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Local 8th graders shine in football tournament

A number of local 8th grade football players recently competed for Team N.H. in the prestigious Football University Tournament held recently at Bryant College in Rhode Island. The tournament consists of Allstars from the states of N.H. (including Maine), Mass., R.I., and Conn. competing against one another for a chance to advance to the National Championship held in Austin, Texas.
Representing the Lakes Region for Team N.H. were QB Riley Roy (Laconia), TB/S Drew Muzzey (Laconia), C Steven Towers (Laconia), OT Travis Adams (Laconia), OT Ethan Ormes (Gilford), WR Dylan Gansert (Gilford), LB Dexter Hanson (Kingswood), FB Tommy Pellerin (Franklin), G/DE Dylan Hixson (Plymouth), and LB/TB Garrett Macomber (Plymouth).
Team N.H. opened up with a game against R.I. and showed they were in the tourney to win it. N.H. controlled the action with a punishing ground game led by Muzzey (who had 2 TD's) and Macomber (who racked up nearly 100 yards on the day). When Team N.H. was rushing all over the field, Roy was throwing strikes to his receivers under the protection of Towers, Ormes, and Hixson. Team N.H.'s defense was just as strong as Macomber, Muzzey, and Hanson limited Team R.I. to just 3 first downs on the day. When the game finished, Team N.H. found themselves in the championship with a convincing 26-0 victory.
Next up was defending champs; Team Mass. Team N.H. tried their potent ground attack again, but found they were up against a much different team this time around. Sensing the need for a change, Roy went to the spread formation, which opened things up for receivers Gansert and Muzzey. Once the Mass. "D" softened, it was bruising fullback Tommy Pellerin who took over and was able to chew up large chunks of ground behind big holes made by Hixson and Adams. Unfortunatley for the youngsters from N.H., the experience combined with the speed and size of the Mass. team proved to be too much for Team N.H., as Mass. walked away with a 34-0 victory.
The coaches for Team N.H., Rod Roy (Laconia), Chip Nyhan (Laconia), Eric Shirley (Gilford), Mike Robbs (Gilford), and Bob Polish (Bow) had nothing but praise for their team. "What a great bunch of athletes we had." said Coach Roy. "They all played extremely well and showed not only what extraordinary talents they have, but also what extraordinary hearts they have. Team Mass. is a great football team, but our boys never quit, never got down, and never gave up. They battled right until the end. I wish I could coach this team of kids for the next four years because they are a special group of kids."
Team N.H. would like to thank FBU director Tim Snow (Winnisquam) for the opportunity to play in the tournament and a very special "Thank You" to all of the parents who supported their boys throughout the last 12 weeks.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 10:17

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Wavemakers Swim Team well into competition season

The Lakes Region Wavemakers Swim Team has begun its competition season. With four meets already under their belt, several of the swimmers had best times from last season with many placing in the top ten.
The following swimmers have placed in the top 10 at the meets: Kayla Cisernos, Rebecca Cook, Kaitlyn Callahan, Hayley Cochrane, Alex Dimario, Laurel Gingrich, Murphy Harris, Joshua Kelleher, Ayden Malloy, Eric Phelps, Kayla Phelps, Charlotte Phillippy, Garret Shaffer, Rose Sinkus, Ela Goucher, Jacob Green, Hannah Hibbert, Alyxandra Huckaby, Syndey Irons, Alli Keith, Maggie Kirwan, Alexa Lazazzara, Alex Mailloux, Angela Bonnell, Joseph Bonnell, Caitlyn Dunleavy, Kaitlyn Egbert, Paige Fenderson, Katie Gingrich, Syndey Mailloux, Juilet Sinkus, Anna Stankes, Bethany Tanner, Ethan Vachon, Tessa Tanner, Michele Young, Grace Shoemaker, Bryhannah Pinard, Olivia Morea, Hannah Verille, Dagon Burr, Thor Burr,Maddie Hastie, Ryan Witham. Brooke Vetter.
The team is made up of 70 swimmers from several towns in the Lakes Region. Many new swimmers have been welcomed to the team this year.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 09:55

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Decisive win for LMS boys' A team

The Laconia Middle School boys' A-team rolled to its first victory of the season Dec. 4 over opponents from Alton, 67-8. The game was dominated by Laconia's big men as center Logan Bell (18 points, 7 rebounds) and power forward Drew Muzzey (14 points) led their team. Small forward Ryan McCrea chipped in 8 points and point guard Christian Gaspa added 7 points to go with 7 assists. On the defensive side of the ball Gaspa had 5 steals while Riley Roy had 3 blocked shots. Laconia will play host to Winnisquam Wednesday in the home opener.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 09:52

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Sachems undone by fouls in 50-26 loss to Newfound

BRISTOL — The Laconia High School girls' basketball team had a rough start of the season on Friday, traveling to Newfound Regional for a 50-26 loss. The Sachems were able to keep pace with the Bears through the first half but fell behind in the second due to foulingTate Aldrich, assistant coach of the team, stated that with score tied after the first half the girls had proved equally matched against Newfound, however the team experienced fouling issues during the second half that impacted their performance on the court.

Kailey Nute scored the first basket for Laconia, putting 3 points on the board. Newfound enjoyed a slim 8-6 margin at the end of the first quarter.

Second period proved to be the strongest of the game for Laconia. A two-pointer by Erika Marchione, assisted by Taylor Sullivan, brought Laconia even with Newfound at 8 each. Laconia kept the pressure on the hosts, and after a basket by Natalie Compton, the visitors held a 12-9 lead. Newfound fought back with a five-point surge, and by the end of the half the teams were even at 16 points each.

Pressure on the basket and quick passes helped give Laconia an advantage to start the third. The advance by Laconia was short-lived however, as Newfound eliminated Laconia's four point lead. With 3:27 left in the third period, Laconia coach Jeff Greeley called a time out, though the tactic did little to slow the host's momentum. As soon as play resumed, Newfound increased its lead by sinking a free throw and two consecutive two pointers, resulting in a score of 25-20. At the end of the third period, Laconia was looking at a 14-point deficit.

Compton had a chance to bite into Newfound's lead at the start of the fourth, earning a couple of shots at the free throw line. She missed both, though, and Newfound continued to roll, stretching the lead to 20 points. Laconia finally got some traction, cobbling together a basket by Marchione and two free throws by Compton. However, any hopes of as Sachem comeback were cut short by fouls.

Technical fouls proved to be the Sachems' downfall. Three players fouled out and Laconia was whistled for two back to back technical fouls within the last few minutes of the game. The teams left the court with a final score of 50-26 Newfound.

Compton, Marchione and Nute each scored six for Laconia. Karissa Boney led Newfound with 16 points. Newfound was 12 for 27 at the foul line, while Laconia sank 5 of the team's 12 penalty shots.

"We had a great first half, but a poor second half. I knew that the game was going to be difficult, and I pushed the girls to new places," stated Coach Greely in response to the game. "I look forward to watching the film, because it will help us see where we need to improve so that we can have a better game next time."

The Laconia girls' team will have its home opener today at 6:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 09:51

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