Tyno's hat trick leads Wolfpack to third win

LACONIA — The Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack improved to 3-6 on the season with a 4-1 victory over ConVal on Saturday night. The Wolfpack tandem of Matt Missert and Dakota Tyno led the way. Both forwards had three points on the evening, Tyno with a hat trick and Missert a goal and two assists.

"This is what we have been working towards all season," said coach TJ Galligan. "It was a team victory. It is nice to see DK (Tyno) and Missert show their leadership ability on the ice."

Missert opened up the scoring in the first on a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot beating the ConVal netminder over the left shoulder six minutes into the game. Tyno wasted no time choosing the same spot above the glove to net his first goal of the game. ConVal had many quality scoring chances in the first period, most of which were shut down by Wolfpack goalie Brayden Harriman. The lone goal let in by Harriman came on a ConVal powerplay half way into the first. Harriman had 35 saves on the evening.

The Wolfpack controlled the second and third periods. "We got off to a slow start to begin the game," added Galligan, "but with a little chat after the first, the kids responded." Laconia-Winnisquam doubled their lead on Tyno's second tally of the night, sliding the puck in between the pads of ConVal's goalie. Tyno's third goal came on an empty net to cap the scoring.

"We are healthy and running three solid lines for the first time all year," Galligan continued. "We are healthy at the right time. This week is going to be a challenge for our guys." The Wolfpack will host Portsmouth tomorrow night and travel to Berlin on Saturday to make up a game postponed from earlier this season. Both opponents stand above the Wolfpack in the standings.

Snack-selling succcess leads to free participation in Youth Football & Cheer Association

The Laconia Youth Football and Cheer Association, an affiliate of American Youth Football, held its annual banquet on 1/25/14. During the course of the evening the announcement was made by President Rod Roy that "Because of the collaborative efforts between our organization and Laconia High School, we are very proud to announce that next season, for any child wishing to participate in football or cheer, registration will be free!"

Registration to participate in the LYFCA organization has historically been $100 per child. The Laconia Chiefs organization was able to waive that fee because of the work and dedication of their concession stand coordinator, Tricia Roy and her volunteers. With the opening of the new Bank of N.H. Stadium, home to both the Chiefs and the Laconia High School Sachems, LYFCA reached an agreement with the school to operate the concession stand at the Sachems' home games. This venture, coupled with running the concession stand at their own home games and being able to host the state playoffs, saw a significant increase in the Chiefs' concession stand profits. This increase allowed the Chiefs' Board of Directors to realize a long time goal of theirs; waiving the registration fees for all participants.

"We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to operate the concession stand during the Sachems' home games," said Roy, "We wanted to translate our good fortune to our members with the hopes of increasing enrollment on both our football and cheer squads." Roy went on to say "As long as we are able to continue with the win/win situation with the High School, we will be able to allow the children of our draw area (Laconia and the surrounding Lakes Region towns) the opportunity to participate in our organization free of charge."

Wavemakers secure 3rd place finish at Con-Val Invitational

Strong swims from many swimmers helped the Lakes Region Wavemakers secure a third place finish overall at the 2014 Connecticut Valley Invitational in White River Junction, VT. Over 30 swimmers attended the meet with many posting personal best times and placing in the top 6 in order to earn points for the team. Ayden Malloy (8), Rebecca Cook (15), and Ela Goucher (8) were the top point earners for the team overall. Cook and Malloy each earned 22 points and Goucher added 20 to the team's total.

In the 8 and under age group, Sydney Philippy (6) and Malloy both had big time drops to achieve new personal best times in their events. Philippy dropped 13.37 seconds in her 50 freestyle and Malloy dropped 3.01 in the same event. Malloy and Goucher were the top point earners for this age group.

For the 9-10 swimmers, Joshua Kelleher (10) earned a total of 16 points for the team and Rose Sinkus (10), the second top point earner in this age group, contributed 3 points. Notable time drops were made by Kelleher, Charlotte Philippy (9), Gracie Shoemaker (10), Alexa Lazazzera (10), Jacob Dumais (9), and Lauren Sikoski (9). Sikoski had the biggest time drop cutting off 16.41 seconds in her 100 free.

The 11-12 swimmers were led by Eric Phelps (12) who contributed 13 points to the team. Other top point scorers were Garrett Shafer (11) and Paije Fenderson (12) each earning 9 points. Thor Burr (12) had impressive time drops of over 5 seconds in both the 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly.

Beck Mclean (13) and Alex Dimarzio (14) posted the most points in the 13-14 age group. Mclean also had a big time drop of 13.37 seconds in his 200 free. Michele Young (13) and Kaitlyn Callahan (14) achieved new best times as well.

In the 15 and over age group, Cook contributed the most points for the team with Sarah Sundius (17) being the next highest point earner. Owen Sanborn (16) was able to achieve a new personal best time in the 100 backstroke by dropping 10.53 seconds in the event.

The team will be back in the pool the weekend of February 1 and 2 at UNH.

Round-up: LHS boys' basketball has already eclipsed last year's win total

The Laconia  High School boys' basketball team (7-2) has two more wins at the halfway point of this season than in all of last season. The most recent victory came last Tuesday night against Prospect Mountain, 45-39. The Sachems currently sit at the fourth seed in the NHIAA Division III standings. Laconia will try to string together a four game winning streak when the team hosts Belmont tonight and travels to Plymouth on Tuesday.

Gilford (6-3) is back on the right side of the win-loss ledger, taking the last two contests to halt a three game skid. Last Friday Josh Joyce and the Golden Eagles handled Belmont in a 69-37 DIII matchup. Gilford had the week off to gear up for tonight's game against 7-4 Farmington. Tuesday the Golden Eagles will head to Meredith to take on the Inter-Lakes Lakers.

Inter-Lakes has strung together back to back wins for the first time all season, beating White Mountains and Belmont over the past week. The Lakers have three consecutive home games this week, beginning with Newfound tonight. On Tuesday Inter-Lakes will host Gilford and Franklin on Thursday.

The Belmont Red Raiders (1-8) have a tall task this week, traveling to Laconia tonight, Prospect Mountain on Monday and Winnisquam on Tuesday.

Girls' basketball

The Lady Sachems (6-5) climbed back above .500 after beating Prospect Mountain 49-36 Tuesday night. Laconia will head to Belmont tonight and host Plymouth on Tuesday.

In other girls' action tonight Gilford (7-4) will be in Farmington and Winnisquam heads to Kearsarge. Tuesday will see The Golden Eagles host Inter-Lakes and Belmont at Winnisquam.

Ice Hockey

Belmont-Gilford continues to roll, remaining unbeaten with a 5-2 victory over Kenett Wednesday. The Bulldogs are the first team in Division III to ten wins this season remaining atop the division. They will will head to 6-1 Souhegan tomorrow and host a dangerous Berlin (7-1) team on Wednesday.

Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes split the week, beating Manchester West 8-7 Saturday night and losing to Berlin 6-0 Wednesday. M-I-L will be in Portsmouth tomorrow and will host Kennett on Thursday.

Laconia-Winnisquam's record fell to 2 wins, 6 losses after a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Pembroke-Windham on Wednesday night. The Wolfpack has a chance to earn its third win tomorrow when ConVal (2-6-1) comes to town tomorrow and Portsmouth (4-3-1) follows on Wednesday.