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Laconia girls hope to build on last year's post-season run

The winter high school sports season begins tonight with girls' basketball. Boys' basketball will start a week from tonight, and ice hockey teams will face off the following week.

Girls' basketball

The Laconia Sachems look to improve on an impressive run that ended in the in with a tournament loss to Bow last winter in the quarter-finals. Laconia, with a team of mostly freshmen and sophomores in the 2012-2013 season, had modest expectations last year but was able to earn the seventh seed in the NHIAA Division III tournament. The Sachems finished the season with a 14-6 record. A new season will begin on Friday night when the team, still on the young side but now playing with some big-game experience, travels to Bristol to take on Newfound Regional.

Friday night will see Belmont travel to Farmington and Gilford visiting Somersworth. Winnisquam will host White Mountains and Inter-Lakes welcomes Mascoma Valley.

Boys' basketball

Laconia's boys team did not fare as well as their counterparts, finishing the year with a 5-13 record. The Sachems were able to finish the season on a positive note, winning the last two games of the season. The boys will begin their season on Friday, Dec. 13, when they travel to Whitefield to take on White Mountain Regional.
In other local action on Dec. 13, Gilford will travel to Franklin and Belmont heads to Somersworth. Inter-Lakes is also on the road in Alton matching up against Prospect Mountain. Winnisquam will play host to Berlin.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 08:42

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112613 Laconia cross-country hands out Dowlin, Stinson awards

LACONIA — Throughout last year, Laconia High School coaches, alumni, the athletic director, along with family and friends worked together to rename two awards after two great people from Laconia's running past, Larry Stinson and Tom Dowling. On November 21, 2013, the Laconia High School cross-country team held its season ending banquet. With team alumni in attendance, the first-ever Larry Stinson MVP Award and the Tom Dowling Coaches' Award were presented. Both Larry and Tom's family and friends were delighted to have their loved ones honored by the school. Junior Troy Harper took home the Larry Stinson award for his consistent season as the team's number one runner. Senior captain Timmy Kneuer took home the Tom Dowling Award for his leadership, dedication, and athletic achievements.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Lakes Region United U13 boys team wins state tournament

PEMBROKE — Lake Region United (LRU) Soccer Club's U13 Boys Division 1 team took first place at the New Hampshire State Championship Tournament held over the weekend of November 9- 10. The end of season playoff tournament was hosted by New Hampshire Soccer League and played at the North East Athletic Club in Pembroke, NH. The LRU U13 team consists of 6th and 7th graders from Belmont, Sanbornton, Gilmanton, Laconia, Concord, New Hampton, and Canterbury. LRU qualified for the playoffs after finishing the regular season holding the number one seed in New Hampshire. LRU competed against teams from Dover, Bedford, Derry, Exeter, Hooksett, and Amesbury, MA. During regular season play, LRU allowed only 6 goals while posting 3 shutouts. Many of the LRU athletes have played together since LRU was formed five years ago.

In the semi-final game on Saturday, LRU played a very skilled NHPSA Eagles team from Derry winning 2- 0. On Sunday, LRU faced perennial rival, Hooksett Select Soccer Club in the championship game. LRU controlled play from the opening whistle. Shortly after hitting the left post on a penalty shot, LRU opened the scoring midway into the first half. They added to their lead and found themselves ahead 2- 0 at the end of the first half. Midway into the second half, Hooksett scored on a direct kick just outside the penalty box to cut the lead to 2-1. LRU answered back with a third goal minutes later, securing a victory with a final score of 3-1.

LRU's U13 Division 1 girls' team and U14 Division 1 boys' team also participated in the State Championship tournament. The U13 girls finished their regular season undefeated and ranked first in the state. The U14 boys finished undefeated and ranked #2 in the state. Both teams were defeated in the state finals finishing in second place.

LRU receives sponsorship from Tom Cantin of Cantin's Chevrolet in Laconia. Shaker Regional and Gilford School Districts are also integral partners by supplying field space for games and practices. LRU is a competitive soccer club drawing athletes from all over the Lakes Region. Their mission is to develop young athletes who aspire to play at the highest levels as they move through middle school, high school, and beyond. LRU is an entirely parent and volunteer-run organization. It fields travel teams with the New Hampshire Soccer League in the spring and fall, and indoor teams at Fieldhouse Sports and Tilton Sports Center in the winter.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 08:37

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Bow blasts Lakers out of NHIAA tournament

BOW — Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough was no match for the top seeded Bow Falcons Saturday afternoon, losing 42-0 in the NHIAA Division III semi-final round. Bow's defense held the Lakers to 111 yards of offense. The Falcons' defense primed their offense, as eight of Bow's 11 offensive series started on the Lakers' side of the 50 yard line.

"The final score of this is, is the final score of this game. It doesn't represent the overall season," said Lakers coach Jon Francis. "It was a great turnaround from a 1-7 season last year. We had incredible senior leadership this year. We were able to get into some winning ways and make it to the playoffs."

Bow controlled field position all day. The Falcons' second possession began at the Inter-Lakes 45 yard line. Three plays later Bow was on the board with an eight yard touchdown run by Matt Ehrenberg. Ehrenberg had four scores on 17 carries for 72 yards. On the ensuing kickoff Bow placed the kick between two Laker returners and recovered the ball for an onside kick and possession on the Inter-Lakes 25 yard line. On third and eight Bow quarterback Derek Polish hooked up with wide Travis Reynolds who was knocked out of bounds at the one. Ehrenberg walked in untouched two plays later for his second score of the afternoon.

At the start of the second half Bow, with a 28-0 lead, began to utilize the opportunity to give younger athletes a chance to play in the first playoff game hosted on the Falcons' home turf. Bow scored two more times in the fourth quarter, ending the game with running time for the last eight minutes.

Bow will host Stevens for the NHIAA Division III Finals on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 08:16

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