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
The Gilford girls' basketball team wrapped up a perfect regular season on Tuesday, beating Newfound, 69-53. The Golden Eagles (18-0) averaged 61 points per game and won by 10 or more points in 15 of 18 contests. Gilford, assured of a first round bye in the Division III tournament, will wait for the seeding to see who their second round opponent will be.
Laconia (13-4) hosted Sanborn last night to finish the regular season. Laconia's four losses came against teams with a combined 7 losses on the season. Two of those losses were against unbeaten Gilford. The Sachems sat in the seventh seed prior to last nights match.
The Red Raiders head to Meredith tonight night to close out their schedule against Inter-Lakes. Belmont (11-6) holds down the 10th seed heading into tonight.
Prospect Mountain improved to 7-10 against Sanborn, 35-27. The Timberwolves hung on to 17th seed headed into last night's tilt against Newfound.
Inter-Lakes fell 50-41 to White Mountains Wednesday evening. The Lakers close out the year at home against Belmont tonight.
Winnisquam could not get past Laconia, falling 60-48. The Bears (1-16) finished out the year against Stevens last night.
Winnisquam rolled past Laconia, 78-54, Tuesday night. The Bears (12-3) are in the fourth spot of the DIII standings heading into tonight's game at Stevens.
Gilford (12-4) is on Winnisquam's heels in the DIII standings after dropping 102 points on Newfound in a 102-47 victory. The Golden Eagles head to Prospect Mountain on Tuesday.
Laconia has dropped the last two matches, the last coming against Winnisquam, 78-54. The Sachems (6-9) head to Sanborn tonight.
The Lakers have strung together a pair of wins for the first time this season, beating Somersworth, 74-56 and White Mountains, 63-53. Inter-Lakes (5-11) heads to Belmont tonight.
Prospect Mountain puts their four game winning streak on the line tonight against Raymond. The Timberwolves (6-8) are fresh off a win over Sanborn, 40-39.
Belmont fell to Raymond, 65-47, last week. The Red Raiders (2-13) host Inter-Lakes tonight.
Belmont-Gilford (13-1) skated past Manchester West, 13-3. B-G is currently on an 11 game win-streak, scoring five or more goals in every game in that span. The Bulldogs continue the race for the top spot in DIII against ConVal tomorrow.
Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes bested Kennett, 6-3 Wednesday evening. The Renegades (8-6-1) host Berlin-Gorham tomorrow.
Laconia-Winnisquam's game at Berlin/Gorham Wednesday was rescheduled for tonight. The Wolfpack (3-9-1) host Kearsarge tomorrow.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:48
The caption that appeared with a photo on the sports page of the February 17 edition included the wrong name of one of the players pictured. Andre McNeil was the Laconia High School basketball player in the photo.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
Registration for the Spring 2015 Season of Lakes Region Flag Football is underway. The LRFFL is an NFL Flag program; practices and games are at Inter-Lakes High School's turf field in Meredith. Time commitment is 2 hours per week: one hour practice (typically Wednesday night) and one hour game (mostly Saturdays).
Registration fee for spring is $65 per player, with a $5 discount for multiple family members. Registrations are done online at lrffl.com. Fee includes an NFL Flag team jersey and flag belts that players get to keep.
Age divisions as follows: (Players age division based upon age as of June 1, 2015.)
4-6; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14 & 15-17. All Divisions are co-ed, and there will be a limited number of openings for each age division.
The Spring 2015 Season will begin in early April (after Easter Sunday) with the LRFFL combine and end with the Super Bowl games on Saturday, June 13. Full schedule is available at lrffl.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015 08:14