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Nyhan appearing in trio of all-star games this summer

LACONIA — Though he only spent part of his high school career at Laconia High, having transferred from a private school, Graham Nyhan quickly established himself as a standout athlete for the Sachems. He graduated on Sunday and plans to matriculate to Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., where he's been offered scholarships for both his baseball and football abilities.
Before he heads off to college, though, Nyhan will have a few notable opportunities to represent his hometown. He's been selected to participate in three statewide all-star games.
The first honor this summer will come on Monday, when Nyhan, a catcher and a pitcher, will join the best baseball players in the state for the Maine-New Hampshire All-Star Game, played at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
The most high-profile opportunity for him will occur August 3 on Memorial Field in Hanover, when Nyhan will play tight end in the 60th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, which pits the best football players of New Hampshire against those from Vermont. Nyhan's appearance in the game will mark the first time that three generations of one family have played in the Shrine game. His father, Chip, was a fullback, and grandfather Daniel Nyhan was a lineman.
For Nyhan, though, it's the least storied event that holds the greatest personal significance.
On June 29, at University of New Hampshire's Crowell Stadium, Nyhan will represent Laconia on the East Team in the 2nd Annual CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game, an event which benefits the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
As he prepares for the game, Nyhan's thoughts go back about five years, when his younger brother Griffin started to get sick for reasons that evaded his local doctors. "He didn't eat for like three months," Nyhan recalled. He remembers the feeling of watching his only sibling, who was then in fourth grade, lose pound after pound until he was 30 pounds lighter than before he fell ill.
"Just not knowing what was wrong, it's hard to explain. You always fear the unknown." Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock was finally able to end the mystery, diagnosing Griffin with a rare stomach virus. Griffin has since recovered and is completing his freshman year at LHS.
"It's an extra motivation, a personal game," Nyhan said. "They helped my brother, so I'm going to give back what I've got, fund raise as much as possible." He's been encouraging local businesses to purchase ads in the game handbook. He is also selling coupon books that include a ticket to the game.
Nyhan will have a familiar face on the coaching staff. LHS football coach Craig Kozens will serve as an assistant coach for the CHaD game. Players are nominated by their coaches, then the coaching staff for each side whittles its list of hundreds down to 36. "It's the best talent in the state, the best 72 players in New Hampshire," said Kozens. Team East's head coach will be Bob Camirand, formerly coach of Concord High School.
At Laconia, said Kozens, "He played everywhere for us." Nyhan lined up as outside linebacker, kicker, snapper, quarterback, defensive back and split end. It's as tight end, though, that Nyhan's strengths are best displayed. "He blocks well on the edge, he's got phenomenal hands," said Kozens.
Those interested in purchasing a coupon book, proceeds from which will benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, should call 524-3350 and ask for Kozens, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Nyhan has an exciting four years ahead of him, during which he'll continue to play the sports that he loves and will pursue his education. He's currently undeclared, but is considering a major in engineering or physical therapy. He isn't overlooking his unusual opportunities this summer, though.
"It's an honor. I get to represent my city for the cause of helping young kids."

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 09:57

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Belmont lacrosse girls' success goes beyond playing field

How does a team follow up a successful 2013 season? After posting a 9-3-1 record, one might expect a team to sit back, take it easy and reflect on their accomplishments.
Instead, the Belmont High School girls' lacrosse team headed down to the State House in Concord for the Best Buddies Friendship Walk and 5K. The Friendship Walk plays a fundamental role in funding state programs which provide one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
The girls donated their time, money, and spirit at the New Hampshire Best Buddies fundraiser in Concord. The team helped raise $1,200 for the charity and comprised more than half of the volunteers that worked the event. Because of their outstanding volunteerism, the event was a great success and raised a total of $60,000 to help the Best Buddies Organization.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Lakes Region softball players earn All-State honors (200)

GILFORD — Several Lakes Region high school softball players were named to the 2013 All State Teams which were selected by the New Hampshire Softball Coaches' Association.
Members of the 2013 All State Teams, Players of the Year, Coaches of the Year and JV Coaches of the Year in all .four divisions will be honored at the Granite State Games held on June 11 at Plymouth State University.
The Granite State Games start at 5 p.m. and the Awards Ceremony will take place after the completion of the first games of the double header.
Emelia Karntakosol of Plymouth was named to the second team in Division II while Casey Sargent of Kingswood was an honorable mention.
In Division III the JV Coach of the Year was Amanda Barton of Franklin.
First Team All-Stars included Lexi Colpack and Keysey Bird of Franklin, Sydney Strout  and Paige Laliberte of Gilford, Sam Misiazek of Prospect Mountain and Rachel Willcutt of Winnisquam.
Second team All-Stars included Megan Bailey of Belmont, Abby Harris of Gilford, Susannah O'Brien of Laconia and Sara Vassy of  Newfound.
Honorable Mention; Shelby Joyce of Franklin, Samantha McGrahan of Inter-Lakes; Elyssa Clairmont of Winnisquam.
In Division IV All-Stars included Kim Delaney and Maddy Greene of Moultonborough.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 10:56

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Laconia U11's roll into State Tourney (223)

The Laconia Sachems U11 Lacrosse team capped off an undefeated season with two victories over the weekend. Saturday saw the young Sachems playing host to Hooksett. Playing through the hottest temps of the year so far, attack Bryce McCrea and Middie Nate Cammack combined for 8 goals (5 for McCrea, 3 for Cammack) to lead their team. Middies Kyle Hinds and Demitri Zimmer each had a goal, as did attack Logan Paranto.
Defensively, Jesse Goupil, Nate Papavlo, and Zach Gray put in a solid effort in front of Goalie Alex Westcott, who had 11 saves. The 11-3 victory set the stage for a season ending showdown with Hampton, and an undefeated streak on the line.
Sunday's temps were a bit cooler on the coast, as the Sachems traveled south to North Hampton for their last game. McCrea and Cammack picked up right where they had left off, tallying 5 and 4 goals respectively. This time they got support from attack Karter Greenwood (goal) and middie Jack Schumacher (1st goal of the season). Attack Nick Goupil had a great game, assisting on a number of his teammates goals. Michael Crowell, Ayden Duncan, and Jacob Marshal anchored the defense and Westcott was once again stellar in net.
The 11-2 victory sealed an undefeated season and had the team pumped up for the state tournament this weekend in Londonderry.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 10:47

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