"It was my senior year and I wanted to go out with a bang," said Holmes, who was a member of the school's winter cheer team and in the fall was on both the cheer and soccer teams. She played three sports during her junior year. As a freshman and a sophomore, she only played two sports, but that was because she was also helping to coach cheer at the middle school and for an all-star cheer team.
Holmes, who said she loves to be busy, plans to continue her athletic career beyond her high school years. She'll be attending Plymouth State University next fall and has been invited to attend the soccer team's preseason practices, beginning in mid-August. She also plans to try out for the university's lacrosse team. Her extracurricular activities shouldn't detract from her academic pursuits – at LHS, she managed to maintain a 3.7 grade point average while playing 11 sports seasons and coaching while an underclassman.
After graduating from PSU, she'd like to be a high school math teacher, a desire Holmes traced back to her freshman year when she became enamored of the subject while in teacher Matt Dubois's class. She's looked forward to every math class since then, she said. A career in high school teaching seems like a great fit for her. "It's a perfect job. I like kids, and I want to coach."
Athletics are far more than just a past-time for Holmes. She has enjoyed the many friendships she's made, and feels that competition reveals a part of a person that's often invisible in everyday life. "People are really different on and off the field," she said, adding that the rule applies to herself as well. "I'm really nice off the field but I've heard a lot of stories that when I'm on the field, people are scared of me."
"I love working out," she said, explaining that exercise became therapeutic for her when grieving her father, who died four years ago.
"It really helped me, because my dad passed away my freshman year. Whenever I thought of him, I went for a run and it cleared my mind," she said. She remembers her father as someone who would provide encouragement and criticism in equal measure, whether he was talking with Holmes or with one of her three older brothers. "I loved that because it makes us better. He was always looking for us to do more."
Howe has known Holmes since she was a middle school athlete. Holmes, she said, isn't the kind of athlete that comes around every year. "I've had the pleasure of coaching Tori for many years. She's a natural leader, she challenges herself. She strives to make herself better and maker her team better... She's the kind of kid that's the reason I coach."
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:59
The season started on Wednesday with a match at Inter-Lakes. Gilford won with a score of 9-0. Cheralynn Corsack played in the first seed for Gilford, followed by Charleyne Panner, Lindsey Corsack, Abby Lines, Emily Hanf and Kayla Vieten. Gilford's doubles teams were comprised of Cheralynn Corsak and Panner, Lindsey Corsack and Lines, and Hanf and Vieten.
Gilford hosted Moultonborough on Friday and won 6 to 3. Cheralynn Corsack, Panner, Lindsey Corsack and Lines all won their singles matches, while the Gilford doubles teams of Cheralynn Corsack and Panner, and Vieten and Hanf also were victorious.
With a record of 2 wins, no losses, Gilford is scheduled to travel to Prospect Mountain for a match today.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 23:11
Gilford swept the singles matches against Inter-Lakes, starting with top seed Andrew Caulfield and followed by Matt Saulnier, Alex Simoneau, Keaton Quigley, Erich Berhahn and Marek Blais.
Gilford's top doubles team of Brad Bergman and Nolan Dwyer also won its match, though Inter-Lakes took the win in the second and third doubles.
The Eagles continued to roll through their next two matches, earning 8-1 victories against both Laconia and Moultonborough. Earning wins for Gilford were Caulfield, Saulnier, Simoneau, Quigley, Berghahn, Blais, Dwyer and Nick Gilbert.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 23:00
The many hard working club volunteers, from the gate people to the plow guys, were recognized, special awards were presented, and the race division champions were crowned. Trophies for the champions went to Matt Morrill of Moultonboro for the V8 Stock class, Rick Martel of Moultonboro in the Modified class, Tim Chase of Northfield for the 4-Cylinder class, and Chris Taylor of Moultonboro in the Junior class.
The club's biggest event of the season was the 29th annual Latchkey Cup charity race held on Berry Pond. The race is held on Saturday so that fellow racers from the New England Ice Racing Association from the Milton area and the Jaffery Ice Racing Association can take part. This year's event raised $5,150 which will go to worthy causes in the Lakes Region. Donations have already been made to benefit two local people with cancer and further donations are going to scholarships for students at Moultonborough Academy, Inter-Lakes High School and Kingswood High School.
Check the club website at www.lakesregioniceracingclub.com for rules and contact one of the listed club
members to learn how to get involved. Enjoy the summer and join us next winter when the ice thickens up.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 10:43
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