Ice racers run hot despite low temperatures

The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club was on Lee Pond in Moultonborough again this week for the 5th race of the 2014 season. A cold wind didn't affect the racers and the fans stayed warm watching from their cars. This week's event was sponsored by D and L Auto of Manchester.

The day started with hot laps and the first features for each of the 4 divisions. After intermission the second features ran and a winner was determined by the best combined finish.

The junior division was again dominated by Moultonborough's Trevor Greene who won both features for the overall win. Cody Burns took second, with Garrett Poitras in third.

The V8 Stock class was again won by Moultonborough's Matt Morrill driving his black Monte Carlo. Matt powered to both feature wins for the overall, with Alley Ripley of Center Ossipee in second. Alley challenged for the win in the second feature, but settled for second place.

Second and first place finishes in the 4-Cylinder division by Sandwich's Derek Jeanson gave him the overall win, his first ever. Tim Chase and his dad John Chase rounded out the podium. A broken steering mechanism ended points leader Matt Taylor's day early.

DJ Mills took advantage of the attrition in the Modified division to take the second feature and the overall win. Jack Cook and Fred Fecteau took 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. Check the club's website at or the Facebook page for the latest race/ice status, information about coming events, and for race photos.

Laconia Muskrats to start season with home game on June 6

Commissioner Sean McGrath announced the NECBL's 2014 schedule earlier this month. The New England League starts its 21st baseball season on Thursday, June 5.

"We are anticipating a very special milestone to the start of our 21st season when our 100th alumnus makes his MLB debut. It is even more special because our very first alumnus, Joe Nathan (Tigers), is thriving in the Big Leagues and is baseball's active career saves leader," said McGrath. "If you think you may know who the 100th alumnus will be, be sure to visit our website at to make your prediction."

The 2014 season will feature six teams in two divisions. The North Division is comprised of the Holyoke Blue Sox, the Keene Swamp Bats, the Laconia Muskrats, the North Adams SteepleCats, the Sanford Mainers and the Vermont Mountaineers.

Playing in the South Division are the Danbury Westerners, the Mystic Schooners, the New Bedford Bay Sox, the Newport Gulls, the Ocean State Waves and the Plymouth Pilgrims.

"Our fans throughout New England will enjoy seeing a change to our division alignments, which includes two new in-state rivalries, Keene and Laconia in New Hampshire and Mystic and Danbury in Connecticut," McGrath continued. "The All-Star Game returns to Holyoke under second year team president, Clark Eckhoff, which is certain to feature some of the top MLB draft picks in the coming years, like Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), Mark Appel (Astros), or like Red Sox World Series Champions Craig Breslow, Andrew Bailey, and Ryan Lavarnway."

The League returns to its traditional 42 game format, with each team facing a divisional rival six times and a non-divisional team twice. The NECBL is bringing back select scheduled double headers for the first time in years: both New Bedford and Plymouth will play home and home double headers with Danbury.

The top four teams in each division advance to the playoffs. Division champions are determined after two, best-of-three series. The Fay Vincent Cup, awarded to the NECBL champion, is based on a final, best-of-three series between the two Division champions.

The Laconia Muskrats will start their season on Friday, June 6, by hosting the Vermont Mountaineers. The Muskrats will travel to Keene on June 7 and will return home on Sunday, June 8 to host the Sanford Mainers.

The League's All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, July 20 in Holyoke. Players will also get Monday the 21st off as part of the All-Star Break.

The season ends on Saturday, August 2 with the first of three, best-of-three rounds of playoffs commencing on Monday, August 4.

The full schedule is available on, or by accessing the following link:

Inter-Lakes swimmers represent well at state championship

Although they were hoping to achieve better placements, the three Inter-Lakes swim team members that participated in the Division II State Championship over the weekend had a great day in the lanes, each posting personal best times.

Sarah Sundius finished 10th in the 100 free with a time of 58.69, and 8th in the 100 breast, 1:13.01.

Matthew Sundius's 1:09.12 earned him a 12th place finish in the 100 back.

Ben Jaques swam the 100 back in 1:09.73 for a 15th place finish.

Somersworth nips Gilford in OT

Gilford dropped to 10-6 with a 50-44 overtime loss to Somersworth on Saturday. Gilford took a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and maintained the advantage 25-20 at the half. Somersworth chipped away at the lead and cut the margin to 34-31 entering the 4th quarter. The game was tied at 41 at the end of regulation. The overtime period was all Hilltoppers as they outscored the Eagles 9-3.
For Gilford Jordan Dean and Kelsey Buckley both scored 12 points followed by Kayla Orton who added 9 points. Madison Harrison collected 7 points. For Somersworth Emily Francouer lead all scorers with 12 followed by Jordan Wall with 11 and Maddie Osbon with 10.
Somersworth now improves to 11-5 on the season. Gilford is back in action next week when they close out the regular season with Laconia on Tuesday and rival Belmont on Friday.