The Laconia High School boys' basketball team (7-2) has two more wins at the halfway point of this season than in all of last season. The most recent victory came last Tuesday night against Prospect Mountain, 45-39. The Sachems currently sit at the fourth seed in the NHIAA Division III standings. Laconia will try to string together a four game winning streak when the team hosts Belmont tonight and travels to Plymouth on Tuesday.
Gilford (6-3) is back on the right side of the win-loss ledger, taking the last two contests to halt a three game skid. Last Friday Josh Joyce and the Golden Eagles handled Belmont in a 69-37 DIII matchup. Gilford had the week off to gear up for tonight's game against 7-4 Farmington. Tuesday the Golden Eagles will head to Meredith to take on the Inter-Lakes Lakers.
Inter-Lakes has strung together back to back wins for the first time all season, beating White Mountains and Belmont over the past week. The Lakers have three consecutive home games this week, beginning with Newfound tonight. On Tuesday Inter-Lakes will host Gilford and Franklin on Thursday.
The Belmont Red Raiders (1-8) have a tall task this week, traveling to Laconia tonight, Prospect Mountain on Monday and Winnisquam on Tuesday.
The Lady Sachems (6-5) climbed back above .500 after beating Prospect Mountain 49-36 Tuesday night. Laconia will head to Belmont tonight and host Plymouth on Tuesday.
In other girls' action tonight Gilford (7-4) will be in Farmington and Winnisquam heads to Kearsarge. Tuesday will see The Golden Eagles host Inter-Lakes and Belmont at Winnisquam.
Belmont-Gilford continues to roll, remaining unbeaten with a 5-2 victory over Kenett Wednesday. The Bulldogs are the first team in Division III to ten wins this season remaining atop the division. They will will head to 6-1 Souhegan tomorrow and host a dangerous Berlin (7-1) team on Wednesday.
Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes split the week, beating Manchester West 8-7 Saturday night and losing to Berlin 6-0 Wednesday. M-I-L will be in Portsmouth tomorrow and will host Kennett on Thursday.
Laconia-Winnisquam's record fell to 2 wins, 6 losses after a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Pembroke-Windham on Wednesday night. The Wolfpack has a chance to earn its third win tomorrow when ConVal (2-6-1) comes to town tomorrow and Portsmouth (4-3-1) follows on Wednesday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:07
MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club ran the first day of a weekend doubleheader, automobile, oval track ice racing Saturday on Berry Pond, featuring the largest ice racing event in the northeast, the 30th annual Latchkey Cup. Ice racers from the Milton and Jaffery clubs again joined the Lakes Region racers for the event which supports several local charities and scholarships.
Racing started on a nice winter morning with the hot laps and qualifying heats for the 4 divisions of cars: Juniors, 4 cylinders, V8 Stock, and the mighty winged Modifieds. After a mid-day lunch break and a chance for the fans to meet the drivers and check out the race cars on the front stretch, the racers prepared for the Latchkey's feature events.
First out was the Junior division (13-15 years old) driving their 4 cylinder racers. Cody Burns of Center Harbor, driving the borrowed #87, took the checkers followed by Moultonborough's Trevor Greene (32). Cahoon Racing sponsored the trophies for the Juniors.
The 4 Cylinder division took the ice next with veteran racer Tim Eldridge (75) of Center Ossipee driving to the win followed by 2013 Champion Tim Chase (40). The 4 Cylinder trophies were provided by Conway's Tree Services
The V8 Sock Division sponsored by SAL Post 33 took to ice next. A hard fought 20 lap race was won by Adam Cahoon (99) of Moultonborough followed closely by Matt Morrill (9) also of Moultonborough in the emotionally charged event.
The mighty Modified feature, sponsored by Ambrose Brothers Inc of Meredith, took to the track for the final event of the day. Mike Horsch of Moultonborough in his #2 modified, sporting a new wing for this year, lead the dusty race flag-to-flag. Jack Cook claimed the second spot.
The racers returned to the ice on Sunday morning for the regular weekly race sponsored this week by Horsch Garage Equipment. With a fresh longer track and a blustery clear day, the intrepid ice racers prepared to do battle. In the weekly races, the format changes to hot laps for each division, followed by the first 10 lap feature, then a break for intermission, followed by the second 10 lap feature for each division. The best combined finish determines the winner.
Cody Burns of Center Harbor in his #5 Scott Burns Landscaping pickup claimed the first place junior trophy with Garrett Poitras in his #16 Volvo station wagon taking second.
In the Stock division, Moutonborough's Matt Morrill (9) powered to both feature wins for a commanding overall win. Two second place finishes gave Alley Ripley (72) of Center Ossipee the second place trophy.
A large field contended for the 4 Cylinder trophies. Third and second place finishes in the rough and tumble races gave Matt Taylor (87) of Moultonborough the win and consistency rewarded Tom Boucher (25) with second place. After several years of trying, Derek Jeanson of Sandwich driving his #52 pickup earned his first checkered flag by winning the second feature with a smooth, fast drive.
The powerful winged modifieds dug deep groves in the ice turning it into clouds of ice dust, but the veteran ice races still put on a great show. A pair of 2nd place finishes gave DJ Mill of Wolfeboro Falls, driving the David's Race Cars/Haylex Excavation sprint car, the big trophy. Mike Horsch (2) picked up second place.
The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club races every Sunday at 12:30 on Berry or Lee Pond in Moultonboro from January through mid-March. Check the club's website at www.LakesRegionIceRacingClub.com or the Facebook page for the latest race/ice status, information about coming events, and for race photos.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 10:50
The Laconia Middle School boys' A basketball team played host to Bow this past week and were able to keep their record unblemished with a 59-42 victory. Leading the way for the Sachems was power forward Drew Muzzey with a season high 21 points and 5 boards. Center Logan Bell added 8 points and 13 boards. Small forward Ryan McCrea chipped in 8 points and 7 assists while Noah Cruz came off the bench to drop 8 points. Defensively Kaleb Bartlett had 3 key steals as did Muzzey. The victory improves the Sachem's record to 11-0 on the season as they head into a 3 game stretch next week.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 10:35
The Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team earned a 54-28 win over Barnstead on January 23. Leading scorers were Bella Smith, 16, Amelia Clairmont, 12, Lindsey Drouin, 8, Delia Cormier (3 pointer), 5, Skyler Tautkus, 4. The Sachem girls were leading 37 - 26 after three quarters and outscored the visitors 17 to 2 in the 4th to seal the victory. Laconia's pressure defense again made the difference.
Bella Smith and Amelia Clairmont also had strong floor games for Laconia with Clairmont handing out 5 key assists in the game. Lindsey Drouin had 6 rebounds for the winners.
Laconia's record now stands at 12 wins and 4 losses.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 10:31