Golden Eagles face Sachems Saturday for Division III title

By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

It will be an all Lakes Region contest in Saturday's Division III girls' state basketball tournament championship game at Southern New Hampshire University when undefeated Gilford (21-0) faces off against Laconia (18-3).
Laconia upset top-ranked Conant (20-1), the defending Division III champions and winners of 42 straight games, 55-45 Wednesday night, while Gilford advanced to its second straight title game with a 53-46 win over sixth ranked Fall Mountain (17-4).
It will be the fourth time the two squads have met this year with Gilford winning all three games, the last of which was a triple overtime affair last month.
Gilford trailed Fall Mountain 41-39 early in the fourth quarter Wednesday before staging a strong finish to put away the victory. Jordan Dean tied the score with two free throws and Brooke Beaudet scored on a fast break play in which she was fouled and converted the foul shot to put Gilford up by three. Beaudet later scored another three points when she stole the ball and was fouled as she made another basket, putting Gilford up 50-43.
Maddie Harris led Gilford with 18 points and Beaudet had 14.
Laconia jumped out to a 22-9 lead in the first quarter against Conant which battled back the rest of the way and took a 38-37 lead going in to the final quarter, which was a back and forth affair until Natalie Compton hit a three-pointer with 1:29 left, putting the Sachems up by four.
Kailey Nute led Laconia with 19 points.
Gilford and Laconia will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at Southern New Hampshire University.

City police arrest two men wanted for unarmed robbery

LACONIA — Both men who allegedly robbed a man in his Batchelder Street home Tuesday night have been apprehended by Laconia Police.

Laconia Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Joshua Pike, 29, who told the court today that his address would be 231 Old Lake Shore Road in Gilford, punched his male victim in the face numerous times and stole about $700 to $800 and a pocket knife from him in the process.

Pike is charged with one count of unarmed robbery. He also faces a felony charge for possession of methamphetamine from Meredith where police arrested him on Jan. 26. He is being held on $10,000 cash-only bail.

In making his cash bail argument, Laconia Prosecutor Jim Sawyer said Pike has a lengthy criminal record that includes burglary and robbery convictions, assault convictions and two convictions for bringing contraband in to jails and prisons.

Laconia Police said they arrested Farris, 24, no address given, was arrested in the late morning on Thursday at the Laconia Public Library. He is charged with one count of unarmed robbery and is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.

Affidavits said the victim was able to identify Pike and Damon Farris, 24 and police made contact with Pike and his girlfriend shortly thereafter. Pike has $160 on him and his girlfriend had the black pocket knife telling police Pike gave it to her. Police said Pike seemed shocked that she had the knife.

A second officer made contact with Farris that evening at the Dunkin Donuts of South Main Street. As employee told the officer that just before he walked in the shop, Farris said he needed to use the bathroom.

The officer found $202 in the rest room trash can.

– Gail Ober

Laconia Police seek help in solving Batchelder St. robbery

LACONIA – Police are seeking the public's help in solving a robbery on Batchelder Street just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Officials said that a man at 72 Batchelder St. was robbed by two men while in his home. Police said the two robbers took cash from the victim and fled on foot.

Anyone who knows anything about this or who was in the area Tuesday night is encouraged to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.