GHS JV boys team wraps up perfect season

Gilford High School boys JV Basketball team completed a perfect season 20-0, taking home the Championship in the Farmington JV boys' tournament this past weekend.

Gilford beat Somersworth High School 72-42 in the first game of pool play and Stevens High School 61-49 in the second game. On Sunday, Gilford matched up against Raymond High School in the finals and Gilford, in their toughest contest of the year, was able to win 76-64. Mike Bugnacki and Hunter Stevens were named to the All-Tournament Team. Mike Bugnacki had 22 points in the final game and Oliver Roy had 20 points, Carter Mercer and Tyler Swarthout had an outstanding tournaments as well. Mercer also won the three-point contest making 16 of 25, 3-points shot in a minute, the next closest competitor had nine.

LMS boys earn 2nd place tournament finish in Bow

The Laconia Middle School boys' A team wrapped up the season this past weekend with a 2nd place finish in the Bow Invitational Tournament. The Tourney actually kicked off at the beginning of the February break as the Sachems found themselves tipping off against Goffstown. The scoring was evenly distributed in the game. Center Logan Bell led all scorers with 14 points, 6 boards, and 3 blocked shots. Drew Muzzey had 10 pts, Jack Maher dropped 9, Ryan Paiva had 8 to go with 5 boards, and Christian Gaspa had 7 points and 5 assists. Defensively Noah Cruz had 5 steals and Bell picked off 4 as the Sachems rolled to a 60-29 victory. Next up was the Bedford travel team. Bell and Muzzey had big nights, going for 18 and 14 respectively. Bell also pulled down 9 boards while Muzzey grabbed 11 giving him a nice double-double on the night. Ryan Paiva, showing he is going to be a force to reckon with next year, chipped in with 6 points and 8 boards. Defensively this would be the Sachems' best game. Parker Minor led his team with 5 steals while Gaspa and Riley Roy had 3 steals each. With the decisive 60-25 victory, the stage was set for a showdown with Laconia's newest rivals from Kearsarge. On the big stage it was Laconia's big men who stepped up. Bell led his team once more with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 steals giving him a team leading 12 double-doubles on the season. Muzzey chipped 10 points and Ryan McCrea had 6 points and 7 boards to go with 3 steals. When the dust had settled Laconia had punched their ticket to the championship with a 45-39 win. Battling out of the loser's bracket, Kearsarge was back for another crack at the Sachems. The youngsters for Laconia couldn't seem to find any offensive rhythm in this one. Bell dropped 10 points and had 8 boards, Paiva went for 8 points and Ryan McCrea pounded the boards for 10 big rebounds. Defensively Gaspa tried keeping his team in it with 5 steals but the perimeter shooters for Kearsarge were on and the Sachems fell short in the one and done championship game, 49-36. Garnering All-Tourney Honors for Laconia were Logan Bell and Drew Muzzey. Coach Rod Roy was very pleased with his team's performance saying, "We had a phenomenal year. We went 17-0. Won our Christmas tourney and took home two 2nd place trophies in Newfound and Bow. I am so proud of this group of athletes. They worked hard, did their jobs, and gave the Laconia fans something to look forward to in the future. They deserved all of the good things that their hard work got them this season."
The Laconia A team would like to thank the school administration for their support and effort in allowing them to play a ton of basketball this season. The team is also appreciative of all of the fans who came out and supported the team.

LMS girls win Bow Basketball Tournament

The Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team concluded a 25 win and 4 loss season by capturing the 2014 Bow Athletic Club Basketball Tournament Championship over school vacation. Named to the All-Tournament Team were Bella Smith , Delia Cormier, and Amelia Clairmont. Clairmont also was named Tournament MVP as she scored an impressive 76 point in the four victories.

Laconia's first victory was over the Concord Boys and Girls Club by a 54 to 40 margin. Leading scorers were Clairmont with 16, Cormier and Smith with 12 each, and Emma Schumacher with 4. Also pitching in with 2 points were Skyler Tautkus, Victoria Dean, Delaney Ross, Becca Howe, and Devon Mello. Laconia's smothering full court pressure proved to be the difference, forcing numerous Concord turnovers, leading to easy transition buckets for the Lady Sachems.

In the quarterfinal match up, Laconia defeated a pesky Goffstown team 41 to 36. Again leading the way for Laconia was Amelia Clairmont with 15 points and Bella Smith with 9 points. Also scoring for the hometown team was Emma Schumacher 6 points, Devon Mello 5 points (3-pointer), Skyler Tautkus 4 points and Delia Cormier 2 points. Lindsey Drouin had 6 rebounds for Laconia while Hannah Dow and Delaney Ross applied smothering back court pressure in the victory.

In Sunday's semi final game, Laconia beat a powerful Bedford Team 48 to 34. In the game, Clairmont tallied 24 points (14 in the fourth quarter), Smith 9 points, and Drouin 6 points. Devon Mello also contributed a key 3-pointer in the third quarter. The game was back and forth up until the fourth quarter, when the Laconia girls outscored Bedford 18 to 6. Cormier, Schumacher, Droiun, and Clairmont spearheaded Laconia's rebounding effort, while Howe and Smith pressured Bedford's backcourt, leading to the victory.

The Championship game was a true barn burner as Laconia edged a scrappy Goffstown team again 40 to 37. Clairmont scored 21 points (two 3-pointers), Cormier 5 points, Mello and Schumacher 4 points, and Smith 3 points. Becca Howe hit a crucial foul shot late in the fourth quarter for her valuable 1 point.

In that Championship game, Laconia did not take the lead until the late part of the fourth quarter. The girls' team was down 14 to 5 after one quarter, 20 to 12 at halftime, and 30 to 25 after the third quarter. Leading Laconia in the fourth quarter were Clairmont's 8 points, Schumacher's 4 points and Smith's 2 fouls shots.

Sachem bowlers come up just short at individual championships

Laconia High School bowlers did not set any records at the Individual Championship held over the weekend, but Panthavy Pradachith, Aaron Smith and Nate Batchelder all bowled well. Participating in the Championship Flight, Smith and Batchelder needed an average of 153 to move out of the first round, however, Smith rolled a 147.67 and Batchelder a 138. Pradachith bowled a 122.33 in the Medal Flight, short of the 137.67 threshold to advance to the second round.