Defense strong for LMS girls in win over Kennett

The Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team upped its season record to 14 and 4 with a 56 to 21 home victory over Kennett on Feb. 3. Leading scorers for Laconia were Skyler Tautkus with 10, Emma Schumacher with 7, Bekka Howe and Lyndsey Drouin each with 6, and Hannah Dow with 5.
Delaney Ross and Bella Smith played tenacious defense in the front court causing numerous steals and turnovers from their opponents. Amelia Clairmont had 6 assists for the winners while Delia Cormier contributed 7 rebounds to the victory.
The girls' A team looks to continue its success this week with an away game at Alton on Tuesday and a home game against Merrimack Valley on Friday.

LMS boys beat Kennett 69-17

The Laconia Middle School boys' A team kicked off their final week of the regular season with the long road trip to North Conway to tip-off against Kennett. It took the Sachems a while to find their legs; fortunately their big men were able to keep them out ahead of their speedy opponents. Drew Muzzey led his team with 18 points and 5 boards and Center Logan Bell added 17 points and 13 boards. Defensively point guard Christian Gaspa was nasty in the Sachem's press, getting 5 steals. Dan Engelson added 3 steals, as did Muzzey. The boys from Kennett battled right down to the final whistle and gave the Sachems their closest game of the season before falling 48-32.
The Sachems were at home for their next game against Alton. Looking to get back on track, the youngster from Laconia came out firing on all cylinders. It was the powerful combination of Muzzey and Bell, who again set the pace. Muzzey had a season/career high of 26 points and 7 boards while Bell dumped in 19 points and grabbed 12 boards. Jack Maher dropped 7 points and 9 boards while Riley Roy popped a couple of nice 3 pointers to chip in 6 points. Ryan Paiva was big on the boards, pulling down 10 rebounds to help control the game's tempo. Christian Gaspa dished off 8 assists as he quickly approaches 100 for the season. Defensively Bell led a great defensive effort with 4 steals. Christian Platon, Parker Minor, Noah Cruz, and Ryan McCrea had 3 steals each and every member of the Sachems recorded at least one steal. When the clock sounded to end the game, Laconia had a dominant 69-17 victory and upped their season record to 16-0. Their final regular season game will be tomorrow evening against Merrimack Valley.

Inter-Lakes High School names scholar-athletes

CONCORD – the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and New Hampshire Athletic Directors Association will hold its annual NHIAA and NHADA Scholar Athlete Awards Ceremony on Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 9:30 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

NHIAA high school student athletes from throughout New Hampshire will be recognized for achieving academic and athletic excellence. Award recipients are nominated each year by their school based on the criteria which requires seniors to have a B+ grade point average, letter and be currently active in at least two varsity sports, participate in community service activities and serve as role models to their peers. At the awards ceremony, each athlete will receive an award certificate and a commemorative pin. Governor Maggie Hassan is invited to address the group to present a Proclamation.

The recipients from Inter-Lakes High School are: Caitlyn Curran, Pauline Donaldson, Natalie Duffield, Spencer Perreault, Hayley Roth, Sarah Sundius, Lydia Swedberg, Nick Baker, Eamon Bean, John Findlay, Ryan Hambrook, Justin Klingler, Finnian O'Connell.

3 Inter-Lakes swimmers qualify for State Championship

The Inter-Lakes High School swim team traveled to Lebanon, NH to compete in the team's final meet of the season.

A few of highlights of the night were Pauline Donaldson dropping 4.04 seconds from her 100 Freestyle for a new personal best time of 2:09.51. Swimming the 500 for the first time, Elisabeth Hutchins successfully finished in 8th place with a time of 8:06.99. Catherine Roberts achieved a new personal best time of 1:00.84 by dropping 1.83 seconds in her 50 Freesyle.

Sarah Sundius held strong to her times in both the 100 Freestyle, finishing in 2nd place, and the 100 Backstroke, placing 7th with a time of 1:10.51. The backstroke finish also qualifies Sundius in her 6th event for the State Championship meet.

On the boys' side, Matthew Sundius finished 3rd in the 100 Freestyle, shaving off a small amount for a new personal best time of 1:01.60. Sundius also grabbed 10th in the 50 Freestyle. Ben Jaques swam into a 5th place finish in the 100 Backstroke and a 6th place in the 50 Freestyle.

Inter-Lakes will have three swimmers attending the Division II State Championship meet on February 15th. Both Ben Jaques and Matthew Sundius will have the opportunity to swim in the 100 Backstroke. Sarah Sundius will also be attending and is faced with the challenge of selecting which two events she will compete in.