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Perfect weather – for a change – for Waukewan Ladies

After the previous week's rain-out, the Waukewan Ladies League cheered as the sun shown brightly and the light breezes held little humidity. The game for the July 30 round was called "Throw Out 3".

President Ridlon explained the game as using the two best net scores of the foursome for  each hole and then at the end of the round, "throw out" the three worst scores. The total of the remaining 6 scores will be the team's total.

The team of Mary Dickerson, Fran Howe, Kathy Baker and Sharon Corcoran turned in the winning score of 45, which drew applause of appreciation from the League for such a low score.

Jane Flynn and Bobbe Fairman shared the cash from the chip-in pot with their off the green shots. On hole 15, Bobbe was able to putt her ball about 12 ft. uphill to a forward flag. On hole 17, Jane's ball had landed in the thick rough about 5 ft. beyond the green. She chipped accurately to a back positioned flag and watched as it found its mark. Faith Bartlett displayed her precision on 17 as well. Faith found her third shot just onto the green as she approached the green on this par 5 hole. She putted her ball "60 feet" Faith exclaimed, across the elongated green and into the cup. "This year my putting has been the best part of my game" Faith cited.

There were five contest holes this week and Mary Dickerson (19 and below division) and Ingrid Smith (20 and above division) won the longest drive contests on hole 14. The trick with this hole is keeping one's drive on a left to right sloping fairway. On hole 11, which is a 160 yd. par 3, Rose Hansford drove her ball straight as an arrow and measured the distance at 13 ft. after it came to rest to win "closest to the pin". The golfers had a second chance on the same hole to win "closest to the pin-second shot". As she drove the ball and watched it traverse the green, coming to rest 6 ft. off the back, Val Langbehn then chipped her ball just 3 ft. 3 7/8 in. from the pin. And on hole 12, Kathy Sweeney's name was drawn from the collection of ladies' names that landed on the 12 green on their second or third shots. Kathy joined the other winners at the prize table to choose her prize.

Those ladies who managed some challenging conditions to post scores of 50 and under were Denise Doyle with a 47, Charlotte Gregory-49, and Faith Bartlett and Jan Pano -50. Carol Ashton's day was made as her name was drawn as the winner of the 50/50 pot.

President Ridlon discussed the upcoming Invitational that will be held on Wednesday, September 11. The league voted to support New Hampshire's American Heart Association and has themed its 40th Invitational tournament "Heart of a Woman".

Participation was encouraged by all, as this is the signature League event that hosts 100 ladies from all over the state.


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:12

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Gilford Youth Football starting this month

Gilford Youth Football has started to hold optional conditioning sessions. Official team activities starting within the coming weeks, depending on grade level. Prospective players can sign up for a team by visiting one of the conditioning sessions, held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Gilford Meadows fields.

Gilford Youth Football is open to any student entering grades 1-8 in the fall. The organization offers a flag program for grades 1-3, with tackle football for grades 4-8. Teams are set up by grade, with 4-5-6 graders taking part in the Snowbelt League, and 7-8 graders compete in the Granite State League. All teams place a strong emphasis on sportsmanship and participation. Gilford looks to defend its first ever Granite State Championship this year and continue to build a winning tradition.


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:04

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LMS football players should attend Aug. 8 meeting

The Laconia Middle School football team will begin practicing on Monday August 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Pleasant Street School. Any LMS student interested in playing football must attend the player/parent meeting on Wednesday August 8 at 6 p.m. at Laconia Middle School. Equipment will be handed out at this time.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 08:59

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Leafs Are Now Lakers and Playing in Eastern Hockey League

LACONIA — The Laconia Leafs have changed their name to the New Hampshire Lakers Junior Hockey Club and starting in September will be playing in the Eastern Hockey League.
Tim Martin, communications director for the Lakers, says that the name change ''is designed to show the organization's commitment to the Lakes Region by adopting the same name as the local youth hockey organization.''
He said that the two-team, not-for-profit, organization will continue to call the Laconia Ice Arena home and will feature a new look and a new logo.
They will also be looking for a new head coach to replace Joe Cardarelli and expect to be naming the new coach within a few weeks.
Currently, Brad Wheeler, who is in his second year with the Lakers, is serving as general manager and interim head coach.
The Lakers recently hired Rocky Romanella as an assistant coach. Coach Romanella will assist in all facets of the New Hampshire Lakers program, including serving as the club's recruiting coordinator.
The Lakers are members of the Atlantic and Metropolitan Junior Hockey Leagues. Junior hockey is a competitive level of hockey with players who are 20 years or younger. The principle purpose of the program is to prepare, promote, and develop the athletes for future endeavors into a college or professional program.
The Leafs/Lakers have placed over 120 players into college and professional rinks over the last ten years. Over the 2012-13 season, players representing 17 different states and three European countries have worn the Laconia Leafs jersey. The athletes live with local families around the Lakes Region.
The Eastern Hockey League will kick off its inaugural season with three divisions in 2013-14. Each EHL team will play four games against its fellow divisional foes for 20 games; each EHL team will play 12 league Showcase games against teams in other divisions; each EHL team will play 12 more games against teams in other divisions for a total of 44 regular season games.
The EHL divisions are listed below:
North Division: New Hampshire Lakers, Boston Bandits, Boston Jr. Rangers, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, Northern Cyclones and Valley Jr. Warriors
Central Division: Connecticut Oilers, Connecticut Wolfpack, New York Applecore, New York Bobcats,
Walpole Express and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.
South Division: New Jersey Rockets, New Jersey Titans, Philadelphia Little Flyers, Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, Philadelphia Revolution, Washington Jr. Nationals.
Former NHLer and U.S. Olympian Mark Kumpel, who spent the past five years coaching and managing a successful Junior hockey team, will serve as the EHL's Director of Hockey Operations. "This group of coaches and owners are the best in Junior hockey," said Kumpel. "The coaching staff of the EHL rivals that of any junior league in the country." Current EHL head coaches include former college and professional players (see team web sites for individual bios).
For players and parents looking for clarity and solid information about the Junior hockey experience, these 18 East Coast organizations are excited to form the EHL with the intention of producing college-bound hockey players and providing high standards of operation to assure a quality player environment. Simply put – a better league with higher standards and a player-focused environment.
The EHL has implemented league-wide standards including player contracts that mandate numerous player experience criteria at no extra cost above the player tuition. Additionally, EHL member organizations have created a league-wide education service that will help players and parents find ways to continue their education, as well as helping them navigate their way through the process of becoming a NCAA varsity student-athlete.
The 18 EHL organizations combined for more than 120 NCAA commitments during the 2012-13 season and have a proven track record of preparing young hockey players for college hockey and beyond.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:02

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