Sachem girls even record with double-OT win

By ROGER AMSDEN

LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — The Laconia High School girls’ basketball team evened its season record at 2-2 with a double overtime win over Merrimack Valley Wednesday night.

Hannah Dow led the Sachems, scoring 12 of her 13 points in overtime while grabbing eight rebounds. Sophie George had 10 points and three assists and Bella Daly added nine points.

The Sachems recently won the annual holiday tournament in Gilford when they posted three wins over four days.

They play again today at Bishop Brady in Concord at 6:30 p.m.

The Sachem boys moved to 3-1 for the season with a 60-48 win at Gilford Wednesday night.

Ryan Chandler led Laconia with 21 points while Nate Hudson led the Golden Eagles with 12 points.

Laconia hosts Newfound at 6 p.m. Friday while Gilford hosts Prospect Mountain at 6 p.m.

The Belmont boys also moved to 3-1 with a 56-32 win over Prospect Mountain. Matt Pluskis led the Raiders with 14 points and Griffin Embree added nine.

The Raiders host White Mountains at 6.m. Friday.

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Laconia's Meghan Gaspa looks for a shot while being guarded by Merrimack Valley's Jadyn Holmes and Abby Grandmaison in a game played in Laconia on Wednesday evening. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun) 

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Sophie George goes up for a layup against Merrimack Valley on Wednesday evening. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Former Wolves player now Norwegian pro

LACONIA — Laconia Wolves Eastern Hockey League top division alumnus forward Haakon Hundsnes is adjusting to life as a pro hockey player in Norway.
Hundsnes came to the Wolves program at Thanksgiving during the 2016-17 season. In his time in Laconia, Hundsnes made an immediate impact, registering 15 points in 24 games, while playing an aggressive two-way style of play.
"Haakon stayed with my family over the Thanksgiving break and I was immediately struck by his personality," said Wolves General Manager/ Head Coach Andrew Trimble. "He interacted with my kids, was extremely gracious, and took advantage of all the extra ice time I could get for him over the Thanksgiving break so that he could jump right into the EHL lineup."
Although he had several college opportunities, once the season concluded, he chose to stay in Europe and pursue opportunities back at home. "I signed with a pro team. I am going to study in Oslo. Thank you for everything." Hundsnes wrote.
Embarking on his pro career this fall with the Tonsberg Vikings in Norway, the second highest level, Hundsnes made an immediate impact. The Vikings player profile reported:
“Comes all the way from Stavanger, known for his hard work on and off the ice. In our first three pre-season games, with his hard-working hard hitting game he has already become a fan favorite.”
So far on the season Hundsnes has recorded three assists, while playing a smart, defensive, two-way game. "It's been a good transition to pro hockey. I am learning a lot." said Hundsnes. "I just wanted to thank you for everything and wish you good luck with the season and the new team.”

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Former Laconia Wolves forward Haakon Hundsnes is playing pro hockey in Norway. (Courtesy photo)

Laconia girls, Belmont boys win in Lakes Region Holiday tournament

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 Laconia girls won the finals against Gilford Friday evening during the 44th annual holiday basketball tournament. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — The Laconia High School girls beat Gilford 46-39 Friday to win the Lakes Region Holiday tournament held in Gilford.

The Sachems used a full court press to take a 15-2 lead in the first quarter and stayed aggressive the rest of the way.

Becca Howe led the Sachems with 15 points and three assists. Sophie George added 13 points and four assists and Meghan Gaspa had 15 rebounds and seven points.

Brooke Beaudet led Gilford with 15 points, including three 3-pointers.

Laconia coach Jeff Greeley praised the team., saying it was a well-deserved victory,

The Belmont boys’ basketball team won its second straight Lakes Region Holiday Tournament title on Friday night with a 62-35 win Kingswood.

The Raiders trailed 11-9 after the first period but bounced back to take a 25-18 half time lead. They were up by 14 entering the final period and racked up 24 points pull away for a convincing victory.

Senior point guard and tournament MVP Matt Pluskis led the Raiders with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Junior point guard Griffin Embree chipped in with 11 of his points in the second half.

Dylan Gansert had eight points, six rebounds and three assists while Matt Thurber added eight points to go along with four steals and a block.

.Nate Sottak, a freshman guard, added seven points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Coach Jim Cilley praised his team’s defensive effort, which he said was strong throughout the entire tournament.

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The Belmont boys beat Kingswood Friday for their title. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Sachems, Raiders win opening games in Gilford tournament

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Winnisquam’s Makenzie Snow and Belmont’s Julianna Estremera take the court for first-round play at the 44th annual Holiday Basketball Tournament played at Gilford Middle-High School on Wednesday afternoon.  (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

GILFORD — Laconia High School teams won their games on the opening day of the annual Gilford Holiday tournament Wednesday, with girls defeating Prospect Mountain, 67-35, and the boys downing Prospect Mountain, 61-35.

Belmont teams also won their two games, with the boys topping Winnisquam, 55-28, and the girls defeating Winnisquam, 62-37.

The Gilford High School girls defeated Moultonborough, 62-25.

The tournament resumes today and championship games will be held Friday, pitting the two undefeated teams in both divisions against each other.

The girls’ championship game gets underway at 4:30 p.m. and the boys’ championship game at 6 p.m.

 

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Prospect Mountain’s Alison Brown and Laconia’s Sophie George play in the Holiday Basketball Tournament on Wednesday afternoon. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)