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All-American Lacrosse Player Sidney Swormstedt Competes in National Showcase (611 wpix sidneyaction)

LACONIA — Sidney Swormstedt returned recently from Florida, where she took part in the 2013 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
''It was such a great experience, playing with the top girls in the country, and such an honor to be there'' said Swormstedt. ''I was one of the youngest players there and I got to play some different positions. I've always played attack, but this time I was a midfielder. I learned some new things which helped make me a more complete player.''
The girls' showcase featured a four-team round-robin pool with 80 players from 27 states. Swormstedt finished with three goals and an assist in three games playing for the Freedom team.
One of four New Hampshire players selected for the showcase, Swormstedt, a member of the Class of 2015 at New Hampton School, was named a US Lacrosse All-American this summer after a standout sophomore season that included 64 goals and 24 assists for the Huskies, who finished the season 10-6 and with a share of the Lakes Region championship.
She also plays soccer and was named MVP of the girls soccer team in her sophomore year.
Swormstedt, a day student at New Hampton who has already verbally committed to the University of North Carolina, comes from an active athletic family. Her parents, Jim and Randy Swormstedt, until recent years were both competitors in the triathlon evens around New England and the Swormstedt name in Laconia is synonymous with athletics.
Her first sport was soccer, where she has played with Seacoast United. For 11 years she took gymnastics at Lakes Region Gymnastics, practicing three to four hours a day, and achieving the strength and flexibility which serve her so well in lacrosse.
Her love of gymnastics remains, however, and her favorite movie is ''Stick It'', a 2006 film which stars Missy Peregrym as a rebellious teen gymnast.
Once she started to play lacrosse, however, she knew that she had found her sport.
''The more I played it, the more I liked it.'' she says.
During the winter months she practices lacrosse every Sunday, playing with the Granite State Elite at the Hampshire Dome in Amherst.
She says that she is fortunate to be playing at New Hampton School and that she and other members of the team are ''wicked close, we're like family'' and that one of her goals now that she has played in a national setting is ''to be a good teammate on and off the field.''
Swormstedt says that New Hampton Coach Jenna McCabe ''is one of the best coaches ever. She has taught me so much.''
McCabe sees a bright future for Swormstedt. "Sidney was such an electric scorer for our team this past season. It's great to see her flourish in such a competitive environment. She is helping to put New Hampton Women's Lacrosse on the map."
Her mother, Randy, says that she's really proud of Sydney's accomplishments. ''She's a great kid and works hard and I expect that will continue at North Carolina.''
She says that her daughter has made the top 25 list for her class level with Inside Lacrosse but the family won't know until the list is published where she is ranked nationally.
Sydney says that she's looking to major ''in something that involves sports'' when she heads off to North Carolina in two years.

Sidney Swormstedt of Laconia, a standout with the New Hampton School Lacrosse team, recently took part in the 2013 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event., held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 07:52

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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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