Gilford, Laconia advance in Division III girls tournament

Laconia's Kalie Nute and Prospect Mountain's Delia Everhart go after a loose ball during NHIAA Division III second round tournament game Thursday night at Laconia High School.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Laconia's Kalie Nute and Prospect Mountain's Delia Everhart go after a loose ball during NHIAA Division III second round tournament game Thursday night at Laconia High School.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)



Second-seed Gilford and fourth-seeded Laconia advanced to the quarterfinals of Division III girls' state tournament by virtue of wins on their home courts Thursday night.
Undefeated Gilford (19-0) held off Berlin 45-31 and will host number 10 ranked Monadnock tonight at 7 p.m. Gilford trailed 15-14 against Berlin (9-11) midway through the second quarter but clamped down on defense, especially in the third quarter, when Berlin managed just one field goal.
The Golden Eagles were led offensively by Stevie Orton and Cassidy Bartlett, both of whom netted 11 points.
Laconia (15-2) topped 13th ranked Prospect Mountain 41-27 and will host 12th ranked Campbell (11-8), which upset fifth-ranked Newfound Regional 15-4) 64-58 Thursday night. The game will be played at Laconia High School at 7 p.m.
The Sachems led by only three points, 26-23, early in the fourth quarter, but pulled away after Kailey Nute hit a three-pointer and finished the game on a 10-1 run. Nute led Laconia with 11 points followed by Cali Swormstedt with 9 and Natalie Compton with 8.
Newfound trailed 11-2 early in its game but rallied to within one point in the fourth quarter before losing. Amanda Johnston and Savanna Bony led the Bears with 14 points each.
In other tournament games involving local teams, Belmont lost 48-26 to top-ranked and undefeated Conant (19-0) and Winnisquam lost 63-33 to number three ranked Pelham.

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Gilford asks for reconsideration on toplessness ruling


LACONIA — The town of Gilford has asked Judge Jim Carroll of the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, to reconsider his ruling that topless sunbathing is not a crime because it is not included in the state criminal code.

Attorney Justin L. Pasay argues that RSA 41:11-b grants authority to town governing bodies to manage all of the real property it owns and to regulate its use, meaning the town believes the court erred in its ruling.

Pasay argues that anyone who violates the town ordinance against "topless sunbathing, skinny dipping, nude tanning or the exposure of genitalia" at the Gilford Town Beach "shall" be guilty of a violation.

He said that it appears the court overlooked this and so there are grounds for granting reconsideration.

Reconsideration is based on the premise that the court allows the town to intervene in the case, which is a request made after the decision was rendered. Until that time, the state, as represented by Gilford Sgt. Prosecutor Eric Bredbury and Lilley and MacKinnon, who are represented by attorney Daniel Hynes, were the only parties to the case. Both have assented to allow the town of Gilford to become a third party to the case.

Gilford resident Heidi Lilley and Barbara MacKinnon were cited on Sept. 6 for violating the ordinance when they and a few of their friends went to Gilford Beach. Both are members of the Free the Nipple campaign, which says women should be allowed the same rights as men when it comes to exposing the top parts of their body. The campaign also addresses what it calls the "body-shaming" culture of the U.S.

In his five-page ruling issued in early February, Carroll ruled the ordinance was constitutional but that, because there is no state law in the New Hampshire Criminal Code prohibiting female toplessness in public, the ordinance is unenforceable.

Lilley and MacKinnon have also filed for reconsideration but for the opposite reasons – namely that their actions are protected by the First Amendment as free speech and under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Hynes could not be reached Friday afternoon.

All of the motions are being reviewed by Carroll in chambers and The Laconia Daily Sun was unable to get a copy of Hynes' request for reconsideration.

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LASC auction fails when auctioneer is a no show


LACONIA — An auction of the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday did not take place.

According to attorney Jeff Philpot, who represents Tom and Lori Oakley who own the now defunct swim club, no auctioneer came to the designated site at the designated time, meaning the entire process must begin from scratch.

There were a number of people there, most of whom are friends of the Oakleys. There were five people there but none of them identified themselves as either being an auctioneer or a representative of the three banks that hold first mortgages on the property.

According to Philpot, who referred to a "first bite rule," the people who hold first mortgages are entitled to bid first, with the financier who holds the largest mortgage going first. He said there are three of them, to the best of his knowledge.

The primary mortgage holder is ReadyCap Lending LLC, which purchased the note that was issued on May 7, 2010 to the Community South Bank of Parsens, Tenn. According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Company, or FDIC, Community South Bank failed on Aug. 23, 2013, and was closed by an order of the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions.

The Daily Sun was unable to reach ReadyCap Lending LLC or the attorney representing them to see why no auctioneer appeared. ReadyCap Lending LLC describes itself as a Small Business Association or SBA preferred lender.

According to Oakley, who was at the attempted auction with Philpot, ReadyCap has employed a maintenance team that winterized the building and took care of some of the utilities.

At Friday's attempted auction, the building had no heat but it did have electricity. The pool had been drained and the parking lot had been plowed.

The Laconia Athletic and Swim Club closed abruptly on Nov. 27, 2015, after 24 years of being in business.

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