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Lakers Peewee 1 hockey team wins state championship

Sunday proved historic for the Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association as its Peewee 1 team carried off the Division III Championship title in the New Hampshire Amateur Hockey Association Playoffs, besting Hanover 8-2. The win capped a remarkable playoff weekend for the Lakers as they were the only team in the tournament to go undefeated. The Peewee 1 players hail from ten Lakes Region communities including Gilford, Laconia, Canterbury, Belmont, Northfield, Meredith, Sandwich, Alton, Sanbornton, and Center Harbor.
The Peewee 1 team entered the tournament seeded second behind regular season champion Oyster River and drew the NH Junior Monarchs as their initial opponent. The Lakers started off slowly but beat the Monarchs 4-1. Saturday afternoon's contest pitted the Lakers against the Hanover Wild, a lower-seeded team that had already played a game in the morning. The Lakers took full advantage of a fatigued adversary and came out firing, eventually beating Hanover 8-2. The win advanced the Belknap County locals into a semi-final contest against the Rochester Black Hawks.
The rivalry between the Black Hawks and the Lakers is lengthy and spirited. The Lakers immediately dominated in the game, scoring three goals in the opening period, eventually pulling away to win by the  score of 8-3.
The Lakers opened the final against Hanover by displaying great energy and  developed favorable scoring chances, but they could not put the puck past the Wild goaltender. Their luck changed when they scored two quick goals with less than 38 seconds left in the first period. In the second and third periods the Lakers hit their stride, pulling away to a commanding 8-2 victory over a proud and classy Hanover team.
By winning the NHAHA Division III Championship the Lakers Peewee 1 team qualified for USA Hockey Sectional Play in Shelton CT and will be New Hampshire's representative in that tournament beginning March 15, 2013. The Tournament pits the best Division III teams from New England and New York against one another. USA Hockey is the governing body for amateur hockey in the US. This is the second time in three seasons the Lakers have qualified a team for sectional play.
The Lakers Peewee 1 team is sponsored by China Garden Restaurant and New Hampshire Ball Bearing Inc. The Lakers organization wishes to thank each sponsor for its support, and also wishes to extend thanks to all of its other generous sponsoring partners.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 01:59

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The Stephens Landscaping basketball team of Moultonborough and Meredith participated in the 5th/6th grade division of the Bow Invitational Tournament, held over the weekend. Shown here, in the front row, are Kyle Mitchell, Jacob Mulsow, Joey McClay and Eddie Bird. In the second row are: coach Ken Taylor, coach Kevin McIntosh, Trevor Greene, Eli Swanson, Eli Dupigny, Owen Gundersen, Quinn Taylor, head coach Rob Stephens and sponsor John Stephens, owner of Stephens Landscaping. The team would to thank Stephens Landscaping for sponsoring the team and extended a thank-you to all the parents for bringing the children to practices and traveling to Bow to watch the children play. (Courtesy photo)

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Gunstock Swim Team's Anya Found claims second place finish at New England championship

Gunstock Swim Team is celebrating its member, Anya Found, age 11 of Wolfeboro, who placed second in the 50 breaststroke, missing first place by a mere .08 second, at the 12 and Under New England Age Group Championships, held recently at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt.
Found was among 790 top swimmers from 26 teams from four New England states that competed in the event.
Found competed in five individual events, but breaststroke was where she excelled. Seeded 22nd in a field of 29 swimmers, no one except for her coaches Al Rozzi and Martha Kidder McIntire considered her a contender. "She is a performer", said McIntire. "If you dangle a challenge in front of her, she'll go after it every time."
Found finished 14th in the 50 freestyle, 14th in the 100 breaststroke, 30th in the 50 backstroke and 33rd in the 50 butterfly.

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20th Annual Francoeur/Babcock Basketball Tournament underway

The first night of the 20th Annual Francouer-Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament at Gilford Middle School was held Wednesday, featuring games in the grades 3 & 4 co-ed division.
Gilford 29, Gilmanton 9
Gilford was led by Jonathan Mitchell with 8 and Andrew Flanders with 7. Gilmanton was led by Danny Cameron with 6. 
Hustle awards went to Flanders (Gilford) and Tea Rodney (Gilmanton).
Lou Athanas (Laconia) 36, Sanbornton 22
Gavin Pitt led Laconia with 10. Philip Nichols led Sanbornton with 14
Hustle awards went to Isabella Daly of Laconia and Philip Nichols of Sanbornton
Last night featured games in the girls' grades 5 & 6 division.
Gilford 21, Belmont 7
Gilford was led by Avy Bartlett, Erin Hart and Laurel Normandin, who each scored 4. For Belmont, Toni Rae Watson scored 4 and Elise Hall scored 3.
Hustle awards went to Gilford's Normandin and Bristol's Hall.
Tapply-Thompson Community Center (Bristol) 22, Lou Athanas (Laconia) 17
Madison Dalphonse scored 6 for Bristol, three of her team mates scored 4. Abigail Shute (7) was the high scorer for Laconia, five of her team mates scored 2.
Hustle awards were given to Aryn Prescott of Bristol and Laconia's Madison Kirker.
The tournament continues tonight with the boys' 5th & 6th grade division. Gilford will face Lou Athanas, while Belmont will play Sanbornton. Action starts at 5:30 p.m.

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