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Sachem bowlers to take on Hollis-Brookline in final tournament

The stage is set for the 12 high schools to compete in NHIAA team bowling finals this weekend. In the season standings Laconia finished in 11th place. That puts Laconia bowling against the 6th place team from Hollis-Brookline. The top 4 teams get a bye in first round and await for winners in 5th through 12th matches. Laconia should be entering the finals with confidence. Of the top 4 teams getting a bye, Laconia has beat 2 of the four when bowling head to head in the season. The team has really grown this season. The Sachems have learned to assist one another and make clutch shots when needed. In the finals, teams bowl against one another in a best of 7 in Baker format. Teams have to bowl well together – no single person can carry a team when only throwing two frames in a game. Last year Laconia got out to an early 2 game lead and pushed Spaulding to 7 games before being eliminated in the first round. Laconia hopes to perform better than last year. The finals will be held at Spare Time Lanes in Manchester this Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m.
Two of Laconia bowlers will then bowl the following Saturday also at Spare Time Lanes in the Individual Finals. The top 64 in the state will be there competing in standard games in a single elimination tournament. Laconia will have one bowler in Champion Flight (top 32). Aaron Smith finished in 26th spot with 156.04 average. Last time Aaron bowled in Manchester he had a high game of 225. In the Medal Flight (33-64) is Nathan Batchelder who finished 35th with 146.83.
Complete list of scores and standing can be found at NHIAA.org under additional sports.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:59

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GHS's Cook earns 2nd, 3rd place finishes at state championship

Rebecca Cook, sophomore at Gilford High School made the podium Sunday at the Div II New Hampshire State Championship Meet. Rebecca placed second in the 100 free with a 58:28 time and third in the 200 free with a 1:58.64. Cook was very proud of her accomplishments this weekend yet disappointed that the Meet of Champions, when Div I and II top 6 finishers compete against each other was canceled for the second year in a row due to weather. Other Gilford swimmers competing at the meet were junior Katie Gingrich and Warren Thompson, senior. Katie achieved a best time on Sunday and Warren moved up his placement after swimming the 100 breaststoke.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:57

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Ice racers run hot despite low temperatures

The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club was on Lee Pond in Moultonborough again this week for the 5th race of the 2014 season. A cold wind didn't affect the racers and the fans stayed warm watching from their cars. This week's event was sponsored by D and L Auto of Manchester.

The day started with hot laps and the first features for each of the 4 divisions. After intermission the second features ran and a winner was determined by the best combined finish.

The junior division was again dominated by Moultonborough's Trevor Greene who won both features for the overall win. Cody Burns took second, with Garrett Poitras in third.

The V8 Stock class was again won by Moultonborough's Matt Morrill driving his black Monte Carlo. Matt powered to both feature wins for the overall, with Alley Ripley of Center Ossipee in second. Alley challenged for the win in the second feature, but settled for second place.

Second and first place finishes in the 4-Cylinder division by Sandwich's Derek Jeanson gave him the overall win, his first ever. Tim Chase and his dad John Chase rounded out the podium. A broken steering mechanism ended points leader Matt Taylor's day early.

DJ Mills took advantage of the attrition in the Modified division to take the second feature and the overall win. Jack Cook and Fred Fecteau took second and third respectively.

The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club races every Sunday at 12:30 on Berry or Lee Pond in Moultonborough through mid-March. Check the club's website at www.LakesRegionIceRacingClub.com or the Facebook page for the latest race/ice status, information about coming events, and for race photos.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:28

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Laconia Muskrats to start season with home game on June 6

Commissioner Sean McGrath announced the NECBL's 2014 schedule earlier this month. The New England League starts its 21st baseball season on Thursday, June 5.

"We are anticipating a very special milestone to the start of our 21st season when our 100th alumnus makes his MLB debut. It is even more special because our very first alumnus, Joe Nathan (Tigers), is thriving in the Big Leagues and is baseball's active career saves leader," said McGrath. "If you think you may know who the 100th alumnus will be, be sure to visit our website at www.necbl.com to make your prediction."

The 2014 season will feature six teams in two divisions. The North Division is comprised of the Holyoke Blue Sox, the Keene Swamp Bats, the Laconia Muskrats, the North Adams SteepleCats, the Sanford Mainers and the Vermont Mountaineers.

Playing in the South Division are the Danbury Westerners, the Mystic Schooners, the New Bedford Bay Sox, the Newport Gulls, the Ocean State Waves and the Plymouth Pilgrims.

"Our fans throughout New England will enjoy seeing a change to our division alignments, which includes two new in-state rivalries, Keene and Laconia in New Hampshire and Mystic and Danbury in Connecticut," McGrath continued. "The All-Star Game returns to Holyoke under second year team president, Clark Eckhoff, which is certain to feature some of the top MLB draft picks in the coming years, like Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), Mark Appel (Astros), or like Red Sox World Series Champions Craig Breslow, Andrew Bailey, and Ryan Lavarnway."

The League returns to its traditional 42 game format, with each team facing a divisional rival six times and a non-divisional team twice. The NECBL is bringing back select scheduled double headers for the first time in years: both New Bedford and Plymouth will play home and home double headers with Danbury.

The top four teams in each division advance to the playoffs. Division champions are determined after two, best-of-three series. The Fay Vincent Cup, awarded to the NECBL champion, is based on a final, best-of-three series between the two Division champions.

The Laconia Muskrats will start their season on Friday, June 6, by hosting the Vermont Mountaineers. The Muskrats will travel to Keene on June 7 and will return home on Sunday, June 8 to host the Sanford Mainers.

The League's All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, July 20 in Holyoke. Players will also get Monday the 21st off as part of the All-Star Break.

The season ends on Saturday, August 2 with the first of three, best-of-three rounds of playoffs commencing on Monday, August 4.

The full schedule is available on www.necbl.com, or by accessing the following link:

http://necbl.bbstats.pointstreak.com/schedule.html?leagueid=204

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:09

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