New England Wolves hockey team announces partnerships with local businesses

LACONIA — The New England Wolves, playoff participants and 2nd place finishers in the Francis Division of the MJHL a year ago, have announced several partnerships with local Lakes Region businesses for the 2015-16 season.
Starting September 1, and lasting through March of 2016, the New England Wolves EHL Elite team will have the opportunity to train daily at the Heavy Metal Gym, located in the Paugus Bay Plaza in Laconia. Heavy Metal Gym Owner Josh Sanborn and Wolves Management reached an agreement late last week.
"We have our facility located within the Laconia Ice Arena, and we will use this for all our structured team workouts on Tuesday, Wednesday and most Fridays, but adding the expertise of Josh and utilizing his larger facility will allow our boys to push themselves that much further. It opens up the opportunity for them to independently train with a professional, and focus on their own personal strength and fitness goals," said Wolves GM/head coach Andrew Trimble. The Heavy Metal Gym has been in operation since May of 2012 and is a pincode access gym, meaning players will be able to create their own hours that fit into their Wolves practice, game, college class, and volunteering schedule.
Also taking on an expanded role for the Wolves will be life coach Emily Clement of Laconia. Clement was integral to last season's success, so she has taken to the job titles of host family coordinator and, using her experience as a high school guidance counselor, will be serving as the team's academic advisor. Trimble noted that with kids committed already from Russia, from Michigan, from New Jersey, from Montana and all over New England, Clement has been hard at work finding families within the Lakes Region for each and every player.
Lastly, the Wolves have moved their junior locker room for this upcoming season, replacing the N.H. Fighting Spirit. The Wolves' locker room last season, built in 1998 was the first team- specific locker room in the Laconia Ice Arena facility, will be occupied by the Wolves u16 split season team. With some red and black paint donated by Boulia-Gorell the Wolves have been able to give a facelift to both the outside and the inside of their corner of the rink.
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Muskrats still in first place behind strong pitching staff

LACONIA — The Laconia Muskrats weathered a storm last week, dropping four of six games and remaining in first place. "We knew this part of the season would be difficult," GM Noah Crane said. "We lost four in a row but are still in first after winning our last two. We had two poor starts last week and it cost us two games."

The pitching staff has been tops in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Muskrats staff is tied for first in strikeouts with 200 and is tied for third with a 3.13 earned run average. Derry, N.H. standout, Tim Viehoff, has been lights out for Laconia. The SNHU Junior has allowed one run in five starts and has a minuscule 0.28 era. Viehoff leads the league in strikeouts (36) and wins with four.

Laconia is a game up over the Valley Blue Sox after handing them a 10-3 drubbing on Tuesday night . Over the next two weeks the Muskrats have nine games in 11 days with eight of those games against division foes. The local nine hosted North Adams on Wednesday and Valley again on Friday to round out the home games for the week.

If the Muskrats are in first place come Friday night the coaching staff will manage the Northern Division All-Star team in Sanford on Sunday, July 19.

Waukewan lady golfers get 9 holes in despite rain drops

The Waukewan Ladies League finally got to play a full nine holes, however, it still was a bit rainy, but the ladies did not let the weather discourage them. The game for the day was 2 best putts and the gals did a fine job. 1st place went to the team of Carolyn Koczera, Ellen Vail, Shirley Monis and Jackie Belanger with a combined total of 25 putts. 2nd place went to the team of Jan Pano, Sue Connolly, Jane Pillsbury and Wendy Keeler with 26 putts.

The contest holes were closest to the pin with the first shot on #3. Mary Dickerson had no problem putting her ball 18' 5" from the pin. Closest to the pin on #5 in two shots went to Val Cross. The longest drive on hole #8 went to Linda Ridlon.

Showing great finesse Ellen Vail chipped in on hole #6 and Sue Connolly chipped in on hole #3.

Five ladies showed their grit by shooting 50 and below: Laurie Fox posted a 45, Denise Doyle a 49 and Jan Pano, Sue Connolly and Gerry McGillicuddy posted 50s.

Ronnie Harris was the lucky lady who won the 50/50 raffle.

It was great to finally get the league off to a full 9 holes of play.

The League has set the date of September 9 for its invitational tournament .

Muskrats to battle Blue Sox tonight for control of 1st place

LACONIA — The Laconia Muskrats picked up three more wins this week to stay atop New England Collegiate Baseball's northern division with a 12-8 record. Laconia is nursing a half-game lead over the Valley Blue Sox. The 12-8 start is the best on record in June for the Muskrats in the six seasons in Laconia. "While you want to be playing your best in late July not late June it is still important to get off to a good start," general manager Noah Crane said.

The offense has been led of late by third baseman Cameron Hanley. The Northeastern junior has a .348 batting average and 12 RBI over 18 games. Catcher Deon, a sophomore at St. Joseph's, is hitting .351 with 9 RBI over 20 games.

"July is always the more difficult month as fatigue and injuries start to creep in," Crane continued. Laconia enters July with a half a game lead in the northern division with 24 games to play. "It is easy to lose focus in this middle part of the season. We are playing well and have a group of confident and intelligent players. They play the game hard but with intelligence and they never panic no matter how far behind we are," said Crane.

The Muskrats are home on Friday against Valley Blue Sox and Sunday against Vermont. "We need more fan support. The community is missing out on a great team and a fun experience in a beautiful ballpark. We actually play better on the road because of the crowd energy. It would be great to get that same type of support and energy at home," he said.