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Newfound girls pursue perfection tonight

FRANKLIN — With its most commanding game of the season, a 64-17 victory over Franklin on Tuesday night, the Newfound Girls Basketball team has a chance to be the only DIII girls team to complete a perfect regular season when they host 6-10 Somersworth in a game scheduled for 6:30 on Feb. 16

The Bears didn't leave room for any doubt in the gymnasium on Tuesday night, as they shot out with a 25-2 lead by the end of the first quarter. Scoring was evenly distributed for Newfound, with three players scoring in the double digits, including one who was filling an unusually prominent role for the team.

"I am proud of the girls for filling a key role this game. Savanna Bony was unable to play due to a stomach bug. Madi Dalphonse who is a swing player stepped into the line up and did a great job. The rest of the starters chipped in and picked up the extra," said Coach Karri Peterson.

Dalphonse scored 13 points for Newfound, as did Amanda Johnston, who also recorded 11 rebounds. Ashlee Dukette scored 12, collected 20 rebounds and 8 steals. Leak Franklin scored 8 points and Gracie Schilling scored 7.

Belmont stays strong for win against Monadnock

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Belmont’s Matt Pluskis charges down court against Monadnock on Friday evening. Pluskis scored 7 points, and Belmont won 68-52.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)



After a sluggish first four minutes, Belmont found a way to begin applying pressure and attacked Monadnock, resulting in a 68-52 win for the Red Raiders. Belmont improves to 12-2, and will next play Winnisquam on Tuesday night.

Coach Jim Cilley said, "I thought Dylan (Gansert) set the tone for us with his energy and the way he ran the floor in transition and it opened quite a few driving lanes for Doug (Price). Without a doubt the two players of the game. Love the way this team steps up and plays together. Have to build upon it with some tough ones left."

Price, with 20 points, five assists and five rebounds, was the scoring leader for Belmont. Trevor Runt followed with 18 points and 15 rebounds, Gansert scored nine and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Matt Pluskis and Derek Stevens scored 7 points each.

Sundius sets personal bests at state meet

Matthew Sundius finished out his Inter-Lakes High School swimming career Saturday at the NHIAA DII State Championship meet at UNH. Sundius swam away with a 12th place finish in both events he participated in, as well as achieving two new personal best times; a 1:05.27 in the 100 backstroke and a 24.88 in the 50 freestyle – achieveing a season goal to drop below the 25 second mark.

Wolf Pack to 'keep battling'

The Laconia-Winnisquam Wolf Pack hockey team traveled to Keene on Saturday, when they lost 9-3. Trailing 2-0 late in the first period, Josh Shevlin put the Wolf Pack on the scoreboard on a power play with assists from Connor Johnson and Noah Smith. Monadnock added to their lead in the second until Smith scored with three seconds left in the period with help from Hanna Max. Ryan Fields drilled a wrist shot from the slot a minute into the third to close the scoring for the Wolf Pack, as Max picked up her second assist on the night. Nick Luther played a solid game in goal and Devin Miles had one of his best games of the year with good hustle and hard-nosed play throughout.

Coach Kent Finemore said, "Nice to see Smitty and Ryan get their first ever high school varsity goals tonight, and Josh (Shevlin) continues to show tremendous leadership this season as he shares the team lead for goals. Monadnock has a strong first line that creates a lot of good scoring opportunities. Nick Luther has been a solid team guy all season, and once again gave us his best effort by covering goaltending duties for us, really made some great saves out there. We'll keep battling."