Mechanical troubles affect results for ice racing club

MOULTONBOROUGH — Another week of winter gave the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club a seventh week of racing in the 2014 season and while members of the club are all looking forward to spring (honest), the weather might allow for an eighth event next weekend. A bright sunny day brought a large crowd to Berry Pond on Sunday for the four divisions of racing on the 1/3 miles oval, prepared a day earlier by club volunteers.

It was the Cody Burns show in the Junior division as he drove his Nissan to both feature wins for the overall Junior trophy. Cody, of Center Harbor, found smooth ice and was flying. Garrett Poitras put together second and third place finishes in the dual features for second place with Trevor Greene in third.

In the V8 Stock class, Alley Ripley of Center Ossipee took the overall win. Mike Frank driving Adam Cahoon's car claimed the second place trophy in an attrition-shortened stock field.

Scott Burns, of Center Harbor, had a stellar day in the SBL Nissan taking both 4 Cylinder feature wins and the overall. In the second feature Burns made an impressive charge to the front from his last place starting position in just two laps. Points leader Tim Chase took second place increasing his lead over Matt Taylor in third place.

The sprint cars of Tuftonboro's Jake Williams and Wolfboro Falls' DJ Mills battled for the overall win with Jake coming out on top in both features. A flat tire on Fred Fecteau's car and a broken chain on Mike Horsch's gave second to DJ who recovered from a front axle failure in the first feature. Jack Cook took the third place trophy.

The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club races Sunday's at 12:30 on Berry or Lee Pond in Moultonborough through mid-March. The club is hoping that the upcoming week's weather will allow racing next week. Check the club's website at or the Facebook page for the latest race/ice status, information about coming events, and for race photos.

Round-up: Laconia teams saw playoff action

As the winter sports season wraps up, most Laconia teams should be proud of the accomplishments and improvements achieved this season. The boys' basketball team made the playoffs with an 11-7 record after going 5-13 the previous season. The Sachems fell to Mascoma Valley in the second round last week 59-43.

The Golden Eagles of Gilford were the only Lakes Region boys' team to advance past the second round, falling to Berlin in the quarter-finals last Saturday 59-48. Gilford finished the year with a 14-4 record, good for the sixth seed in the NHIAA Division III tournament.

The Winnisquam Bears were the seventh seed in tournament play and also recorded a 14-4 regular season record. The Bears fell to the tenth seeded Farmington in the second round 58-57.


Girls' basketball

The Winnisquam girls' team finished the season winning five of the last seven games to register a 9-9 mark and the 14th seed in the postseason. Their winning ways continued in the first round, beating Raymond 60-52. Unfortunately, Winnisquam ran into the steamroller that was the Campbell Cougars. The Bears were defeated 50-32 in the second round by Campbell.

Campbell continued their championship season beating the Golden Eagles in the quarter-finals 55-47. Gilford finished the year 10-8 in the regular season. The young squad will have the majority of the starters returning next season.

The Sachems had a 12-6 record for the second season in a row. This postseason did not fare as well as last year's quarter-final team. This season's team could not advance past Franklin in the second round, losing 44-35.


Ice hockey

On the Hockey front, Laconia-Winnisquam put together a 7-11 season and earned a playoff berth. The Wolfpack had trouble keeping up with Souhegan, losing the quarter-final matchup 10-0.

The 15-3 Belmont-Gilford earned the third seed in the playoffs and hosted Kennett last Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs had not won a home playoff game under coach Jay Londer, until Caleb Drouin scored the game winning goal in overtime to beat the Eagles and avenge last season's playoff loss. The Bulldogs took on Souhegan last night in semi-final play at the Everett Arena last night. The result of the game was too late for this section's deadline.

LHS cheer takes 1st in preliminary competition

Laconia High School's varsity cheer team earned entry to the state cheerleading competition after placing first in a preliminary event held on Sunday. Laconia earned 91.5 points out of a possible 110. Trinity (86) came in second, followed by Winnisquam (83). Also competing in the event were teams from Campbell, Bow, Stevens, Franklin, Newfound, Farmington, Prospect Mountain and Berlin. Laconia cheerleaders shown above are: front four girls left to right, Taylor Percy, Kaitlyn Sasseville (middle back), Taylor Avery (middle front) and Gillian Gorse. In the back:Cierra Pinkney, Rachel Lowe, Jackie Foden, Isabel Gorse, Danielle Angers and Peyton Hughes. The state competition will be held at Southern New Hampshire University. (Courtesy photo)

21st Francoeur/Babcock Tournament wraps up

The 21st Annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament was held March 5-9 at Gilford Middle School. The winners have been announced following the final round games, played on Sunday.
Lou Athanas defeated Gilford, 26-24, in the junior division final. Leading scorers for Lou Athanas: Camden Kirker – 8 points, Nolin Stevens – 6 and Jacob Mello, 4. Leading Scorers for Gilford: Riley March, 13, Max Bartlett, 3. Sanbornton earned the third place finish, with Gilmanton finishing 4th.
In the senior girls' division final, Gilford defeated Lou Athanas, 30-15. Leading scorers for Gilford: Erin Hart, 12 points, Abby O'Connor, 6, and Shelby Cole, 4. For Lou Athanas: Isabella Daly scored 6, Sydney Ross, 3 and Sophie George, 3. Franklin took third place in the tournament and Belmont ended in fourth place.

In the senior boys' division final, Belmont defeated Gilford (30-20) to force an extra game. In the first game, Belmont's leading scorers were:
Aaron Simonds, 12 points, Nate Sottak, 10. Leading scorers for Gilford: Connor Sullivan, 9, Jonathan Mitchell, 6 and Andrew Flanders, 3.

Belmont again defeated Gilford in the second game of the senior boys' final. Leading scorers for Belmont: Aaron Simonds, 14 points, Keith Landry, 10. Leading scorers for Gilford: Jonathan Mitchell, 11, Connor Sullivan, 8 and Andrew Flanders, 3. In third place in the senior boys' division was Lou Athanas, Sanbornton ended in fourth place.

The Nathan J. Babcock Volunteer Award was presented to Tom Routhier. Denise Soucy Memorial Coaches Award was presented to Rod Roy of the Lou Athanas Senior Boys Team.