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Gilford Wins Third Straight District 6 10U Cal Ripken Title


GILFORD — For the third straight year the Gilford 10U All-Stars won the District 6 Cal Ripken tournament.
After going 5-0 in pool play the Gilford All-Stars faced off against Lakes Region in a three-game series, losing 6-3 in the first game but scoring 13-2 and 7-0 wins over the next two days in the tournament, which was played in Franklin and ended on July 3.
''Pitching and defense were the keys for us,'' said Coach Rick Muthersbaugh, who is in his second year as coach of the All-Stars and was assistant coach when Gilford won their first district championship in Franklin in 2011.
He said that his coaches, Jeff McKinney and Joe Rizzitano, helped develop the fielding skills of his young team, which included three eight-year-olds, one in the infield and two in the outfield, as well as prepare them mentally for the challenges of tournament play.
''Playing good defense helps keep you in the game and prevents big innings which can cost you the game,'' says Muthersbaugh, who added that it is important for the young players to realize that making an error isn't the end of the world.
''We tell them that errors are part of the game and the best thing they can do is put it behind them,'' said Muthersbaugh.
He said that Connor Sullivan was the ace pitcher for the Gilford All-Stars while his nine-year-old son, Ben, who first started at that position as seven-year-old, did a good job as catcher.
Following the District 6 tournament the Gilford All-Stars went on to the state Cal Ripken tournament in Exeter, where they won a game for the first time and played competitive baseball in all three games.
''We lost 2-1 to Exeter, the defending state champions, in the first game. The way we played earned us the respect of other teams and that what as a good feeling,'' said Muthersbaugh.
Gilford beat Great North Woods 14-4 in its second tournament game before bowing out with a 3-0 loss to Youngsville.
''It's been a big improvement over the last three years. In our first state tournament we only played eight innings in two games because we were behind by 10 runs in both of them. Last year we lost 3-2 and 5-4 in seven innings. But this year we were really competitive against teams which draw from a much bigger base than we have.'' said Muthersbaugh.
He said there were only 100 players in  Gilford, Cal Ripken this year while some of the other tournament teams have a pool of 500 or more and have All-Star teams at each age level, which helps them prepare for future tournaments.
''It's quite an accomplishment for a small town like ours to be competitive with much larger programs.'' said Muthersbaugh.

Front row:  Alex Berube and Sebastian Moceri (lying on ground on either side of trophy); second row:  Tyler Rizzitano, Riley Marsh, DJ Roberts, Anthony Aguiar, Harry Meehan, third row: Tyler Talbot, Billy McKinney, Jack McLean, Connor Sullivan, Ben Muthersbaugh; back row:  Coach Jeff McKinney, Coach Rick Muthersbaugh, Coach Joe Rizzitano (Courtesy photo)


Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 03:37

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Wavemakers winding down summer season, look forward to fall

The summer season for the Lakes Region Wavemakers is slowly winding down. To date, seven records for the swim team have been broken.

Rebecca Cook now holds four records for Freestyle in the 14 and older age group, Kayla Phelps now holds 2 in the backstroke and Sarah Sundius now holds one in the breaststroke.

At the 2013 New England Manchester Swim Team meet at Theodore Raco Pool in Manchester, the Lakes Region Wavemakers had a strong showing. There were 28 top ten finishes out of 60 swims with over 12 teams from around the region participating. All the Wavemakers that participated in the meet had personal best times.

Heather Ausevich swam a personal best time in the female 12 and under 200 meter backstroke at 4:23:08. Hannah Verville also swam a personal best in the Female 10 and under 100 meter backstroke with a time of 2:07.42

The opportunity to participate in the Fall Season is coming up. New and returning swimmers should watch for announcements regarding the season, which will begin around mid September. Check out the team's website, lakesregionwavemakers.com, for details.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:06

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Muskrats Looking for Big Turnout at NECBL All-Star Game Sunday (752 with pix McBroom, Torres, Blalock, Prevost, Will Blalock)

LACONIA — The Laconia Muskrats are hoping that a predicted break in the weather which will bring moderate temperatures to the area will bring out a big crowd when they host the New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game on Sunday, July 21.
''Based on attendance at recent All-Star games we hope to have at least 1,000 people. It's going to be an exciting day with people from all over New England here.'' says Crane.
He also expects a large turnout of major leagues scouts to be present to check out the top prospects from the 13-team league, which since its inception in 1994 has sent 85 of its alumni on to the major leagues.
Three of its alumni, pitchers Andrew Bailey and Craig Breslow and catcher Ryan Larvanway, are currently playing for the Red Sox. Other NECBL alumni include Joe Nathan, who closed out the All-Star game for the American League, and Washington Nationals young pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg.
"This is an opportunity for us to show off our organization and our incredible field to all of New England", said Crane, who said that he's very pleased with the play so far this year of the Muskrats, now in their third season, who after Wednesday night's win had a 17-12 record and were two and a half games out of first place.
''We've had some excellent pitching and good timely hitting,'' says Crane, who says that the major handicap to drawing more fans to Robbie Mills Field so far this year has been the weather.
''We had a lot of rain, or the threat of rain, in late June and early July and now we're having a heat wave with temperatures in the 90s that makes it very uncomfortable for people to sit through a two or three-hour ballgame,'' said Crane.
The annual NECBL event will kick-off at 1:25 p.m. with the fastest runner in the league competition and will be followed at 2 p.m. as the best power hitters in the NECBL take aim at Laconia's replica Green Monster as they compete in the Home Run Derby.
Among those taking part in the home run derby will be Muskrats' first baseman Ryan McBroom, a 6'3'', 215 pound first baseman from West Virginia University who leads the league in hitting with a .373 average.
''He's an impressive hitter,'' says Crane, who says that the Kansas City Royals were impressed enough with the right-handed hitting McBroom him to have drafted him in the 36th round and to have invited him to their Kansas City camp.
''He decided npt to sign and to go back to college for his senior year,'' says Crane, who noted hat McBroom is one of two Muskrat position players named to the NECBL's East Division All-Star roster.
The other is fleet-footed outfielder Joe Torres from Iona College who is batting .302 and leads the league in both walks, with 21, and stolen bases, also 21.
''He's fast and he has good instincts. He played last year for use and didn't hit as well. But this year he's completely changed his approach and is getting on base a lot, where he puts a lot of pressure on opposing pitchers with his base running skills,'' says Crane.
The Muskrats will be represented by two pitchers in Sunday's All-Star Game, Will Blalock, a 6'1'', 210 pound righthander from Lipscomb University in Tennessee, who will start the game for the East, and Joshua Prevost, a 6'7'', 210 pound righthander from Seton Hall.
Both pitchers have 2-1 records and Blalock, who has started four games, has a miniscule 0.96 ERA, striking out 22 batters in 28 innings while allowing only 23 hits and three walks.
''He has outstanding control and can throw any one of his three pitches, fastball, curve and changeup, for a stike at any point in the count,'' says Crane.
Prevost, an imposing righthander who is also a basketball player, ''is one of our top of the rotation guys,'' says Crane. Prevost pitched a complete game in his first start of the year against Vernont, yielding only two hits while striking out nine in a 3-0 win.
He's 2-1 for the season with a 1.12 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 24 innings while giving up only 15 hits and eight walks.
''This game is a real chance for our local fans to see some future major league players in action and show the rest of the league how much support there is for quality baseball in the Lakes Region. We're hopeful the weather is going to cooperate and provide the kind of fun day that everyone will remember,'' says Crane.

Will Blalock

Joshua Prevost

Ryan McBroom

Joe Torres


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:42

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Chip-ins galore as Waukewan Ladies play in the heat

On July 16th, the nine-hole Waukewan Ladies League continued to play their weekly game despite temperatures in the 90s. The ladies appreciated the extra bottles of water provided by Waukewan to keep everyone hydrated. Six golfers distinguished themselves with perfect chip shots to win and share in the proceeds of the "chip-in" pot. Fran Howe was busily dividing up the cash as the ladies lined up to collect their winnings. Interestingly, three of the golfers accomplished their "chip-ins" on hole #14. The flag placement was on the front right of the green. Pat Armstrong and Ingrid Smith, both on the same team achieved their feat on their starting hole. Pat's ball came in from off the green on the left and Ingrid Smith chipped hers in from the banked rough on the right. Joslyn Halstead chipped her ball straight and true from the middle of the fairway grass. Gail Clarke showed her chipping accuracy on hole # 15. This green slopes sharply from back to front and if the ball misses the cup, one watches it continue to the front edge of the green. Gail was able to chip her ball perfectly from off the back of the green to the rear pin placement. Ellen Vail and Judy Taylor were just as precise on hole # 17. Ellen chipped in from the front apron also to a rear pin placement and watched her ball traverse the elongated green and drop into the cup. Judy took a shorter route, but just as effective as she chipped in from the back of the green.

President Linda Ridlon continued to announce more winners who worked to display accuracy around the greens. Gerry McGillicuddy won closest to the pin on the par 3 11th by driving the green and having the ball come to rest 7 ft. 6 in. from the pin. Gerry was also excited to have her name added to a branch of the "Birdie Tree" by scoring a four on the par 5, 17th with a 25 ft. putt. On hole # 14, the contest was closest to the pin 2nd or 3rd shot. Fran Howe placed her 3rd shot from 50 yds. out landing it just 55 in. from the cup. And on hole # 16, Brenda Trudeau was the final name on the card to win closest to the pin. She snuggled her shot 20-½ in. from pin and was able to choose a prize from the array of gifts on the prize table.

The golfers who scored 50 and under were Gerry McGillicuddy with a 46, Laurie Fox -48, Charlotte Gregory-49 and Jan Pano-50. Ridlon noted that due to all the rain, course conditions remain challenging with the tall, thick rough.

The game of the week was titled "Two Low Putts plus Three". It was defined as using the two lowest putts of the foursome on all holes except 11, 14, and 16. On those holes three scores were to be used and then all totaled for the final score. The winning team of Val Langbehn, Sis Wiley, Ellen Vail and Gail Clarke posted the lowest score of 31 and much cheering came from the foursome as they were awarded their prize money. Ridlon remarked that both Ellen and Gail were chip-in winners, which certainly helped the team's cause.

And finally, Estelle Smith's ticket was chosen to be the lucky one to take home the 50/50 winnings.


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:24

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