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Laconia Middle School girls collect a dozen wins

The Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team improved to 12-0 after three wins last week.

Laconia's first game last week was on the road at Kingswood on Jan. 6, where Amelia Clairmont's 14 points lead Laconia to a 44 to 26 win. Hannah Dow contributed 11 points to the effort. Skyler Tautkus, Caitlyn Beattie, and Ellie Kellly played excellent floor games for the Laconia. Delaney Ross hit some key shots for the winners.

The following day saw the closest of the three games for Laconia, when the team traveled to Belmont for a 37-34 victory. Clairmont again lead Laconia with 17 points and Dow followed with 9. It was a hard fought victory for Laconia against a feisty Belmont squad. The score was knotted 17 to 17 at the half. Laconia was able to convert some key lay ups in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

January 9 saw Laconia host Inter-Lakes, when Clairmont posted 30 points on the way to a 50-34 win. Dow scored 10. Laconia led 29 to 18 at the half. Clairmont was the difference in the second half with 8 rebounds and 4 steals along with three 3-pointers for the game. Dow and Sydney Stevens also made key contributions for the Lady Sachems in the victory.

Laconia's next game is on Friday at Merrimack Valley.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 08:48

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Round-up: Belmont girls top LHS, Gilford remains undefeated

The Belmont High School girls' basketball team (4-3) secured a victory at Laconia, 45-34 on Friday evening. Cassie Contigiani had 11 points in the win. Belmont welcomes Franklin tonight.
Laconia drops to 4-2 in the loss to Belmont. Kailey Nute had 17 points to lead all scorers. The Sachems head to Berlin tonight.
Winnisquam fell to White Mountains 54-26 who were led by Laura Harmon (9 points). The 1-6 Bears host Fall Mountain on Thursday.
Gilford improved to 7-0 after the 75-41 victory at Newport. Brooke Beaudet had 19 points in the win. The Golden Eagles host Farmington tonight.
Inter-Lakes (0-6) fell just short of recording their first victory 39-37 at Berlin on Friday night. The Lakers visit Moultonborough tomorrow.
Prospect Mountain fell to Campbell 57-38 on Friday, dropping to 2-5 on the season. The Timberwolves host Somersworth tonight.

Boys' basketball

The Laconia Sachems boys' basketball team needed a three pointer in the final seconds to beat Belmont 39-36 on Friday night. Junior Dylan Dockham drained the game winner to cap his 12 point evening. The 2-2 Sachems host Berlin (4-1) tonight.
Belmont falls to 1-4 after Friday's loss. Trevor Hunt had 16 points for the Red Raiders. Next up for Belmont is an away game against 3-2 Franklin.
Winnisquam earned their fourth victory in five tries on Friday, cruising past White Mountains 85-41. Christian Serrano had 19 points and Torrey Martinez scored 18 in the victory. The Bears head to Fall Mountain on Friday.
Gilford dropped their second game of the season (3-2) to Newport, 54-36. Zach Djabelarbi had nine points in the loss. The Golden Eagles welcome Farmington tonight.
Prospect Mountain (0-4) fell to Campbell 83-51. The Timberwolves head to Somersworth tonight.
Laconia/Winnisquam fell to 2-3 on Saturday after the 5-0 loss to Kennett. The Wolfpack heads to Berlin tomorrow.
Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes also fell to 2-3 after a losing to John Stark/Hopkinton 8-2. The Renegades host Belmont/Gilford on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 after the 7-0 shutout against Kearsarge on Saturday. Belmont/Gilford will host rink rival Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes tomorrow.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 08:45

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Coaching staff shakeup for Muskrats in 2015

LACONIA —The Laconia Muskrats, one of the twelve teams in the prestigious New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), announced their coaching staff for the 2015 season on Monday evening. Nick Cenatiempo, who served as the Muskrats' pitching coach last summer will return as manager. He will be joined by a pair of new faces in the dugout. Chris Tilton was named the team's pitching coach and Justin Sumner will oversee Laconia's hitters.

Cenatiempo, 27, replaces Matt Alison who managed the Muskrats for the past four seasons. Cenatiempo oversaw the Muskrats' pitching operations last summer and worked with some of the New England Collegiate Baseball League's top pitchers, such as Jack English (Florida Gulf Coast University) and Shea Spitzbarth (Molloy College), who finished the summer at the top of the league's pitching ranks. During the academic year, you can find Cenatiempo working with young pitchers at Saint Anselm College.

"I'm very thankful to be given the chance to manage the Laconia Muskrats this summer," said Cenatiempo. "It's a complete honor to be from Manchester and be able to lead this organization in such a great league in the Lakes Region."

Tilton, 23, is a Rochester, New Hampshire native who will serve as the pitching coach at Saint Michael's College under the management of former Muskrats' assistant coach Scott Strong (2012) during the collegiate season. In the summer of 2014, Tilton was the pitching coach for the North Shore Navigators of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

Sumner, 28, enters his second year as volunteer assistant coach at Saint Anselm College this upcoming season. He works with infielders and develops strength and conditioning programs for position players. In the summer of 2014, Sumner helped coach the Geneva Red Wings, of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, to an Eastern League Championship.

"I really enjoyed being the Pitching Coach last summer under Matt Alison. The support from the community was outstanding, and the fans really gave our players a great atmosphere to perform in every night," concluded Cenatiempo. " I hope to see everyone back again this summer! Thank you to everyone in community that supports the Laconia Muskrats we greatly appreciate it."

2015 Roster

The Muskrats have been naming players from the 2015 roster on their Twitter page (@LaconiaMuskrats) over the past month. Stay tuned to the Muskrats via social media and the team's website for the latest news and roster information.

Muskrat Monster Deck

The Muskrats need help with the completion of the Muskrat Monster Deck. The Monster Deck will be a 2,000 square foot viewing deck on the backside of the Muskrat Monster. The deck will be used to create the Muskrat Grill, a one of kind food venue at Robbie Mills Field.
In 2012 with the help of the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association, the Muskrats constructed a 17-foot tall by 88-foot long replica of the famed Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston. The second phase of this project was a deck that would create a viewing experience unparalleled in all of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. A lack of funding as well as spring weather challenges have kept the team from completing this much needed addition to Robbie Mills Field.

The cost to complete the Monster Deck is approximately $45,000. With the help of donations, the entire community will be able to enjoy their work and the Monster Deck will be another reason why Robbie Mills Field is the premier recreation facility in the state of New Hampshire. Donate by visiting laconiamuskrats.com and clicking the donate button on the right side of the page. All donations are tax deductible as the Laconia Muskrats are a 501c3 non profit organization. Also all improvements to Robbie Mills Field belong to the City of Laconia.

Opening Day in the New England Collegiate Baseball League is five months away and Muskrats Season Tickets are now on sale for only $50. Secure a seat for all 21 home games at Robbie Mills Field this summer by visiting Burrito Me in Laconia or emailing General Manager Noah Crane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 07:04

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Still space available in Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament

There is still room available for a few more teams to sign up for the 4th Annual Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, January 25 starting at 11 a.m. The tournament will take place in both the Gilford Middle School and High School Gymnasiums. This fundraising event is a fun recreational co-ed volleyball tournament for high school age students through adults. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research as well as the Amy Annis Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is given annually to a graduating senior. The entry fee is $100. There is a 16 team limit. 16 teams will be playing on 4 courts and each team will be guaranteed three matches in pool play and one match in the tournament round. To register a team or find out more information please contact Joan Forge at 253-3363 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 07:00

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