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Round-up: boys' basketball tournament starts this week

The regular season has come to an end for Division III boys' basketball and the seeds are set.

Winnisquam (14-4) secured the seventh seed and a bye despite a 77-58 loss to Gilford. The Bears will host (10) Farmington Thursday night in the second round. The teams did not meet in the regular season.

Gilford (14-4) jumped into the eighth seed with the 77-58 win against Winnisquam to close out the regular season. The eighth seed earned the Golden Eagles a bye in the first round and a home game against (9) Newport Thursday in second round action. Newport won the regular season contest 54-36.

The Sachems (7-11) finished the regular season with a 50-48 loss to Inter-Lakes. Laconia earned the 16th seed and will host (17) Prospect Mountain tonight at 7 p.m. in the first round.

Prospect Mountain (7-11) fell 70-30 to Pelham to close out the regular season. The Timberwolves are the 17th seed and head to Laconia tonight at 7 p.m. Prospect Mountain topped Laconia, 54-45 earlier this season.

Inter-Lakes (7-11) won the last four games to jump into the postseason. The 18th seed earns a trip to (15) Stevens tonight at 7 p.m. The teams did not meet in the regular season.

Belmont closed out the season with a 55-48 loss to White Mountains. The Red Raiders finished 2-16.

On the hockey front, Belmont-Gilford (16-2) locked up the top seed and a bye in the first round. The Bulldogs (16-2) dropped the season finale 3-1 to Souhegan Saturday evening. The Bulldogs will face off against the winner (4) Kennett and (5) Souhegan next Wednesday, March 11 in the semi-finals at the Everett Arena.

Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes (8-9-1) secured the sixth and final spot in the tournament. MA/IL fell to Souhegan, 6-2, in the regular season finale Wednesday night. The Renegades will visit (3) Berlin for the quarter-final contest.

Laconia/Winnisquam finished out the year 5-12-1 after a 3-0 win over ConVal. The Wolfpack did not qualify for the postseason.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 09:30

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Semi-final pits GHS against LHS tonight

Gilford and Laconia girls' basketball teams will meet tonight, with the winner earning a chance to play in the Division III final on Saturday. The semi-final game will be played at 5:30 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University.

The Gilford Golden Eagles girls' basketball team played their final home game of the season Saturday night, advancing to the DIII semi-finals with a 36-29 win over Somersworth. Cassidy Bartlett led the way for the home team with 13 points.

Gilford controlled the game early and kept a comfortable lead throughout the game, leading 22-11 at the half. Somersworth tried to even things up in the third but could not come any closer than four points in the second.

Laconia advanced to semis by way of upsetting the third seed Newfound 54-49. Junior Kailey Nute scored 27 points in the victory.

The second seeded Golden Eagles (20-0) bested Laconia in the two regular season match-ups, 48-45 and 49-30. The sixth seeded Sachems (16-4) notched a 34-31 win over Gilford in the Lakes Region Holiday tournament. Also playing tonight for a finals berth are top-seeded Conant and fifth seeded Pelham. That game will be played at 7:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 09:27

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Youth Football and Cheer to begin sign-ups

LACONIA — Sign-ups for Laconia Youth Football and Cheer will begin next Monday, March 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Laconia Community Center, 306 Union Ave.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:16

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NE Wolves tour UNH, meet hockey coach

LACONIA — The New England Wolves, in their inaugural season in the MJHL, have taken advantage of the vast amounts of NCAA hockey colleges at their disposal.

On Wednesday the MJHL New England Wolves were invited by lUNH Head Coach Dick Umile to take a full tour of UNH's home rink, the Whittemore Center. After briefly meeting with Umile as well as Collin Shank and other members of the staff, the Wolves were introduced to former New England Wolves AEHL forward and current UNH sophomore Collin Bourque.

"The Hockey East is the best NCAA hockey has to offer, and interacting with a player who only a short time ago was sitting in their shoes is very inspiring to them," said Wolves Head Coach Andrew Trimble.

After the tour of the equipment, training and locker rooms, and the meeting with players and staff, the UNH team hit the ice for practice, and the Wolves were allowed access to watch the full 90-minute session from just above the home bench.

"There were 30 players on the ice. Everyone looked like they were competing for a spot," said Wolves Captain Dillon Smith.

Watching the practice and touring the facility gave the team a unique vantage point on NCAA Hockey.

With previous campus stops at Daniel Webster and Plymouth State, the Wolves have taken advantage of their unique geographic location to witness AHCA and NCAA hockey inside and out.

"This is where our kids want to be, and are dedicating their lives to work towards this goal. I cannot thank these college coaches enough for their generosity of time. They run great programs on and off the ice," said Trimble.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 08:53

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