Unified basketball tournament to be held at Belmont High School on Saturday

BELMONT — On Saturday, January 10, the first ever Lakes Region Unified Basketball Tournament will be played at Belmont High School.
Unified sports bring people together with and without intellectual disabilities on the same sports teams to compete. According to Cassie Contigiani, BHS senior and organizer of the tournament, teams from five area schools have been invited to participate. The event was organized as part of Cassie's senior project. Her goal is to offer a tournament experience for all of our new athletes at Belmont High School in their inaugural year of unified basketball. Regular season for the Lakes Region unified teams starts the following week, so this tournament will provide a pre-season look at the competition.
Tournament games will begin at 9 a.m. with each team playing in two games to determine the teams advancing to the final round. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students. Admission fees, as well as funds raised from raffles and food concessions, will be donated to the Special Olympics.
Contact Cassie Contigiani with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Monetary donations are also being accepted to help defray the cost of t-shirts for the players and volunteers, and medals for the tournament champions.

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.

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.

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.