LHS bowlers notch 2nd place finish

The Laconia High School bowlers were back on the lanes in Merrimack this weekend to face Bishop Guertin, Souhegan and Hollis-Brookline. Laconia was expecting some high scores thrown at them since all three schools use Merrimack as their home lanes. Most of Laconia struggled on the lanes in their standard games. Laconia's 11 bowlers were 7 pins below their averages from the week before. Laconia was seeded fourth and set to bowl against the first place seed, Hollis-Brookline. The team gathered their thoughts, made some changes to the line up and started their match. Laconia had moved Panthavy Pradachitch to the anchor position. Pradachitch's average going into this week match was 126.6. Pradachitch bowled 134, 165 for the team's high series 299. The lineup change and mental regroup by the team was enough to beat top seed Hollis-Brookline in three games. 141 to 123, 138 to 147 and 143 to 124. The team has had some great standard games in previous weeks but had not been able to carry that into the Baker games. Laconia was then beaten in their next two games by Bishop Guertin. That gave Bishop Guertin 1st place and Laconia 2nd. This was Laconia first 2nd place finish this year. Laconia will finish up their regular season next week and then get ready for Team Finals on Saturday February 22 at Sparetime in Manchester.

Mountaineers use defense to control game against LHS

LACONIA — Berlin's defense along with a tough night of shooting led to the fourth loss of the season for the Laconia High School boys' team on Friday night. Laconia was held to six points in the first quarter. "The key to the game was the first quarter," coach Stephen McDonough said. "They had a 12 point lead and that was all they needed. Our problem was we didn't start defending until the second quarter." The final score of the game was 41-30.

Berlin's defense didn't give the Sachems many good looks inside, forcing Laconia to shoot from the perimeter. Cody Greenwood made the best of what Berlin was giving, nailing down four three pointers and leading the Sachems in points with 14.

Once Berlin accumulated a 12 point lead, the Mountaineers slowed the pace on the offensive side to a snail's crawl, preventing the Sachems from gaining any momentum. Berlin only scored four points in the final frame. "They were content to work the ball on offense and take time off the clock," said McDonough. "Even though they weren't scoring, I thought we didn't do enough to force them out of that comfort zone in the fourth."

Laconia had trouble rebounding and getting second chances. "I'm concerned though because we got out-rebounded by a smaller team. That is disheartening." The 30 point showing was the second game in a row that the Sachems failed to reach the 40 point mark on the season.

"We had a few kids with a bad game tonight which is somewhat uncharacteristic for them. Hopefully we can fix that before we play a very good Winnisquam team," McDonough ended. Laconia will look to rebound from the loss tonight when they host 10-3 Winnisquam.

Williams dominates modified division of ice racing on Berry Pond

A large crowd gathered on Berry Pond in Moultonboro, NH on a pleasant Sunday afternoon for the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club's third race of the 2014 season.

The day started with a memorial lap for long time fan and club supporter Ibra Royea. The racers circled the track carrying balloons and stopped on the front stretch to release them.

Each of the 4 divisions ran their first features and after intermission each division returned for a second feature with the best combined finish determining the overall winner.

The junior division was dominated by Center Harbor's Cody Burns who won both features for the overall win. Garrett Poitras of Rumney took second, with 13 year old Brett Burns in third.

The V8 Stock class was again ruled by Moultonboro's Matt Morrill driving his beautiful black #9 Monte Carlo. Matt won both features for the overall with Alley Ripley of Center Ossipee and Tim Chase of Northfield finishing second and third respectively.

A large field battled for the 4 Cylinder division win with consistent finishes by John Chase of Moultonboro taking the first place trophy. Tim Chase of Northfield and Matt Taylor also of Moultonboro took second and third places.

The high speed, winged Modified division put on a great show. Tuftonboro's Jake Williams in his #73 sprint car was unchallenged as he won both features. Mike Horsch and Fred Fecteau rounded out the modified victory circle.

The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club races every Sunday at 12:30 on Berry or Lee Pond in Moultonboro from January through mid-March. Check the club's website at www.LakesRegionIceRacingClub.com or the Facebook page for the latest race/ice status, information about coming events, and for race photos.

Home pool proves friendly for Wavemakers

The Lakes Region Wavemakers recently hosted a home meet at the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club against the Concord Y and the Peterborough Wave Swim Team. Many swimmers participated in the meet with quite a few placing in the top ten and dropping time in their events. This was the first LRW home meet for swimmers; Owen Sanborn, Maria, Ryan W., Thor and Dagon, Rubby, Meredith Gerken, Ryan V., Jake Dumais, Murphy Harris, Joe Bonnel and sister Angie, Maggie Kirwan, Paije Fenderson, and Josh Kelleher.

In the 8 and under age group, Meredith Gerken (6), Juliet Sinkus (8), Hayley Cochrane (7), Riley Pinard (6), Ethan Vachon (8), Ayden Malloy (8), and Ruby Walker (6) all had big time drops in their events. Gerken had the most substantial time drops in the 25 and 50 freestyle, dropping 9.28 seconds and 13.25 seconds respectively.

The 9-10 swimmers swam fast, cutting off notable amounts of time in their events. Caitlin Dunleavy (9) dropped 28.52 seconds in her 100 IM, 7.45 seconds in her 100 freestyle, and 3.77 seconds in the 50 freestyle. Also dropping time was Sydney Mailloux (9) who touched the wall 31.53 seconds faster in the 100 freestyle then she had done previously. Gracie Shoemaker (10) and Jack Schumacher (10) both dropped over 9 seconds total in their events.

Kathryn Hawkes (11) and Anna Stankes (12) had the biggest time drops in the 11-12 age group with Hawkes dropping 46.61 seconds in her 200 freestyle and Stankes dropping 20.09 seconds in her 50 butterfly. Also dropping large amounts of time were Alyxandra Huckaby in the 200 freestyle, Alexa Mailloux (11) in the 100 free, and Thor Burr (12) in the 50 breaststroke.

For the 13 and over swimmers, Kaitlyn Callahan (14) dropped notable amounts of time in her 100 freestyle and 100 breastroke. She dropped 5.03 seconds in the free and 7.12 seconds in the breaststroke. Madison Reynolds (15) also achieved a personal best through dropping 5.79 seconds in the 100 free. Rebecca Cook (15) had a pair of personal best times in the 100 fly and the 200 IM, dropping a little over 2 seconds to achieve each of them. Allie Keith (17) dropped 2.60 seconds in her 100 breaststroke. The 13 and over swimmers did a very impressive job placing in the top spots of their events. Swimmers that placed in the top three of their events of this age group included: Katie Gingrich (16), Elisabeth Hutchins (17), Ryan Witham (13), Rebecca Cook (15), Sarah Sundius (17), Kayla Phelps (16), Matthew Sundius (15), Owen Sanborn (16), Michele Young (13), Beck Mclean (13), Joe Bonnell (14), Kaitlyn Egbert (15), Allie Keith (17), Clara Bates (14), Kaitlyn Callahan (14), and Maria Draper (16).

The Wavemakers will continue to prepare for the New England Regional Meet February 7-9 in White River Jct., Vt.