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Nerves get to LHS bowling team in team finals

Last Saturday were the team finals for the 12 schools that compete in NHIAA Bowling. Laconia High School was hoping for a good showing. Nerves set in early and stayed with the team the whole time. Laconia was bummed out in the first round by Hollis Brookline 4 games to 1 of the best of 7. Laconia's good shots were too few and far between one another. Of the 7 bowlers available only 2 had finals experience. Laconia fielded a young team this year, 10 of the team's 11 bowlers are eligible to return next year.
For the Individuals, Laconia learned this week that another one of its bowlers will compete in the individual championship Saturday in Manchester. The top 64 list was one short. The next bowler eligible is Panthavy Pradachith, who will compete in the Medal Flight starting at 11:30 a.m. Nathan Batchelder and Aaron Smith will compete in Championship Flight that starts at noon.

Pinkerton went on to win Team Finals.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:25

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Round-up: Girls' basketball playoffs underway

The post-season tournament is underway for local high school girls' basketball teams. Laconia, as the 8th seed, earned a bye in the first round and played 9th seeded Franklin last night. Results were not available in time for this section's deadline.

Belmont, which entered the tournament as the 16th seed, bested Prospect Mountain 33-27 on Tuesday night. Belmont faced top-seeded Newfound last night. Winnisquam (14th seed) knocked off Raymond 60-52 and played 3rd seeded Campbell last night. Gilford (11) had a bye in the first round and played Bow (6) last night.

Ice hockey

Laconia-Winnisquam (7-10) will end the regular season tomorrow night looking to head into the playoffs on a two game winning streak and winning 4 out of the last five. The last win came on Wednesday over Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 2-1. Tomorrow's game at Kennett, also 7-10, will determine who enters the playoffs as the sixth and seventh seeds. The winner will play Belmont-Gilford in the Quarterfinals a week from Saturday and the loser will head to Berlin.

Belmont-Gilford (14-3) will host the top team in Division III Souhegan (15-1) at the Laconia Ice Arena on Senior night for the Bulldogs. Souhegan will be the final test before the Bulldogs head into the playoffs as the third seed.

Boys' basketball

The Sachems (10-7) head into the playoffs with a first-round bye and a week to prepare for their first opponent. The Sachems finished the season last night by facing Newfound. Laconia improved two fold from last season, reaching at least 10 wins this season, compared to the five from the prior year's campaign.

Gilford and Winnisquam, both clubs with 13 wins and four losses, will have byes in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. The Lakers of Inter-Lakes will be in action Tuesday night for the first round of the playoffs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Belmont Middle School wins Newfound Invitational

The Belmont Middle School girls' basketball team took first place in the Newfound Invitational tournament. Belmont beat Kingswood in their first game behind Makenzie Donovan's 15 points and a game tying 3 pointer at the buzzer by Jordan Sargent but lost their next game to Newfound to drop into the losers bracket. JuJu Estremera led with 6 points in that game. The girls faced a tough Hopkinton team next and defeated them 26-19 to head to the finals against rival Newfound. Shayna Thibedau, Emily Drouin, and Makenzie Donovan combined for 17 points. The team trailed the first half and came back strong in the third quarter to put the game away. Lizzie Fleming, Chloe Sottak, and Jordan Sargent each scored 6 in the finals. The team played great defense keeping their opponents off balance each game. Pictured above, front row left to right: Elise Hall, JuJu Estremera, Jordan Sargent, Chloe Sottak, Lizzie Fleming, Bryanna Berry. Back row: coach Mark Dionne, Ariel Bergeron, Emily Drouin, Sydney Shepherd, Emeli Reed, Makenzie Donovan, Shayna Thibedau, coach Karyn Dionne. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 09:55

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Belmont heads into tournament on a 2-game winning streak

GILFORD — The Belmont Red Raiders took advantage of Gilford's cold shooting to beat the Golden Eagles 46-33 on Friday night. The Golden Eagles spotted Belmont an 8-0 lead and could not catch back up. "We never got our heads into the game,"said Gilford coach Rick Forge. "We missed shots early and all of a sudden we are down by eight." The Golden Eagles were 15 for 63 shooting and 3-14 from the free throw line.

The Red Raiders never trailed on the evening. "Our defense is good at shutting down the opponent's shooters." said Belmont junior Cassie Contigiani. "Last year was a learning year. This year we now the system." Contigiani had five points in the contest. The Red Raiders were led by Chayleigh Cadarette with 18 points.

Belmont followed up its performance on Friday with a 57-21 win over Farmington on Saturday, ending the season with a record of 9-9 and a postseason berth, a marked improvement over last year's 4-14 season. "I am very pleased with how this team has grown," said Belmont coach Mark Dawalga. "All the credit goes to them. they bought into everything that I threw at them." The Red Raiders will enter the Division III tournament as the 16th seed and will play Prospect Mountain High School tonight.

Gilford's record of 10 wins and eight losses is good enough for the 11th seed in the tournament and a first round bye. Gilford will be on the road Thursday evening against sixth-seeded Bow.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 09:40

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