LMS boys win Christmas basketball tournament

The Laconia Middle School boys' A basketball team won the championship at the recent Middle School Christmas Tournament. The team played four games and didn't suffer a defeat as the players captured their first ever Christmas title. The young Sachems opened the tournament with a game against Epsom. Center Logan Bell set the tone early as he led his team with 10 pts and 8 boards. Ryan McCrea chipped in 7 points, point guard Christian (C.G.) Gaspa added 6 points and 4 assists, while Jack Maher came off the bench to drop 6 points and grab 7 boards. Bell also played well on the defensive end with 6 steals as his team handed Epsom a 44-15 loss. Next up was a speedy Merrimack Valley team that had a bye in the first round. Not knowing what to expect from their opponents, Laconia fullcourt pressed M.V. into an early hole. The Sachem's big men controlled this one, as Bell had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Drew Muzzey added 9 points and 6 boards while small forward Noah Cruz dropped 6 points. Defensively Riley Roy led the way with 4 steals, Cruz had 3 of his own, and Muzzey chipped in with a couple of crowd-pleasing blocks. When the dust had settled, the Sachems had their second win, 42-21. The rugged and always dangerous squad from Belmont was up next, and through 3 quarters they gave the Sachems all they could handle. With Bell in early foul trouble, Muzzey took over. He went for 10 points, 9 boards and 3 assists. Cruz and McCrea were both big off the bench with 9 and 6 points respectively. Defensively it was Gaspa from the point guard position that kept Belmont from getting the ball to their bigs, as he had 5 steals. Muzzey had 4 key steals of his own. When it was over, the Sachems had hung on for a hard-fought 39-23 victory and a date in the championship game against Kingswood. It seemed like the Knights had a never ending line of big men as they looked to control the boards early. But once they got into the rhythm of the game, the Sachem's bigs were not to be denied. Bell had 13 points and 6 boards, Muzzey added 10 and 5, and Maher had a season high 8 points of his own. Defensively Laconia was all over the place. Cruz, Gaspa, and McCrea each had 4 steals and Dan Engelson had 3 thefts that led to points. It was quite a defensive effort by the Sachems. When the curtain closed on the tourney, Laconia had captured the title in their own tourney for the first time with a big 50-23 win. Coach Rod Roy said of his first title "It's good to get the monkey off our backs. Each one of these kids contributed to these four wins and it was a great way to move forward with our season."
The young Sachems would like to thank all of the administration and the many fans that came out to support their efforts over the 3-day tourney.

I-L's Sundius & Jaques qualify for State Swim Meet

The Inter-Lakes swimmers attended their first meet of the season Dec. 29 at the Holiday Classic hosted by Oyster River High School. Sarah Sundius led the girls' team achieving two personal best times in the 50 free – 26.91, finishing in 6th place, and 1:14.94 and finishing in 3rd place in the 100 breaststroke. Sarah qualified for the State Championship Meet in both of these events. Catherine Roberts, swimming in her first high school meet, dropped 3.58 seconds in the 50 free. For the boys' team, Ben Jaques achieved his season goal – qualifying for the State Champs – swimming a 1:10.10 in the 100 backstroke and finishing in 6th place. Ben also grabbed a new personal best time in the 50 freestyle – 26.68. Matthew Sundius, swimming his first high school meet dropped an impressive 1.18 seconds in his 50 free and 1.47 in the 100 backstroke and finishing in 7th place. The Lakers will be back in the pool January 11th at Pinkerton Academy.

Boles sets new BHS record for 600m

At the Saturday afternoon indoor track meet held at UNH, Belmont's Joseph Boles placed 1st in the 600m (1:27.0), breaking the previous school record (1:28.4) which he set last year. Boles owns the BHS indoor track records at the 300m, 400m, 600m, 1000m and 1500m distances. He has qualified to compete at the state championship meet to be held at Dartmouth College on February 2 in both the 600m and 1500m. Bruce Zimmer placed 2nd in the shot put with a throw of 39' 9.75".

Megan Bailey (2:07.6, 600m), Shea Callahan (22' 3", shot put) and Nicole Rosas (8.2, 55m) set personal records.

Round-up: Both LHS boys' & girls' basketball teams looking to better .500 record

After a semi-final loss to Gilford in the Lakes Region Holiday Basketball Tournament 56-47, Laconia boys' team will resume regular season play tonight in Meredith. The 1-1 Sachems visit 0-2 Inter-Lakes in one of two Lakes Region matchups. Winnisquam (1-1) will play host to 2-0 Gilford tonight in the other battle.

Monday, Inter-Lakes will travel to Berlin, Gilford hosts Newfound, and Laconia will host Franklin.

Belmont resumes play on Tuesday when the team will host Holiday Tournament champs Prospect Mountain.

Girls' basketball

On the girls' side, Laconia is coming off a runner up finish in the Holiday Tournament, in which the team lost to newly crowned champion Newfound. The Sachems (2-2) will make their third attempt to climb above .500 this season tonight as they host an 0-5 Inter-Lakes squad. The Sachems will travel to Franklin on Monday. Tonight will also see Winnisquam at Gilford.

Inter-Lakes will host Berlin and Gilford takes on Newfound on Monday night. Belmont returns to action on Tuesday in Alton against Prospect Mountain.


Laconia-Winnisquam will try to keep the scoring surge going tomorrow afternoon, when the team will host the Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs. The Wolfpack (1-1) have scored 13 goals over the first two games of the season. The high powered offense is led by co-captains Matt Missert and Dakota Tyno. Both seniors had a hat trick in the win over Manchester West. Belmont-Gilford (1-0) has a solid offense of its own, beating Kennett 6-2 in the season opener. Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes (0-2) has been held scoreless in the first two games. The Renegades will face off against Kearsarge at the Laconia Ice Arena tomorrow night.