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Wins follow as offense picks up for Muskrats

The Laconia Muskrats picked up two wins this week to improve to 3-6 on the season. The Muskrats were rained out last Thursday and Friday to begin the weekend. As of yesterday the team is two behind the division leading Valley Blue Sox nine games into the season. Laconia scored only five runs in the first five games but has improved offensively scoring 19 over the last four.

Laconia split the weekend home stand, beating North Adams on Saturday and falling to Plymouth on Sunday. Saturday the Muskrats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on their way to a 6-2 victory. Christopher Beall (Arizona State University) went 2-4 with a home run, two RBI's, and scored two. Jordan Sheffield (Vanderbilt) gave up two runs in 3.1 innings as the Muskrats starting pitcher. Eric Freeman (Tennessee) earned the win in relief.

Sunday Laconia spotted the Plymouth Pilgrims a 3-0 in the first inning. Mariano Rivera (Iona) worked into the sixth inning, giving up six runs, four earned on eight hits, three walks, while striking out four. Laconia, down 6-3 in the bottom of the eight, plated four runs to take a 7-6 lead into the final frame. Plymouth responded with four of their own in the ninth inning to give the Pilgrims the 10-7 victory. Laconia's shortstop, Douglas Ruhlman (Seaton Hall), went 3-4 and scored two runs.

Tuesday the Muskrats traveled to North Adams to play the SteepleCats for the second time in the last three games. Laconia earned another win at the expense of North Adams, winning 5-3. Vinny Zarrillo (Rutgers) lead the offense with two hits, one RBI, and scored a run. Zarrillo, the leadoff hitter, leads the team with 12 hits, three doubles, and five stolen basses on the season. Laconia scored the first four runs before North Adams scored. The Muskrats scored the five runs on ten hits and three walks. The win is the third of the season and the second against the SteepleCats.

Wednesday fell to Vermont 7-1 for the second time in as many meetings. The Mountaineers scored 3 in the fourth inning and tacked on four more in the ninth before losing their shutout in the bottom of the ninth. Zarrillo drove in the only run, going 2-4 at the plate. Starting pitcher, Shea Spitzbarth (Molly College) gave up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight. Spitzbarth leads the team in strikeouts with 17 in 13 innings of work.

Laconia traveled to Plymouth (Mass) yesterday. The road trip continues tonight in Vermont and then Sanford on Saturday. The Muskrats host Danbury Sunday at 6:30. During the week Laconia will play in Keene on Tuesday and again Wednesday at home.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:20

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Waukewan lady golfers open their season

The 2014 golf season opened on June 3rd for the nine-holers at Waukewan Golf Club.

The ladies were delighted to see one another for the first time since last September and the weather made the day just perfect!

As in the past, the season opener was a "best ball scramble" format played on the front nine. The course conditions were very good for an early June start. Prizes were awarded to the winning top 3 teams. With a score of 39, two teams tied; Linda Ridlon, Nancy Vercauteran, Carol Ashton and Lyn Seley and the other team of : Gerry McGillicuddy, Karen Bourgeois, Sue Connelly, and Ronnie Harris. The winning team with a score of 37 was: Roz Gay, Gail Clark, Sheila Haigh, and Bonnie Tower.

Contest holes proved challenging for all, however Nancy Magdziasz landed her drive on #3 closest to the pin, 4' 1" from the hole. Nancy Vercauteran won the other prize hole with a second shot 32' 10" from the pin on #5. The ladies chose their winnings from a table filled with prizes.

Jan Pano chipped-in for a par on #7 from about a foot off the green. Mary Cross also scored a chip-in on #5. Three of the Waukewan Ladies scored birdies: Gerry McGillicuddy on #8, Fran Howe on #7, and Nancy Magdziaz birdied #3.

The group celebrated the first day of play with cocktails and appetizers in the Bar-N followed by a scrumptious supper prepared by the Waukewan Ladies League.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:56

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Lakers unified volleyball team falls to Pembroke in semifinal

The third seeded Inter-Lakes-Moultonboro unified coed volleyball team came up just short in a thrilling match on the road in Pembroke in the semifinals of the Division I tournament. The second seeded Spartans managed to eke out a 25-27 win in set one. Lydia Swedberg notched six points and two aces and Debbie Bickford had four points and several key passes. Set two was all Lakers, as IL-MA served for 100 percent and won 25-7. Jordan Donohue registered five passes, three points and three sets in the game. Sarah Dunlap added three service points. Anna Brown had a set-kill on game point. The Lakers held the momentum heading into the deciding set and raced out to a quick lead. Kaylee Converse served for three points and an ace to extend the lead. Tim Brown had a power kill to put the Lakers up 14-9, but the Spartans battled back to take the final six points and the match, 16-14. Pembroke Academy heads to the Division I Unified Volleyball State Finals for the second year in a row. IL-MA  finished its first season of competition in the division with a record of 4-2, with a loss to each of the two teams in the championship match.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:50

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NE Wolves will share ice at Laconia Ice Arena with AHI's Fighting Spirit

LACONIA — The American Hockey Institute's New England Wolves Junior Hockey team will be playing at the Laconia Ice Arena for the 2014-15 Metropolitan Junior Hockey League season.
After three independent seasons, the Wolves have decided to take advantage of new opportunities and will field two elite Junior level teams competing in the both the Eastern Hockey League and the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.

The top team in the EHL, composed of all post- graduate players, will remain at the Wolves' Waterville Valley facility. The new MJHL team or "Met team", featuring players in birth years 1995-1998, will play out of Laconia Ice Arena, sharing the facility with the Lakes Region's other new Junior Hockey franchise, the American Hockey Institute's Fighting Spirit.
With a new year, new leagues and a new team, the American Hockey Institute will also be making some coaching changes. Andrew Trimble, Gilford resident and owner of hockey training business Scoring Concepts LLC, has been hired as the Assistant General Manager for the program and the Head Coach for the MJHL team.
''We look forward to growing the great relationships with sponsors, players, parents, press, and all of our local hockey fans—and giving back to the Lakes Region community,'' says Trimble.
He took this position after a successful two year run at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, where in his first year with the program, his team's posted the first winning season in 9 years and followed that with the only back to back playoff appearances in over a decade. His success in the 2012-2013 season led to him being voted as the NHIAA DII Coach of the Year and Foster's Daily Democrat "Dream Team" Coach.
He comes from a three generation Hockey family: his grandfather, Dick Trimble, was employed by the NHL for over 25 years and won the 1990-91 John J. McMullen Award for service to New Jersey Ice Hockey and his father, Rick, has published 3 successful volumes of "The Ultimate Hockey Drill Book".

Coach Trimble grew up playing in the Brick Hockey Club and ended his career at Manasquan High School as the program's all-time leading scorer, MVP of his conference, an All-Shore selection, All-Tournament for the 97′ Garden State Games, Manasquan HS Hall of Fame Award, and a selection to the 98′ NJ State Senior All-Star Game.

Trimble went on to play and serve as Assistant Captain for the Laconia Leafs Junior Hockey Team in Laconia,  and NCAA Hockey for SUNY Buffalo State. Aside from his duties

with Scoring Concepts, Trimble is a Financial Advisor with Points North Financial, an independent Investment Consulting firm in Wolfeboro. He briefly played professionally for the NJ Spartans (CAHA).

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For more information, visit www.americanhockeyinstitute.com or www.scoringconcepts.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:46

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