The stage is set for the 12 high schools to compete in NHIAA team bowling finals this weekend. In the season standings Laconia finished in 11th place. That puts Laconia bowling against the 6th place team from Hollis-Brookline. The top 4 teams get a bye in first round and await for winners in 5th through 12th matches. Laconia should be entering the finals with confidence. Of the top 4 teams getting a bye, Laconia has beat 2 of the four when bowling head to head in the season. The team has really grown this season. The Sachems have learned to assist one another and make clutch shots when needed. In the finals, teams bowl against one another in a best of 7 in Baker format. Teams have to bowl well together – no single person can carry a team when only throwing two frames in a game. Last year Laconia got out to an early 2 game lead and pushed Spaulding to 7 games before being eliminated in the first round. Laconia hopes to perform better than last year. The finals will be held at Spare Time Lanes in Manchester this Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m.
Two of Laconia bowlers will then bowl the following Saturday also at Spare Time Lanes in the Individual Finals. The top 64 in the state will be there competing in standard games in a single elimination tournament. Laconia will have one bowler in Champion Flight (top 32). Aaron Smith finished in 26th spot with 156.04 average. Last time Aaron bowled in Manchester he had a high game of 225. In the Medal Flight (33-64) is Nathan Batchelder who finished 35th with 146.83.
Complete list of scores and standing can be found at NHIAA.org under additional sports.