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Boys DIII Basketball bracket released

CONCORD — The NHIAA has released the bracket for the Division III Boys Basketball Tournament, and several Lakes Region teams have a chance to play for the state title.

Winnisquam (16th seed) will host Fall Mountain (17) to start the action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. The winner of that game will play top-seeded Kearsarge on Thursday. Also in action on Thursday:

- Inter-Lakes (4) will host Monadnock (13) at 7 p.m.

- Franklin (15) will visit Hopkinton (2) at 7 p.m.

- Gilford (10) will visit Berlin (7) at 7 p.m.

- Belmont (6) will host St. Thomas Aquinas (11) at 7 p.m.

Wolves win 'Game for Max' 4-1

LACONIA — With a large crowd in attendance and valuable playoff points on the line, the New England Wolves EHL U19 defeated the Boston JR Rangers 4-1 on Saturday night in the "Game for Max."

Max Gagnon, a Laconia boy battling Leukemia ALL, was the guest of honor on Saturday night at the Merrill Fay Arena, and spent the pre-game with the Wolves, both behind the bench and in the locker room. "Max's story is one this team has been following for quite some time. His perseverance, effort and ability to smile through it all, has inspired this team and this community," said Andrew Trimble, Wolves head coach.

The Wolves got off to a great start, building a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period on goals by Dylan Treamer (of Belmont), Blake Harlow and a late goal on an offensive zone face-off by Zach Dezotelle.

The Rangers refused to quit, however, as the game battled through a back-and-forth second period. Wolves captain Rob Lennox added a 4th goal to bring the score to 4-0, before the Rangers scored a late goal in the third period. Josh George was outstanding in nets with 36 saves.

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A Game for Max

Franklin boys explode in 4th for win over Newfound

BRISTOL — With a 67-55 win on Tuesday night at Newfound High School, Franklin Boys Basketball (7-8) will have a chance to even its record when they visit White Mountains on Friday night.

Franklin's win was sealed by a monumental fourth quarter, when Jayden Torres scored 17 of his 33 points, and when Matt Hennessy and TJ Laramie's rebounding prevented Newfound from taking second shots.

Franklin Coach Michael Donnell said, "This was a huge game for us and our fourth win in a row. We're peaking at the right time with the tournament right around the corner. We started sluggish and Newfound was taking advantage of the situation. But the second half we put it together and finished strong getting the win."

Hennessy and Corey Nelson each scored 11 points for Franklin. Newfound (1-14) was lead by Jarrod Fairbank, who scored 19, and P.J. Muse, 18.

18-0, on to the tournament they go

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Newfound's Amanda Johnston gets pressured by Jordan Wall and Madison Dow of Somersworth during NHIAA Division III basketball on Thursday evening. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)


BRISTOL — The Newfound Girls Basketball team acheived regular-season perfection on Thursday night, beating Somersworth 30-26 at home for the team's 18th win in an 18-game season.

Coach Karri Peterson said she wanted her players to remember that they haven't yet accomplished what they set out to do at the beginning of their season.

"I am proud of the girls for achieving at this point, two of three of their season goals. It is great and exciting to go undefeated but now the second season starts and I hope we can continue for another two weeks." The Division III tournament is scheduled to begin on Feb. 23, with the final game on March 4. 

Peterson said Thursday's game turned for Newfound in the third quarter, when all five players on the floor became involved in the offense. Ashlee Dukette lead Newfound with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals. Savanna Bony scored 18, Amanda Johnston had 3 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Alexis Vantil had 5 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals, and Molly Schilling added 4 points.



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The Newfound Regional girls varsity basketball team celebrates a perfect season following their commanding win of 56 to 30 over Somersworth onThursday evening. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)