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Gilford boys take 24th annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament

GILFORD — The 24th Annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament took place March 9-12. The following is the results:

Thursday, March 9

5 – 6:15 p.m. Game 1 Gilford vs. Lou Athanas (Junior Division)
Lou Athanas defeated Gilford (32-14)
Leading Scorers for Lou Athanas: Brady Stevens – 12 pts, Tristan Parker – 10 pts and Caden Tucker – 6 pts
Leading Scorers for Gilford: Carter Gelo – 7 pts, Carson Anthony, Bryce Carroll and Cooper Perkins – 2 pts ea.
Hustle Awards presented to Madeline Mousseau of Lou Athanas and Livi Keenan of Gilford

6:15 – 7:30 p.m. Game 2 Gilmanton vs. Sanbornton (Junior Division)
Sanbornton defeated Gilmanton (28-13)
Leading Scorers for Sanbornton: Jackson Flanders – 15 pts, Nicholas Haddock – 4 pts and Jacob Twombly – 3 pts
Leading Scorers for Gilmanton: Alec Townsend – 6 pts, Tim Maciaone – 4 pts and Jacob Sanders – 2 pts
Hustle Awards presented to Jackson Flanders of Sanbornton and Landon Mandella of Gilmanton

7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Game 8 Gilford vs. Sanbornton (Senior Girls Division)
Gilford defeated Sanbornton in double overtime (26-25)
Leading Scorers for Gilford: Lauryn NashBoucher – 7 pts, Alysen Pichette – 6 pts and Vanessa Flanders – 6 pts
Leading Scorers for Sanbornton – Julia Dolpies – 21 pts and Isabella Sargent – 2 pts
Hustle Awards presented to Alysen Pichette of Gilford and Julia Dolpies of Sanbornton

Friday, March 10

5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Game 9 Lou Athanas vs. Belmont (Senior Girls Div.)
Lou Athanas defeated Belmont (25-7)
Leading Scorers for Lou Athanas: Ashlyn Deluca – 10 pts, Lily Andriski – 5 pts and Reagan Bresse – 5 pts
Leading Scorers for Belmont: Yelena Rodrigues – 2 pts, Eleni Papadopolous – 2 pts and Darien Fleck – 2 pts
Hustle Awards presented to Sarah Ancora of Lou Athanas and Yelena Rodrigues of Belmont

6:15 – 7:30 p.m. Game 15 Gilford vs. Sanbornton (Senior Boys Division)
Gilford defeated Sanbornton (46-34)
Leading Scorers for Gilford: Jalen Reese – 17 pts, Isaiah Reese – 6 pts and Sam Cheek – 6 pts
Leading Scorers for Sanbornton: Alex Nichols – 17 pts, Ben Rollins – 11 pts and Caleb Robdau – 4 pts
Hustle Awards presented to Isaiah Reese of Gilford and Alex Nichols of Sanbornton

7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Game 16 Lou Athanas vs. Belmont (Senior Boys Division)
Lou Athanas defeated Belmont (43-77)
Leading Scorers for Lou Athanas: Lucas Kirk - 10 pts, Keaton Beck – 7 pts, 2 others with 6 pts each
Leading Scorers for Belmont: Trenton DeSchiteneer – 8 pts, Hayden Howes – 7 pts and Jacobb Bivens – 6 pts
Hustle Awards presented Kurtis Jobin of Lou Athanas and Hayden Howes of Belmont

Saturday, March 11

8 – 9:15 a.m. Game 3 (Junior Division Losers Bracket)
Gilford defeated Gilmanton (33-4)
Leading Scorers for Gilford: Austin Champagne – 10 pts, Grace Kelly – 5 pts and 3 others with 4 pts each
Leading Scorers for Gilmanton: Blake Zarta – 2 pts and Timothy Maciaone – 2 pts

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Game 4 (Junior Division Winners Bracket)
Lou Athanas defeated Sanbornton 41-14)
Leading Scorers for Lou Athanas: Brady Stevens – 9 pts, Madeline Mousseau – 9 pts and Tristan Parker – 8 pts
Leading Scorers for Sanbornton: Jacob Twombly – 8 pts, Jackson Flanders – 4 pts and Ben Wood – 2 pts

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Game 10 (Senior Girls Division Losers Bracket)
Sanbornton defeated Belmont (34-8)
Leading Scorers for Sanbornton: Julia Dolpies – 17 pts, Isabella Sargent – 7 pts and Jasmine Filter – 4 pts
Leading Scorers for Belmont: Yelena Rodrigues – 5 pts, Alyssa Gilbert – 2 pts and Carly Drouin – 1 pt

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Game 11 (Senior Girls Division Winners Bracket)
Lou Athanas defeated Gilford (22-21)
Leading Scorers for Lou Athanas: Ashlyn Deluca – 10 pts and 3 others with 4 pts each
Leading Scorers for Gilford: Lauryn NashBoucher – 5 pts and 3 others with 4 pts each

1 – 2:15 p.m. Game 17 (Senior Boys Division Losers Bracket)
Sanbornton defeated Belmont (45-26)
Leading Scorers for Sanbornton: Caleb Robdau – 12 pts, Alex Nichols – 10 pts and Ben Rollins – 10 pts
Leading Scorers for Belmont: Trenton DeSchuiteneer – 10 pts, Hayden Howes – 6 pts and Jacobb Bivens – 4 pts

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Game 18 (Senior Boys Division Winners Bracket)
Gilford defeated Lou Athanas (31-24)
Leading Scorers for Gilford: Jalen Reese – 18 pts, Isaiah Reese – 5 pts and 2 others with 4 pts each
Leading Scorers for Lou Athanas: Max Shosa – 6 pts, Lucas Kirk – 6 pts and Logan Sanchez – 5 pts

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Game 5 (Junior Division Losers Bracket)
Gilford defeated Sanbornton (31-9)
Leading Scorers for Gilford: Cooper Perkins – 10 pts, Daniel Kitto – 6 pts and Livi Keenan – 3 pts
Leading Scorers for Sanbornton: Jackson Flanders – 5 pts, Colin Flanders – 2 pts and Emma Evans – 2 pts

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm Game 12 (Senior Girls Division Losers Bracket)
Gilford defeated Sanbornton (23-18)
Leading Scorers for Gilford: Serria Talbot – 7 pts and 3 others with 4 pts each
Leading Scorers for Sanbornton: Julie Dolpies – 8 pts, Caitlin Connelly – 4 pts and Jasmine Filter – 4 pts

6 – 7:15 p.m. Game 19 (Senior Boys Division Losers Bracket)
Lou Athanas defeated Sanbornton (49-23)
Leading Scorers for Lou Athanas: Keaton Beck – 12 pts, Max Shosa – 11 pts and Kurtis Jobin – 6 pts
Leading Scorers for Sanbornton: Alex Nichols – 9 pts, Sam Mattes – 7 pts and Andrew Pearson – 3 pts

Sunday, March 12

9 – 10:30 a.m. Game 6 (Junior Division Final)
Lou Athanas defeated Gilford (35-17)
Leading Scorers for Lou Athanas: Brady Stevens – 18 pts, Tristan Parker – 8 pts and Madeline Mousseau – 4 pts
Leading Scorers for Gilford: Carter Gelo – 6 pts, Mark Uiker – 4 pts and 3 others with 2 pts each

10:30 a.m. – noon Game 13 (Senior Girls Division Final)
Lou Athanas defeated Gilford (20-10)
Leading Scorers for Lou Athanas: Ashlyn Deluca – 8 pts, Renee Bergeron – 4 pts and Regan Bresse – 4 pts
Leading Scorers for Gilford: Ashley Sanderson – 4 pts, Vanessa Flanders 4 pts and Lauryn NashBoucher – 2 pts

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Game 20 (Senior Boys Division Final)
Gilford defeated Lou Athanas (31-23)
Leading Scorers for Gilford: Jalen Reese – 12 pts, Isaiah Reese – 9 pts and Mason Anthony – 4 pts
Leading Scorers for Lou Athanas: Dylan Ellsworth – 5 pts, Carson Tucker – 5 pts and Logan Sanchez – 4 pts

Final Results:

Jr. Co-ed: first – Lou Athanas, second – Gilford, third – Sanbornton, fourth –  Gilmanton

Sr. Girls: first – Lou Athanas, second – Gilford, third – Sanbornton, fourth – Belmont

Sr. Boys: first – Gilford, second – Lou Athanas, third – Sanbornton, fourth – Belmont

Additional awards:

Nathan J. Babcock Volunteer Award was presented to Cassidy Bartlett

Denise Soucy Memorial Coaches Award was presented to Steve Tucker and Nate Stevens of the Lou Athanas Jr. Co-ed Team

The Hustle Awards are presented to one player for each game during the opening round (see opening round games for results)

Aaron Francoeur All-Tournament Sportsmanship Team:

Jr. Co-ed: Cooper Perkins of Gilford, Landon Mandella of Gilmanton, Madeline Mousseau of Lou Athanas and Nicholas Haddocks of Sanbornton

Sr. Girls: Abigail Gilbert of Belmont, Lauryn NashBoucher of Gilford, Reagan Bresse of Lou Athanas and Caitlin Connelly of Sanbornton

Sr. Boys: Vinnie Montalto of Belmont, Jalen Reese of Gilford, Lucas Kirk of Lou Athanas and Frankie McComiskey of Sanbornton

The Aaron Francoeur All-Tournament Sportsmanship Team Awards are presented to one player from every team in each division at the conclusion of the tournament

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This was a senior girls game between Gilford and Sanbornton and one is of the All Tournament Sportsmanship Team. (Courtesy photo)

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All Tournament winner: In the back row, from left are Reagan Bresse, Frankie McComiskey, Jalen Reese, Abigail Gilbert, Lauryn Nash Boucher, Nicholas Haddocks and Cooper Perkins. In front are Lucas Kirk, Vinnie Montalto, Madeline Mousseau, Caitlin Connelly and Landon Mandella. (Courtesy photo)

 

New England Wolves tally most wins by a Laconia-based junior hockey program

LACONIA — With a loss to the Boston Jr. Rangers on March 12, the New England Wolves EHL Elite U19, after scoring dramatic victories in the first two playoff games, were officially eliminated from the EHL Elite playoffs.

Starting the playoffs on Wednesday, the Wolves traveled down to Haverhill, Massachusetts, and defeated the Valley Jr. Warriors 4-1 to advance to the second-round of the playoffs. Josh George was outstanding in nets, and the Wolves got timely scoring Nate Trull, Blake Harlow, Quinn Fahey and Carl Bear. The win advanced the Wolves to the Northern Conference Finals, a Round Robin- style playoff series that pitted the Wolves against the Boston Jt. Rangers, Vermont Lumberjacks and the New Hampshire Monarchs.
The Wolves continued their momentum with perhaps the biggest upset of the playoffs when they defeated the Vermont Lumberjacks, a team that had only lost four games all year, 6-3 on Saturday afternoon, March 11. Blake Harlow recorded two more goals, and was helped by Max Levasseur, Carl Bear, Zach Dezotelle and Rob Lennox also scoring.
Two hard-fought losses, against the Monarchs and Rangers, eliminated the Wolves from title contention. Starring in those games was Blake Harlow, who currently leads all playoff scorers with 9 points in four games, including 6 goals.
The season finishes up with the Wolves U19 recording the most wins by a Laconia-based USA Hockey Junior program in the last 12 years. The win total (26 including playoffs) is also the most ever by a Wolves EHL franchise, and the playoff wins were the first in Wolves EHL franchise history.
For more on the Wolves Program or to get involved, see www.americanhockeyinstitute.com.

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The Wolves were eliminated from the EHL Elite playoffs March 13, but still scored more wins than any other Laconia-based team in the last 12 years. (Courtesy photo)

LMS girls go undefeated to win Bow Athletic Club tournament

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Laconia Middle School Girls Basketball went undefeated to win the 32nd Annual BAC Basketball Tournament. Shown here are, standing, Coach Pat Gaspa, Lexi Kesselring, Jaelyn Dow, Sierra Halligan, Selia Michalewicz, Emily Daly, Riley Vachon, Kathern Allen and Bailey Vachon. Kneeling are Isabella Daly, Sophie George and Sydney Ross. Not pictured are team members Shay Gunning-Lavoie and Norah Dunleavy. (Courtesy photo)

 

BOW — The Laconia Middle school Girls basketball team went undefeated in the 32nd Annual BAC Basketball Tournament, held from Feb. 24 to March 5 at the Bow Athletic Club. This double-elimination tournament featured teams from, Barnstead, Bow, Concord, Hooksett, Hopkinton, Merrimac, Jaffery-Rindge, Laconia and Litchfield. In their first game Laconia took IBC in a close game, 41 to 38, then stopped the Bow Wildcats, 57 to 28. In the next game they faced the Concord Boys and Girls Club, their toughest battle yet, but Laconia prevailed with a 47 to 45 win. Concord came back through the losers' bracket to face Laconia for the championship game on Sunday. LMS started off strong in the first half, leading by as much as 15 points, but in the third quarter, Concord held Laconia to only 2 points and fought their way back to within 5. The last quarter was a battle, but Laconia pulled ahead just before the final buzzer and won, 44 to 39.
Sophie George received the MVP Award and Isabella Daly and Lexi Kesselring were named to the All-Tournament team.
Coach Pat Gaspa lead this group of girls to an overall record of 31 wins and 1 loss on the 2016-2017 season.

Mounties eliminate Renegades 4-2 to advance to Final Four

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Berlin-Gorham's Hunter Fauteux (Number 14) and Cam Cochran celebrate after Fauteux scored during second period action. The Mounties advanced to the semifinals after the 4-2 win. (Guy Stever photo)

 

By Jean LeBlanc

Berlin Daily Sun

BERLIN —Cam Cochran scored a pair of goals and the Berlin-Gorham offense fired 50 shots on the Renegade net, helping Berlin/Gorham battle their way to a hard fought 4-2 victory over Mounltonborough-Inter-Lakes in a Division III boys ice hockey quarterfinal contest.

The third-ranked ranked (15-3-1) Mountaineers will face second-seed (15-3-1) Belmont/Gilford in the semifinal round on Wednesday at Plymouth State College at 5:30 p.m.

The loss ended the year for the No. 6 seed Renegades (9-10).

Berlin-Gorham carried play in the first period, out-shooting its guests 15-6. Both goaltenders in the game were sophomores and blocked everything sent their way to keep the score at 0-0.

Things picked up in the middle period. At 2:20 of the second period, Berlin's Cochran took a long pass from defenseman Hayden Piet and went one-on-one with a Renegade defender. Cochran picked the far corner of the net for his 27th goal of the year and 1-0 Mountie lead.

Just two minutes later, the Mounties used some short triangular passing to make it 2-0. Hunter Fauteux celebrated his 13th goal of the winter from linemates Cochran and Damon Ruel for a two-goal Berlin-Gorham advantage.

The Renegades got on the board at 7:26 of the second period when Michael Dalzell's shot broke off the pad of Mountie goaltender Trent Labrecque, to make it a 2-1 score.

Any momentum that Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes had gained was quickly taken away by a shorthanded goal at the 8:28 mark. Cochran notched his 28th goal of the year with a backhander over a sprawling goaltender for a 3-1 lead for the home team. Captain Owen Dorval was credited with an assist on the shorthanded tally.

In the third period, the Mountaineers held sway by controlling play. The Renegades made things interesting on a Dalzell goal at the 8:04 mark to reduce their deficit to one goal at 3-2.

Things got ugly down the stretch when Renegade Blake Dunlap took a major/misconduct penalty for a hit from behind. The Renegades survived the five minute Berlin-Gorham advantage. However, a tripping call with less than two minutes to play would leave the Renegades a player short for the remainder of the game. Senior Leo Croteau sealed the contest with his ninth goal of the year, firing into an empty net to make the final score 4-2.

"I think we controlled the game offensively, especially early on," said Coach Mike Poulin. "Our penalty situation has to improve, we took too many penalties especially in the third period. As you get deeper into the playoffs, you can not give teams the opportunity on the power play. We out shot them 50-20. Their goalie played well, Hunter Sanders had 46 saves. It was playoff hockey for sure. Nothing is going to be easy in the playoffs, everything is earned."
For the game, Sanders blocked 46 of 50 shots from the Mountaineers. At the other end of the ice, Labrecque had 16 saves in the win.

On Wednesday night, at 5:30, the Mounties will face rival Belmont-Gilford at Plymouth State University in a semifinal contest. The Mountaineers split their two games with the Bulldogs beating them 6-2 at home and falling 5-1 on the road. Both teams have identical 15-3-1 records.