Golden Eagles seniors lead team to sixth straight win

GILFORD — Led by five seniors, all of whom started Monday night, Gilford romped to a 76-40 victory over winless Newfound.

All five seniors scored, with David Hart leading the way with 21 points, five assists and four steals. Nate Hudson had 11 points, four assists and four steals, and Jonathan Nelson scored nine pints. Chris Remick had four points, and Logan Bell scored two while pulling down four rebounds.

Greg Madore, a junior, contributed 17 points to the  cause.

Gilford is on a hot streak recently, winning its last six games while outscoring opponents by an average of more than 20 points per game. In mid-January the Golden Eagles ended top-ranked Somersworth’s eight-game winning streak with a 62-53 victory.

The  Monday night win put Gilford in sixth place in the Division III standings, with a 13-4 record. They close out their regular season Friday with a game at White Mountains Regional (10-6) in Whitefield.

Somersworth 69, Belmont 54

Top-ranked Somersworth (15-2) outlasted the Red Raiders (10-7). The winners took a 12-point lead at the end of the first half and fended off a Raiders comeback which saw Belmont close the gap to five several times.

Matt Pluskis had 26 points, five rebounds and four  assists for Belmont. Dylan Gansert had 12 points, while Matt Thurber picked up 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Evan Gray led Somersworth with 26 points, and Bryton Early added 19.

Belmont closes out its regular season Wednesday with a 6:30 game at Newfound (0-17).

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Gilford High School seniors Nate Hudson, Jonathan Nelson, David Hart, Chris Remick and Logan Bell all started and scored points in Monday’s 76-40 win over Newfound. (Courtesy photo)

Six area teams in D-III tournament opening tomorrow


GILFORD — Six girls basketball teams from the Lakes Region will play in the Division III tournament that opens Thursday night.

Second-ranked Gilford (16-2) will host 15th-ranked Stevens (6-12) at 7 p.m.

The Golden Eagles have reeled off 16 straight wins since dropping their first two games of the season and are led by senior Brooke Beaudet, who played on the undefeated Gilford team, which won the championship two years ago but missed last season with an injury.

Other leaders for Gilford include Shelby Cole and Hannah Perkins, who netted 27 points when the Golden Eagles outlasted Prospect Mountain last month.

Third-ranked Newfound (16-2) plays host to 14th-ranked Franklin (7-11) Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Bears are led by Ashley Dukette, a 6-foot-tall junior who was last year’s Division III player of the year. She has a strong supporting cast, led by Savanna Bony and freshman shooting guard Jasmine Peterson.

Hannah Hicks and Lauren Marsh have been the leading scorers and rebounders for the Golden Tornadoes.

Tenth-ranked Prospect Mountain (11-7) plays at seventh-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas (13-5).

Eleventh-ranked Inter-Lakes (11-7), one of only two teams to defeat Newfound this year, plays at sixth-ranked Hopkinton  (14-4) at 7 p.m.

Thirteenth-ranked Belmont (7-11)  plays at fourth-ranked Sanborn (15-3).

Top-ranked Monadnock (16-2) has a  bye in the opening round and will be host to either the winner of the Sanborn-Belmont game or the winner of the Conant (14-4)-Newport (10-8) game Saturday at 7 p.m.

If Gilford wins Thursday night, it will be host to the winner of the Prospect Mountain-St. Thomas Aquinas game Saturday at 7 p.m.

If Newfound wins Thursday night, it will face the winner of the Hopkinton-Inter-Lakes game at home on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Should both Gilford and Newfound win their Saturday night games, they would face off against each other in a semifinal game on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University.

Gilford girls win 16th straight game, earn No. 2 seed in Division III

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Belmont’s Jordan Sargent goes up for a shot with pressure from Gilford’s Hannah Perkins during NHIAA division III basketball Friday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

GILFORD — The Golden Eagles won their 16th straight game by topping Belmont, 65-38, Friday night.

Brooke Beaudet scored 24 points and had 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Shelby Cole scored 19, and Hannah Perkins had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Julianna Estremera had 24 points for the Raiders.

Gilford (16-2) earned the number two spot in the Division III playoffs and will play host to Sevens (6-12) on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Belmont (7-11) will play at Sanborn (15-3) Thursday in the opening round of the playoffs.

Newfound 55, Somersworth 15

The Bears (16-2) wrapped up the number three spot in the Division III playoffs Friday night with a lopsided victory over winless Somersworth.

Ashlee Dukette led the Bears with 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals. Savanna Bony had 11 points. Haley Dukette added nine and Madi Dalphonse had eight points. Jasmine Peterson had seven points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and seven steals.

Newfound play host to Franklin (7-11) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the tournament.

White Mountains 56, Franklin 34

Hannah Hicks led the Golden Tornadoes with 10 points, while Lauren Marsh had seven points and 11 rebounds.

White Mountains finished the season at 11-7 and Franklin was 7-11.

Laconia 56, Brown 36

The Sachems moved to 9-8 in Division II for the season with Friday night’s win.

They close out their season with a game at Plymouth (1-16) Thursday at 6 p.m.


Boys Basketball

Gilford 67, Belmont 47

The Golden Eagles (12-4) pulled away in the second half for their fifth straight win.

Greg Madore, who stands 6’4”, led Gilford with 22 points. David Hart had 15 for Gilford, including a pair of back-to-back three pointers in the third period. Adrian Siravo scored 12 points.

Gilford play host to winless Newfound on Monday night.

Matt Pluskis had 22 points to lead the Raiders (10-6).

Belmont played Monday night at top-ranked Somersworth (14-2).

Laconia 61, Mascoma Valley 53

The Sachems moved to 8-8 for the season with Thursday night’s win over Mascoma Valley (6-10).

They will play host to White Mountains (10-6) today at 6 p.m. and close out their season at Inter-Lakes (11-5) on Friday night.

Inter-Lakes 49, Winnisquam 45

The Lakers moved to 11-5 on the season with Friday night’s win over Winnisquam (4-12). They will play host to Newport (2-14) at 6.m. today.

The Bears play at Franklin today at 7 p.m.

White Mountain 84, Franklin 55

Jayden Torres scored 27 points for the Golden Tornadoes and is now just five points short of reaching the 1,000 mark for his high school career.

He should reach that magic number tonight at home when Franklin plays host to Winnisquam (4-12) in a 7 p.m. game.

The Golden Tornadoes are 3-13 this season.

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Belmont’s Julianna Estremera goes up for a shot against Gilford’s Brooke Beaudet during NHIAA division III basketball Friday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Ice racers

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First-year ice racer Mark Smart (#44) of Moultonboro leads Mile Frank into turn 4 at the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club race in Moultonborough. The Club runs weekly ice races on the lakes of central New Hampshire. For more information visit (Courtesy photo)

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Trevor Greene of Moultonborough won his first V8 Stock division feature last Sunday at the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club in Moultonborough. (Courtesy photo)

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Mike Horsch (#2) of Moultonborough leads Derek Jeanson (#52) of Sandwich into turn four at the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club race in Moultonborough. Derek worked his way past Mike and went on to take the checkers. Note that both of these cars run with the Wingless Auto Club in the summer months, without wings of course. (Courtesy photo)

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Left to right, Daniel LaBraney of Franklin, Jacob Brown also of Franklin, and Shane LaBraney of Northfield run together in the Four-Cylinder FWD division feature at the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club races in Moultonborough last Sunday. Shane came out on top of the battle with his first feature win of the year. (Courtesy photo)