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A dozen wins for LMS boys' B team

The Laconia Middle School boy's B team is coming off another great week, starting January 29 with a 45-36 road victory over a tough Kingswood team. Tyler Wardner had 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for Laconia. Logan Bell scored 13 points and had six steals. Christian Pinkney had seven points, five steals, Ryan Paiva scored four, Jack Maher, Duncan Sirois, Gage Cardinal and Christian Platon all had two points. Cameron Gifford and Jacob Steel played strong defense.
Next up was Inter-Lakes at home on Feb. 1 and Laconia moved to 12 wins, no losses with a 58-19 victory. Noah Dickey, one of the younger kids on the team, lit it up for 20 points. Wardner had his usual good night with 16 points and five steals, Pinkney had six points and five assists. Bell scored four points and had eight rebounds and seven steals. Maher had points and four rebounds. Sirois had three points and played tough defense. Steel had three points. Paiva and two points, three rebounds and three assists. Platon had another great game in the point guard position, Cardinal had a big day on the glass with ten rebounds, and Gifford was also strong on the glass with 7 rebounds.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 22:17

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GHS girls take win over Farmington

Gilford High School girls' varsity basketball team ran its record to 11-4 on Feb. 5 with a 45-32 win over Farmington. The Eagles, who played all 14 players on the night, jumped out to  8-5 lead after one quarter and expanded it to 19-8 at the break. In the second half both teams would match baskets with Gilford expanding its lead to 20 in the fourth quarter before the Tigers made a run down the stretch to close out the game. For Gilford, Hayley Jakubens scored a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.  Abby Harris also had a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds.  Sophie Brunt also added 6 points in the winning effort. For Farmington Mckenzie Lloyd scored nine points.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 22:14

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Winnisquam squads beat Laconia

The Laconia High School boys' varsity basketball team dropped to two wins, 11 losses after playing at Winnisquam Regional on Tuesday. Laconia lost, 34-62.
The LHS girls were also dealt a loss by Winnisquam. After the 42-45 defeat, the LHS girls' team has a record of 12 wins, three losses.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 22:12

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Fast-moving target – BHS's Joe Boles takes first place at indoor track championships

BELMONT — Joe Boles, a Belmont High School junior, said he felt as though someone had pinned a target to the back of his shirt when he approached the starting line for the 1,000 meter race during the NHIAA Division II Indoor Track Championship, held on Saturday in Dartmouth College's Leverone Field House. With the fastest qualifying time among the field of runners, Boles lined up in the first lane and knew all the other runners would be placing him in their sights.
"I was a little nervous," Boles said about the moments prior to the race. Indeed, the other runners took their shots once the starter's pistol fired. Souhegan's Nathan Kittredge jumped out in front of Boles as soon as the race began, and after the first corner of the second lap, another runner had passed Boles. But Boles was just biding his time, employing his usual race strategy. "I usually have a strong kick at the end. I stay relaxed and focused, and know when I'm going to kick." 
Boles fought his way back into second place – and striking distance – in the third lap. Then, as the leading Kittredge crossed the starting line to begin the final circumference of the track, the kid from Canterbury unleashed his "kick," shooting past Kittredge as though fired out of a slingshot. The final lap was a sprint, as other runners followed the same strategy and dashed toward the finish line. None would catch Boles, though, who completed the race in 2:37.38.
His time was not only better than the second place Sean Munnelly of Campbell – Kittredge held on for third – it was also faster than Pinkerton's Chris Poggi, whose time of 2:37.73 won the Division I race 
also held that day. The state record for the event stands at 2:27.38, set by Zachary Wright in 1994.
Boles's finish set a new record for his school, eclipsing a mark he had set himself last season. The performance was also strong enough qualify him for the New England championships, though he thinks he'll decline the invitation to keep his focus on another goal.
The New England championships won't be held for another month, in order to accommodate the later indoor track seasons of southern New England states. Were Boles to take part, he'd have to train for the next four weeks to keep himself in shape. That's four weeks of risking injury, and Boles has already learned his lesson about pushing his body too hard.
Last year, Boles, who also plays soccer and runs spring track, was afflicted with a chronic shin injury after his indoor track season concluded. The injury sidelined him for much of the spring track season, and he wants to avoid making the same mistake this year.
In fact, he began to feel the tell-tale twinge of pain from his shins at the start of the recent indoor track season. Because he did the right thing, and switched from running to an exercise bike for a period of time, he was able to come back and take the state title for the 1,000 meter. "I realized that if I was going to succeed this season, I was going to have to train smarter and healthier."
He's hoping that a month off from running will yield similar success come the spring. Boles has an ambitious goal of qualifying for the New England championships in the 800 meter event. Last year, his best time in that event was 2:01. This year, he wants to set a pace faster than two minutes. For reference, the state record for the 800 meter event is 1:50.16, set by Russell Brown in 2003. If he can come close to that mark, Boles had better get used to feeling that target on his back.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 23:21

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