Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit hosting 'Laker Night' on Saturday

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit will play a home and home series against the East Coast Minutemen starting Saturday at the Laconia Ice Arena. Saturday night's contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be "Laker Night" as the Spirit will donate $2 of every ticket sale and half the proceeds from the program, 50/50, and Shooters shootout sales to Lakes Region Youth Hockey. Meredith Village Savings Bank will sponsor "Laker Night" and will have giveaways for all the fans in attendance.

Sunday afternoon the Spirit will travel to Salem, N.H. for the back end of the weekend series. Sunday's contest is set for 2:30 p.m.

For more information on the Spirit and their schedule visit www.fightingspirithockey.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for live updates.

2 Plymouth girls to represent N.H. in Elks Regional Hoop Shoot

The New Hampshire State Elks Association held their State Hoop Shoot competition on Sun. Feb. 1, hosted by the Portsmouth Elks Lodge, #97.

The local Lodges did very well as they will be sending 2 competitors on to the Regional Hoop Shoot in Portland, Maine.

Kiaran Brown, an 8-9 year old girl and Leia Brunt, a 12-13 year old girl both from the Plymouth Lodge, won their divisions and will be representing the New Hamsphire Elks in Portland. Brunt is a returning State Champion, as she represented New Hampshire in the girls 10-11 championship last year.

Other local participants in the State competition included, Lucas Kirk, who finished 3rd in the 8-9 year old boys competition and Jacob Mello, who finished third in the boys 10-11 division, both representing the Laconia Lodge.

Riley Flaherty finished 3rd in the girls 10-11 division while Marcus Morel finished 3rd in the 12-13 year old boys division, both from the Plymouth Lodge.

Wavemakers host Peterborough club for swim meet

The Peterborough Wave Swim team joined the Wavemakers in Laconia for their second home meet of the season at LASC. The Wavemakers held a fun Pentathlon format meet, which gave all the swimmers the opportunity to swim all 5 strokes (butterfly, back, free, breast and IM - individual medley). Younger swimmer swam these events at the 25-yard length while older swimmers swam 50-yard lengths. This kind of format is a treat for the older swimmers, as they do not often get to swim the shorter events.
Top finishers for the 8 and unders were: Hannah Verville, Hayley Cochrane, Meredith Gerkin, Bridget Wilcox, Preston Kennell, Edward Goucher, and Sydney Philippy. For the 9-10 age group: Charlotte Philippy, Ela Goucher, Brooke Vetter, Jake Dumais, Ethan Vachon, and Lauren Sikoski. For the 11-12 group: Kathryn Hawkes, Angie Bonnell, Alexa Leonard, and Alexa Lazazzera. For final age group, 13 and Older: Rebecca Cook, Laurel Gingrich, Oliva Morea, Beck Mclean, Eric Phelps, Alyxandra Huckaby, Owen Sanborn, Alexandra Dimarzio, and Katie Gingrich.
Also recently, the Wavemakers swam away with a 5th place overall finish at the Connecticut Valley Invitational Meet in White River, Vt. Top placements leading the team to victory were Thor Burr, Hayley Cochrane, Edward Goucher, Ela Goucher, Kathryn Hawkes, Joshua Kelleher, Beck Mclean, Eric Phelps, Garrett Shafer and Hannah Verville.
The Wavemakers are heading into the championship portion of their season, currently sending 33 swimmers to New England Regionals, 6 to Silvers and 1 swimmer to the NE Age Group Championships. For more information about the Lakes Region Wavemakers, check out their website: www.lakesregionwavemakers.com.

LMS boys' A team finishes season with 10-5 record

The Laconia Middle School Boys A-team wrapped up their regular season with a busy stretch of 5 games in 7 days. When the boys finally got to take a breath, their regular season had concluded with a successful 10-5 record.
First up for the young Sachems was an away game in Wolfeboro. The Knights were no match for the Sachems as Ryan Paiva dropped 22 points to go with 6 boards and 4 steals. Garrett Whitney had a season high 8 pts, Jacob Miner dropped 7 and Noah Dickey and Ryan Chandler contributed 6 points each. When the dust had settled the Sachems had a resounding 63-21 victory.
Alton kicked off a 4 game home stand for the Sachems and gave the host boys all they could handle. Paiva posted 20 points and 7 boards before leaving in the 4th quarter with a rolled ankle. With Paiva out, Alton was able to get to the paint and leave town with a 43-32 win.
The Plymouth Middle School team came to town next. Showing no effects of the Alton loss, the Sachem offense was firing on all cylinders. Paiva led the charge with 16 points and 5 boards, Jacob Miner dropped his season high 12 points, Dickey, Ryan Dee, and Caleb Patell each chipped in 6 points, while Jakob Steele dominated the boards, pulling down 7 rebounds to go with his team high 6 assists. It turned out to be an easy 62-23 victory for the home team.
A new face to the Sachems' schedule was up next as Laconia hosted the Franklin Hurricanes. Paiva kept his offensive explosion going as he had his season high by hitting for 24 points. Point Guard Ethan Sirles lit it up from outside getting his season high 10 points while Chandler added 7 and Steele and Miner dropped 6 apiece. Steele was also establishing himself as the team's assist leader, as he dished off 7 times to help his teammates get to the hoop. Laconia scored a season high 68 in handing Franklin a 68-25 defeat.
The youngsters from Laconia definitely saved the best for last, as they hosted a speedy Merrimack Valley team. This one would take 3 extra frames before a victor would be decided. The teams were mirror images of each other as they battled on the boards and raced up and down the court. Paiva was able to drop 19 points while pulling in 7 boards. Miner added 9 and Sirles continued his hot hand, dropping 4 points. When the whistle finally blew on this triple overtime thriller, the Sachems had held on for an exciting 42-40 victory.
The Sachems are now prepping for the season ending tourney hosted by Winnisquam. They will take on Franklin Saturday morning at 8 a.m. in the double elimination tourney.