The Laconia Middle School girls' basketball team split a pair of games last week.
Laconia rode the strength of a strong second quarter to a 25-23 victory in a Jan. 15 match against Gilford. Leading scorers were Amelia Clairmont with 13, Devon Mello with 9, Bella Smith with 8 and Delia Cormier with six. Gilford trailed by just two points after the first quarter, but Laconia shot ahead in the second, scoring 16 points to Gilford's 1. Laconia's full court defense resulted in steals and scoring opportunities.
On Jan. 17, Laconia again went into half-time with a lead but opponents from Merrimack Valley turned the game around in the third quarter, out-scoring the Sachems 20 to 9 in that period of play. Merrimack Valley protected the lead in the fourth quarter for a 45-38 win. Laconia coach Chick Tautkus was very proud of his players as they fought hard the whole game and displayed a lot of hustle. Leading rebounders for Laconia were Emma Schumacher with 8 and Lindsey Drouin with 7. Delaney Ross played excellent defense for Laconia.
Laconia plays Bow on Wednesday and Barnstead on Thursday at home this week. Both games start at 4 p.m.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 09:54
Gilford broke a 3 game losing streak and ran its record to 6-3 with a 50-33 win over Berlin. The Eagles lead from the start jumping out to 20-6 lead after the first quarter. Berlin settled down in the second quarter but Gilford still owned a 26-14 lead at the break. In the second half the Mountaineers would trim the lead to 9 halfway the third quarter but the Eagles withstood the charge and entered the final stanza leading 37-26. It was all Gilford in the fourth as they outscored Berlin 13-7 to win going away.
For Gilford Maddie Harris led all scorers with 16 points and got a double-double with 10 rebounds, she also had 4 steals and 2 blocks on the night. Jordan Dean added 11 points to go along with 7 boards and 8 steals. Cassidy Bartlett contributed with 9 points and Shannon Mercer had 8 points. Kayla Orton added 6 points to round out the scoring.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 09:46
The Inter-Lakes swim team hit the water in Concord Friday night against, Bow, Concord, Bishop Brady, Stevens and Gilford High Schools. All the swimmers came away with some successful swims.
On the boys' team, the growth to two swimmers this season has created a friendly competition between the two team members, which was clear to see as they swam next to each other in the 50 freestyle event. In the end though, Matthew Sundius got the edge with an 8th place finish and Ben Jaques finished 9th. Matthew continued his successful night by grabbing 3rd place in the 100 Backstroke with a new personal best time of 1:10.16, earning him a qualifying time for the State Championship meet. Ben grabbed a 10th place finish in the 100 Freestyle.
On the girls' side, each had a moment to shine. Pauline Donaldson swam very strong achieving a new personal best time of 54.40 in the 50 Freestyle and in the 100 Freestyle swam close to her best time of last season. Elisabeth Hutchins swam into 7th place in both her swims in the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke. Elisabeth also achieved a new personal best time of 1:14.02 in the 100 Freestyle. Sarah Sundius took 1st in the 100 Breaststroke and 2nd with a new personal best time of 2:31.23 in the 200 Individual Medley.
The other highlight of the evening was to see the camaraderie among the Inter-Lakes and the Gilford swimmers. They were all seen cheering and supporting on the swimmers of both teams. The Lakers with hit the pool again on Sunday, Jan. 26th at the Bobcat Invitational at UNH.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 09:45
At the unofficial NH Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship meet held at the University of Southern Maine on Sunday, Belmont High School's Joseph Boles placed first in the 1500m in a new school record time of 4:19.44, Bruce Zimmer placed second in the shot put (40' 1") and Kyle Patten placed second in the 55m in a personal record time of 7.12. Also setting a new personal record was Sabrina Robinson in the 300m.
The Belmont HS boys' team placed 8th (16 points) behind Monadnock (56.5 points). The girls' team did not score.
Boles, Zimmer and Patten have qualified to compete next Saturday at the Pre-State Meet to be held at the University of New Hampshire.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 09:43