Wavemakers sending one of their own to championship meet

The Lakes Region Wavemaker Swim Team recently sent 33 of their swimmers to the New England Swimming Regional Qualifying Meet at the Upper Valley Aquatics Center in White River Junction, Vt. Seven of those swimmers qualified for the Silvers Meet and one, Ela Goucher, qualified for the Age Group Championship Meet. The swim team's fall/winter program runs from mid-September until mid-March, culminating with the above championship meets and the New Hampshire Swimming Association Meet to be held March 6-8. The team will then take a month off before offering the 6th Annual Wave Clinic. The four week clinic is an opportunity for new swimmers to get a feel for what it would be like to be on the swim team and to work on stroke development. The Clinic will begin the week of April 13 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:30-7:30 for swimmers 10 and under and 7:30-8:30 for swimmers 11 and older. New swimmers can come at 5:30 on the 13th for an opportunity to meet the coaches and get in the water and show off their skills. The Clinic will then run the week of April 20, vacation week off, and return for the weeks of May 4 and 11 with the above schedule. Any questions or to find out more information about the clinic please call Linda at 603-783-3394.

Another tournament victory for LMS girls' A team

Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team defended their title at the Bow Invitational Basketball Tournament over winter break and finishes the season with 31 wins and 1 loss. The sole loss came during the tournament's third round, a 55-21 defeat at the hands of Goffstown. Laconia was able to avenge the loss by making it through the losers' bracket to the final match.

Laconia overcame a 28 to 16 halftime deficit and outscored Goffstown 36 to 19 in the second half, to win  57-47 and their second straight Bow Invitational Championship. Tournament MVP Amelia Clairmont was spectacular in the finals with 42 points, 19 of which came in the fourth quarter. Fellow all - tournament player Hannah Dow chipped in with 3 points and Megan Gaspa added 6 points for Laconia. Clairmont set a tournament record with 218 points. Skyler Tautkus, Sydney Stevens, and Delaney played key defensive rolls in the final game. "This was a special year. To win in the finals against Goffstown, after being beaten by 34 points earlier in the week, just showed the heart of this team. I am very proud of each and every girl."

Local young swimmers compete with the best in regional qualifiers

79 swim teams from all throughout New England sent 686 of their top swimmers to compete in the 2015 12 & Under New England Championship meet in White River Junction, Vt. Bradley McIntire, age 10 of Gilmanton, placed 13th overall in the 50 Backstroke (34.94), 18th in the 50 Freestyle (30.53), 31st in the 100 Individual Medley, and 33rd in the 50 Butterfly (35.70).
Gunstock Stingray teammates Sarah Bellefleur (12) of Wolfeboro and Reagan McIntire (12) of Gilmanton recently competed at the Silver level NE competition held in Beverly, Mass. Bellefleur competed in the 50 Free (29.33 - Personal Best) and 50 Fly (34.46). McIntire competed in the 50 Fly (34.20) and 50 Breaststroke (38.15 - Personal Best) placing her 13th overall at Silvers.

Round-up: tournament season is in full swing, Gilford girls play in finals tomorrow

The Golden Eagles girls' basketball team topped the Sachems, 37-34 for the third time this season. The win advances Gilford into the DIII finals against Conant in a battle of the unbeaten. Cassidy Bartlett scored a game-high 11 points in the win.

The Championship will be held at Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Laconia finished the season 16-5 after the semi-final loss. Natalie Compton led the Sachems with eight points on the evening.

Boys' basketball

Prospect Mountain advanced to the second round Wednesday night after a 55-47 win at (16) Laconia. The 17th seed Timberwolves (8-11) visited top seeded Pelham (18-0) last night.

Laconia's season comes to a close with a 7-12 record. The Sachems were the 17th seed in the tournament.

Inter-Lakes fell at (15) Stevens, 65-54, Tuesday night. Senior Dillon Dow reached the 1,000 career point mark in the loss. The (18) Lakers finish the season 7-12.

The (8) Golden Eagles hosted (9) Hopkinton and (7) Winnisquam welcomed (10) Farmington last night in the second round. All second round games were played after the deadline of this article.


Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes earned the sixth seed in the DIII tournament. The Renegades head to (3) Belin-Gorham Saturday at 4:30 in a quarter-final contest.

Top seeded Belmont-Gilford earned a quarter-final bye and will wait for the winner between (4) Kennett and (5) Souhegan. The semi-finals will be played at the Everett Arena Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m.