'There's no quit'; Sachems coach praises hoop team (517 words) w/two photos

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Laconia High's Jake Ellis defends against Somersworth's Evan Gray while Luke Monesmith (No. 30) takes a tumble in fast-paced action Friday, Jan.13. Somersworth scored 19 points in the fourth quarter in a 56-43 win for the visiting Hilltoppers. (David Carkhuff/The Laconia Daily Sun)


LACONIA — When it comes to learning from losses, the Laconia High Boys Basketball team is taking away all the right lessons.
"I'm about as proud as I can be that they came out and played as hard as they did," said Laconia coach Steve McDonough, after a 56-43 loss to Somersworth on Friday.
The Sachems opened the game on their home court by falling behind 18-6 in the first quarter. But it's the fourth quarter that impressed McDonough. The team played almost even with the Hilltoppers, scoring 17 points to Somersworth's 19 points.
"There's no quit. It would be easy in that game to quit," said McDonough. "We're down by 15 with a couple of minutes left. A couple of things don't go our way, we dribble it off our foot here, maybe a missed call there. That's a time when a lot of teams will pack it in. We just played hard and clean right to the buzzer."
Laconia's Jakob Steele led team scoring with 18 points. Ryan Chandler finished with 12 points and Ryan Paiva added five points.
The boys are 1-6 on the regular season. They beat Newfound 54-46 on Jan. 5. Losses came against Winnisquam Regional (44-41); Gilford (54-51 on Dec. 13 and 75-50 on Jan. 3); Belmont (55-29); Bishop Brady (45-42); and Somersworth (56-43).
"We're struggling to finish right now," McDonough said after Friday's game, "but I'm really pleased with tonight's effort. I thought we played hard the entire game. Every kid we called upon gave us some minutes."
The Somersworth High boys came into the game 6-1. Their sole loss this season is a 68-38 defeat at Inter-Lakes on Jan. 3. Somersworth has logged wins against Berlin (75-44); St. Thomas (62-44); Prospect Mountain (51-48); Newfound (72-31); Winnisquam (46-31); Raymond (64-54); and Laconia (56-43).
On Friday, Hilltopper Evan Gray led with 20 points; Bryton Early finished with 19 points; and J.T. Laurion added eight points.
Somersworth will play at St. Thomas Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m.
McDonough said, "I think in a lot of ways it boiled down to free-throw shooting and a couple of defensive lapses on our part. Without taking any credit away from Somersworth, they're a very good team. They're near the top of the standings for a reason this year."
McDonough said he was pleased to limit Vincent Loho to one point, "he's hurt us in the past."
Laconia will take its lessons learned and travel to Prospect Mountain in Alton for a game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Laconia defeated Prospect Mountain 60-53 at the 43rd annual Holiday Basketball Tournament in Gilford over the Christmas break.
"They're very similar to us," McDonough said, "a lot of hard-working kids, a couple of kids that finish but trying to gel and get it together. They're a team that's going to be another tough matchup for us."

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Laconia High's Ryan Chandler drives for a shot against Somersworth's Evan Gray (left) and Bryton Early, in a 56-43 win for the visiting Hilltoppers. (David Carkhuff/The Laconia Daily Sun)

Taking on the big boys

Young snowmobiler making his mark with three straight wins


GILMANTON — Tristan Dow is only 12, but he's already making his mark in uphill side-by-side snowmobile drag racing, having won his last three races and looking ahead to even more wins this winter in the Rock the Hills racing series.
His most recent win came on New Year's Day at Granite Gorge in Roxbury, not far from Keene, and he's also raced in events at Whaleback in Lebanon and at the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme.
In fact, he's been racing since he was 2 years old, according to his dad, Tim Dow, who says his son has been winning a lot of races the last two or three years, ever since he started riding a Yamaha SX 700 in the open class. He has received an exception to be able to take on older competitors in those races.
"We got the sled from Eric Ouellette, a friend of mine that I used to race against," says Dow, who works at HK Powersports in Laconia and has been one of the top-ranked competitors in snowmobile racing around New England. He races an Arctic Cat on the same circuit as his son.
He said Tristan races on the grass during the snowless part of the year and excels in both hill climbs and drag racing.He is sponsored by Freedom Cycle of Concord.
"It's been a good winter so far for snowmobiles and we're looking forward to more events, including this year's Motor Mayhem event at Granite Gorge on March 18. Upcoming events are Jan. 28 in Lyndonville, Vermont, a night race at Granite Gorge on Feb. 11, and the Trailbreaker Challenge on Feb. 25 at Dublin.
Tristan says that he's having a good time racing snowmobiles. He's also raced dirt bikes and enjoys taking karate lessons at Beyond the Belt in Laconia.

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Tristan Dow, 12, of Gilmanton, has won his last three snowmobile races riding his Yamaha SX 700. (Roger Amsden /for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Tristan Dow of Gilmanton, shown competing at Granite Gorge race in Roxbury. (Courtesy Rapid Velocity)

Renegades top Wolfpack 6-1 with second period flurry (372 w/Alan's pix)


LACONIA — The Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes Renegades defeated the Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack 6-1 Wednesday night at the Merrill Fay Arena.

Following a scoreless first period, the Renegades erupted for four goals in an eight-minute span in the second period to take a commanding lead.

Spearheading the attack for attack for the Renegades was senior Blake Dunlap, who scored the first two goals of the game, both on assists from his brother Drew Dunlap.

Both teams had opportunities in the first period but were denied by Renegade goalie Nick Spicuzza, a junior, and Wolfpack goalie, freshman Derek Derynioski. The Renegades outshot the Wolfpack 15-9 in that period and enjoyed a territorial advantage until the final minutes of play, when a tripping call against Drew Dunlap gave the Wolfpack a power play with 1:03 left on the clock.

The Wolfpack pressed the attack, but Spicuzza and the Renegade defense were equal to the task, and kept Laconia-Winnisquam at bay.

The teams were at full strength 57 minutes into play in the second period and the Renegades scored shortly thereafter as Blake Dunlap picked up a puck about 12 feet from the net and lifted a shot past .

Derynioski at the 13:21 mark.

He scored again four and a half minutes later and Mike Dalzell made it 3-0 at the 7:05 left, followed by a goal by Brett Burns just two minutes later.

The Wolfpack got on the scoreboard at the 8:17 mark of the third period when they scored a power play goal by Nick Luther, who was assisted by Noah Smith and Josh Shevlin.

The Renegades came right back with a power play goal of their own by Garrett McCarthy on a breakaway with 5:01 to play. Mike Dalzell finished of the scoring on a power play goal with 1:04 left in the game.

Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes finished with 35 shots on net compared to 24 for Laconia-Winnisquam.

The winless Wolfpack will play Saturday night at Pembroke-Campbell at 7:30 p., while the Renegades will host Monadnock at 4 p.m. at the Merrill Fay Arena.


2nd period

1-0 Blake Dunlap, assist Drew Dunlap 13:21

2-0 Blake Dunlap, assist Drew Dunlap, Tyler Reid 8:51

3-0 Mike Dalzell, assist Dom Doliber 7:35

4-0 Brett Burns, assist Garrett McCarthy 5:01

3rd period

4-1 Nick Luther, assist. Noah Smith, Josh Shevlin (power play) 8:17

5-1 Garrett McCarthy, assist Michael Dalzell, Brett Burns, (power play) 5:01

6-1 Mike Dalzell, assist Gable Busby 2:04

LHS’s Phelps takes 1st place in 100 freestyle

Laconia High School Swim team, made up of 6 swimmers, has been practicing since mid-November and has competed in three meets so far. The most recent meet was at Colby-Sawyer College, competing against six other high school teams. Laconia swimmers achieved some of the personal best times at the meet. Alison Mackzo posted her best times of the season, finishing 20th in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 38.64 seconds. She then took 22nd in the 100 yard freestyle with a 127.23. Abigail Bailey swam in the 50 yard freestyle as well, posting a 42.92 second time. Senior Kaitlyn Mowery took 14th place in the 100 yard backstroke, finishing with a time of 138.18, as well as a 20th place in the 100 yard freestyle hitting the finish with a 122.72 time. New swimmer Patrick Deegan took the water and swam a 35.71 second in the 50 yard freestyle, earning him 16th place. He then went on to swim a 125.09 in the 100 yard freestyle to take 14th with a time of 35.71 seconds. Returning senior Tim Mackzo finished with some best personal times, taking 6th place in the 50 yard freestyle with a 29.39 second race. He then returned to the pool and swam to 7th place in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 107.96. Eric Phelps posted some best times taking 1st place in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 54.54 seconds. Phelps also swam to 3rd place in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 114.85 to complete the meet. The team's next meet will be on Friday at Bow.