The many hard working club volunteers, from the gate people to the plow guys, were recognized, special awards were presented, and the race division champions were crowned. Trophies for the champions went to Matt Morrill of Moultonboro for the V8 Stock class, Rick Martel of Moultonboro in the Modified class, Tim Chase of Northfield for the 4-Cylinder class, and Chris Taylor of Moultonboro in the Junior class.
The club's biggest event of the season was the 29th annual Latchkey Cup charity race held on Berry Pond. The race is held on Saturday so that fellow racers from the New England Ice Racing Association from the Milton area and the Jaffery Ice Racing Association can take part. This year's event raised $5,150 which will go to worthy causes in the Lakes Region. Donations have already been made to benefit two local people with cancer and further donations are going to scholarships for students at Moultonborough Academy, Inter-Lakes High School and Kingswood High School.
Check the club website at www.lakesregioniceracingclub.com for rules and contact one of the listed club
members to learn how to get involved. Enjoy the summer and join us next winter when the ice thickens up.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 10:43
A relative latecomer to the sport, Lagueux made up for lost time by rapidly progressing. He soon was winning medals at New Hampshire Special Olympics events, putting himself in the running to be selected to represent his home state at the Special Olympics Winter World Games, held January 29 to February 5 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Lagueux, whose rocketing ascension in the sport earned him the nickname "The Legend" among his coaches and peers, said he was proud to have had the chance to represent his state and his country in the event – and that he had the time of his life during his trip.
Lagueux, a multi-sport athlete who played on the high school's integrated soccer and basketball teams this year, has developmental disabilities resulting from an automobile accident he was involved in when he was 18 months old. In PyeongChang, he proved that he deserved to ski with the elite of Special Olympians from around the world, placing just out of medal contention in the giant slalom, super G and freestyle events. "I did pretty good, I got some ribbons," he said.
He fell shy of his goal of bringing home some hardware – his starting position was less than ideal, as the course was icy and challenging after the first several skiers scraped away most of the snow. However, Lagueux still flashes his 120-watt smile when talking about his recent adventure.
The 18-hour flight was Lagueux's first international trip, his first time interacting with a foreign culture. "It was confusing – Korean people speak English and part Korean." Lagueux relished the chance to see what life is like on the other side of the world, though. He employed his much-rehearsed Korean phrases, figured out the currency exchange rate and learned how to eat with chopsticks.
Referring to the local food, he said, "Actually, it's pretty good," though he added, "They have rice for breakfast, that's kind of weird."
"Seoul is the best," said Lagueux, adding that if anyone has the chance to go to South Korea, "they should go and have a good time." He said he would love to make a return trip, if anyone is looking for a tour guide.
Robin O'Dougherty has been a ski coach for Special Olympics of New Hampshire for nearly 20 years. He first met Lagueux about a year ago, after hearing that he would be one of two athletes from New Hampshire to go to the games in PyeongChang.
Over that time period, O'Dougherty said he saw Lagueux grow "immensely," both as a skier and as a maturing young man. For example, Lagueux's speech at the opening day ceremonies came with only 30 minutes of notice to Lagueux, who was asked to extemporaneously address the crowd. For a younger Lagueux, being asked to speak, unprepared, in front of a large group would have been cause for anxiety. The more worldly Lagueux, though, seized the opportunity. "He probably gave one of the best speeches ever," said O'Dougherty. "It was all from his heart."
Lagueux's growth underlines the answer O'Dougherty gave when asked why the Special Olympics World Games are worth the effort and investment needed to put them on. "For the athletes, it's the ability to go, to show that you are good at what you do, you get a chance to represent your country." Meanwhile, he added, athletes like Lagueux get to see others like them, from all over the world, who excel despite disadvantages. "They're not the only one – it was a great bonding experience."
O'Dougherty said, "Mark, I felt, did everybody proud."
Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 10:14
Saturday morning the Lakers' next opponent was the tough Henniker Squirt 1 team. Scorers in this game were Hale with three goals with one assisted by Logan Stroud, Peyton Vachon and Zachary Spicuzza with one goal apiece with assists from Breanna Ricker and Griffin Tondreau. The Lakers beat the Henniker team with a score of 5-2.
The Lakers' two wins put them in the semi-finals against the NH Avalanche. Hale scored three goals with two assisted from Kameron Young, Vachon scored two unassisted goals and Spicuzza scored one goal unassisted. Despite a last ditch effort from the Avalanche, the Lakers were headed to the championship game with a score of 6-4.
On Sunday the Mites played their final game of the season in the GSL Championship Squirt Tier 4 game against the undefeated Jr. Monarchs Mite Major team. The Monarchs were able to squeak a goal by Lakers goalie Patrick Goodwin six minutes into the game but the Mites fought back to tie up the game with an unassisted goal by Hale. Goodwin had 61 saves through four games in the championship weekend. The Monarchs netted another goal to lead the game with a score of 2-1 after the first period. The Monarchs added five goals in the second period. In the third period the Lakers worked to get the fire going with a quick goal from Hale and another goal a couple minutes later from Vachon, both goals unassisted. The Monarchs added a couple more goals in the third period and won the championship game with a final score of 9-3.
The Lakers ended their season as the runner-up in the GSL Tier 4 Squirt Division and 2nd place in the regular season. A huge thank-you to Merrill Fay and Fay's Boat Yard for their sponsorship and support this season and to the dedicated Mite 1 coaching staff of John Guerin, Craig Hale, Rich Ricker, Matt Tondreau and Joe Spicuzza.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 12:08
The run will begin and end at the gazebo on Belknap Mountain Road, with event headquarters at the nearby Gilford Elementary School. Participants will run along Morrill Street into Laconia, follow a route that visits each of Laconia's three elementary schools, and run back to Gilford Elementary via Gilford Avenue/Route 11A.
Silent auctions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Patrick's Pub and Eatery, where participants will register, and all day at Gilford Elementary School.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 12:03
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