The Laconia Youth Football and Cheer Association, an affiliate of American Youth Football, held its annual banquet on 1/25/14. During the course of the evening the announcement was made by President Rod Roy that "Because of the collaborative efforts between our organization and Laconia High School, we are very proud to announce that next season, for any child wishing to participate in football or cheer, registration will be free!"
Registration to participate in the LYFCA organization has historically been $100 per child. The Laconia Chiefs organization was able to waive that fee because of the work and dedication of their concession stand coordinator, Tricia Roy and her volunteers. With the opening of the new Bank of N.H. Stadium, home to both the Chiefs and the Laconia High School Sachems, LYFCA reached an agreement with the school to operate the concession stand at the Sachems' home games. This venture, coupled with running the concession stand at their own home games and being able to host the state playoffs, saw a significant increase in the Chiefs' concession stand profits. This increase allowed the Chiefs' Board of Directors to realize a long time goal of theirs; waiving the registration fees for all participants.
"We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to operate the concession stand during the Sachems' home games," said Roy, "We wanted to translate our good fortune to our members with the hopes of increasing enrollment on both our football and cheer squads." Roy went on to say "As long as we are able to continue with the win/win situation with the High School, we will be able to allow the children of our draw area (Laconia and the surrounding Lakes Region towns) the opportunity to participate in our organization free of charge."
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:32
Strong swims from many swimmers helped the Lakes Region Wavemakers secure a third place finish overall at the 2014 Connecticut Valley Invitational in White River Junction, VT. Over 30 swimmers attended the meet with many posting personal best times and placing in the top 6 in order to earn points for the team. Ayden Malloy (8), Rebecca Cook (15), and Ela Goucher (8) were the top point earners for the team overall. Cook and Malloy each earned 22 points and Goucher added 20 to the team's total.
In the 8 and under age group, Sydney Philippy (6) and Malloy both had big time drops to achieve new personal best times in their events. Philippy dropped 13.37 seconds in her 50 freestyle and Malloy dropped 3.01 in the same event. Malloy and Goucher were the top point earners for this age group.
For the 9-10 swimmers, Joshua Kelleher (10) earned a total of 16 points for the team and Rose Sinkus (10), the second top point earner in this age group, contributed 3 points. Notable time drops were made by Kelleher, Charlotte Philippy (9), Gracie Shoemaker (10), Alexa Lazazzera (10), Jacob Dumais (9), and Lauren Sikoski (9). Sikoski had the biggest time drop cutting off 16.41 seconds in her 100 free.
The 11-12 swimmers were led by Eric Phelps (12) who contributed 13 points to the team. Other top point scorers were Garrett Shafer (11) and Paije Fenderson (12) each earning 9 points. Thor Burr (12) had impressive time drops of over 5 seconds in both the 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly.
Beck Mclean (13) and Alex Dimarzio (14) posted the most points in the 13-14 age group. Mclean also had a big time drop of 13.37 seconds in his 200 free. Michele Young (13) and Kaitlyn Callahan (14) achieved new best times as well.
In the 15 and over age group, Cook contributed the most points for the team with Sarah Sundius (17) being the next highest point earner. Owen Sanborn (16) was able to achieve a new personal best time in the 100 backstroke by dropping 10.53 seconds in the event.
The team will be back in the pool the weekend of February 1 and 2 at UNH.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:14
The Laconia High School boys' basketball team (7-2) has two more wins at the halfway point of this season than in all of last season. The most recent victory came last Tuesday night against Prospect Mountain, 45-39. The Sachems currently sit at the fourth seed in the NHIAA Division III standings. Laconia will try to string together a four game winning streak when the team hosts Belmont tonight and travels to Plymouth on Tuesday.
Gilford (6-3) is back on the right side of the win-loss ledger, taking the last two contests to halt a three game skid. Last Friday Josh Joyce and the Golden Eagles handled Belmont in a 69-37 DIII matchup. Gilford had the week off to gear up for tonight's game against 7-4 Farmington. Tuesday the Golden Eagles will head to Meredith to take on the Inter-Lakes Lakers.
Inter-Lakes has strung together back to back wins for the first time all season, beating White Mountains and Belmont over the past week. The Lakers have three consecutive home games this week, beginning with Newfound tonight. On Tuesday Inter-Lakes will host Gilford and Franklin on Thursday.
The Belmont Red Raiders (1-8) have a tall task this week, traveling to Laconia tonight, Prospect Mountain on Monday and Winnisquam on Tuesday.
The Lady Sachems (6-5) climbed back above .500 after beating Prospect Mountain 49-36 Tuesday night. Laconia will head to Belmont tonight and host Plymouth on Tuesday.
In other girls' action tonight Gilford (7-4) will be in Farmington and Winnisquam heads to Kearsarge. Tuesday will see The Golden Eagles host Inter-Lakes and Belmont at Winnisquam.
Belmont-Gilford continues to roll, remaining unbeaten with a 5-2 victory over Kenett Wednesday. The Bulldogs are the first team in Division III to ten wins this season remaining atop the division. They will will head to 6-1 Souhegan tomorrow and host a dangerous Berlin (7-1) team on Wednesday.
Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes split the week, beating Manchester West 8-7 Saturday night and losing to Berlin 6-0 Wednesday. M-I-L will be in Portsmouth tomorrow and will host Kennett on Thursday.
Laconia-Winnisquam's record fell to 2 wins, 6 losses after a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Pembroke-Windham on Wednesday night. The Wolfpack has a chance to earn its third win tomorrow when ConVal (2-6-1) comes to town tomorrow and Portsmouth (4-3-1) follows on Wednesday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:07
MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club ran the first day of a weekend doubleheader, automobile, oval track ice racing Saturday on Berry Pond, featuring the largest ice racing event in the northeast, the 30th annual Latchkey Cup. Ice racers from the Milton and Jaffery clubs again joined the Lakes Region racers for the event which supports several local charities and scholarships.
Racing started on a nice winter morning with the hot laps and qualifying heats for the 4 divisions of cars: Juniors, 4 cylinders, V8 Stock, and the mighty winged Modifieds. After a mid-day lunch break and a chance for the fans to meet the drivers and check out the race cars on the front stretch, the racers prepared for the Latchkey's feature events.
First out was the Junior division (13-15 years old) driving their 4 cylinder racers. Cody Burns of Center Harbor, driving the borrowed #87, took the checkers followed by Moultonborough's Trevor Greene (32). Cahoon Racing sponsored the trophies for the Juniors.
The 4 Cylinder division took the ice next with veteran racer Tim Eldridge (75) of Center Ossipee driving to the win followed by 2013 Champion Tim Chase (40). The 4 Cylinder trophies were provided by Conway's Tree Services
The V8 Sock Division sponsored by SAL Post 33 took to ice next. A hard fought 20 lap race was won by Adam Cahoon (99) of Moultonborough followed closely by Matt Morrill (9) also of Moultonborough in the emotionally charged event.
The mighty Modified feature, sponsored by Ambrose Brothers Inc of Meredith, took to the track for the final event of the day. Mike Horsch of Moultonborough in his #2 modified, sporting a new wing for this year, lead the dusty race flag-to-flag. Jack Cook claimed the second spot.
The racers returned to the ice on Sunday morning for the regular weekly race sponsored this week by Horsch Garage Equipment. With a fresh longer track and a blustery clear day, the intrepid ice racers prepared to do battle. In the weekly races, the format changes to hot laps for each division, followed by the first 10 lap feature, then a break for intermission, followed by the second 10 lap feature for each division. The best combined finish determines the winner.
Cody Burns of Center Harbor in his #5 Scott Burns Landscaping pickup claimed the first place junior trophy with Garrett Poitras in his #16 Volvo station wagon taking second.
In the Stock division, Moutonborough's Matt Morrill (9) powered to both feature wins for a commanding overall win. Two second place finishes gave Alley Ripley (72) of Center Ossipee the second place trophy.
A large field contended for the 4 Cylinder trophies. Third and second place finishes in the rough and tumble races gave Matt Taylor (87) of Moultonborough the win and consistency rewarded Tom Boucher (25) with second place. After several years of trying, Derek Jeanson of Sandwich driving his #52 pickup earned his first checkered flag by winning the second feature with a smooth, fast drive.
The powerful winged modifieds dug deep groves in the ice turning it into clouds of ice dust, but the veteran ice races still put on a great show. A pair of 2nd place finishes gave DJ Mill of Wolfeboro Falls, driving the David's Race Cars/Haylex Excavation sprint car, the big trophy. Mike Horsch (2) picked up second place.
The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club races every Sunday at 12:30 on Berry or Lee Pond in Moultonboro from January through mid-March. Check the club's website at www.LakesRegionIceRacingClub.com or the Facebook page for the latest race/ice status, information about coming events, and for race photos.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 10:50