Matt Morrill continues V8 Stock winning streak in Ice Racing Club

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club was on Lee Pond in Moultonborough again this week for the 6th race of the 2014 season. The week's mild weather and softer ice made for excellent races. The West Ossipee NAPA store, Ossipee Auto Parts, sponsored this week's races providing the trophies and prizes for winners and giveaways for the fans.

The regular hot laps were skipped this week to save the ice on the 1/3 mile oval. The first 10 lap features for each of the 4 divisions were run followed by an intermission. After intermission, the second features were run and a winner determined by the best combined finish.

The Junior division was dominated by Center Harbor's Cody Burn driving the newly repaired Nissan. Cody won both features for the overall win with Trevor Greene second and Garrett Poitras in third.

The V8 Stock class was again won by Moultonborough's Matt Morrill driving his beautiful black Monte Carlo. Matt powered to both feature wins for the overall, with Danny Cook coming out of retirement to take second.

A second place in the first feature followed by a first in the second feature gave Moultonborough's Matt Taylor the overall win in the 4-Cylinder division. Tim Chase and Scott Burns rounded out the podium. The overall win gave Matt the lead in the points race which he entered tied with Tim.

It was the Jake Williams show in the Modified division. Jake, who lives in Tuftonboro, won both features in his sprint car for the overall, followed by Jack Cook and Mike Horsch in second and third, respectively.

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

Nerves get to LHS bowling team in team finals

Last Saturday were the team finals for the 12 schools that compete in NHIAA Bowling. Laconia High School was hoping for a good showing. Nerves set in early and stayed with the team the whole time. Laconia was bummed out in the first round by Hollis Brookline 4 games to 1 of the best of 7. Laconia's good shots were too few and far between one another. Of the 7 bowlers available only 2 had finals experience. Laconia fielded a young team this year, 10 of the team's 11 bowlers are eligible to return next year.
For the Individuals, Laconia learned this week that another one of its bowlers will compete in the individual championship Saturday in Manchester. The top 64 list was one short. The next bowler eligible is Panthavy Pradachith, who will compete in the Medal Flight starting at 11:30 a.m. Nathan Batchelder and Aaron Smith will compete in Championship Flight that starts at noon.

Pinkerton went on to win Team Finals.

Round-up: Girls' basketball playoffs underway

The post-season tournament is underway for local high school girls' basketball teams. Laconia, as the 8th seed, earned a bye in the first round and played 9th seeded Franklin last night. Results were not available in time for this section's deadline.

Belmont, which entered the tournament as the 16th seed, bested Prospect Mountain 33-27 on Tuesday night. Belmont faced top-seeded Newfound last night. Winnisquam (14th seed) knocked off Raymond 60-52 and played 3rd seeded Campbell last night. Gilford (11) had a bye in the first round and played Bow (6) last night.

Ice hockey

Laconia-Winnisquam (7-10) will end the regular season tomorrow night looking to head into the playoffs on a two game winning streak and winning 4 out of the last five. The last win came on Wednesday over Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 2-1. Tomorrow's game at Kennett, also 7-10, will determine who enters the playoffs as the sixth and seventh seeds. The winner will play Belmont-Gilford in the Quarterfinals a week from Saturday and the loser will head to Berlin.

Belmont-Gilford (14-3) will host the top team in Division III Souhegan (15-1) at the Laconia Ice Arena on Senior night for the Bulldogs. Souhegan will be the final test before the Bulldogs head into the playoffs as the third seed.

Boys' basketball

The Sachems (10-7) head into the playoffs with a first-round bye and a week to prepare for their first opponent. The Sachems finished the season last night by facing Newfound. Laconia improved two fold from last season, reaching at least 10 wins this season, compared to the five from the prior year's campaign.

Gilford and Winnisquam, both clubs with 13 wins and four losses, will have byes in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. The Lakers of Inter-Lakes will be in action Tuesday night for the first round of the playoffs.

Belmont Middle School wins Newfound Invitational

The Belmont Middle School girls' basketball team took first place in the Newfound Invitational tournament. Belmont beat Kingswood in their first game behind Makenzie Donovan's 15 points and a game tying 3 pointer at the buzzer by Jordan Sargent but lost their next game to Newfound to drop into the losers bracket. JuJu Estremera led with 6 points in that game. The girls faced a tough Hopkinton team next and defeated them 26-19 to head to the finals against rival Newfound. Shayna Thibedau, Emily Drouin, and Makenzie Donovan combined for 17 points. The team trailed the first half and came back strong in the third quarter to put the game away. Lizzie Fleming, Chloe Sottak, and Jordan Sargent each scored 6 in the finals. The team played great defense keeping their opponents off balance each game. Pictured above, front row left to right: Elise Hall, JuJu Estremera, Jordan Sargent, Chloe Sottak, Lizzie Fleming, Bryanna Berry. Back row: coach Mark Dionne, Ariel Bergeron, Emily Drouin, Sydney Shepherd, Emeli Reed, Makenzie Donovan, Shayna Thibedau, coach Karyn Dionne. (Courtesy photo)