Wolfeboro's Anya Found, 11, followed with two victories, both of which qualified her to compete at next month's prestigious New England Age Group Championship. Found improved her time in three of her four events. "Anya and Bradley represent the efforts of a group of swimmers who have been improving their technique and building fitness, and it shows," Stingrays coach Martha Kidder McIntire said. "I couldn't be more proud of our athletes, families and coaching staff."
The meet drew competitors between the ages of 6 and 21 from 24 teams around New England. In addition to their 10 victories, Stingray swimmers also finished in the top 15 on 33 occasions. Abby Larkin of New Durham finished in the top five in two events and teammates Joshua Kelleher of Laconia, Paige Fenderson of New Durham, Reagan McIntire of Gilford, Beck McLean of Gilford and Sarah Bellefleur of Wolfeboro all had multiple top 15 finishes.
Gunstock Swim Team finishes its season at the Tri-State Swim Association Championship Meet, held March 16-17 at the University of New Hampshire.
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It was a cold shooting Eagle club that found itself on the opposite side of a hot shooting Spartan squad on Saturday. White Mountains shot 10 for 14 beyond the arc, including their first six three-point attempts by Kaitlin Wood. Wood finished the day with seven three-pointers to tie a tournament record. The Spartans jumped out to an 11-4 lead after the first quarter and the Eagles, who shot only 11 percent on the night, found themselves behind 27-8 at the break. The second half was all White Mountains as they rolled into the semi finals. For Gilford, who end their season at 15-5, freshman Cassidy Bartlett led in scoring with 10 points. Gilford will graduate six seniors, including Molly Dietrich, Sarah Veazey, Paige Laliberte, Sophie Brunt, Hayley Jakubens and Abby Harris.
Harris had effectively already left the lineup by the time tournament season arrived, explained Forge, as a knee injury left her sidelined. Harris, a forward, brought a physicality and leadership element that he missed on Saturday against White Mountains. "Her court presenece was very important," he said. Referring to her season-ending injury, "That certainly affected us." Likewise, he expects to feel the loss of the other five graduating seniors when the season starts next year. "Losing six players like that is difficult to replace all at once," he said.
Athough he expects to experience a few "growing pains" in the near future, Forge has reason to be optimistic for the medium- to long-term. "We have a very good freshmen group coming up." Bartlett, as well as fellow freshmen Jordan Dean, Maddie Harris and Shannon Mercer could all earn starting roles next year, he said. "That's a very talented group." In addition, he noted that the junior varsity team went undefeated this year, and the eighth graders hold similar promise. "The program is very solid," he said.
"We played very well this year. With the exception of a couple of blips, we played exceptionally well." Forge also enjoyed the new alignment of districts within the NHIAA, a change that saw local teams all competing in Division III. "It was fun in the Lakes Region, on any given night, anybody and beat anybody. I think basketball in the Lakes Region was exciting this year," he said, adding that he was eager to see what his team would be able to do next year.
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Following the championships, the coaches of each team competed in a bragging rights tournament, which was won by LHS coach Jack Batchelder. Said Batchelder, "LHS bowling team had a great season. I hope other students will notice the success of our program and want to join our winning team next season."
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