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Birdies highlight Waukewan ladies round

The timing was key as the nine-hole Waukewan Ladies League played their June 25 round. As the last foursome entered the Bar-N for delicious snacks and beverages, the skies opened up with expected rain.
President Linda Ridlon announced those golfers who distinguished themselves during the round beginning with the three ladies who scored "birdies". Val Langbehn scored hers on hole #14 by sinking a 40-foot putt to a pin tucked in the back right of an uphill green. On the par-4, 18th, Mary Cross hit her second shot from the left rough, over the pond protecting the green to 3 feet from the pin. She then sank the putt for her three. And Laurie Fox received her round of applause as her "birdie" was announced. Laurie was thrilled as this was her first "birdie" recorded in League play and she accomplished this feat on hole #17.
Dottie Simpson was the lucky winner of a new twist of one of the contest holes.
On hole #11, all the ladies who reached the green on either their first or second shot placed their names in a bag. One name was then drawn from this group as the winner of that prize. Dottie not only played well but also was fortunate to boot.
Two new members of the League demonstrated their long and accurate drives on #17 to win the "longest drive" contest. Hole #17 has a narrow fairway banking right to left and keeping it in the short grass can be a challenge. Deb Deacetis in the 19 and below handicap division and Jane Fraska in the 20 and above division succeeded in this task and were declared winners. Jane also had the only "chip in" of the day. She putted just off the green on #17 to a middle pin placement and holed her 15-foot putt for the honor.
Vice President and scorekeeper Kathy Sweeney and Scorekeeper Laurie Fox handed Ridlon the names of those golfers scoring 50 and under. At 50 were Mary Cross, Denise Doyle and Margaret Drummey, at 49 were Barb Barbuto, Val Langbehn and Kathy Sweeney, and scoring a 47 was Laurie Fox.
The winning team of Carolyn Koczera, Rose Hansford, Sharon Corcoran and Nancy Vercauteran was announced with a net score of 72. This week's game required three scores to be added together on each of the even holes. Not an easy task on the "back" nine with multiple hazards and wet conditions. The team enjoyed applause from the league plus their well-deserved winnings. Betsy Cox decided it's nice to be good, but sometime better to be lucky as she was the winner of the 50/50 raffle.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:12

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Tennis program to offer coaching, competition for youth

Granite State Kids, a not-for-profit Community Tennis Association under the USTA, has announced the formation of both a 14-and-under and 18-and-under Junior Tennis Teams.
This is the fourth year that Granite State Kids has run teams from the Lakes Region.
In 2011 the Lakes Region 18U was the state runner up and last year the 14-U team won the state title.
Coaching the teams this year will be Phil Eisenmann and Barbara Aichinger. Aichinger is on the USTA New Hampshire Board and long-time USTA Adult league player and has coached the Lakes Region Royals for the past four years. Phil is a member of the USTA, and a former high school tennis player, with more than 15 years of coaching experience, giving group and private instruction. Eisenmann is an enthusiastic coach, active in teaching children the basics of youth sports with his continued involvement with Gilmanton Youth Organization (GYO), Lakes Region United Soccer Club (LRU), and his co-founding of Lakes Region Tennis Association (LRTA).
Eisenmann, who teaches in many of the Park and Rec Tennis programs, explained why he is joining the Lakes Region Royals coaching staff: "While I continue to get new entrants to the Park and Rec programs, some of my players are getting better and that's why I'm so excited about what is being developed with Granite State Kids.... Seems like a great next step for motivated, excited players."
Aichinger added, "Our teams now are challenging the Southern New Hampshire teams and it's great to see the progress our players have made."
Practices will be once a week in the Gilford area and matches will be on Thursdays in either Manchester or Bedford. Matches will be double-headers so kids get ample opportunity to play.
The format of the team is five positions. Boys and Girls Singles, Boys and Girls Doubles and
Mixed Doubles. The season runs from July 1 to Aug. 8.
New England Championships and even the National Championships.
More information can be found at www.GraniteStateKids.com. The cost is $175 per player and includes USTA membership, team shirt, weekly coached practices, weekly match play, and balls.
Interested players and their parents should contact the coaches at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 548-5037.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:01

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Local rowing club team competes in regatta

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Rowing Club started off a great summer at the Lawrence Celebration Regatta with its competitive rowing team.
A gold in the Jr men's quad of Bob Euiler, Tristen Smart, Matt Duffield, & Mike Johanson. In the mixed double Bob Euiler and Emily Curry won first with Mike Johanson and Kylie Dickinson third.
In the men's doubles Bob Euiler and Mike Johanson got second with Tristen Smart and Matt Duffield finishing third. In the girls doubles Kylie Dickinson and Emily Curry finishing fourth.
Paul Euiler, coach, along with Tim Dickinson and Alix Euiler, said that the racing was very competitive.
"The conditions were tough. Very strong current and a lot of wind. We are very happy with the results. We have room to improve and are looking foreword to a great summer,'' said Paul Euiler.
Winnipesuakee rowing starts it's learn to row and advance rowing and training July 8 at 5:30 p.m. on Lake Waukewan. For information email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Space is limited. This is for new rowers and rowers that want to improve. Ages 13 -23.

Bob Euiler and Emily Curry won the mixed doubles event at the Lawrence Celebration Regatta. (Courtesy photo)

Paul Euiler
Winnipesaukee Rowing Club
Head Coach-Junior Rowing

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:47

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Nick Goss ''Living the Dream'' as Bleacher Report's Lead Hockey Writer w/ cut slugged nicholas

LACONIA — Nicholas Goss wanted to be a sports writer ever since he was old enough to think about a career.
And now, just 23 and only a year out of college he is the NHL lead writer for Bleacher Report, the fast growing digital sports media network which last year was acquired by CNN after the network dumped long-time partner Sports Illustrated in favor of B/R.
''I really am living the dream. I thought I'd have to spend years covering high school and college sports teams before working at this level,'' says Goss, a 2012 graduate of Suffolk University whose first big assignment for B/R was the third game of the Stanley Cup finals in 2011 when the Bruins blitzed the Vancouver Canucks 8-1.
''It was great getting to cover the Bruins and their Stanley Cup that year. It was just perfect timing,'' says Goss, who also worked at the Boston Globe as an intern for seven months in 2011, covering the town of Needham and for Boston Globe West and doing breaking stories for the Globe's Metro section.
The Greater Boston area is very familiar to Goss, whose family lived in Quincy, just south of Boston, until moving to Laconia in 2000.
''We used to stay at Holiday Bay during the summers and my parents liked the Lakes Region so much that we moved there,'' says Goss, who recalls playing basketball in the Lou Athanas League at Pleasant Street and Laconia Middle School for many years. He also played soccer at Laconia High School and was on the track team for a year.
After graduating from Laconia High School in 2008, Goss went to Keene State University for a year before transferring to Suffolk University, located in the heart of Boston.
He served two internships with B/R and has been with them since September of 2010. He currently works out of his apartment in Watertown, where in late April the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects engaged in a shootout with police.
Goss said the suspects went past his apartment building during a police chase and tossed one of their explosive devices into the street right in front of the building.
He has been a credentialed reporter for the Stanley Cup playoffs and finals for the past three years and his commentary is featured prominently on the B/R website. His most recent piece looked at defensive breakdowns by the Bruins in Game 4 which was won 6-5 by the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime.
Goss says he gets to cover the Bruins live about a dozen times a year and says that he is very comfortable with the on-line nature of his work versus that of a traditional news room.
''We're looking to provide more on-line content and are happy with what we're seeing,'' says Goss, who says that he is amused by reader comments which call him ''a homer'' for the Kings or the Bruins.
''I cover the whole NHL so at one time or another I've been called a 'homer' for just about every team,'' says Goss.
His writing at Bleacher Report has been featured on the sports pages of CBSSports.com, SeattlePi, Chron.com, Philly.com, LA Times, NHL.com, Forbes.com, CNN.com and USA Today. He has also made appearances on CNN World Sport, ESPN Radio and CBS Radio.
B/R's contributors publish upwards of 1,000 original daily articles. The network specializes in generating content about trending news topics, with an emphasis on delivering opinion-oriented analysis and multimedia programming via varied content formats and mobile technologies.
Goss says that he was fortunate to land such a good sports writing job right out of college and offers some advice to those who would try to emulate his success.
''Look for every opportunity and go the extra mile to make yourself stand out. I served two internships and did a lot of assignments on my own to show what I was capable of doing. There's a market out there for quality work and that's what you have to strive for,'' says Goss.

Laconia High School graduate Nick Goss, now the lead NHL writer for Bleacher Report, interviews Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 08:30

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