Ice racing club wraps up season with awards banquet

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club celebrated its 2015 season this past Saturday night with racers along with their friends and families gathering at the Moultonboro Lions Club. The 2015 champions were crowned and the hard work of the volunteers and the support of the sponsors was acknowledged.

The Lakes Region club races on oval tracks prepared on Lee and Berry ponds with 5 divisions of cars: Juniors, 4 Cylinder Front Wheel Drives, 4 Cylinder Rear Wheel Drives, V8 Stocks, and Modifieds. A champion for each division is determined based on the season points system.

The nearly hundred banquet attendees were treated to fantastic roast turkey buffet dinner prepared by Melody Martel. Entertainment was provided by the New England Country Boys band and dancing followed the awards portion of the program.

The evening's festivities were emceed by racers and club officials Mike Horsch and Jack Cook. After the awarding of the raffle prizes, the efforts of club volunteers, the plow guys, and the many race sponsors were acknowledged. A special Sportsman of the Year award was made to Dylan Cook of Moultonborough to acknowledge his dedication to the Club. Each of the divisions were then awarded trophies and prizes.

Trevor Greene, of Moutonborough, took the 2015 Junior championship by a mere 2 points driving his FWD Paquette Signs VW. Matt DeMond and Brett Burns finished the season as the second and third place Juniors, respectively.
Alley Ripley of Center Ossipee repeated as the V8 Stock class champion this year. Alley drove her big red, Ossipee Auto Parts Monte Carlo to several wins and good finishes to take the points lead. The runner up was Scott Burns followed by Tim Chase.

The 4 Cylinder Front Wheel Drive division champion was Justin Conway in his daSilva Motorsports VW. Chris Taylor was second in points with Cody Burns claiming the 3rd spot.

Faibian Smith of Meredith piloted his Scott Burns Landscaping S10 pickup to the 4 Cylinder Rear Wheel Drive division championship. Tim Chase and Jeff Vachon finished the year second and third in points.

A string of consistent finishes and a win gave Mike Horsch of Moultonborough driving his winged Horsch Garage Equipment car the 2015 Modified division championship. Second and third place went to Fred Fecteau and Jack Cook, respectively.

For the last 31 racing seasons the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club has hosted a special charity race called the Latchkey Cup. This year's Latchkey Cup was a great success, raising thousands of dollars for local charities. The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club gave 3 scholarships to local students, filled the oil tanks of 2 local residents who were in need, presented a check to Suzanne Taggett, and donated to NH Best Buddies in Team Chloe's name.

The Club would like to thank all the volunteers, racers, sponsors, and especially the fans that made the 2014 season a great success. Check the club's website at and Facebook page for the latest club information, rules updates, photos and videos.

Local teen, ranked 2nd in N.H. for slopestyle, to compete in USASA nationals

Local teen Kaleb Shumway will be heading to Copper Mountain in Colorado this month to compete in the National Championships sponsored by the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA). Kaleb rank 2nd in New Hampshire Series for the 12-13 year-old snowboard slopestyle division and 55th out of over 280 competitors for the national rankings. This is Kaleb's first year working on his talents of freestyle snowboarding, with the help of Gunstock Freestyle Academy's coaches he was able to take it one step further to the competition side of the sport. "The first time I realized Kaleb's passion for learning freestyle moves on his snowboard was watching him do flips on our trampoline in the backyard, then in a friend's backyard doing backflips off a small jump they made. I knew I had to find someplace that would help him advance with his talents and take it one step further," said his mother Shelli Shumway. Kaleb spends five days a week riding at Gunstock Mountain, two of which involves training with the GFA coaches or competing at different events for the New Hampshire Series.