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Gilford's Tomlinson scores winning goal in national hockey championship

It was an incredible end to a very successful hockey season for Shayna Tomlinson as her Assabet Valley girls U19 Hockey Team won Gold at the Tier 1 USA Hockey National Championship. The tournament took place in San Jose, Calif. the first week in April. The best teams from the country qualified to compete in the championship tournament by winning a state title. It was a tough road to the championship game, especially when two of Assabet's best defensemen were injured in the first game of the tournament. The team was already down two talented forwards going into the championships. Despite these set backs, the team managed to outscore the opposition 21-1 in the first three games to qualify for the quarterfinals. They won two more hard fought games, (one game went into triple overtime) to reach the finals against Chicago Mission. Assabet went on to win
the final game 1-0. Tomlinson was able to score the only goal of the game shortly after the officials disallowed a goal that she had assisted. It was an incredible moment that she won't soon forget. Assabet Valley Girls Hockey program is based in Concord, MA. Girls from all over New England compete for spots on the team in addition to playing on their high school team.
Tomlinson is currently a junior at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH where she is a co-captain of the girls' varsity hockey team. The St. Paul's team had an outstanding season this year, ending with a 22-1-1 record entering the playoffs. Tomlinson was awarded the Independent School League, All-League award for her efforts this season. Shayna is looking forward to more success on the rink her senior year. She has also been recruited to play Division 1 hockey in college and has accepted an offer at a school in the northeast.

Picture included: Shayna Tomlinson on right with teammate Madeleine Winslow

Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 10:19

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Will LHS have a bass team next year?

LACONIA — Is competitive fishing an athletic event? After watching the first-ever NHIAA-sponsored high school bass fishing tournament, Laconia High School principal Jim McCollum said you can call it anything you want, as long as it means his students will be able to participate in more such events.
The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association held its pilot bass fishing tournament on Friday on Lake Winnipesaukee, an event held as an experiment to see if New Hampshire should join the growing number of states that include competitive fishing among its high school sports teams. For McCollum, as well as Laconia High School's first-ever fishing team of freshman Griffin Nyhan and sophomore Rose Therrien, the only regrettable part of the experience is that there isn't another event on the schedule, yet.
"This is a lifelong, healthy leisure activity. This is something people can learn as kids and do until they're done living," said McCollum, making the case for including fishing in high school athletics. "And we live in the Lakes Region. This is an activity that benefits children."
Laconia was one of 54 teams, from 41 different high schools, that participated in the pilot fishing tournament, which was held in Moultonborough Bay on Friday morning. Each team consisted of two students and one guide. Therrien and Nyhan's guide was Terry Tilly, who donated her expertise, time and use of her boat so that Laconia could field a team.
Both Nyan and Therrien learned to fish as soon as they were old enough to grasp a rod. For Nyhan, his favorite thing about fishing is "the thrill of catching the fish, doing what it takes to fool a fish."
Therrien likes the experience of fishing. "I like being away from all the weirdos out here. It's really calm, you can relax and just breathe. It's so serene."
Therrien and Nyhan each play on multiple sports teams for their high school. They found that competitive fishing was different from conventional athletic events, and that adding the element of competition changed the feeling of being on the lake with a fishing pole in hand.
"At first, it was kind of nerve-wracking, you're in your first bass tournament. Then you get into it and start having fun," said Nyhan.
Therrien said it was a strange experience for her. She knew she was in direct competition with other teams, as in a soccer match or softball game. Unlike other sports, though, she couldn't even see her competitors until everyone converged for weigh-in. The air of competition made her more anxious about landing her first fish. And when she did pull in her first bass, "It was rewarding," she said, "until I realized that it was smaller than all of Griffin's fish."
Teams competed on the basis of the largest bass caught, as well as the overall weight of the four-fish limit. Laconia's catch featured a 2 pound smallmouth and weighed 7.4 pounds overall, good enough for a finish in the middle of the pack. A team from Exeter High School took first place.
One unique feature of fishing is that it comes with a healthy marine biology lesson. Therrien and Nyhan learned that, at certain water temperatures at certain times of the year, smallmouth bass will sit on their beds, aggressively defending their territory. As Nyhan said, "When the smallmouth is in its bed, if anything lands on their bed, they're going to whack it."
Her first bass fishing tournament behind her, Therrien imagined ways to expand the sport throughout the year. "I think we should get ice fishing – that would be awesome," she said, adding, "I hope we do it next year. I want it to be back."

Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 10:12

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U11 lacrosse Sachems beat Exeter 8-3

The Laconia U11 Sachems lacrosse team continued its winning ways, beating opponents from Exeter, 8-3. Providing the offensive firepower for the young Sachems were middie Nate Cammack with 4 goals and 3 assists, attack Bryce McCrea with 3 goals, and middie Caleb Roy added his first goal of the season. The defensive unit, led by Jacob Marshal, Ayden Duncan, and Jesse Goupil, were stingy as usual. They managed to limit the Exeter offense to only 7 shots on goal. Middies Demitri Zimmer and Ryan Whitton helped control the game as they were able to win a majority of the ground balls and keep the ball in the hands of their high powered offense.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:55

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Gilford girls' tennis wins two of three matches this week

Gilford traveled to Kingswood on Monday where the team earned a 5-4 win. Gilford scored in singles play thanks to Charleyne Panner and Lindsey Corsack. All three doubles teams of Cheralynn Corsack/Panner, Lindsey Corsack/Emily Hanf, and Abby Lines/Kayla Vieten came away with wins.
The team suffered its first loss of the season at Littleton on Tuesday, a 5-4 decision. The top three singles matches went to Gilford – earned by Cheralynn Corsack, Panner and Emily Hanf, the only other point for Gilford was won by the top doubles team.
On Wednesday, at Inter-Lakes, Gilford improved to 10 wins, one loss, after a 9-0 win. 
Gilford was scheduled to host Bow yesterday evening.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:54

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