30th Annual Latchkey Cup held on Berry Pond

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club ran the first day of a weekend doubleheader, automobile, oval track ice racing Saturday on Berry Pond, featuring the largest ice racing event in the northeast, the 30th annual Latchkey Cup. Ice racers from the Milton and Jaffery clubs again joined the Lakes Region racers for the event which supports several local charities and scholarships.

Racing started on a nice winter morning with the hot laps and qualifying heats for the 4 divisions of cars: Juniors, 4 cylinders, V8 Stock, and the mighty winged Modifieds. After a mid-day lunch break and a chance for the fans to meet the drivers and check out the race cars on the front stretch, the racers prepared for the Latchkey's feature events.

First out was the Junior division (13-15 years old) driving their 4 cylinder racers. Cody Burns of Center Harbor, driving the borrowed #87, took the checkers followed by Moultonborough's Trevor Greene (32). Cahoon Racing sponsored the trophies for the Juniors.

The 4 Cylinder division took the ice next with veteran racer Tim Eldridge (75) of Center Ossipee driving to the win followed by 2013 Champion Tim Chase (40). The 4 Cylinder trophies were provided by Conway's Tree Services

The V8 Sock Division sponsored by SAL Post 33 took to ice next. A hard fought 20 lap race was won by Adam Cahoon (99) of Moultonborough followed closely by Matt Morrill (9) also of Moultonborough in the emotionally charged event.

The mighty Modified feature, sponsored by Ambrose Brothers Inc of Meredith, took to the track for the final event of the day. Mike Horsch of Moultonborough in his #2 modified, sporting a new wing for this year, lead the dusty race flag-to-flag. Jack Cook claimed the second spot.

The racers returned to the ice on Sunday morning for the regular weekly race sponsored this week by Horsch Garage Equipment. With a fresh longer track and a blustery clear day, the intrepid ice racers prepared to do battle. In the weekly races, the format changes to hot laps for each division, followed by the first 10 lap feature, then a break for intermission, followed by the second 10 lap feature for each division. The best combined finish determines the winner.

Cody Burns of Center Harbor in his #5 Scott Burns Landscaping pickup claimed the first place junior trophy with Garrett Poitras in his #16 Volvo station wagon taking second.

In the Stock division, Moutonborough's Matt Morrill (9) powered to both feature wins for a commanding overall win. Two second place finishes gave Alley Ripley (72) of Center Ossipee the second place trophy.

A large field contended for the 4 Cylinder trophies. Third and second place finishes in the rough and tumble races gave Matt Taylor (87) of Moultonborough the win and consistency rewarded Tom Boucher (25) with second place. After several years of trying, Derek Jeanson of Sandwich driving his #52 pickup earned his first checkered flag by winning the second feature with a smooth, fast drive.

The powerful winged modifieds dug deep groves in the ice turning it into clouds of ice dust, but the veteran ice races still put on a great show. A pair of 2nd place finishes gave DJ Mill of Wolfeboro Falls, driving the David's Race Cars/Haylex Excavation sprint car, the big trophy. Mike Horsch (2) picked up second place.

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.

LMS boys host Bow for 11th win

The Laconia Middle School boys' A basketball team played host to Bow this past week and were able to keep their record unblemished with a 59-42 victory. Leading the way for the Sachems was power forward Drew Muzzey with a season high 21 points and 5 boards. Center Logan Bell added 8 points and 13 boards. Small forward Ryan McCrea chipped in 8 points and 7 assists while Noah Cruz came off the bench to drop 8 points. Defensively Kaleb Bartlett had 3 key steals as did Muzzey. The victory improves the Sachem's record to 11-0 on the season as they head into a 3 game stretch next week.

LMS girls score 54 against Barnstead

The Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team earned a 54-28 win over Barnstead on January 23. Leading scorers were Bella Smith, 16, Amelia Clairmont, 12, Lindsey Drouin, 8, Delia Cormier (3 pointer), 5, Skyler Tautkus, 4. The Sachem girls were leading 37 - 26 after three quarters and outscored the visitors 17 to 2 in the 4th to seal the victory. Laconia's pressure defense again made the difference.

Bella Smith and Amelia Clairmont also had strong floor games for Laconia with Clairmont handing out 5 key assists in the game. Lindsey Drouin had 6 rebounds for the winners.

Laconia's record now stands at 12 wins and 4 losses.

Lakers join 500 other swimmers at Bobcat Invitational

Over 500 swimmers attended this weekends Bobcat Invitational swim meet at UNH. The Laker swimmers did their best to make a mark. Sarah Sundius led the teams with a 9th place finish in the 50 Freestyle and a 12th place finish in the 200 Individual Medley - dropping 1.609 seconds. In the 100 Butterfly, Sundius grabbed another 12th place finish and a qualifying time for the State Championship meet. With over 230 swimmers in the women's 50 and 100 Freestyle events, Elisabeth Hutchins swam strong to hold on to her times, finishing 103rd in the 50, and 199th in the 100.

On the men's side, Ben Jaques took on the challenge of swimming the 100 Butterfly for the first time and came up with a successful 25th place finish and a time drop of 3.33 seconds from his seed time. Jaques also swam into a 37th finish in the 50 Freestyle and a 53rd finish in the 100 Freestyle, with both events having over 120 swimmers competing.

The Lakers will travel to Lebanon on Friday to compete in their final team meet of the season.