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Sachems looking to make strong push to close regular season

LACONIA — With a record of 12 wins, one loss, the Laconia High School varsity baseball team is in the driver's seat of Division III. If the team can keep its collective foot on the gas pedal for the next three games, including the final home game this evening, the Sachems will cross the regular season's finish line with the division's best record and in great position for a post-season run.
Coach Jon Myers, now in his third year with the team, said his players have the potential to make the 2013 season a highlight of his young coaching career. Laconia hasn't been to a baseball championship game since 1999, when the school competed in NHIAA's Division II. What's even more encouraging to Myers is a trio of freshmen who earned a spot on the varsity roster and have shown promise of being leaders of the team for seasons to come.
The varsity freshmen include brothers Andrew and James Salta, who have demonstrated the ability to produce for their team despite their young ages. James, a shortstop, has been hitting .393 this year, while right field-playing Andrew has a seasonal batting average of .409.
The third ninth grader on the team is Riley Stone, who, said Myers, "has been phenomenal this year." Stone has impressed his coach as both a pitcher and an infielder, and his .628 batting average leads the team.
Myers is excited to see how his young players progress, especially considering the unusual amount of varsity experience they're seeing for their age. "That's a nice foundation to have going forward the next three years."
More impressive than their stats, said Myers, are the unmeasurable qualities of Stone and the Salta twins. "They're just good players all around," he said. Hard-working on and off the field, eager to learn from their coaches, Myers expect his three freshmen to be the leaders of the team in the not-too-distant future. Sharing the dugout with juniors and seniors, he said Stone and the Saltas are pretty quiet for now, but, "They're already modeling what a good ballplayer's all about. They're almost role models already."
Looking at the rest of the games on his schedule, Myers said their division-best record is anything but safe. For the final game of the season, on May 22, Laconia will travel to Berlin, a 6-7 team the Sachems haven't seen yet this season. Laconia travels to Winnisquam, which has won nine games so far, for the penultimate game of the regular season.
If those games weren't worrying enough for Myers, his team will host Prospect Mountain tonight for his team's Senior Night. Laconia beat Prospect Mountain on April 19, but just barely. The game concluded with a 7-6 decision that took ten innings to reach. He expects the Timberwolves will remember that loss when they come to Robbie Mills Field tonight. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
Laconia's most recent game was Wednesday at Belmont, where Myers and his team came away with a 13-6 win. Despite the outcome, he was less than thrilled with his team's performance. "It was a weird game," he said. Afternoon rain caused for sloppy conditions and similar play. Laconia jumped out to a 13 run lead after two innings, but fundamental errors in the field allowed Belmont to make the game competitive. If his team is to reach the same height Laconia saw in 1999, Myers said his team will have to stay sharp in every condition and situation.
"I think if we play the way we've been playing, things look pretty good," he said. "We have to play well, stay focused on every pitch."

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 10:38

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Fourth shutout for GHS softball

The Gilford High School softball team recorded its fourth shutout of the season by beating Somersworth 3-0 on May 9. The Gilford defense remained solid with another zero error performance. Sydney Strout was the winning pitcher, striking out 12, giving up two hits and a walk. Gilford jumped out quickly in the bottom of the first inning scoring one run. Lisa Osborne singled and scored on a Abby Harris RBI single. Gilford made the score 2-0 in the third inning on one run. Sydney Strout hit a single, stole second and scored on a Lisa Osborne single. Gilford's final run came in the bottom of the fifth when Alyssa Wilson led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Sydney Strout single. Gilford's offense was led by Lisa Osborne, who went 3/3 in the game and hit 8/8 through the week. Paige Laliberte went 2/3 (1 double and 1 stolen base), Sydney Strout 2/3 (1 RBI and 1 stolen base), and Abby Harris (1 RBI) and Alyssa Wilson each had one hit.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 10:41

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Local Snowboarder Headed to World University Games (295 words)

CAMPTON — "I want a double back flip for Italy," says Dan Rosen, a Campton resident referring to his participation in the 2013 World University Games to be held this December in Trentino, Italy.
He is one of eighteen collegiate athletes, ten men and eight women, who make up the Men's and Women's Snowboard Teams representing the United States at this prestigious international competition. These riders are full-time college students and exceptional snowboarders, each holding individual and team titles across several snowboarding disciplines, including halfpipe, slopestyle, giant slalom, and snowboardcross.
Dan graduated in 2010 from Plymouth Regional High School and Waterville Valley Academy (a school for student athletes that focuses on academics and snowsports training/competition). He is currently a Sophomore at Westminster College in Salt Lake
City, Utah and a member of the Westminster College Men's Snowboard Team.
Sara Beaudry, Team Manager of the World University Games U.S. Snowboard Team, says "These are dedicated athletes and serious college students who will make us proud. The one thing remaining in our quest for world recognition and world medals is the money we need to raise to get us all there. If we can't raise enough money as a group, each person who wants to go will have to pay the individual balance out of his or her pocket."
The team and its supporters are actively fund-raising. In addition to accepting individual donations, they plan to hold online raffles and online retail fund-raisers. The team is also seeking official corporate sponsors.
Anyone interested in making donations and/or corporate sponsorships can do so via the Paypal donation link on the Facebook page, by contacting Ms. Beaudry at WUGUSSnowboard@gmail .com, by calling (801) 832-2389, or by mailing a check to WUG US Snowboard Team, c/o Sara Beaudry, 3070 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84106.


Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 10:29

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Jurius sets new Inter-Lakes discus record

The Lakers traveled to Newfound for the Bristol Lion's Invitational on Saturday, May 11th. Twelve teams participated in this meet.
In the girls' events, the Inter-Lakes 4 X 100 relay team medaled in second place (Boucher, Clayton, Duffield and Hambrook). Charlotte Morrow tied for first place in the high jump (5' 0"). Leah Glenday improved in the javelin with 93' 1".
Boys who improved their state qualifying marks were: Evan Candage (100m), Trevor Colby (3200m), Cameron Daly (1600m and 800m), Sam Otis (triple jump), and Mitch Jurius (shot put and discus). Juirus set at new school record in the discus at 126' 10".
The Wilderness Invitational Meet will be Saturday, May 18 at Kennett High School. The following Saturday will be the Division III State Championships, held at Inter-Lakes High School on May 25. The top athletes from the 36 schools in Division III will compete at the State Championship Meet.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 10:25

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