As the winter sports season wraps up, most Laconia teams should be proud of the accomplishments and improvements achieved this season. The boys' basketball team made the playoffs with an 11-7 record after going 5-13 the previous season. The Sachems fell to Mascoma Valley in the second round last week 59-43.
The Golden Eagles of Gilford were the only Lakes Region boys' team to advance past the second round, falling to Berlin in the quarter-finals last Saturday 59-48. Gilford finished the year with a 14-4 record, good for the sixth seed in the NHIAA Division III tournament.
The Winnisquam Bears were the seventh seed in tournament play and also recorded a 14-4 regular season record. The Bears fell to the tenth seeded Farmington in the second round 58-57.
The Winnisquam girls' team finished the season winning five of the last seven games to register a 9-9 mark and the 14th seed in the postseason. Their winning ways continued in the first round, beating Raymond 60-52. Unfortunately, Winnisquam ran into the steamroller that was the Campbell Cougars. The Bears were defeated 50-32 in the second round by Campbell.
Campbell continued their championship season beating the Golden Eagles in the quarter-finals 55-47. Gilford finished the year 10-8 in the regular season. The young squad will have the majority of the starters returning next season.
The Sachems had a 12-6 record for the second season in a row. This postseason did not fare as well as last year's quarter-final team. This season's team could not advance past Franklin in the second round, losing 44-35.
On the Hockey front, Laconia-Winnisquam put together a 7-11 season and earned a playoff berth. The Wolfpack had trouble keeping up with Souhegan, losing the quarter-final matchup 10-0.
The 15-3 Belmont-Gilford earned the third seed in the playoffs and hosted Kennett last Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs had not won a home playoff game under coach Jay Londer, until Caleb Drouin scored the game winning goal in overtime to beat the Eagles and avenge last season's playoff loss. The Bulldogs took on Souhegan last night in semi-final play at the Everett Arena last night. The result of the game was too late for this section's deadline.