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Round-up: girls' tournament kicks off this week

Gilford girls' basketball team ran the table during the regular season with an 18-0 record, earning the second seed in the DIII tournament. The Golden Eagles were topped only by Conant because of Conant's win over a DII team during the regular season. Gilford has a bye in the first round and will wait to for the victor of the Newport vs. Franklin game. The winner of that contest will head to Gilford Thursday at 7 p.m..

Laconia finished out the regular season with a 22-61 win over Sanborn, The 14-4 Sachems earned the sixth seed and a bye in the first round. Laconia will host Berlin (11) Thursday at 7 p.m. in the second round.

Belmont rolled past Inter-Lakes, 50-28, to close out the regular season. The Red Raiders (12-6) picked up the tenth seed in the tournament. With a bye in the first round Belmont will head to Somersworth (7) Thursday for second round action.

Prospect Mountain fell 65-29 to Newfound in the regular season finale. The 7-11 Timberwolves earned the 17th seed and will head to 16th seed Kearsarge tonight. The winner will take on top seeded Conant.

Inter-Lakes and Winnisquam each finished the year 2-16 and failed to reach the postseason.


A pair of back to back weekend wins keeps Belmont-Gilford atop the NHIAA DIII ice hockey standings. The Bulldogs improved to 15-1 with a 6-4 win over Souhegan on Friday and a 9-3 victory against ConVal Saturday. B/G extended their win-streak to 13 games with the wins. The boys take to the ice again tomorrow at Kearsarge.

Laconia-Winnisquam could not end the six game winless streak Saturday, losing 7-1 against Kearsarge. The Wolfpack (3-11-1) welcome winless Manchester West tomorrow.

Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes fell to Berlin 9-1 Saturday. The Renegades (7-8-1) look to reach the .500 mark tomorrow against Souhegan.

Boys' basketball

The Winnisquam Bears have reeled off six wins in a row after the 82-69 victory Friday evening. The Bears (13-3) hold down the fourth seed in DIII heading into tonight's game against Franklin.

The Golden Eagles currently sit in the sixth seed before tonight's action against Prospect Mountain. Gilford is 12-4 with two games remaining in the regular season.

Prospect Mountain (6-9) will host Gilford tonight in the back half of a pair of home games. The Timberwolves hosted Newfound last night.

Laconia (6-10) dropped their third in a row Friday, 65-62, against Sanborn. The Sachems host Belmont tonight.

Inter-Lakes (6-11) have won three in a row heading into the regular season finale at Laconia Friday night.

Belmont fell to Inter-Lakes 46-43 Friday night. The Red Raiders (2-14) visit Laconia tonight. 

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 09:23

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Ice racers raise money for woman fighting cancer

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club had a special race and a special guest this week at Lee Pond. This week's race, sponsored by Lou's Custom Exhaust and the Wicwas Lake Grange was a benefit for Suzanne Taggett who is fighting cancer. All the proceeds from the event plus a check for $2,000 were presented to Suzanne.

With the fresh snow cleared from the 3/8 mile oval track and a cool breeze blowing, the qualifying heats got under way. During the intermission, cars were brought onto the front straight and the fans came to check the cars out and talk to the drivers. Before racing resumed, the club members along with members of Wicwas Lake Grange gathered in the pits to present Suzanne with a check and take a group photo.

The feature races for the 5 divisions were up next. Matt Demond of Moultonborough drove to the Junior (13-15 years old) division event win making it two weeks in a row. It was a brother and sister up front in the 4-Cylinder FWD division with Chris Taylor taking first in front of his sister Alicia. The biggest field of the day was the 4-Cylinder RWD division where Fabian Smith of Meredith again dominated. The points leader, Alley Ripley of Center Harbor, repeated as the winner of the V8 Stock class. Tunk Berry of Center Ossipee who had some good fortune in lap traffic drove his jet black sprint car to the Modified division win.

The next scheduled ice race is on Sunday, February 22. Check www.LRIRC.com or the club's Facebook page for the latest race/ice status, information about coming events, and for race photos. The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club races on Lee and Berry Ponds as long as the ice stays safe.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 08:35

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Plymouth Rocks Curling League open house on March 18

The 2nd Annual Plymouth Rocks Curling League returns in March 2015 to the Plymouth State Ice Arena.
This spring, curling has been refined, revamped, and reimagined. The league will be hosting its Curling Open House on Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. to kick-off the 2015 Spring Curling Season. The open house is free, those planning to attend are asked to RSVP via email.
The Plymouth Rocks Curling League begins the third week in March, 2015. Four league nights are planned: on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. New curlers are welcome and may register in person at the Plymouth State Ice Arena or online at www.plymouth.edu/arena/curling/.
Curlers in need of a team, additional players to form a team, or if for general questions regarding the league, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-535-2SK8 (2758).
More information regarding the league along with the curling schedule can be found at www.plymouth.edu/arena/curling.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 08:07

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LMS boys finish in 2nd place at tournament

The Laconia Middle School boys' A team captured a 2nd place finish at the Winnisquam tournament over the weekend. They kicked the tourney off early Saturday morning against Franklin and served notice to the rest of the teams that they were planning on being around for the whole show. Ryan Paiva went for 14 points, 4 boards and 3 steals to lead the young Sachems. Ryan Chaisson dropped 10 points to go with 4 rebounds. Caleb Patell played big off the bench, chipping in 8 points and 3 boards while backup center Tyler Richter ripped down 5 rebounds. When it was over the Sachems had posted a solid 48-18 victory.
Next up on the bracket sheet were the Sachems' biggest season rivals, the boys from Belmont. Laconia's full court press was firing on all cylinders, as the Sachems created numerous turnovers that led to easy baskets. Paiva led the way again with 16 points and 4 steals. Jakob Steele had a solid day with 5 points, 4 assists, and 5 steals and Ryan Chandler added 3 steals from the point guard position. The Laconia boys handed the Bulldogs a 34-14 loss.
Continuing through the winner's bracket, the Sachems got to see the number one seeded kids from Alton. Alton's height and speed were too much for Laconia as Alton worked its way to a 43-30 win. Ryan Dee led the Laconia offense with 6 points while Steele, Chaisson, and Ryan Hebert chipped in 5 each.
The loss dropped the Sachems into the loser's bracket, where they faced off against an old foe, the Gilford Silver Hawks. On the line was a trip to the finals and another shot at Alton. This game was a battle and the teams exchanged leads and baskets throughout. Paiva was able to find his groove again, and had 16 points with 4 boards. Chaisson dropped 11 and Steele added 7. Both Steele and Chaisson had 4 steals to anchor the Laconia defense. When the final whistle blew, Laconia had punched its ticket to the championship with a 45-38 victory.
Facing Alton once again, the Sachems tried to pack the paint and limit Alton's 2nd chance points but unfortunately for the Sachems, the Alton boys found their outside shooting stroke. Alton was able to race out to an early lead and they never looked back in claiming the title with a 49-31 win over the Sachems. Ryan Chandler led all Laconia scorers with 7 points while Paiva had 6 points and 7 boards.
The Sachems would like to thank Winnisquam and Coach Bob McNutt for hosting a great tournament. They would also like to thank all the fans that came out to the games and showed their support.


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 08:01

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