Lakers Pee Wee I team earns win against Keene Cobras

Regardless of all the game cancellations happening on Saturday with the weather, the Keene Cobras youth hockey team still traveled to Laconia on Saturday to play the Pee Wee I Lakers youth hockey team, sponsored by Fay's Boat Yard. The Lakers were full strength except for injured teammate, Eddie Demers, Jr. Jacob Maheux started off between the pipes for the Lakers and played a phenomenal first half. Despite the one and only goal Keene scored in the first, Maheux managed to ward off all other shots with authority. Camille Pollak was a defensive force, keeping the puck out of the Laker zone. It was the middle of the second period and Laker Nate McCarvill sent a beautiful pass to Laker Trevor Gallagher to tie up the game. The Cobras fought back hard, but just couldn't put it in the back of the net. Netminder Colin McGreevy was in for the second half for the Lakers and he started his shift with a beautiful glove save. A few minutes later, a strong defenseman for the Lakers, Nate Cammack fired a pass to Laker Blake Dunlap to give the Lakers the upper hand. With 13 seconds left in the second, Laker Cole Reid stole the puck from the Keene opponent and made a sweet pass to Laker Brendan Hanaway for another goal for the Lakers, bringing the score to 3-1. The Cobras seemed determined to score in third, but the Lakers proved to have the upper hand. Laker Trent Fountain made a beautiful shot from the blue line, but the Cobras goalie made a great save. Powerful defenseman Patrick Mohan fought hard for the puck in the Laker end and sent it flying to his teammate Brendan Hanaway who took it into the Cobras' zone. Leading everyone to believe he'd shoot, he made a last minute pass to Laker Cole Reid who stuffed it in the net for a 4-1 lead over Keene. Both teams played very competitively until two minutes left in the third when Laker Cole Reid notched an unassisted goal for the Lakers. Final score 5-1, Lakers.

LMS boys still undefeated after 7

Coming off the extended winter break, the Laconia Middle School boys' A" team was able to notch 3 victories in 3 days. First up was a rematch of the Christmas Tournament championship with Kingswood. The Sachems started quickly in this one and were able to

coast to a 49-29 victory. Center Logan Bell had a monster game with 22 points and 6 boards. Ryan McCrea chipped in 9 points and Drew Muzzey added 7 of his own. Crowd favorite Dan Engleson had 5 points and 7 big boards to help his team secure the win. Next up were the Sachems' rivals from Belmont. This one was a dog fight from the opening tip-off. Once again Bell led his team with 20 points and 12 boards. Muzzey added 14 points and backup center Ryan Paiva chipped in 6. Point guards Christian Gaspa had 5 assists with 4 steals as did small forward Noah Cruz. When the dust had settled on this one, Laconia stood on top, 58-33. Closing out the week was a game in Meredith against Inter-Lakes. Not knowing what to expect from their opponents, the Sachems stuck to the simple game plan of "feed the rock to the big men". Bell went for 16 points and 6 boards, Muzzey had 11 and 6, while Paiva had a season highs in points, 10, rebounds, 9, and steals, 4. Christian Platon added 3 steals to help anchor the defense. The Sachems ended the week 3-0 with a convincing 53-22 win. With the 3 victories the youngsters from Laconia upped their season record to 7-0 as they head into next week's 5 games in 6 day stretch.

Gunstock Nordic Association offering workshops on Nordic skiing, ski jumping

The Gunstock Nordic Association's season is underway. The club remains extremely proud to have three-time Olympic gold medalist Nina Gavrylyuk as head coach. For over ten years, GNA has been grateful to have enjoyed her world-class coaching and guidance. This winter GNA would like to offer to the community clinics to improve Nordic skiing success. Clinics will be held on February 9, February 23, and February 28 and will be led by Gavrylyuk. Weather permitting; the cost is $20 to non club members.

On January 18 GNA will be hosting a ski jumping clinic at the Gilford Youth Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic will be run by Olympic ski jumper Mike Holland. He will offer one-to-one instruction to all attendees. An inflatable ski jump will be set up to simulate flying through the air like a ski jumper.

GNA  will be hosting the March Madness Paintball Biathlon Fun Race on March 2. For more race details navigate to

The club would finally like to remind the community of the ongoing children's program, junior development program, and adult master's program available at a fee.

3 wins in 3 days for LMS girls

After three wins last week, Laconia Middle School girls' team improved its record to 8 - 3.

The Sachems faced Kingswood on January 7 and came away with a 36-13 win. Leading scorers: Bella Smith 10, Victoria Dean 8 (two 3 -pointers), Becca Howe and Amelia Clairmont 4 points.

Laconia's full court pressure proved to be too much for Kingswood. Emma Schumacher played a nice floor game for the Lady Sachems with 8 rebounds.

Laconia next faced Belmont on the following day and earned a 51-32 win. Leading scorers: Hannah Dow 11 , Bella Smith 8 , Skyler Tautkus 7, Delia Cormier, Becca Howe, Devon Mello, and Emma Schumacher each with 4 points.

Laconia had a fast start with a half time lead of 28 - 9 and never looked back.

On January 9, the third game in three days, Laconia took a 42-10 win over Inter-Lakes. Leading scorers: Hannah Dow 8 (3 pointer) , Delia Cormier 7, Skyler Tautkus, Bella Smith (3 pointer) , and Victoria Dean ( 3 pointer) each had 5 points.

Another fast first half start (22 - 1) propelled the Lady Sachems to the victory over a Lakes Region opponent. Team basketball was again evident as Laconia shared the ball equally.

Coach Tautkus and his team are looking forward to the week, as they prepare to play Gilford and a very good Merrimack Valley team.