LHS bowlers getting used to synthetic lanes in Merrimack

The Laconia Sachems traveled to Merrimack this past Saturday to bowl against Bishop Guertin and Pinkerton at Merrimack Ten Pin. Laconia is really having to work for their pins since the lanes at other bowling centers are a lot different than the lanes they practice on. Lanes at Funspot are wood lanes and majority of other houses have synthetic lanes. With wood lanes, the bowling ball will grip and react to the lanes more then on a synthetic lane. Synthetic Lanes are more like rolling the ball on ice. The team has had to get used to throwing the ball the same way but not expect the same reaction on the lanes. Laconia earned another point towards the team standings for their third place finish. High series for the day goes to Aaron Smith who bowled 182 and 161 for a 343 series and averaged 171.5 for the day. Other high games were Nathan Batchelder with 160 and Panthavy Pradachitch with a 155. Laconia hopes to build some consistency by learning from these experiences, especially as the team plans to head back down to Merrimack Ten Pin on Saturday to take on Merrimack, Raymond and Sandown.

Newfound still perfect after defeating Gilford

Newfound stayed perfect on the season with a convincing 69-36 win over Gilford on Tuesday. The hosts jumped all over Gilford in the first quarter outscoring the Eagles 21-4 and coasted into halftime with a 38-17 lead. Gilford would close the gap in the 3rd quarter to 13 points before the Bears went on a 7-0 run to finish the third up 52-33. The hot shooting Bears finished the night with 9 three pointers including 4 by Karissa Bony who led all scorers with 28.
Amber Plummer added 13 for Newfound, all in the second half. For Gilford Kayla Orton finished with 7 points followed by Stevie Orton and Kelsey Buckley with 6 points each. Newfound stands atop the D3 standing with a perfect 6-0 mark while Gilford drops to 4-1.

Round-up: Inter-Lakes basketball game to be played in memory for former student

The Inter-Lakes girls' basketball team plans to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation on January 15 when they take on Moultonborough Academy. The fundraiser is in honor of former Inter-Lakes elementary student, Cameron Coulstring, who lost her battle to bone cancer in 2012. The Lakers will hold a raffle with prizes donated from businesses in the Lakes Region community.

The Lakers (0-6), looking for their first win Wednesday night fell to Laconia 75-35. The Sachems (3-3) head to Gilford tonight in an attempt to string together back to back wins. The Golden Eagles dropped their first game of the season on Tuesday night to Newfound (7-0). Gilford hosted Winnisquam on Wednesday night for their second game in as many days and quickly returned to the win column with a 40-32 victory. Winnisquam will host Franklin (2-4) tonight.

Tuesday's matchups are Gilford at Winnisquam and Laconia at Plymouth.

Boys' basketball

Laconia improved to 4-1 on the young season with back to back wins on consecutive nights. Tuesday was a 54-46 win over Franklin (1-2) and Wed. brought a victory against I-L (0-4). The Sachems will host Gilford tonight and 4-0 Plymouth on Tuesday night. Gilford defeated Winnisquam on Wednesday by the score of 61-42. Winnisquam will travel to Belmont on Monday and host Gilford on Tuesday.

Tonight will also see Somersworth at Belmont and Franklin at Winnisquam.

Ice hockey

Belmont-Gilford remained perfect on the season with a 3-0 win over Laconia-Winnisquam on Saturday night and a midweek victory over 1-1-1 John Stark. On Saturday the Bulldogs travel to Conval. Wednesday they will be back at home to host Portsmouth.

The Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack fell to 1-2 with the loss to Bulldogs. The Wolfpack will be home for the week hosting John Stark on Saturday and Berlin on Wednesday.

Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes recorded the team's first win of the season Saturday night, beating Kearsarge 3-2. The Renegades travel all week, heading to Manchester West on Saturday and Kennett on Wednesday.

Wavemakers head to Vt. for Winter Classic Swim Meet

The Lakes Region Wavemakers finished out 2013 traveling to the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, VT for the annual Winter Classic Swim Meet where they competed against over 20 teams from around New England. Over thirty swimmers attended the meet with 26 swimmers achieving personal best times in one or more events.

In the 10 & under age group, Hannah Verville (7), Ela Goucher (8), Joshua Kelleher (10), Makayla Hastie (10), and Rose Sinkus (10) achieved placements in the top ten. Notable time drops included Kelleher dropping 8.03 seconds in the 100 Backstroke and Hastie dropping 22.21 seconds in the 200 IM and 8.21 seconds in the 100 Breaststroke.

Swimmer Eric Phelps (12) achieved top ten placements, and swimmers Garrett Shafer (11), Paije Fenderson (12), Alyxandra Huckaby (12), and Laurel Gingrich (11) placed in the top 20. Kathryn Hawkes (11) dropped an amazing total of 65.15 seconds in her 200 IM. Fellow swimmer Phelps dropped 22.18 seconds in his 200 IM and 24.89 seconds in his 100 Fly to achieve new best times. Shafer and Madeline Hastie also had impressive drops with Shafer dropping 6.33 seconds in the 200 IM and Hastie dropping 15.12 in the 100 Breaststroke and 8.12 in the 100 Freestyle.

In the 13-14 age group, Olivia Morea (13) placed in the top ten and achieved best times in the 400 IM, 200 Fly, and 200 Breaststroke, dropping 27.41 seconds, 27.50 seconds, and 11.24 seconds. Jacob Green (13) also placed in the top ten, dropping 5.50 seconds in his 200 Freestyle and 5.41 seconds in his 100 Breaststroke. Michele Young (13) dropped an impressive 35.40 seconds in her 200 Freestyle. Beck Mclean (13) also had top ten finishes and Alex Dimarzio (14) swam to place in the top 20.

For the 15 & over age group, Rebecca Cook (15) lead the way with multiple top ten finishes. Also placing in the top 20 were Katie Gingrich (16) and Sarah Sundius (17). Impressive time drops were made by Cook in the 1000 Freestyle, Gingrich in the 200 Freestyle, Owen Sanborn (16) in the 200 IM, and Elisabeth Hutchins (17) dropping a total of 11.53 seconds in the 200 Freestyle.
The Wavemakers will be back at UVAC on January 12th for the Connecticut Valley Invitational before hosting a meet at their home pool on January 19th.