A large crowd gathered on Berry Pond in Moultonboro, NH on a pleasant Sunday afternoon for the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club's third race of the 2014 season.
The day started with a memorial lap for long time fan and club supporter Ibra Royea. The racers circled the track carrying balloons and stopped on the front stretch to release them.
Each of the 4 divisions ran their first features and after intermission each division returned for a second feature with the best combined finish determining the overall winner.
The junior division was dominated by Center Harbor's Cody Burns who won both features for the overall win. Garrett Poitras of Rumney took second, with 13 year old Brett Burns in third.
The V8 Stock class was again ruled by Moultonboro's Matt Morrill driving his beautiful black #9 Monte Carlo. Matt won both features for the overall with Alley Ripley of Center Ossipee and Tim Chase of Northfield finishing second and third respectively.
A large field battled for the 4 Cylinder division win with consistent finishes by John Chase of Moultonboro taking the first place trophy. Tim Chase of Northfield and Matt Taylor also of Moultonboro took second and third places.
The high speed, winged Modified division put on a great show. Tuftonboro's Jake Williams in his #73 sprint car was unchallenged as he won both features. Mike Horsch and Fred Fecteau rounded out the modified victory circle.
The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club races every Sunday at 12:30 on Berry or Lee Pond in Moultonboro from January 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 Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:18
The Lakes Region Wavemakers recently hosted a home meet at the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club against the Concord Y and the Peterborough Wave Swim Team. Many swimmers participated in the meet with quite a few placing in the top ten and dropping time in their events. This was the first LRW home meet for swimmers; Owen Sanborn, Maria, Ryan W., Thor and Dagon, Rubby, Meredith Gerken, Ryan V., Jake Dumais, Murphy Harris, Joe Bonnel and sister Angie, Maggie Kirwan, Paije Fenderson, and Josh Kelleher.
In the 8 and under age group, Meredith Gerken (6), Juliet Sinkus (8), Hayley Cochrane (7), Riley Pinard (6), Ethan Vachon (8), Ayden Malloy (8), and Ruby Walker (6) all had big time drops in their events. Gerken had the most substantial time drops in the 25 and 50 freestyle, dropping 9.28 seconds and 13.25 seconds respectively.
The 9-10 swimmers swam fast, cutting off notable amounts of time in their events. Caitlin Dunleavy (9) dropped 28.52 seconds in her 100 IM, 7.45 seconds in her 100 freestyle, and 3.77 seconds in the 50 freestyle. Also dropping time was Sydney Mailloux (9) who touched the wall 31.53 seconds faster in the 100 freestyle then she had done previously. Gracie Shoemaker (10) and Jack Schumacher (10) both dropped over 9 seconds total in their events.
Kathryn Hawkes (11) and Anna Stankes (12) had the biggest time drops in the 11-12 age group with Hawkes dropping 46.61 seconds in her 200 freestyle and Stankes dropping 20.09 seconds in her 50 butterfly. Also dropping large amounts of time were Alyxandra Huckaby in the 200 freestyle, Alexa Mailloux (11) in the 100 free, and Thor Burr (12) in the 50 breaststroke.
For the 13 and over swimmers, Kaitlyn Callahan (14) dropped notable amounts of time in her 100 freestyle and 100 breastroke. She dropped 5.03 seconds in the free and 7.12 seconds in the breaststroke. Madison Reynolds (15) also achieved a personal best through dropping 5.79 seconds in the 100 free. Rebecca Cook (15) had a pair of personal best times in the 100 fly and the 200 IM, dropping a little over 2 seconds to achieve each of them. Allie Keith (17) dropped 2.60 seconds in her 100 breaststroke. The 13 and over swimmers did a very impressive job placing in the top spots of their events. Swimmers that placed in the top three of their events of this age group included: Katie Gingrich (16), Elisabeth Hutchins (17), Ryan Witham (13), Rebecca Cook (15), Sarah Sundius (17), Kayla Phelps (16), Matthew Sundius (15), Owen Sanborn (16), Michele Young (13), Beck Mclean (13), Joe Bonnell (14), Kaitlyn Egbert (15), Allie Keith (17), Clara Bates (14), Kaitlyn Callahan (14), and Maria Draper (16).
The Wavemakers will continue to prepare for the New England Regional Meet February 7-9 in White River Jct., Vt.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:16
The Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team upped its season record to 14 and 4 with a 56 to 21 home victory over Kennett on Feb. 3. Leading scorers for Laconia were Skyler Tautkus with 10, Emma Schumacher with 7, Bekka Howe and Lyndsey Drouin each with 6, and Hannah Dow with 5.
Delaney Ross and Bella Smith played tenacious defense in the front court causing numerous steals and turnovers from their opponents. Amelia Clairmont had 6 assists for the winners while Delia Cormier contributed 7 rebounds to the victory.
The girls' A team looks to continue its success this week with an away game at Alton on Tuesday and a home game against Merrimack Valley on Friday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:10
The Laconia Middle School boys' A team kicked off their final week of the regular season with the long road trip to North Conway to tip-off against Kennett. It took the Sachems a while to find their legs; fortunately their big men were able to keep them out ahead of their speedy opponents. Drew Muzzey led his team with 18 points and 5 boards and Center Logan Bell added 17 points and 13 boards. Defensively point guard Christian Gaspa was nasty in the Sachem's press, getting 5 steals. Dan Engelson added 3 steals, as did Muzzey. The boys from Kennett battled right down to the final whistle and gave the Sachems their closest game of the season before falling 48-32.
The Sachems were at home for their next game against Alton. Looking to get back on track, the youngster from Laconia came out firing on all cylinders. It was the powerful combination of Muzzey and Bell, who again set the pace. Muzzey had a season/career high of 26 points and 7 boards while Bell dumped in 19 points and grabbed 12 boards. Jack Maher dropped 7 points and 9 boards while Riley Roy popped a couple of nice 3 pointers to chip in 6 points. Ryan Paiva was big on the boards, pulling down 10 rebounds to help control the game's tempo. Christian Gaspa dished off 8 assists as he quickly approaches 100 for the season. Defensively Bell led a great defensive effort with 4 steals. Christian Platon, Parker Minor, Noah Cruz, and Ryan McCrea had 3 steals each and every member of the Sachems recorded at least one steal. When the clock sounded to end the game, Laconia had a dominant 69-17 victory and upped their season record to 16-0. Their final regular season game will be tomorrow evening against Merrimack Valley.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:09