The season started on Wednesday with a match at Inter-Lakes. Gilford won with a score of 9-0. Cheralynn Corsack played in the first seed for Gilford, followed by Charleyne Panner, Lindsey Corsack, Abby Lines, Emily Hanf and Kayla Vieten. Gilford's doubles teams were comprised of Cheralynn Corsak and Panner, Lindsey Corsack and Lines, and Hanf and Vieten.
Gilford hosted Moultonborough on Friday and won 6 to 3. Cheralynn Corsack, Panner, Lindsey Corsack and Lines all won their singles matches, while the Gilford doubles teams of Cheralynn Corsack and Panner, and Vieten and Hanf also were victorious.
With a record of 2 wins, no losses, Gilford is scheduled to travel to Prospect Mountain for a match today.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 23:11
Gilford swept the singles matches against Inter-Lakes, starting with top seed Andrew Caulfield and followed by Matt Saulnier, Alex Simoneau, Keaton Quigley, Erich Berhahn and Marek Blais.
Gilford's top doubles team of Brad Bergman and Nolan Dwyer also won its match, though Inter-Lakes took the win in the second and third doubles.
The Eagles continued to roll through their next two matches, earning 8-1 victories against both Laconia and Moultonborough. Earning wins for Gilford were Caulfield, Saulnier, Simoneau, Quigley, Berghahn, Blais, Dwyer and Nick Gilbert.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 23:00
The many hard working club volunteers, from the gate people to the plow guys, were recognized, special awards were presented, and the race division champions were crowned. Trophies for the champions went to Matt Morrill of Moultonboro for the V8 Stock class, Rick Martel of Moultonboro in the Modified class, Tim Chase of Northfield for the 4-Cylinder class, and Chris Taylor of Moultonboro in the Junior class.
The club's biggest event of the season was the 29th annual Latchkey Cup charity race held on Berry Pond. The race is held on Saturday so that fellow racers from the New England Ice Racing Association from the Milton area and the Jaffery Ice Racing Association can take part. This year's event raised $5,150 which will go to worthy causes in the Lakes Region. Donations have already been made to benefit two local people with cancer and further donations are going to scholarships for students at Moultonborough Academy, Inter-Lakes High School and Kingswood High School.
Check the club website at www.lakesregioniceracingclub.com for rules and contact one of the listed club
members to learn how to get involved. Enjoy the summer and join us next winter when the ice thickens up.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 10:43
A relative latecomer to the sport, Lagueux made up for lost time by rapidly progressing. He soon was winning medals at New Hampshire Special Olympics events, putting himself in the running to be selected to represent his home state at the Special Olympics Winter World Games, held January 29 to February 5 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Lagueux, whose rocketing ascension in the sport earned him the nickname "The Legend" among his coaches and peers, said he was proud to have had the chance to represent his state and his country in the event – and that he had the time of his life during his trip.
Lagueux, a multi-sport athlete who played on the high school's integrated soccer and basketball teams this year, has developmental disabilities resulting from an automobile accident he was involved in when he was 18 months old. In PyeongChang, he proved that he deserved to ski with the elite of Special Olympians from around the world, placing just out of medal contention in the giant slalom, super G and freestyle events. "I did pretty good, I got some ribbons," he said.
He fell shy of his goal of bringing home some hardware – his starting position was less than ideal, as the course was icy and challenging after the first several skiers scraped away most of the snow. However, Lagueux still flashes his 120-watt smile when talking about his recent adventure.
The 18-hour flight was Lagueux's first international trip, his first time interacting with a foreign culture. "It was confusing – Korean people speak English and part Korean." Lagueux relished the chance to see what life is like on the other side of the world, though. He employed his much-rehearsed Korean phrases, figured out the currency exchange rate and learned how to eat with chopsticks.
Referring to the local food, he said, "Actually, it's pretty good," though he added, "They have rice for breakfast, that's kind of weird."
"Seoul is the best," said Lagueux, adding that if anyone has the chance to go to South Korea, "they should go and have a good time." He said he would love to make a return trip, if anyone is looking for a tour guide.
Robin O'Dougherty has been a ski coach for Special Olympics of New Hampshire for nearly 20 years. He first met Lagueux about a year ago, after hearing that he would be one of two athletes from New Hampshire to go to the games in PyeongChang.
Over that time period, O'Dougherty said he saw Lagueux grow "immensely," both as a skier and as a maturing young man. For example, Lagueux's speech at the opening day ceremonies came with only 30 minutes of notice to Lagueux, who was asked to extemporaneously address the crowd. For a younger Lagueux, being asked to speak, unprepared, in front of a large group would have been cause for anxiety. The more worldly Lagueux, though, seized the opportunity. "He probably gave one of the best speeches ever," said O'Dougherty. "It was all from his heart."
Lagueux's growth underlines the answer O'Dougherty gave when asked why the Special Olympics World Games are worth the effort and investment needed to put them on. "For the athletes, it's the ability to go, to show that you are good at what you do, you get a chance to represent your country." Meanwhile, he added, athletes like Lagueux get to see others like them, from all over the world, who excel despite disadvantages. "They're not the only one – it was a great bonding experience."
O'Dougherty said, "Mark, I felt, did everybody proud."
Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 10:14
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