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Daniel Wilkins of Laconia finishes 3rd in NEPGA Senior Championship

Daniel Wilkins, of Laconia, finished 3rd in the NEPGA Senior Championship, held Aug. 7-8 at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vt.

Wilkins shot a 67 during the first round of the event, the second-best score of the day. He followed that effort with a score of 74 in the second round to finish at 141, one over par. The event was won by Ed Kirby, of Alpine Country Club, who recorded a score of 132 over both rounds. Finishing in second place was David Lane of Hopkinton with a score of 140.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:58

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Gilmanton School sports practice starts next week

Practice for Gilmanton School volleyball and soccer will begin on August 21.

Volleyball practice will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school gym. Girls' soccer will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the soccer field. The boys' soccer team will take to the field from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

All athletes must have a full water bottle with them and come dressed and ready to play. All soccer players must have a mouth guard and shin guards with them at all practices.

All athletes must have a physical on file with the school nurse. Permission slips are available on the school website and in the school office.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:56

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Over 3,000 Taking Part in 14th Annual Timberman Triathlon

GILFORD — Well over 3,000 athletes will be congregating in the Lakes Region this weekend for the 14th annual Timberman Triathlon, a grueling event which features swimming, bicycling and and a foot race.
The event kicks off today at the Gunstock Mountain Resort with the Timberman Triathlon Festival from noon to 8 p.m., a sports and fitness exposition which offers seminars for novice and seasoned triathletes as well as music and a dinner.
Saturday morning the focus shifts to Ellacoya State Park on Lake Winnipesaukee where a Sprint event will be held consisting of a 0.3 mile swim, a 15 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run. Some 1,400 athletes from all over the Northeast, including many from the Lakes Region, will be taking part.
Later that day a fun race for kids will be held at Gunstock.
The main event, a 70.3 mile, "half-ironman" triathlon gets underway on Sunday, August 18 at 7 a.m. as the first wave of swimmers enters Winnipesaukee for a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile bike ride which goes to Loudon and then returns to Ellacoya, followed by a 13.1 mile run.
That event will see nearly 2,000 athletes and feature a pair of former Ironman 70.3 world champions in the men's race while the women's race features Melissa Hauschildt of Australia, who has won all five Ironman events she has competed in this year.
Men's race favorite Andy Potts of the United States is coming into New Hampshire after recording his second consecutive win at Ironman Lake Placid in July. A former Olympian and the 2007 Ironman 70.3 world champion, will be challenged by Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand, the 2008 Ironman 70.3 world champion.
Bozzone has already racked up Ironman 70.3 wins in Florida and Mount Tremblant, Quebec, this year while Leon Griffin of Kangaroo Flats, Australia, runner-up in last year's Timberman will be looking to mount a strong challenge. Another top triathlete is Grant Burwash of Canada, who posted the fastest run of the day (1:13:05) at the Calagary Ironman and needs to be close at the end of the bike competition in order to challenge.
In the women's event, Melissa Hauschildt of Australia, the 2011 Ironman 70.3 world champion, has been unbeatable this year, recording five victories, including her recent course record setting win at the Ironman 70.3 Boulder.
She will be challenged by Doctor Amanda Stevens of Vermont, who has won the Ironman South Africa this year and placed third in Brazil.
The New Hampshire chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation and The Ironman Foundation have teamed up for the Timberman for the fifth straight year to raise funds that contribute to the granting of wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.

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More than 3,000 athletes will be taking part in the 14th annual Timberman Triathlon at Ellacoya State Park in Gilford this weekend.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:54

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Low scores for Waukewan Ladies League

Perfect conditions for a round of golf greeted the nine-hole Waukewan Ladies League for its August 6 competition and the low scores did not disappoint. More than a quarter of the 42 golfers scored 50 and under in addition to the several who just missed the cut-off by a few strokes.

As President Ridlon read the scores, Jan Pano received loud applause of appreciation for her low score of 44. The clapping continued as Betsy Cox's name was mentioned as shooting a 45, Gerry McGillicuddy a 46 and Kathy Sweeney a 47. Laurie Fox and Barb Saimond each scored a 48, Gloria Ferland, Charlotte Gregory and Carolyn Koczera a 49 and Barb Barbuto and Rose Hansford completed the group with 50's. Laurie was recognized a second time as she won the 50/50 drawing.

There were three golfers who shared the "chip-in" pot. Charlotte Gregory, on hole #2, found her ball in the rough 4' off the back off the green. Charlotte chipped onto the green with an accurate shot that found the bottom of the cup 15 ' away. She added to her precision shots on the next hole by driving with her 6 hybrid to win "closest to the pin". She watched as her ball came to rest 20' 8" from the flag. Linda Ridlon accomplished her chip-in on hole # 4 by chipping just off the green with her 7 iron and watched as it traveled 10' to the forward flag and into the hole. Joslyn Halstead, not to be outdone, accurately chipped her ball on hole #8 from in the rough off the side of the green. Joslyn smiled with a sense of accomplishment as she watched her ball find its mark.

A fun and interesting "contest hole" was played on hole # 5. As the ladies teed off on this hilly, dogleg left hole, a hula-hoop was placed in an area where most tee shots land, although still out of sight. The golfer who placed her shot closest to the hula-hoop was a delighted Nancy Vercauteran who did admit to being a bit lucky. Bonnie Tower was also accurate and lucky as her name was chosen from the ladies who drove their balls beyond the 100-yard sign placed on the 8th fairway. Bonnie estimated that her ball was about 20 yards beyond the sign. On hole #4, Gloria Ferland won "closest to the pin second or third shot" with her precise pitch from  forward of the bunker, over the hill guarding the green and onto the green, coming to rest 8' 11" from the flag.

The much-anticipated award of the afternoon went to the foursome of Jan Pano, Betsy Cox, Gail Clarke and Ingrid Smith for their winning score of 35, which was three shots better than the next best foursome's score. Using the two best net scores of the foursome on each of the 5 odd holes and adding those together for the team score was the game of the week named "Odd Holes Only". It was noted by Ridlon that the low round scores of Jan and Betsy were helpful to the winning foursome as well as those welcomed strokes.

The plans for the League's 40th Invitational "Heart of a Woman" are moving forward and VP Kathy Sweeney is collecting the applications. Sweeney cautioned the League to sign up early for this September 11 event as it is filling up fast.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 07:56

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