LMS girls' A team splits a pair of games

The Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team picked up a win over Winnisquam but was bested by Bow in recent play.

Laconia earned a 45-11 win against Winnisquam on Dec. 11. Leading scorers for Laconia were Delia Cormier with 11, Devon Mello 10 ( two 3-pointers), Bella Smith 8, and Becca Howe 8. Coach Chick Tautkus said, "the girls played hard and as a team with very aggressive defense."

Laconia's offense was not as productive the following day, Dec. 12, when the team lost to Bow, 31-22.  Leading scorers for Laconia were Delia Cormier 6, Devon Mello 5, Lindsey Drouin 4.

The game was tied 13-13 at the half. Tautkus said, "Delia Cormier played a tremendous game. She had 15 rebounds and 10 steals.," he also recognized Devon Mello, who again scored from beyond the three-point arc.

In the second half, Laconia was out scored 18 to 9 as Bow was able to convert numerous foul shots while the LMS girls struggled from the line.

The team will face Belmont and Kennett this week. Laconia Middle School will be hosting a Holiday Tournament on Dec. 23, 26 and 27.

LMS boys' 2nd win comes against Bow

The Laconia Middle School boys' A team traveled south to tip off against opponents from Bow and came away with the team's second win of the season. Sachems center Logan Bell put on a clinic as he scored 22 points, had 13 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 blocked shots. Forward Ryan Paiva (the team's only 7th grader) chipped in 9 points while forward Drew Muzzey had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Feeding the ball to their scorers were small forward Ryan McCrea with 4 assists and point guard Christian Gaspa with 3 assists. The Bow offense found out how difficult it was to move the ball against Laconia's stingy defense. Shooting guard Dan Engelson had 6 steals and small forward Riley Roy added 3 of his own. The young Sachems visited Belmont on Monday
followed by their home opener against Kennett on Wednesday before the school hosts its annual Christmas Tournament.

Laconia bowlers earn 3rd place finish

Laconia High School Bowling team made the trip to Dover Bowl on Saturday for the second match of the Season. Laconia's bowlers got their feet wet the week before at the kick off match in Raymond. All 12 schools that compete were at the kickoff. Laconia's day was done after two Baker matches but it was a good day for the 7 bowlers out of Laconia's 11 that competed. "Since 5 of the 7 bowlers had never competed before it was good for them to see and be a part of what is to come this season," said Shelly Batchelder, one of the team's coaches.
In Dover, Laconia joined host school Spaulding, Pinkerton and Keene. Each team bowled two games of standard games to determine seeding for the Baker roll off. Laconia was seeded fourth with 1288 behind Pinkerton with 1571, Keene with 1601 and top seed Spaulding with 1794. A Baker game is 5 bowlers each bowling 2 frames to make one score. Teams compete in best two out of three games. Laconia was up against Spaulding in the first match. Laconia lost first two games 134 to 128, 151 to 123. Laconia then went to face Pinkerton to determine 3rd and 4th place for the day. Laconia took the first game with 6 spares in the game, 137 to 127 and fell in the second game 134 to 141. Laconia regrouped, keeping the same line up and bowlers in place. The team rallied with 6 spares and 1 strike for a 155, 136 win. Laconia took 3rd place and earned a point in overall standing for the season. "Great day for Laconia. We built confidence and prove we can compete with other schools," commented Jack Batchelder , head coach. Laconia is a young team with only 4 bowlers returning and 7 new members. New bowlers have very little experience in bowling before joining the team. Leading the team this week in standard games was Nathan Batchelder with 149 and 161 for 310 followed by Pat Guyer and Rebecca Sirois, both with 266 series. Rebecca had the high game of the day with 163.
Laconia's next match will be Saturday, December 21st when they host Hollis-Brookline, Stevens and Souhegan at Funspot. Match starts at 11 a.m.

Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament will be Jan. 25

The 3rd Annual Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament will be held on Saturday, January 25 at the Gilford High School an Middle School gymnasiums. The registration fee of $100 per team will benefit the Amy Annis Scholarship Fund and the American Cancer Society. Entry forms are available at the Gilford High School office or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call Joan Forge at 253-3363 with any questions.
Teams may consists of players from high school age students through adult and may have any number of players, however each team must have three females and three males on the court at all times. Nets will be set at 7'4", and four courts will be utilized for the tournament.
There will be a maximum number of 16 teams in the tournament with four teams in four different pools.
At the conclusion of Pool Play the top two teams in each pool move on to the Gold Division Bracket Tournament and the bottom two teams in each pool move onto the Silver Division Bracket Tournament.
Each team is guaranteed three games in pool play and one game in tournament play.