4 Gilford swimmers have qualified for state meet

After competing in the Bobcat Invitational on Sunday, an event featuring more than 550 swimmers, four of the members of the Gilford swim team have qualified for the D II state championship meet.

Katie Gingrich, a senior, qualified at the Bobcat for both the 50 free at 27.75 and the 100 backstroke. She swam strong in the 100 free as well. Senior Chrissy Leach has not been able to compete this season due to an injury. Junior Rebecca Cook placed 2nd in two of her events at the Bobcat the 200 free and 100 free at 56.11 seconds. Her 100 back got her a third place for the day. Rebecca has qualified for states in 7 events. Owen Sanborn swam strong in the 100 free, 50 free and 100 fly. Autumn Bos tried her hand at the 200 IM requiring the use of all her hard work in stroke development throughout the season. She also achieved a best time in the 50 free. Laura Zakorchemny, a first year swimmer, achieved best times in both of her events the 50 and 100 free. Kaitlyn Egbert held strong in her 200 and 50 free, as she has all season. Sophomore Michael Hart swam his first 200 free this season with a 2:27.13 and a 50 free. Zoe Fullerton swam a 28.63 in the 50 free achieving best times in the 50 and 100 free. She tried the 100 butterfly for the first time and came in first in her heat. Kyle Davies dropped 3 seconds in his 100 free for a best time, with a best time in his 50 free as well . Beck McLean has recently been out with an injury and is hoping he will be able to return for the state championship. Freshman Olivia Morea swam strong in her 50 free, 10 butterfly, dropping 2 seconds off her 100 free time. Olivia will also be joining the two captains at states for the 50 free. Michele Young dropped 3 seconds off her 100 butterfly and 1 second off her 50 free. Katilyn Callahan came in first in her heat of the 50 free achieving a best time. She too applied her hard work at practice to trying the 100 butterfly.

Round-up: Gilford still perfect after 58-43 win over Belmont

Gilford girls' basketball team topped Belmont 58-43 Wednesday night. Brooke Beaudet led the charge with nine points. The Golden Eagles (12-0) traveled to Laconia last night.

Belmont dropped to 7-5 after the Gilford loss. Chay Cadarette tallied 16 points in the loss. The Red Raiders played Newfound last night.

Laconia improved to 9-2 after a 45-40 victory over Franklin. The Sachems hosted unbeaten Gilford last night.

Inter-Lakes fell to 1-10 after a 51-31 loss to Berlin. The Lakers host Somersworth tonight.

Winnisquam visited Franklin last night and Prospect Mountain heads to Raymond tonight.

Boys' basketball

The Inter-Lakes boys' team was the only local team to brave the weather and play on Tuesday. They took the trip north to Berlin only to come home with a 70-32 loss. The Lakers head to Somersworth tonight.

Gilford boys' team (7-3) slipped past Belmont 56-50 on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles were led by Max Troiano and his 13 points. The boys welcomed Laconia last night.

Belmont fell to 1-9 with the loss to Gilford. Chris Duggan scored 13 points in the loss. The Red Raiders entertained Newfound yesterday.

Laconia took down Franklin 61-46 on Wednesday. Carter Doherty led the way with 21 points on the evening. The Sachems headed to Gilford last night.

Winnisquam hosts Berlin and Prospect Mountain welcomes Raymond tonight.



Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes took down Berlin-Gorham on Wednesday night. Nick Spicuzza made 45 saves in the victory. The Renegades (4-4) play host to 8-0 John Stark/Hopkinton on Saturday.

Belmont-Gilford visits Manchester West and Laconia-Winnisquam heads to Sanborn tomorrow.

Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament raised $2,246

The 4th Annual Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament was held on Sunday in the Gilford High School and Middle School gyms. 16 teams consisting of high school, college and adult players competed in 4 different pools. After the completion of pool play the top 2 teams with the best record went into the Gold Division Single Elimination Tournament and the bottom 2 teams from each pool went into the Silver Division Single Elimination Tournament. The 16 teams were Team Amy, All Sets Are Off, Central Lakes Region Movers, Chafing the Dream, Frog Rock Tavern, Irish Setters, Killer Coaches, Lakers, Sets in The City, Spikeaholics, Tata Savers, Team Ibuprofen, Team Jonny, The Brook, The Dream Team and Titeflex.

In the Gold Division Semi Final matchups Frog Rock Tavern beat The Brooke and Killer Coaches beat Team Jonny. This set up the Gold Division Championship match featuring Killer Coaches against Frog Rock Tavern. Killer Coaches won in two games by the scores of 25-15 and 25-19 to win the Gold Division championship.

In the Silver Division Semi Final matchups Chafing the Dream beat Sets in the City and All Sets Are Off beat The Dream Team. This set up the Silver Division championship match featuring All Sets Are Off against Chafing the Dream. All Sets Are Off won in two games by the scores of 25-17 and 25-21 to win the Silver Division championship.

The event raised $2,246 for the Amy Annis Scholarship Fund and breast cancer research. Amy Annis lost her battle to cancer and this tournament is a celebration of Amy's life and passion for team sports. A special thanks goes out to the companies and people who sponsored each of the teams entry fee: Mas-Con Corp, Pass Set Crush Volleyball Camp, Meadowbrook/Bank of New Hampshire, Friends of Martha Clark, Central Lakes Region Movers, The Galleria Salon, Titeflex, Frog Rock Tavern, Kim Dubuque and the Gilford High School Faculty. The champions of the Silver and Gold Division were given prizes donated by Piches Ski and Sport.

Organizers would like to extend thanks to the Gilford School District for their support in allowing this event to be held and to Jim Babcock and Shawn Murphy, NHIAA volleyball officials, who volunteered to officiate some of the matches.

Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit take down Cape Cod in a shootout

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit came back from an early second period deficit to beat the Cape Cod Islanders in a shootout. An unfortunate bounce ended up in the back of the Spirit net two minutes into the second period as Islanders forward Christian Holmes drove the puck wide and flicked a shot to the front of the net where it deflected off a Spirit stick and into the net. Defenseman Tyler Burton tied the score as he netted his 5th goal of the season on the Spirit power play midway through the second period. The score remained tied through the entire third and overtime periods. Spirit forwards Brett Bittner, Nick Pino, and Alex Peddle all scored in the shootout and goalie Adam Higdon turned away three of the five shots he faced to secure the shootout victory and give the Spirit the 2-1 win. Higdon turned away 29 of the 30 shots he faced to win his 12th game of the year.

The Spirit were set to host the Islanders on Saturday at the Laconia Ice Arena however the game was postponed due to weather. The make up date will be announced once it is finalized.

The Spirit are back in action Wednesday at 4 against the East Coast Minutemen at the Laconia Ice Arena. This is the continuation of an earlier game that had to be postponed due to ice conditions. The Spirit will retain their 4-0 lead and the game will start at the beginning of the second period which is when the game was called by the referees.

For more information on the Spirit and their schedule please visit their website at www.fightingspirithockey.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for live updates.