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Futsal Coming to Tilton Sports Center's Indoor Turf Field

TILTON — Futsal, an indoor version of soccer played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular soccer ball, will be coming to the Lakes Region this fall and winter.,
''It will be one the youth sports activities that will be taking place here,'' says Bob Callahan, owner of the Tilton Sports Center on Autumn Drive, where a 10,000-square-foot indoor turf field has just been installed.
Callahan says that he expects that futsal will gain in popularity as it is introduced to the area, but expects the main focus of activity on the 80-foot-by-120-foot turf field will be youth soccer and both youth and adult lacrosse.
Futsal, which was developed in Brazil and Uruguay in the 1930s and 1940s as a solution to the lack of available soccer fields, is played indoors between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper.
''Futsal is a great sport and is really good for helping young soccer players develop ball control and passing skills,'' says Scott Ruggles, Tilton School soccer coach, who says that the turf field offers an ideal spot for both futsal and youth soccer, as well as lacrosse.
The parent of five children ranging in age from 5 to 13, Ruggles says he feels fortunate to have the new facility right in his own backyard providing youth sports league activities.
''Parents like me have had to drive to Bow, which is at least 20 minutes away for indoor youth sports. Now can get here in five minutes for youth soccer games. This is a great facility to start a youth league and get the kids to play during the winter months,'' says Ruggles.
Another parent looking forward to having the facility nearby is Eric Pyra of Tilton, who volunteers in youth soccer and says that both his 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son play soccer .
''It's going to cut down a lot on the driving to and from games,'' says Pyra.
Callahan says that both the Lakes Region Lacrosse Club and the Lakes Region United Soccer league have signed on and will be playing games at the sports center starting in the fall.
He expects that the facility will be greatly in demand for sports camps and clinics during the summer months and for baseball as well.
''I can see a lot of leagues wanting to have batting practice cages set up during the winter and mud season in the spring,'' says Ruggles.
Callahan says that he decided last summer to turn the large, open space inside the former warehouse building into a state-of-the-art, year-round recreational facility which will have multiple uses and is geared primarily to the youth and adult leagues.
''This is something the area needs, and we're happy to be in a position to provide it,'' says Callahan,.
He said that he's fortunate in that most of the infrastructure for the center was already in place as a result of his having developed the property seven years ago as the Granite Media Center, which will continue to operate out of the building as an independent entity providing film production services.
He says that the turf field arrived in late June and after it was installed some 24,000 pounds of rubber infill were worked into the grass-like turf to provide a cushioned feel for those using the field.
This week the Tilton Indoor Sports Center was certified as an approved indoor sports center by the New Hampshire Soccer Association.
''It's the fourth facility in the state to be certified,'' said Cory Halvorsen of Barnstead, the vice president of indoor soccer for the NH Soccer Association.
Halvorsen is active with Revolution United, a youth soccer program for children 10 TO 18 years old in Barnstead.
''We have 110 kids involved and expect to be playing here a lot after November,'' he says.

Bob Callahan, owner of the Tilton Sports Center, which has installed a 10,000 square foot indoor turf field, is shown with Cory Halvorsen of Barnstead, the vice president of indoor soccer for the NH Soccer Association; Scott Ruggles, Tilton School soccer coach, and Erica Pyra of Tilton, a youth sports league volunteer. Halvorsen and Ruggles are holding a futsal, a small soccer ball with less bounce than a normal one, which is used in futsal, an indoor version of soccer. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 06:57

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Flag Football Champions


The Stingers of the Lakes Region Flag Football League's have claimed their second consecutive Women's League Super Bowl Championship.
Last Friday night, the league held its Playoff and Super Bowl games.
The women-only version of our exciting NFLFlag youth league Fall & Spring program (boys & girls ages 4-17), the LRFFL's women's league had a total of six teams participating in its second spring season.
Under threatening skies, our women's teams participated in some very intense and competitive flag football games that were played on the Inter-Lakes High School turf field. The top 4 teams made the playoffs, with the #1 Seed Beavers taking on the #4 Seed Busters, and the #2 Seed Stingers battling the #3 Seed Frog Rock team to see which two teams would advance to the Super Bowl game.
The rain managed to hold off until the first round games were just about complete, but began to come down steadily in-between the break between the Playoffs and Super Bowl game. Fortunately the lightning was holding off, although rumbles of thunder could be heard.
The #1 Seed Beavers prevailed over the #4 Busters 32-12, and the #2 Stingers held off #3 Frog Rock 20-6, setting up a Super Bowl match-up between the #1 Beavers and the #2 Stingers.
As the rain increased in intensity and the rumbles of thunder increased, the Stingers managed to score first and added a 1-point conversion. The Beavers marched down the field on their next possession and scored on a TD pass to make the score 7-6. On the ensuing 1-point conversion pass attempt to tie the score, the Beavers completed the pass but the offense was offsides, negating the extra point and leaving the score standing at 7-6.
In what was shaping up to be a scrappy melee, each team managed to get two more possessions in without reaching the end zone before the skies really opened up and began to "light up!" With two minutes left in the first half, play was halted for 15 minutes in the hope the lightning would clear out and the game could resume. But in the end the game was called without another down being played.
The LRFFL Women's League will be back next spring for its third season. Follow the Lakes Region Flag Football League all year round: lrffl.com, and like us on Facebook: lakesregionflagfootball.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:08

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Inter-Lakes Angels Wins Tournament w/3COL pic InterLakes Angels

Inter-Lakes Angels win Plymouth Tournament

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes Angels won the Plymouth Tournament the weekend of June 21-23. They won five games and gave up just five runs.
The team was lead by the stellar pitching of Julia Gintof, Delanie Fletcher and Jordan Durand. Jordan Jones was amazing in center field. Other standout players included Morgan White, Jessalyn Brown, Emma Wheeler, Hailey Hart, Makena Kimball, Savannah Keyes and Mollie Durand.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 08:47

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Meredith Kiwanis charity golf tournament set for Aug.

The Meredith Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
This event, sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, has been a local favorite for many years while offering numerous gifts, cash prizes, and four hole-in-one prizes. The "hole-in-one" prize sponsors will include DaSilva Motor Sports, HK Power Sports, Irwin Motors and Paugus Bay Marina. There will also be free raffle prizes, a $1,000 cash (guaranteed prize) shoot-out after the tournament, and new this year, a putting contest prior to the start of the tournament, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a guaranteed prize of $500.
The tournament will feature a scramble format (foursomes recommended) — three flights and the entry fee is still just $110 per person. The entry fee includes golf, cart, raffle tickets and dinner catered by Hart's Restaurant. Invited dinner guests, $20 per person.
To register, please contact Kellie at 603-244-6335 or email the club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Golfers may also contact Craig or Justin at Waukewan Golf Course for further information.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 09:13

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