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LMS girls win Holiday Tournament in decisive fashion

The Laconia Middle School girls' team won the Holiday Tournament held Dec. 26-30 in Laconia.

First opponent for Laconia was Bow. Amelia Clairmont, who scored 15 points in the game, lead Laconia's offense while the Sachem defense allowed only 3 points by halftime. Final score was 29-9.

Laconia faced Merrimack in the quarter final round. This time it was Hannah Dow's 12 points that lead Laconia. Megan Gaspa was once again a rebounding machine with 6 defensive and 8 offensive boards. Ellie Kelly, Avy Bartlett, Caitlin Beattie, and Sydney Stevens had solid floor games for Laconia. Final score: Laconia 41, Merrimack Valley 21.

Team-oriented play brought Laconia to a 39-24 victory over Belmont in the semi final round. Clairmont and Dow each posted 11 points, while Gaspa and  Clairmont each had numerous steals and rebounds leading the Lady Sachems to victory. Delaney Ross, Sarah Mize, and Abby Shute also made significant contributions off the bench for Laconia in the semi final win.

Laconia remained dominant against final round opponent Merrimack Valley. Clairmont scored 16, while a smothering full-court defense forced numerous turnovers. Laconia won, 36-26.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 09:47

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LMS boys take 2nd place in Holiday Tournament

The Laconia Middle School boys' A team captured 2nd place in the annual Holiday Tournament, falling to Belmont in the championship game.

The Sachems squared off against Belmont in the opening round of the tourney and came away with a 31-29 win. Ryan Paiva led his team with 9 points and 11 rebounds to go with 7 steals. Jakob Steele and Caleb Patell chipped in with 5 points apiece, while Steele added 5 boards and 3 steals.
Next up for the Sachems were the boys from Kennett. Paiva had a huge game, dropping 16 points and pulling down 11 boards. Steele and Center Jacob Miner added 5 points each. Defensively, Paiva, Steele, and Ryan Chandler had 3 steals each as Laconia advanced to the Championship with a 36-15 win.
Once again it was Laconia v. Belmont as the youngsters from Belmont had battled through the losers bracket to get another shot at the Sachems. This one was all about the defense as both teams couldn't seem to get to the rim. At the end of the first quarter the score was 2-1 and both defenses remained solid throughout. Again, Laconia looked to their leader, and Paiva answered with 12 points, 14 boards and 6 steals. Unfortunately it was not enough, as the Belmont defense completely shut down Laconia's offense and came away with a hard fought 23-17 win. "It was the first time I've ever been involved in a game where we scored more points (9) from the foul line then we scored (8) from the floor," said coach Rod Roy. "Credit Belmont with some nasty defense. They did a great job."
The Sachems would like to thank all the fans for making the Holiday Tournament a great success and look forward to their continued support throughout the rest of the season.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 09:32

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Duchin picking up the pace for I-L swim team

The Inter-Lakes swimmers headed to UNH Sunday for the Holiday Invitational meet, competing against 15 teams from around New Hampshire. Alaina Duchin had the best performing day out of the three swimmers attending. Duchin achieved new best times in both the 50 and 100 Freestyle event. Dropping 2.28 seconds in the 50 and 5.58 seconds in the 100. Clara Bates finished 22nd in the 200 Individual Medley and 42nd in the 50 Free. Matthew Sundius had a small time drop, however finished in 10th place in the 50 Freestyle and 6th place for the 100 Freestyle. The Lakers will head back to the pool on January 18.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 09:25

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Roundup — Renegades knock off Kearsarge for second win

Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes skated past Kearsarge 7-4 on Saturday afternoon for their second win of the season. The Renegades improved to 2-1 and will host Laconia/Winnisquam tomorrow night.
The Wolfpack fell to defending NHIAA DIII champs Souhegan 6-3 Saturday afternoon. Laconia/Winnisquam freshman Noah Wirth had a pair of goals in the loss. The 1-2 Wolfpack will visit Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes tomorrow night at the Laconia Ice Arena.
The Belmont/Gilford against Sanborn game was postponed on Saturday night due to inclement weather. The game is scheduled to be made up on Sunday, January 25.
Basketball
Basketball returns in full swing tonight following the winter break. Boys' games on tap tonight include Gilford at Belmont, Winnisquam at Franklin, Inter-Lakes at Newfound, and Plymouth at Laconia. Prospect Mountain will return to action Friday at Somersworth.
The Girls' Tuesday night schedule has Belmont at Gilford, Franklin at Winnisquam, Newfound at Inter-Lakes, and Laconia at Plymouth. The Timberwolves host Somersworth on Friday.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 09:21

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