Round-up: Boys' basketball starts this week

Local boys' high school basketball teams will start their season tonight, while the girls' teams are entering their second week of play. Ice hockey teams will face off to start their competitive season on Wednesday and Thursday.

Girls' basketball

The Laconia Sachems (1-1) split the first two games of the season, dropping the first game of the year 50-26 to Newfound in Bristol on Friday night. The Sachems opened up the home schedule on Tuesday with a narrow three point victory over Winnisquam 48-45. The girls will host White Mountain tonight and travel to Franklin on Tuesday.

Belmont went 1-1 last week and will host Somersworth tonight and travel to Franklin Tuesday. Gilford is perfect on the year with two wins and will be home vs. Franklin tonight. Gilford will next will travel to Meredith on Tuesday to take on Inter-Lakes. Inter-Lakes dropped the first two games of the season over the last week and will host Prospect Mountain this evening. Winnisquam (1-1) will travel to Berlin tonight and play host to Belmont Tuesday.

Boys' basketball

Laconia begins its season this evening when the team travels to Whitefield to take on White Mountain Regional. The Sachems will try to improve upon the 5-13 record last season. On Tuesday Laconia will host Franklin for the home opener.

Tonight's action will include Gilford at Franklin, Belmont at Somersworth, Inter-Lakes at Prospect Mountain, and Winnisquam will play host to Berlin.

Boys' ice hockey

The high school hockey season is set to begin Wednesday for the teams that Laconia Ice Arena home. Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes will begin the year on the road in Berlin. While Gilford- Belmont will open up the LIA schedule hosting Kennett. The Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack open up their season Thursday night on the road vs Portsmouth.

Lac-Winn will face off against Manchester West at home, while B/G will head to Hollis Brookline and Moultonborough- Inter-Lakes travel to Souhegan on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Local 8th graders shine in football tournament

A number of local 8th grade football players recently competed for Team N.H. in the prestigious Football University Tournament held recently at Bryant College in Rhode Island. The tournament consists of Allstars from the states of N.H. (including Maine), Mass., R.I., and Conn. competing against one another for a chance to advance to the National Championship held in Austin, Texas.
Representing the Lakes Region for Team N.H. were QB Riley Roy (Laconia), TB/S Drew Muzzey (Laconia), C Steven Towers (Laconia), OT Travis Adams (Laconia), OT Ethan Ormes (Gilford), WR Dylan Gansert (Gilford), LB Dexter Hanson (Kingswood), FB Tommy Pellerin (Franklin), G/DE Dylan Hixson (Plymouth), and LB/TB Garrett Macomber (Plymouth).
Team N.H. opened up with a game against R.I. and showed they were in the tourney to win it. N.H. controlled the action with a punishing ground game led by Muzzey (who had 2 TD's) and Macomber (who racked up nearly 100 yards on the day). When Team N.H. was rushing all over the field, Roy was throwing strikes to his receivers under the protection of Towers, Ormes, and Hixson. Team N.H.'s defense was just as strong as Macomber, Muzzey, and Hanson limited Team R.I. to just 3 first downs on the day. When the game finished, Team N.H. found themselves in the championship with a convincing 26-0 victory.
Next up was defending champs; Team Mass. Team N.H. tried their potent ground attack again, but found they were up against a much different team this time around. Sensing the need for a change, Roy went to the spread formation, which opened things up for receivers Gansert and Muzzey. Once the Mass. "D" softened, it was bruising fullback Tommy Pellerin who took over and was able to chew up large chunks of ground behind big holes made by Hixson and Adams. Unfortunatley for the youngsters from N.H., the experience combined with the speed and size of the Mass. team proved to be too much for Team N.H., as Mass. walked away with a 34-0 victory.
The coaches for Team N.H., Rod Roy (Laconia), Chip Nyhan (Laconia), Eric Shirley (Gilford), Mike Robbs (Gilford), and Bob Polish (Bow) had nothing but praise for their team. "What a great bunch of athletes we had." said Coach Roy. "They all played extremely well and showed not only what extraordinary talents they have, but also what extraordinary hearts they have. Team Mass. is a great football team, but our boys never quit, never got down, and never gave up. They battled right until the end. I wish I could coach this team of kids for the next four years because they are a special group of kids."
Team N.H. would like to thank FBU director Tim Snow (Winnisquam) for the opportunity to play in the tournament and a very special "Thank You" to all of the parents who supported their boys throughout the last 12 weeks.

Wavemakers Swim Team well into competition season

The Lakes Region Wavemakers Swim Team has begun its competition season. With four meets already under their belt, several of the swimmers had best times from last season with many placing in the top ten.
The following swimmers have placed in the top 10 at the meets: Kayla Cisernos, Rebecca Cook, Kaitlyn Callahan, Hayley Cochrane, Alex Dimario, Laurel Gingrich, Murphy Harris, Joshua Kelleher, Ayden Malloy, Eric Phelps, Kayla Phelps, Charlotte Phillippy, Garret Shaffer, Rose Sinkus, Ela Goucher, Jacob Green, Hannah Hibbert, Alyxandra Huckaby, Syndey Irons, Alli Keith, Maggie Kirwan, Alexa Lazazzara, Alex Mailloux, Angela Bonnell, Joseph Bonnell, Caitlyn Dunleavy, Kaitlyn Egbert, Paige Fenderson, Katie Gingrich, Syndey Mailloux, Juilet Sinkus, Anna Stankes, Bethany Tanner, Ethan Vachon, Tessa Tanner, Michele Young, Grace Shoemaker, Bryhannah Pinard, Olivia Morea, Hannah Verille, Dagon Burr, Thor Burr,Maddie Hastie, Ryan Witham. Brooke Vetter.
The team is made up of 70 swimmers from several towns in the Lakes Region. Many new swimmers have been welcomed to the team this year.

Decisive win for LMS boys' A team

The Laconia Middle School boys' A-team rolled to its first victory of the season Dec. 4 over opponents from Alton, 67-8. The game was dominated by Laconia's big men as center Logan Bell (18 points, 7 rebounds) and power forward Drew Muzzey (14 points) led their team. Small forward Ryan McCrea chipped in 8 points and point guard Christian Gaspa added 7 points to go with 7 assists. On the defensive side of the ball Gaspa had 5 steals while Riley Roy had 3 blocked shots. Laconia will play host to Winnisquam Wednesday in the home opener.