Muskrats season starts tonight

The Laconia Muskrats, a team in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, will begin its sixth season with a home game tonight against the Sanford Mainers. The Muskrats finished last season 20-24 after losing a best of three first round playoff matchup to the Vermont Mountaineers.

The Muskrats will play under the direction of first year manager Nick Cenatiempo. The former pitching coach will take over for former manager Matt Alison. Cenatiempo is the pitching coach for St. Anselm college and hails from Manchester, N.H.

The 2015 Muskrats will bring back pitcher John Lipinski from Western Kentucky University and catcher Jake Henson from St Louis University from last season's squad. Lipinski was 0-3 last season with a 7.15 ERA. He struck out 13 batters in 27 innings pitched. Henson hit .290 with three home runs, 15 RBI and two stolen bases during the '14 campaign.

Timothy Viehoff is the lone N.H. native. Viehoff is a senior at Southern New Hampshire University. Viehoff helped the Penmen reach the NCAA DII regionals this season. The Derry native was 4-1 with 41 strikeouts and a 2.10 era for SNHU.

The rest of the squad is comprised of NCAA Division I and II student athletes from across the country.

Tonight's game starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults 16 and older. Children are free.

Round-up: playofff season in full swing

Gilford baseball doubled up Newfound 4-2 in the first round of the NHIAA Division III tournament Wednesday. Alex Thornton went 1 for 2 with a pair of RBI in the first round win. The 13th seeded Golden Eagles traveled to Hopkinton (4) yesterday for the second round. The teams did not meet in the regular season.

Winnisquam (14) could not advance past the first round Tuesday falling to Kearsarge (19) 10-8. The Bears finish the season 9-8.

In other second round action the Sachems (3) hosted Kearsarge (19) yesterday. The teams did not meet in the regular season. Prospect Mountain (9) traveled to Conant (8) yesterday for the first meeting of those two teams this year. Also yesterday, Belmont (10) traveled to White Mountains (7). The Red Raiders fell to the Spartans 3-1 in the regular season finale.


The Sachems (20) could not get out of the first round of the DIII tournament, falling to Mascenic (13) 5-0. Laconia dropped the final five games of the season grabbing the 20th and final seed in the playoffs. The girls finish the season 5-12.

The Golden Eagles (19) battled against Bishop Brady (14) only to fall short 5-4 in the first round. Gilford finished the season 6-11.

In second round action Belmont (5) hosted Winnisquam (12) yesterday. The Red Raiders shut out the Bears in both regular season games 5-0 and 6-0. Prospect Mountain (6) welcomed Raymond (11) yesterday. The Timberwolves topped Raymond 6-1 earlier in the season.

Boys' lacrosse

The third seeded Laconia Sachems host Plymouth (6) in a quarterfinal matchup this afternoon. The Sachems swept a pair of games from the Bobcats 8-7 and 12-8 in the regular season.

Girls' lacrosse

Laconia earned the second seed in the DIII tournament and hosted Bow (7) in a quarterfinal tilt yesterday. The Sachems topped Bow 17-5 earlier in the season.

Gilford (5) traveled to Berlin (4) yesterday. The Golden Eagles looked to top the Mountaineers in the quarterfinal match. The teams did not meet in the regular season.

Boys' tennis

The all Lakes Region DIII final featuring the top seed Gilford and the sixth seed was rescheduled from Tuesday to yesterday due to poor weather conditions. The Golden Eagles were looking for their third straight Division III state championship. Inter-Lakes fell to Gilford 9-0 in the only regular season tilt.

Gilford boys tennis looking for 3rd straight championship

The top seeded Gilford Golden Eagles boys tennis team is looking for its third consecutive state championship and second unbeaten season this afternoon. A Gilford win would make a fifth title in the last six years. This year's opponent will be Lakes Region rival Inter-Lakes.

The sixth seeded Lakers upset the three seed Monadnock 9-0 in the quarterfinals and ran past the seventh seed Prospect Mountains 8-1 to reach the finals.

The finals matchup will be a rematch of the 2010 final when Gilford began their streak of four titles in five years. The Golden Eagles topped the Lakers 7-2 in the last title tilt. Inter-Lakes has won a pair of state titles in 1997 and 1999. The Lakers have reached the title match four times dating back to 1997.

The DIII state championship match will be held at Derryfield School this afternoon at 4 p.m.

Girls' Tennis

The Gilford girls' fell to top seeded Conant 9-0 in the quarterfinals. Prospect Mountain (6) could not get past third seeded Littleton and was knocked out of the quarterfinals by a score of 8-1.


The Sachems finished out the regular season with a 14-2 record, earning the third seed in the DIII tournament. Laconia closed the season on a four game win-streak topping Belmont 2-1 in the season finale. The boys earned a first round bye and will play the winner of the (14) Winnisquam and (19) Kearsarge.

Belmont earned the 10th seed with a 10-6 record in the regular season. The Red Raiders dropped the last game of the season to White Mountains extending their losing-streak to three games heading into the postseason. Belmont will travel to seventh seeded White Mountains for a rematch in the second round of the DIII tournament Thursday at 4 p.m.

Prospect Mountain edged out the Red Raiders for the ninth seed in the postseason. The Timberwolves topped Gilford 6-5 to reach the 10 win mark and a 10-6 record. The Alton team will travel to Conant (8) for the second round action Thursday at 4 p.m.

Gilford dropped the last two games of the season and lost a bye into the second round along the way. The Golden Eagles earned the 13th seed with a 9-7 record on the season. Gilford welcomes hosts (20) Newfound in the first round this afternoon at 4 p.m.

Winnisquam's rollercoaster season rolled back up with wins in their final three games to earn the 14th seed in the postseason. The Bears began the year dropping the first four games of the season before bouncing back and winning the next six. After three more consecutive losses, three more wins and ticket to the first round against (19) Kearsarge this afternoon at 4 p.m.

Inter-Lakes finished the season 4-12. The Lakers did not qualify for the postseason.


Belmont fell to 13-3 with the loss to White Mountains 4-0 in the regular season finale. The loss dropped the Red Raiders to the fifth seed in the postseason. The girls will host Winnisquam (12) in the second round Thursday at 4 p.m.

Prospect Mountain topped Gilford 3-0 to finish the regular season 13-3. The Timberwolves are the sixth seed with a bye in the first round. The second round matchup will be against 11th seed Raymond Thursday at 4 p.m.

Winnisquam rolled off four wins in a row to earn the 12th seed with a 9-7 record. The Bears secured the final first round bye with the final four wins and a second round tilt at Belmont Thursday at 4 p.m.

Gilford slipped by Somersworth 5-4 to hold onto the 19th spot in the tournament. At 6-10 the Golden Eagles will travel to Bishop Brady (14) today at 4pm in a first round meeting.

Laconia limps into the postseason dropping the last five games of the regular season. The Sachems fell to the 20th and final slot in the playoffs. The girls travel to Mascenic (13) this afternoon at 4 p.m.

Inter-Lakes finished the season 3-13 after a 7-4 win over Newfound. The Lakers did not qualify for the postseason.

Boys' Lacrosse

Laconia earned the third seed in the DIII postseason. The Sachems finished 13-3 after a loss to Trinity in the final game of the season. The boys host Plymouth Friday at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Laconia won both regular season match-ups against Plymouth.

Gilford ended their season with a three-game win streak to finish 5-9. The Golden Eagles did not qualify for the postseason.

Girls' Lacrosse

Laconia only dropped one game during the regular season and it was to the top seeded Derryfield. The Sachems, 13-1 on the regular season, earned the second seed and will host seventh seeded Bow Thursday at 5 p.m.
Gilford finished the year 10-4. The Golden Eagles sit at the five seed and head to Lebanon (4) Thursday at 5 p.m.

Belmont finished the year 0-14 and did not qualify for the postseason.

Youth Football & Cheer sign-up Monday evening

Laconia Youth Football and Cheer will be having sign ups at the Laconia Community Center, Monday, June 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. Anyone interested in being a head coach for either football or cheer for the up coming season is encouraged to come to the meeting that immediately follows signs ups at 7 p.m.