Lakes Region United U13 boys team wins state tournament

PEMBROKE — Lake Region United (LRU) Soccer Club's U13 Boys Division 1 team took first place at the New Hampshire State Championship Tournament held over the weekend of November 9- 10. The end of season playoff tournament was hosted by New Hampshire Soccer League and played at the North East Athletic Club in Pembroke, NH. The LRU U13 team consists of 6th and 7th graders from Belmont, Sanbornton, Gilmanton, Laconia, Concord, New Hampton, and Canterbury. LRU qualified for the playoffs after finishing the regular season holding the number one seed in New Hampshire. LRU competed against teams from Dover, Bedford, Derry, Exeter, Hooksett, and Amesbury, MA. During regular season play, LRU allowed only 6 goals while posting 3 shutouts. Many of the LRU athletes have played together since LRU was formed five years ago.

In the semi-final game on Saturday, LRU played a very skilled NHPSA Eagles team from Derry winning 2- 0. On Sunday, LRU faced perennial rival, Hooksett Select Soccer Club in the championship game. LRU controlled play from the opening whistle. Shortly after hitting the left post on a penalty shot, LRU opened the scoring midway into the first half. They added to their lead and found themselves ahead 2- 0 at the end of the first half. Midway into the second half, Hooksett scored on a direct kick just outside the penalty box to cut the lead to 2-1. LRU answered back with a third goal minutes later, securing a victory with a final score of 3-1.

LRU's U13 Division 1 girls' team and U14 Division 1 boys' team also participated in the State Championship tournament. The U13 girls finished their regular season undefeated and ranked first in the state. The U14 boys finished undefeated and ranked #2 in the state. Both teams were defeated in the state finals finishing in second place.

LRU receives sponsorship from Tom Cantin of Cantin's Chevrolet in Laconia. Shaker Regional and Gilford School Districts are also integral partners by supplying field space for games and practices. LRU is a competitive soccer club drawing athletes from all over the Lakes Region. Their mission is to develop young athletes who aspire to play at the highest levels as they move through middle school, high school, and beyond. LRU is an entirely parent and volunteer-run organization. It fields travel teams with the New Hampshire Soccer League in the spring and fall, and indoor teams at Fieldhouse Sports and Tilton Sports Center in the winter.

Bow blasts Lakers out of NHIAA tournament

BOW — Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough was no match for the top seeded Bow Falcons Saturday afternoon, losing 42-0 in the NHIAA Division III semi-final round. Bow's defense held the Lakers to 111 yards of offense. The Falcons' defense primed their offense, as eight of Bow's 11 offensive series started on the Lakers' side of the 50 yard line.

"The final score of this is, is the final score of this game. It doesn't represent the overall season," said Lakers coach Jon Francis. "It was a great turnaround from a 1-7 season last year. We had incredible senior leadership this year. We were able to get into some winning ways and make it to the playoffs."

Bow controlled field position all day. The Falcons' second possession began at the Inter-Lakes 45 yard line. Three plays later Bow was on the board with an eight yard touchdown run by Matt Ehrenberg. Ehrenberg had four scores on 17 carries for 72 yards. On the ensuing kickoff Bow placed the kick between two Laker returners and recovered the ball for an onside kick and possession on the Inter-Lakes 25 yard line. On third and eight Bow quarterback Derek Polish hooked up with wide Travis Reynolds who was knocked out of bounds at the one. Ehrenberg walked in untouched two plays later for his second score of the afternoon.

At the start of the second half Bow, with a 28-0 lead, began to utilize the opportunity to give younger athletes a chance to play in the first playoff game hosted on the Falcons' home turf. Bow scored two more times in the fourth quarter, ending the game with running time for the last eight minutes.

Bow will host Stevens for the NHIAA Division III Finals on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Formidable Bow team stands between I-L-M football and the final game

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes-Moultonboro Lakers head to Bow on Saturday for the semi-final round of the NHIAA Division III tournament. If the Lakers are to advance to the title match, they'll have to pull off an upset against the strongly favored Falcons. Saturday's meeting will be the second of the season for the two teams. Bow traveled to Meredith a little over a month ago and walked away with a decisive win 33-0.

Bow's route to the semi-finals was secured last weekend by ending the top-seeded Pelham Pythons' perfect season last weekend 18-6. The Falcons ended the season with a 7-1 record – the only loss coming against Pelham in the season opener. Bow's offense tallied at least 28 points per game, excluding the pair of matchups versus Pelham. The defense posted three shutouts and held three other teams to 14 points or less.

The Lakers finished last season 1-7 under first year head coach Jon Francis. This season the Lakers improved to the .500 mark. The 4-4 record was good enough for second place in the Lakes Conference, beating out Winnisquam (4-4) by winning the head to head match up. The second place slot earned the Lakers the right to visit the Gilford Golden Eagles (6-2) last weekend. Like the Falcons, Inter-lakes also avenged an earlier loss when Gilford prevailed 31-20 during the regular season. The Lakers took advantage of six Gilford turnovers to down the Golden Eagles 27-14 in the quarter-finals and punch a ticket to the semi's.

The semi-final match will be held at Bow High School at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The second Semi-final match up will pit 4-4 Epping-Newmarket versus 6-2 Stevens. The winners will meet a week from Saturday at the top seed's home field.

Pee Wee Lakers knock in 6 against Dover

The Lakers Pee Wee I team, sponsored by Fay's Boat Yard, had a great weekend of hockey. Sunday's late afternoon game was against the Dover Stars Pee Wee team. The Lakers came out strong in the 1st period scoring just 13 seconds into the game. Trevor Gallagher put one in the back of the net from a pass from Blake Dunlap. Just about a minute later, Brendan Hanaway scored with a well-timed pass from Cole Reid. The Stars brought pressure to the Lakers end and if it wasn't for the work of one of the Laker goalies, Jacob Maheux, they would have scored. Cole Reid again rushed the puck down the middle of the 1st period making the score 3-0, Lakers with 5 minutes to go in the 1st. The Dover Stars finally came back and put one in. Laker Trent Fountain wouldn't let the period end without a great pass to Blake Dunlap, making a nice tip in the net. The score was 4-1, Lakers, at end of the 1st. Patrick Mohan had some great back-checks on defense and managed to clear the puck out of the Laker zone. Likewise, tag team Camille Pollak and Nate McCarvill worked together to force the Dover Stars out of Laker Territory. Colin McGreevy took over goalkeeping duties during halftime of the 2nd period and also made some head-turning saves. As the puck was cleared from the zone, Lakers Brendan Hanaway, passing to Cole Reid got another one past the Dover goalie, making the score now 5-1. Will Roberge flew the puck up the ice and took a serious shot on net but the Stars goalie jumped on it. Carter Rumney also saw the chance to sneak one past the Dover goalie but the goalie again made the save. Trevor Gallagher popped one in off a great pass from Trent Fountain, making the final score 6-1, Lakers prevail. The team missed injured player Ed Demers and absent player Nate Cammack and looks forward to their quick return.