The Lakes Region Wavemakers finished out 2013 traveling to the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, VT for the annual Winter Classic Swim Meet where they competed against over 20 teams from around New England. Over thirty swimmers attended the meet with 26 swimmers achieving personal best times in one or more events.
In the 10 & under age group, Hannah Verville (7), Ela Goucher (8), Joshua Kelleher (10), Makayla Hastie (10), and Rose Sinkus (10) achieved placements in the top ten. Notable time drops included Kelleher dropping 8.03 seconds in the 100 Backstroke and Hastie dropping 22.21 seconds in the 200 IM and 8.21 seconds in the 100 Breaststroke.
Swimmer Eric Phelps (12) achieved top ten placements, and swimmers Garrett Shafer (11), Paije Fenderson (12), Alyxandra Huckaby (12), and Laurel Gingrich (11) placed in the top 20. Kathryn Hawkes (11) dropped an amazing total of 65.15 seconds in her 200 IM. Fellow swimmer Phelps dropped 22.18 seconds in his 200 IM and 24.89 seconds in his 100 Fly to achieve new best times. Shafer and Madeline Hastie also had impressive drops with Shafer dropping 6.33 seconds in the 200 IM and Hastie dropping 15.12 in the 100 Breaststroke and 8.12 in the 100 Freestyle.
In the 13-14 age group, Olivia Morea (13) placed in the top ten and achieved best times in the 400 IM, 200 Fly, and 200 Breaststroke, dropping 27.41 seconds, 27.50 seconds, and 11.24 seconds. Jacob Green (13) also placed in the top ten, dropping 5.50 seconds in his 200 Freestyle and 5.41 seconds in his 100 Breaststroke. Michele Young (13) dropped an impressive 35.40 seconds in her 200 Freestyle. Beck Mclean (13) also had top ten finishes and Alex Dimarzio (14) swam to place in the top 20.
For the 15 & over age group, Rebecca Cook (15) lead the way with multiple top ten finishes. Also placing in the top 20 were Katie Gingrich (16) and Sarah Sundius (17). Impressive time drops were made by Cook in the 1000 Freestyle, Gingrich in the 200 Freestyle, Owen Sanborn (16) in the 200 IM, and Elisabeth Hutchins (17) dropping a total of 11.53 seconds in the 200 Freestyle.
The Wavemakers will be back at UVAC on January 12th for the Connecticut Valley Invitational before hosting a meet at their home pool on January 19th.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:06
The Laconia Middle School boys' A basketball team won the championship at the recent Middle School Christmas Tournament. The team played four games and didn't suffer a defeat as the players captured their first ever Christmas title. The young Sachems opened the tournament with a game against Epsom. Center Logan Bell set the tone early as he led his team with 10 pts and 8 boards. Ryan McCrea chipped in 7 points, point guard Christian (C.G.) Gaspa added 6 points and 4 assists, while Jack Maher came off the bench to drop 6 points and grab 7 boards. Bell also played well on the defensive end with 6 steals as his team handed Epsom a 44-15 loss. Next up was a speedy Merrimack Valley team that had a bye in the first round. Not knowing what to expect from their opponents, Laconia fullcourt pressed M.V. into an early hole. The Sachem's big men controlled this one, as Bell had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Drew Muzzey added 9 points and 6 boards while small forward Noah Cruz dropped 6 points. Defensively Riley Roy led the way with 4 steals, Cruz had 3 of his own, and Muzzey chipped in with a couple of crowd-pleasing blocks. When the dust had settled, the Sachems had their second win, 42-21. The rugged and always dangerous squad from Belmont was up next, and through 3 quarters they gave the Sachems all they could handle. With Bell in early foul trouble, Muzzey took over. He went for 10 points, 9 boards and 3 assists. Cruz and McCrea were both big off the bench with 9 and 6 points respectively. Defensively it was Gaspa from the point guard position that kept Belmont from getting the ball to their bigs, as he had 5 steals. Muzzey had 4 key steals of his own. When it was over, the Sachems had hung on for a hard-fought 39-23 victory and a date in the championship game against Kingswood. It seemed like the Knights had a never ending line of big men as they looked to control the boards early. But once they got into the rhythm of the game, the Sachem's bigs were not to be denied. Bell had 13 points and 6 boards, Muzzey added 10 and 5, and Maher had a season high 8 points of his own. Defensively Laconia was all over the place. Cruz, Gaspa, and McCrea each had 4 steals and Dan Engelson had 3 thefts that led to points. It was quite a defensive effort by the Sachems. When the curtain closed on the tourney, Laconia had captured the title in their own tourney for the first time with a big 50-23 win. Coach Rod Roy said of his first title "It's good to get the monkey off our backs. Each one of these kids contributed to these four wins and it was a great way to move forward with our season."
The young Sachems would like to thank all of the administration and the many fans that came out to support their efforts over the 3-day tourney.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:04
The Inter-Lakes swimmers attended their first meet of the season Dec. 29 at the Holiday Classic hosted by Oyster River High School. Sarah Sundius led the girls' team achieving two personal best times in the 50 free – 26.91, finishing in 6th place, and 1:14.94 and finishing in 3rd place in the 100 breaststroke. Sarah qualified for the State Championship Meet in both of these events. Catherine Roberts, swimming in her first high school meet, dropped 3.58 seconds in the 50 free. For the boys' team, Ben Jaques achieved his season goal – qualifying for the State Champs – swimming a 1:10.10 in the 100 backstroke and finishing in 6th place. Ben also grabbed a new personal best time in the 50 freestyle – 26.68. Matthew Sundius, swimming his first high school meet dropped an impressive 1.18 seconds in his 50 free and 1.47 in the 100 backstroke and finishing in 7th place. The Lakers will be back in the pool January 11th at Pinkerton Academy.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:01
At the Saturday afternoon indoor track meet held at UNH, Belmont's Joseph Boles placed 1st in the 600m (1:27.0), breaking the previous school record (1:28.4) which he set last year. Boles owns the BHS indoor track records at the 300m, 400m, 600m, 1000m and 1500m distances. He has qualified to compete at the state championship meet to be held at Dartmouth College on February 2 in both the 600m and 1500m. Bruce Zimmer placed 2nd in the shot put with a throw of 39' 9.75".
Megan Bailey (2:07.6, 600m), Shea Callahan (22' 3", shot put) and Nicole Rosas (8.2, 55m) set personal records.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 09:59
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