LMS boys are perfect after 4 games

The Laconia Middle School boys' A basketball team heads into the Christmas break with two more victories under their belts. On Monday the Sachems traveled to Belmont and came away with a hard fought 51-29 win. Leading the charge was center Logan Bell with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Drew Muzzey chipped in 14 points and 6 boards while point guard Christian Gaspa had 10 assists. On the defensive side of the ball Ryan Paiva had 5 boards and 3 blocks to anchor his team.
The second game was the Sachem's home opener against Kennett. Once again it was Bell who led his team with 16 points, 10 boards and 6 steals. Paiva had a season high 14 points while Christian Platon chipped in his season high 6 points. Muzzey was solid on defense with 5 steals. The young Sachems were able to coast to a 58-36 win and up their record to 4-0 heading into their annual Christmas Tournament being held over the break. Games for the Laconia Tourney started on Monday with Laconia hosting Epsom and will continue throughout the week with the championships being played on December 27. Boys' games are at the High School while the girls' brackets will be played at LMS. Community members are invited to come out and show support for Laconia's young basketball players.

Zimmer sets BHS record for shot put

At an indoor track meet held at UNH over the weekend, Joseph Boles placed 1st in the 300m (38.8, missing the school rec by 0.1 sec) and 4th in the 3000m (9:49.5, missing the school record by 0.2 sec). Bruce Zimmer placed 3rd in the shot put (40' 10.5"), setting a new school record and qualifying for the state meet.

Austin Caldwell (7.7, 55m), Asher Clark (31'1", shot put), Michael Sanborn (29' 0", SP), Megan Bailey (2:11.5, 600m), Kate Witschonke (2:12.1, 600m) and Sabrina Robinson (10.0, 55m) set personal records.

Inter-Lakes coach sees progress in loss to Somersworth

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes boys' basketball team remains winless on the season after falling to Somersworth Friday night 53-41. The young Lakers (0-3) squad struggled from behind the three point line and lost the battle for rebounds. Despite the result, the Inter-Lakes coach was encouraged by what he saw on the court.

"With the exception of one or two players this is a JV team that has been brought up prematurely," said Inter-Lakes coach Mike Rathgeber. "We were 0-3 at this point last year and made the tournament, so we will see," he continued. "Tonight was a quantum leap forward from the last two games." The Lakers dropped their first two contests by 35 and 42 points.

Inter-Lakes held Somersworth to 19 points in the first half. "The Lakers played the 1-2-2 defense well in the first half," commented coach Lorne Lucas, "We were tentative early, but made some adjustments at the half and they worked out. The key tonight was that we stayed together." Somersworth's adjustments led to 18 points in the third quarter. The majority of the baskets were the result of offensive rebounds. Hunter Kretschmar brought down 19 boards on his own. The Lakers' struggles behind the arch (2-13) contributed to many of the rebound opportunities.

Dillon Dow had a game high 22 points in the loss. The junior has averaged 25 points over the first three games. Malik Carter had nine points and six steals on the night.

The Lakers next game will be at home against Laconia on January 3.

Wolfpack's Missert & Tyno lead scoring charge in 10-7 win

LACONIA — The Wolfpack won Saturday's home opener by a field goal, 10-7 over Manchester West (0-2). Laconia-Winnisquam's (1-1) attack was led by Matt Missert and Dakota Tyno, who each contributed a hat trick. "Our co-captains [Missert and Tyno] had a good night. They were here through the lean times and it's nice to see their leadership on and off the ice," coach T.J. Galligan said.

The Wolfpack jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded tally from Tyno early in the first. Tyno scored the second ten minutes later, receiving a pass from linemate Missert in front of the crease and stuffing the puck under the West goalie's pads. Lac/Winn went into the first intermission with a 4-0 lead.

West did not back down, scoring three of their own in the second period. West had a hat trick from defenseman Zach Allard. Two of Allard's goals came in the second. The Wolfpack had to do without Tyno for ten minutes in the second due to a hitting from behind major penalty. Missert scored all three goals for the Wolfpack in the second frame.

West knocked the lead down to two (7-5) with six minutes remaining in the third. Lac/Winn responded ten seconds later bringing the lead back to three, where it would stay for the remainder. The four other goals were scored by Brycen Martin, Jack Decormier, and two by Ryan Smith .

The Wolfpack will host Belmont-Gilford on January 4 at the Laconia Ice Arena.