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New LHS volleyball coach was part of '99 championship team

LACONIA – "The Laconia High School Varsity Volleyball team may be small in number but they are big in heart", claims the newly appointed volleyball coach, Mary Ann Meyers, who has encouraged her young team to put everything out on the court.

This year's Laconia High School varsity volleyball team is made up of many new faces, including a new coach. Mary Ann Meyers took over Molly Greely's position as varsity coach for this season, and is eager to see what the team has to offer.

Meyers, a Laconia High School graduate of the Class of 2000, played volleyball throughout both her high school and college career. Striving for the overall win, Meyers helped the 1999 Laconia High School varsity volleyball team finally claim a championship title. Leaving high school with a championship under her belt, Meyers entered a new volleyball program at Colby Sawyer College. After four more years of work, Meyers experienced another senior year championship in 2004.

Within a year of graduating from college, Meyers was back on the court, this time as a coach of the Laconia High School junior varsity team. Assessing the potential each player brings to the team, Meyers taps her championship experience to pass on tricks, skills, and last minute moves that could be beneficial on the court.

After a short break in coaching, Meyers is once again back on the Laconia High School court, this time coaching the varsity team. Slightly disappointed by the initial turn out at tryouts, Meyers has hopes that the 18 dedicated girls will accomplish great things this season. During the recent jamboree at Gilford High School, her team played fairly well. The team faces the challenge of having many young players, many of whom are acclimating to playing new positions.

Seniors Jeanine Parsons and Rebecca Dragon have shown not only great skill and talent on the court, but also great leadership for the young team, said Meyers. In addition to the two senior captains, junior captain Mikayla Bordeau has been a strong player, who recently was switched from libero to an outside hitter. One of the youngest players on the team, Freshman Rylee Littlefield has already shown skill and promise, as she fills the important role as setter.

For Meyers, coaching allows her to remain part of the team, even though she can't be out on the court. "It is an amazing feeling when you teach something to your players in practice and see them get it down in a game," says Meyers. "As a coach I try to instill my love of volleyball to the girls and express the importance of passion, hard work, and collaboration together as it takes a team to get there."

Although the team is experiencing a rebuilding year, Meyers has faith that the dedication and hard work the players have shown will help them go far. Meyers is excited to get the season started.

Bordeau is also excited for the first game on Wednesday, September 11 at Oyster River High School. "I am looking forward to a great season with a wonderful group of girls," Bordeau states.

"We are a team willing to work hard and we won't settle for anything less than our best. Having Coach Meyers as our head coach this year is different than what we are used to, but she is a great coach who will keep us on our toes and make us the best team we can be."

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 07:59

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Rotonnelli earns overtime win for Inter-Lakes

Inter-Lakes girls' varsity soccer team earned an overtime victory against White Mountain Regional High School on September 6.

Caitlin Rotonnelli was the first to score in the match, putting Inter-Lakes ahead with 22:18 remaining. A White Mountains header evened the score a couple of minutes later. Rotonnelli found the net again in the closing minutes of the half, but White Mountains scored on a corner kick in the second half, leaving the score at 2-2 at the end of regulation. Inter-Lakes took the win less than four minutes into the overtime period, again on a shot by Rotonnelli.

Inter-Lakes coach Steve Jordan praised goalies Reilly Donovan, who stopped 8 shots in the first half, and Kaylee Converse who minded the net in the second half. Kailee Bennett and Madelyn Edgar also impressed with strong defensive performances.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 07:35

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Golfer recognition at final round of Waukewan Ladies League

The final round of the season was played on August 27th at Waukewan GC and it was a day filled with sunshine on many levels. Per tradition, a Scramble is the game of the day and there were two competitions, one between the four person teams and one between the three person teams. The excited winners of the foursomes were Denise Doyle, Charlotte Gregory, Joslyn Halstead and Margie Kreitler who came in with a score of par 36. The just as excited threesome winners with a score of 40 were Kathy Boselli, Shirley Monis and Brenda Trudeau. Mary Cross was awarded the final "birdie " of the season (her second) as she scored a three on the par 4 12th hole all on her own. It was mentioned that the day should be declared “Joslyn Halstead Day" as not only was she on a winning team, but she also had the only "chip-in" of the day for which she was awarded two weeks worth of "chip-in" cash. Her "chip-in" was a timely one as it gave her the win of a "closest to the pin" contest on hole # 14. Joslyn putted her ball 25 ft. from off the back of the green, up the embankment and into the cup. Margie Kreitler, another winning team member, won "longest drive-20 and above handicap division" with an impressive poke of over 150 yds. on #13. Jan Pano also drove her ball long and accurately to outdistanced the other golfers in the 19 and below handicap division to win the "longest drive" on #17. The next three contest hole winners were known as "the 2 in. gals". Bev Leonard chipped her ball 2 in. from the cup on #18, Judy Taylor the same on #11 and Sheila Haigh the same on # 12, 2 in. from the bunker!

After the round, forty-seven ladies gathered in the Bar-N to enjoy a delicious meal coordinated by Social Chairman Joslyn Halstead and her committee. Heidi Barkley catered the tasty Bruschetta chicken dinner, with the appetizers and desserts provided by the ladies of the League. President Linda Ridlon addressed the League and noted that many members had been winners during the season and asked them to stand as they were acknowledged for distinguishing themselves in the game of the week, contest holes, as well as scoring birdies and chip-ins.

In keeping with the new format of the season, Vice President, President-elect and scorekeeper extordinaire, Kathy Sweeney compiled statistics for the ladies in each of the four flights, gross and net plus Ringer results for the League as a whole. One had to participate in five of the seven competitive weeks to be eligible. The following golfers were awarded lovely ball marker necklaces for their fine play. First Flight, Handicap 10-15, field of 12 players: 1st Gross, Jan Pano 47.67, 2nd Gross, Laurie Fox 49.0, and 1st Net, Denise Doyle 36.0. Second Flight, Hdcp. 16-18, field of 10 players: 1st Gross, Jane Flynn 51.80, 2nd Gross, Carol Ashton 53.29, and 1st Net, Barb Saimond 36.29. Third Flight, Hdcp. 19-24, field of 9 players: 1sr Gross, Sue Connolly 56.83, 2nd Gross, Pat Armstrong 58.17, and 1st. Net, Sharon Corcoran 37.67. Fourth Flight, Hdcp 25 field of 9 players: 1st Gross, Ingrid Smith 61.86, 2nd Gross, Shirley Eaton 63.17, and 1st Net, Joslyn Halstead 39.0. Sweeney then explained the Ringer score as the best score recorded, hole-by-hole, during League play and that those scores added together constitute the Ringer score. The highlighted scores belonged to Jan Pano with an 82 and Gerry McGillicuddy with an 84 for gross and Ingrid Smith with a 51 and Barb Saimond also with a 51 were the two for net. All of these ladies received their acknowledgements with surprise and delight, and Ingrid Smith, the League’s most senior golfer was beside herself with excitement.

Barb Barbuto, Treasurer of the League summarized Linda Ridlon’s tenure as President by stating “You have so willingly and enthusiastically been our president and leader for three years. Little did you know when you agreed to be President that you would be the one to lead us through a couple of years of real change.”  The ladies joined Barbuto in their show of appreciation as Ridlon was presented a certificate of donation for her favorite charity, The NH Humane Society as well as with a token remembrance of a Waukewan umbrella embroidered with “Thanks for the Fun between the Raindrops, Linda!”

The evening ended with the ladies looking forward to the September 11th Invitational “Heart of a Woman” which is the signature event of the season.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 07:07

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Chiefs strong in season opener

The Laconia Chiefs U5 (a 4th and 5th grade combined) football team opened their season with an away game at the NorRock Vikings.

Expectations were high and the young Chiefs stood tall to the challenge. After stalling on their first drive, due more to nerves then anything the Vikings defense did, Laconia settled in and started to execute. Tailback "Action" Jackson Reulke (16 carries, 135 yds, 3 TDs) led his offense down the field and was able to find an edge for a 30 yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt failed, but the Chiefs had a 6-0 lead. Reulke added another score on Laconia's next possession and the team held a 12-7 halftime lead.

The defense stepped up big in the second half as the linebacking corps of Nolen Perrino, Phil Nichols, and Garret Mango, stifled the Vikings offense with some big tackles in the NorRock backfield. Reulke added his third touchdown of the day before wingback Kaleb Daignault found a seam for a 55 yard touchdown run that capped the scoring for Laconia. NorRock was able to punch in a touchdown of their own, but it was too little, too late as Laconia had a convincing 24-13 victory.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 06:45

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