Campbell tops Gilford in 2nd round of playoffs

LITCHFIELD — After upsetting the sixth seeded Bow in the second round of the NHIAA Division III tournament on Thursday, the Golden Eagles ran out of magic on Saturday. The third seed Campbell Cougars beat (11) Gilford 55-47.

"They played their hearts out," said Gilford coach Rick Forge. "Campbell is a legit contender and we did a respectable job holding them."

The Golden Eagles kept the deficit manageable in the first half. Campbell's biggest lead of the half was eight at the beginning of the second quarter. Gilford buckled down and held Campbell scoreless for the final three and a half minutes of the half and scored six consecutive points of their own to cut the deficit to five at the half.

The Campbell Cougars came out of half time shooting, increasing the lead to 11 midway into the third and were never pressured thereafter. Gilford had an opportunity to pull within six late in the fourth but couldn't convert four consecutive free throws. "We had trouble finishing," continued Forge. "That was an issue we had all year. I am proud of this team and what we did tonight."

The Cougars will play the second seed, Bishop Brady in the semi-final round.

The Golden Eagles were led by Cassidy Bartlett, who had 12 points, Kelsey Buckley with 10 points and nine rebounds, and Jordan Dean with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Young Bulldogs get a chance in spotlight in regular season finale

LACONIA — The Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs ended the regular season on a high note Saturday by beating Souhegan 4-2. The game was meaningless in terms of playoff positioning to the Bulldogs – no matter the result, Belmont-Gilford would enter the NHIAA Division III tournament as third seed – but was a significant confidence booster as the Bulldogs had not beaten either of the top two teams this season.

The Bulldogs wanted to use this game to give some of the underclassmen some ice time to see who would step up. "We used this game to see who could handle the pressure," said coach Jay Londer. " We had two young men stand out in Ethan Becker and James Buckley today."

The Bulldogs headed into the second period down 1-0 until Becker found the back of the net on a rebound that was hanging around the post. Becker picked himself up from a check behind the net, gathered the loose puck and stuffed it between the post and the pad of the Sabers netminder. The Bulldogs wasted no time in taking the lead. Daryll Cahill collected the ensuing faceoff, found a path to the net and slipped the puck between the legs of the goaltender. The pair of B-G goals came 15 seconds apart. Cahill added another later on in the period. The Bulldogs scored four goals in the middle frame.

The third period belonged to Bulldogs goalie Calvin Davis, who stopped 19 Saber attempts in the third period and 33 overall.

The Bulldogs take the ice again on Saturday at 4 p.m., when the host the quarter-finals matchup versus sixth-seeded Kennett. The Bulldogs won both regular season games against the Eagles, 6-2 and 5-2.

Women's golf league forming at Den Brae

SANBORNTON — The Den Brae Golf Course in Sanbornton is starting a women's golf league. The league will play on Monday mornings starting at 8.30. If interested call Karin at 603-387-6218 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., subject matter ladies league. Deadline date is March 18. Only 36 players allowed.

48 Wavemakers qualified for New England Regional Meet

48 swimmers from the Lakes Region Wavemakers qualified for the 2014 NE Regional Meet held in White River Junction in Vermont, Feb. 7-9th. In the back row: Laurel Gingrich, Joe Bonnell, Kayla Phelps, Matthew Sundius, Rebecca Cook, Katie Gingrich, Sarah Sundius. Third row: Caitlin Dunleavy, Olivia Morea, Paige Fenderson, Beck Mclean, Kayla Cisneros, Alyxandra Huckaby, Anna Stankes, Eric Phelps, Madeline Hastie, Thor Burr, Coach Dave. Second row: Hanna Verville, Lauren Sikoski, Brooke Vetter, Jacob Dumais, Joshua Kelleher, Rose Sinkus, Kathryn Hawkes, Grace Shoemaker, Ethan Vachon, Bethany Tanner, Alexa Lazazzera, Garrett Shafer. First row: Makayla Hastie, Charlotte Philippy, Sydney Philippy, Tessa Tanner, Dagon Burr, Hayley Cochrane, Murphy Harris, Sydney Irons, Ela Goucher, Riley Pinard, Juliet Sinkus, Sydney Mailloux, Ayden Malloy. Not pictured, but also qualified: Alexandra Dimarzio, Maria Draper, Meredith Gerken, Jacob Green, Owen Sanborn, and Jack Schumacher. (Courtesy photo)