'Pond hockey' tournament in April to benefit local high school team

The Laconia Ice Arena is hosting the inaugural Indoor Pond Hockey tournament April 4 through 6. The event will raise funds for the Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack high school hockey team.
Will Fay, arena manager, is excited for the first puck to drop. "We are expecting a strong turn-out, and hope for the event to be a great success for everyone involved," says Fay. "Frankly, we are borrowing from some of the success of Scott Crowder's Pond Hockey Classic held on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith. The big difference here, is we are climate controlled, and don't need to rely on Mother Nature. We are re-creating the feel and bringing outdoors in," Fay added.
This year's tournament will be sponsored and operated by the Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack High School Hockey Boosters. Led by Walt Cammack and Kelly Dyer, the boosters are expecting around 100 players (20 teams). The tournament will feature an "open" division for players 18 and over, and a "vintage" division for players age 35 and over. The Wolfpack players recently volunteered their time at the Pond Hockey Classic in Meredith, leaving them well prepared to take on the 3 on 3 pond hockey tournament at Laconia Ice Arena.
Fay says the indoor tournament is designed to be a family friendly event. In the future he hopes it will include a youth division, as well as more players from outside the area.
Entry fees are $275 per team before March 1st, 2014 after which time the fee increases to $300.
There will be a maximum amount of teams allowed to enter. Each team is guaranteed 4 games for seeding followed by a single elimination playoff tournament on Sunday. Games will be played cross ice 3 vs 3, without goalies or on ice officials. All players will receive a welcome packet and t-shirt from the Wolf pack boosters. The winning teams in each bracket will receive a prestigious ice shovel trophy.
Proceeds from the event will go to support the Laconia Winnisquam Wolf pack High School Hockey Boosters. More information, and team registrations, can be found at www.laconiaicearena.com.
For those looking to get involved, there are several volunteer opportunities available. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Anyone interested should contact Kelly Dyer via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I-L-M unified basketball team to close out season in Laconia today

The Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough Unified Basketball team traveled to Berlin yesterday for its fourth game of the year. The Lakers couldn't come away with a victory but played a hard fought game. Spencer Perreault and Tim Brown played some great defense, shutting down the opponents in the second half. Debbie Bickford was the leading scorer with 8 points, followed by Pauline Donaldson with six points. Emily Ledger also had two great baskets for four points. To end the game Jeff Ryan hit a bank shot three from well behind the three-point arc. The following Lakers also scored: Ellie Cristiano, 6 points; Anna Brown, 4; Becka Grace, 2; Haillie Bessonett, 2.

The Lakers travel to Laconia on Friday at 3:00 for its last regular season game.

Sachem bowlers to take on Hollis-Brookline in final tournament

The stage is set for the 12 high schools to compete in NHIAA team bowling finals this weekend. In the season standings Laconia finished in 11th place. That puts Laconia bowling against the 6th place team from Hollis-Brookline. The top 4 teams get a bye in first round and await for winners in 5th through 12th matches. Laconia should be entering the finals with confidence. Of the top 4 teams getting a bye, Laconia has beat 2 of the four when bowling head to head in the season. The team has really grown this season. The Sachems have learned to assist one another and make clutch shots when needed. In the finals, teams bowl against one another in a best of 7 in Baker format. Teams have to bowl well together – no single person can carry a team when only throwing two frames in a game. Last year Laconia got out to an early 2 game lead and pushed Spaulding to 7 games before being eliminated in the first round. Laconia hopes to perform better than last year. The finals will be held at Spare Time Lanes in Manchester this Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m.
Two of Laconia bowlers will then bowl the following Saturday also at Spare Time Lanes in the Individual Finals. The top 64 in the state will be there competing in standard games in a single elimination tournament. Laconia will have one bowler in Champion Flight (top 32). Aaron Smith finished in 26th spot with 156.04 average. Last time Aaron bowled in Manchester he had a high game of 225. In the Medal Flight (33-64) is Nathan Batchelder who finished 35th with 146.83.
Complete list of scores and standing can be found at NHIAA.org under additional sports.

GHS's Cook earns 2nd, 3rd place finishes at state championship

Rebecca Cook, sophomore at Gilford High School made the podium Sunday at the Div II New Hampshire State Championship Meet. Rebecca placed second in the 100 free with a 58:28 time and third in the 200 free with a 1:58.64. Cook was very proud of her accomplishments this weekend yet disappointed that the Meet of Champions, when Div I and II top 6 finishers compete against each other was canceled for the second year in a row due to weather. Other Gilford swimmers competing at the meet were junior Katie Gingrich and Warren Thompson, senior. Katie achieved a best time on Sunday and Warren moved up his placement after swimming the 100 breaststoke.