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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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LMS girls' A team wins two in a row

The Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team earned two wins last week.
Playing on January 31, Laconia beat Moultonborough Academy by the score of 40 to 18. Amelia Clairmont and Cheyanne Zappala each scored six points, Helen Tautkus and Rylee Littlefield scored four points apiece. Coach Chick Tautkus said his team displayed "balanced scoring and aggressive team defense" in the win.
The LMS girls' A team picked up a 47-14 win the following day against Inter-Lakes. Leading scorers in this game were Cierra LaGarde and Jara Kirk with eight points each, Zappala scored six and Delia Cormier scored five. Tautkus said Allyssa Miner, Clairmont and Abby Crowell helped their team with strong reounding, and "Bella Smith played a strong floor game, dishing out several key assists."
The LMS girls' A team plays at home today against Alton, on Thursday at Gilford and Friday at Merrimack Valley.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 01:37

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LMS boys' A team earns split

Playing without star point guard Jake Filgate, the LMS boys' A team took on a tough Moultonboro squad on January 31 and was able to pull out a thrilling 25-23 victory. Carter Doherty led his squad with seven points and six boards. Nick Murray, despite playing with a broken nose, was able to come up with six points and five rebounds while Riley Roy chipped in five points. The entire team played well defensively, employing a suffocating 1-3-1 defense. Parker Minor, Dalibor Kresovic, and Ryan McCrea each had two steals apiece. The win was much-needed after a lackluster performance against Kingswood two days earlier.
The LMS Sachems dropped a hard-fought battle on Friday against their Inter-Lakes counterparts, 40-36. Carter Doherty led his team with a double double, recording 15 points and 14 rebounds. Dalibor Kresovic was big off the bench scoring six points, two boards and three assists. Defensively, Drew Muzzey played well getting six steals. Laconia had a tough time hanging onto the ball as Inter-Lakes was able to force 37 turnovers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 01:17

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