains, J-Dog, Kiss My Ace, Large and In Charge 2.0, Maximillionaires, Net Results, Practice Safe Sets, Scott's Tots, Side-Out Superheroes, SWAT Team, Team Ibuprofen, and The Coaches.

In the Gold Division Semi Final match-ups, The Coaches beat Kiss My Ace in three games by the score of 25-20, 19-25 and 15-7 and Scott's Tots beat Side-Out Super Heroes in three games by the score of 24-26, 25-23 and 15-9. This set up the Gold Division Championship match featuring Scott's Tots against The Coaches. Scott's Tots won in two games by the scores of 25-18 and 25-20 to win the Gold Division championship.

In the Silver Division Semi Final matchups, SWAT Team beat Team Amy in 2 games, 25-23 and 25-17, and Net Results beat Large and In Charge 2.0 in two games, 25-23 and 25-20. This set up the Silver Division championship match featuring SWAT Team against Net Results. SWAT Team won in two games by the scores of 25-15 and 25-21 to win the Silver Division championship.

The event raised $2,312 for the Amy Annis Scholarship Fund and the American Cancer Society. Annis lost her battle to cancer at the age of 32 and this tournament is a celebration of her life and passion for team sports. A special thanks goes out to the companies and people who sponsored each team's entry fee: Mas-Con Corp, Pass Set Crush Volleyball Camp, Central Lakes Region Movers, Winnipesaukee Driving School, Gilford Well, Stone Age Design, Irwin Motors, Donna Ebert, and Sealite USA. The champions of the Silver and Gold Division were given gift cards donated by McDonalds.

Organizers would like thank the Gilford School District for their support in allowing this event to be held, and to Rick Forge, Brad Wolff and Jim Babcock, NHIAA volleyball officials, who volunteered to officiate some of the matches.



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Scott's Tots won the Gold Championship match in two games. In the front row are Elyssa Clairmont, Kaitlin Slippy, Lydia Swedberg and Sophia Swedberg. In the back row are Dave Smith, Roger Bolduc, Pat Cotter and Brady Caldwell. (Courtesy photo)

Laconia Winnisquam Wolfpack raises $2,200 for new jerseys

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The Laconia and Winnisquam High School Hockey Team gathers prior to a match Wednesday. Members include Josh Shevlin, Noah Smith, Noah Wirth, Nick Luther, Devin Miles, Cole Champoux, Ryan Fields, Connor Johnson, Caleb Bartlett, Christian Vaughan, Derek Derynioski, Jayson Shevlin and Hanna Max. (David Carkhuff/The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Tiffany Luther, vice president of the Wolfpack Booster Club, and Adele Champoux and Jennifer Bouchard set up a snack table at Merrill Fay Arena at 468 Province Road, Laconia, prior to a Wednesday match against Somersworth. The Laconia and Winnisquam High School Hockey Team that night celebrated $2,200 raised from sponsors for new jerseys. (David Carkhuff/The Laconia Daily Sun)


By David Carkhuff/The Laconia Daily Sun
LACONIA — The Laconia and Winnisquam High School Hockey Team received an assist from the community when sponsors stepped up and donated $2,200 to buy the team new jerseys.
"We had a fundraiser for our jerseys, and we needed $2,200," said Jim Shevlin, Laconia-Winnisquam Booster Club president.
Sponsors that stepped forward included the United Steelworkers Union, Local 8566; McDonald's of Laconia and Tilton; the Laconia Kiwanis; AutoServ Tilton; Irwin Auto Group; Fay's Boat Yard of Gilford; Belknap Tire & Auto Repair of Laconia; Marc Joyal and Crossovers Pro Shop; the New England Wolves; and New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival.
The club also received support from other sponsors, so they can buy warm-ups and training aids, and pay for ice time at Merrill Fay Arena, Shevlin noted.
Tiffany Luther, vice president of the Booster Club, said, "The community really reached out and helped us quite a bit."
Three new coaches have joined the team, making this a "building year," Luther said.
First-year head coach Kent Finemore is joined by assistant coaches Marc Joyal, Bill Madan and Dylan Martel.
"We have a very small budget for each school, so we have to fund raise to pay for our ice and new uniforms and things of that nature," Luther said.
In the preseason, the Wolfpack volunteered at the Laconia Christmas Village, took a collection for Mix 94.1's Cash for Cans and played in two preseason jamborees.
The team is considered young, with a freshman, Derek Derynioski, playing goalie.
On Wednesday, the team suffered a 12-0 loss to Somersworth. The team lost by the same score to Kennett High on Dec. 21.
Luther said the athletes are showing strong effort.
"They're working well together and playing as a team," Luther said.
Home matches are played at Merrill Fay Arena at 468 Province Road, Laconia. The January schedule continues at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, when the team hosts Berlin. Other matches this month include: Wednesday, Jan. 11, the team hosts Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Pembroke; 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, the team hosts Sanborn; 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, the team hosts Belmont-Gilford; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Somersworth; and 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, the team hosts Kearsarge-Plymouth.

Unified basketball jamboree in Belmont on Saturday

BELMONT — Belmont High School will host the 3rd Annual Lakes Region Unified Basketball Jamboree on Saturday, Jan. 7, with games beginning at 9 a.m. Admission fees are $2 for students or seniors and $3 for adults. Six teams will engage in friendly competition. The day also features raffles, chuck-a-bag competition, and food and drink concessions.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics of New Hampshire. For more information, contact Cassie Contigiani at 603-581-9820.

Gilford beats Laconia 75-50 in boys' hoops

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Gilford High Golden Eagle Mason McGonagle (#32) battles in a crowded post for a loose ball in a 58-55 loss to Kingswood at the 43rd annual Holiday Basketball Tournament in Gilford over Christmas break. Gilford rebounded from the tough loss and beat Laconia 75-50 at LHS on Tuesday, Jan. 3. (David Carkhuff/The Laconia Daily Sun)

By David Carkhuff/The Laconia Daily Sun

LACONIA — Slow starts and tough finishes.
The Laconia High boys' basketball team has struggled to start games. The Gilford High boys' basketball team has battled back from a tough finish at their home tournament to even their season record.
On Tuesday, when the two teams met in Laconia's gym, Gilford exploited the opening quarter by outscoring Laconia 22-3. Gilford went on to win 75-50.
Laconia High boys' basketball head coach Steve McDonough said the 19-point deficit after the first quarter proved fatal.
"It's a six-point game if we can get that first quarter. But that's been the story of the season for us, we've struggled to get going early," McDonough said.
"The kids are staying positive, they're working hard. The kids battled to the end," he said.
McDonough praised Ryan McCrea's attitude and leadership and the contributions of Jake Ellis in the second half. "Ryan Chandler as a freshman coming off the bench and filling it up for us was nice to see," he said.
Laconia High boys travel to Newfound Regional High School for a 7 p.m. game Thursday, Jan. 5. Laconia is 0-3 on the regular season, 1-1 at the 43rd annual Holiday Basketball Tournament.
The game at Newfound is "going to be a big one for us," McDonough said.
"Newfound's in the same boat we are right now, regular season play, we're both 0-for."
For the Golden Eagles, the convincing win on Laconia's home floor helped erase the sour taste of a 58-55 last-minute loss to Kingswood at the 43rd annual Holiday Basketball Tournament in Gilford over Christmas break. Gilford was in the lead for all but the final minute of the tournament semifinal.
Chip Veazey, head coach of the Gilford High Golden Eagles, said after Tuesday's win, "This is a really good effort on part of our team today. Everyone played really well. We started the game really well. We executed our offense. We made it really tough for them to get anything in the paint, especially in the first half."
Gilford returns to the court Friday, Jan 6, at 6 p.m. at Prospect Mountain High School.
The Golden Eagles are 2-2 on the regular season, 1-1 at the 43rd annual Holiday Basketball Tournament.
Prospect is "always scrappy and competitive," Veazey said, predicting a tough game.
At the 43rd annual Holiday Basketball Tournament, Belmont came off a 47-37 drubbing of Winnisquam to overpower Laconia 56-37 in the semifinals. In the game, Belmont's MVP Trevor Hunt scored his career 1,000th point en route to a tournament championship, when Belmont beat Kingswood 60-53 in three overtimes.