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LMS girls score 54 against Barnstead

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

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Lakers join 500 other swimmers at Bobcat Invitational

Over 500 swimmers attended this weekends Bobcat Invitational swim meet at UNH. The Laker swimmers did their best to make a mark. Sarah Sundius led the teams with a 9th place finish in the 50 Freestyle and a 12th place finish in the 200 Individual Medley - dropping 1.609 seconds. In the 100 Butterfly, Sundius grabbed another 12th place finish and a qualifying time for the State Championship meet. With over 230 swimmers in the women's 50 and 100 Freestyle events, Elisabeth Hutchins swam strong to hold on to her times, finishing 103rd in the 50, and 199th in the 100.

On the men's side, Ben Jaques took on the challenge of swimming the 100 Butterfly for the first time and came up with a successful 25th place finish and a time drop of 3.33 seconds from his seed time. Jaques also swam into a 37th finish in the 50 Freestyle and a 53rd finish in the 100 Freestyle, with both events having over 120 swimmers competing.

The Lakers will travel to Lebanon on Friday to compete in their final team meet of the season.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 10:29

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'Chafing the Dream' wins Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament

The 3rd Annual Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament was held on Saturday in the Gilford High School and Middle School gyms. 16 teams consisting of high school, college and adult players competed in 4 different pools. After the completion of pool play the top 2 teams with the best record went into the Gold Division Single Elimination Tournament and the bottom 2 teams from each pool went into the Silver Division Single Elimination Tournament.

In the Gold Division the semi-final matchups featured Just The Tip vs the Coaches and Murphy's Law vs Chafing the Dream. Both The Coaches and Chafing the Dream won their matches setting up the Gold Division Championship match. Chafing the Dream beat The Coaches in 3 games with the 3rd game score of 15-10. Chafing the Dream and The Coaches were both self-sponsored.

In the Silver Division Semi Final matchup Dig Deep beat Play For A Cure and Gordo and The Super Squirrels beat The Dream Team. The Silver Division championship match featured Dig Deep vs Gordo and The Super Squirrels with Dig Deep winning the match 2-0. Dig Deep was sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire/ Meadowbrook and Gordo and The Super Squirrels were sponsored by Pass Set Crush Volleyball Camp.

The event raised $2,380 for the Amy Annis Scholarship Fund and breast cancer research.

Organizers are thankful for the companies and people who sponsored a team's entry fee. Sponsors were Central Lakes Region Movers, Bank of NH/Meadowbrook, Winnipesaukee Driving School, Family Farm Insurance, Pass Set Crush Volleyball Camp, Peter Sawyer, Smith's Tubular System, Aroma Joe's and Mas-Con Corp.

The champions of the Silver and Gold Division were given prizes donated by The Shalimar, Lakes Region Athletic & Swim Club and Piche's Ski and Sport. A thank you goes to the Gilford School District for their support in allowing this event to be held and to Jim Babcock and Rick Forge, NHIAA volleyball officials, who volunteered to officiate the semi-final and championship matches.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 10:23

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3 GHS swimmers qualify for championship meet

Warren Thompson, senior, Katie Gingrich, junior and Rebecca Cook sophomore of the Gilford High Swim Team have currently qualified for The New Hampshire State Championship Swim Meet. Cook has made qualifying times in the 200 free, 100 free, 200 IM, and 100 fly. Gingrich has qualified in the 50 and 100 free with Thompson qualifying in the 100 breast, both qualifying on Sunday at the Bobcat Invitational at UNH. The team competed against over 500 swimmers at the invitational all swimming very strong. Cook placed first in the 200 free with a 1:58.10 and second in the 100 free 55.76 and 200 Individual Medley 2:17.14, 2 personal bests. Gingrich swam a 27.84 in the 50 free, and a 1:01.95 in the 100 free, a personal best for her. Thompson swam his personal best in the 100 breast at a 1:15.53 and the 50 free 27.11. Autumn Bos swam a 200 free for the first time with a 2:47.13 and 100 free at a 1:11.76, a personal best. Michael Hart swam the 200 free 2:26.76, 50 free 29.37 and the 100 back at 1:15.37 a 3 second drop from earlier this season. Chrissy Leach swam a personal best in the 50 free and the 100 breast a 3 second drop. Lisa Osborne swam the 50 and 100 free. Ayden Ernst swam the 50 free, 27.11 and 100 free 1:02.76 both personal bests. His 100 free is a 14 second drop from his first swim last year. Owen Sanborn swam all personal bests in the 50 free 28.71, 100 free and the 100 fly 1:18.06 a 4 second drop. Joseph Bonnell swam the 50 free 29.35 100 fly and 100 free. Kyle Davies swam the 50 and 100 free both personal best with a 3 second drop on the 100. The team has two more meet this week, Tuesday in Goffstown and Friday in Lebanon.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 10:20

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