'Chafing the Dream' wins Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament

The 3rd Annual Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament was held on Saturday 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.

In the Gold Division the semi-final matchups featured Just The Tip vs the Coaches and Murphy's Law vs Chafing the Dream. Both The Coaches and Chafing the Dream won their matches setting up the Gold Division Championship match. Chafing the Dream beat The Coaches in 3 games with the 3rd game score of 15-10. Chafing the Dream and The Coaches were both self-sponsored.

In the Silver Division Semi Final matchup Dig Deep beat Play For A Cure and Gordo and The Super Squirrels beat The Dream Team. The Silver Division championship match featured Dig Deep vs Gordo and The Super Squirrels with Dig Deep winning the match 2-0. Dig Deep was sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire/ Meadowbrook and Gordo and The Super Squirrels were sponsored by Pass Set Crush Volleyball Camp.

The event raised $2,380 for the Amy Annis Scholarship Fund and breast cancer research.

Organizers are thankful for the companies and people who sponsored a team's entry fee. Sponsors were Central Lakes Region Movers, Bank of NH/Meadowbrook, Winnipesaukee Driving School, Family Farm Insurance, Pass Set Crush Volleyball Camp, Peter Sawyer, Smith's Tubular System, Aroma Joe's and Mas-Con Corp.

The champions of the Silver and Gold Division were given prizes donated by The Shalimar, Lakes Region Athletic & Swim Club and Piche's Ski and Sport. A thank you goes to the Gilford School District for their support in allowing this event to be held and to Jim Babcock and Rick Forge, NHIAA volleyball officials, who volunteered to officiate the semi-final and championship matches.

3 GHS swimmers qualify for championship meet

Warren Thompson, senior, Katie Gingrich, junior and Rebecca Cook sophomore of the Gilford High Swim Team have currently qualified for The New Hampshire State Championship Swim Meet. Cook has made qualifying times in the 200 free, 100 free, 200 IM, and 100 fly. Gingrich has qualified in the 50 and 100 free with Thompson qualifying in the 100 breast, both qualifying on Sunday at the Bobcat Invitational at UNH. The team competed against over 500 swimmers at the invitational all swimming very strong. Cook placed first in the 200 free with a 1:58.10 and second in the 100 free 55.76 and 200 Individual Medley 2:17.14, 2 personal bests. Gingrich swam a 27.84 in the 50 free, and a 1:01.95 in the 100 free, a personal best for her. Thompson swam his personal best in the 100 breast at a 1:15.53 and the 50 free 27.11. Autumn Bos swam a 200 free for the first time with a 2:47.13 and 100 free at a 1:11.76, a personal best. Michael Hart swam the 200 free 2:26.76, 50 free 29.37 and the 100 back at 1:15.37 a 3 second drop from earlier this season. Chrissy Leach swam a personal best in the 50 free and the 100 breast a 3 second drop. Lisa Osborne swam the 50 and 100 free. Ayden Ernst swam the 50 free, 27.11 and 100 free 1:02.76 both personal bests. His 100 free is a 14 second drop from his first swim last year. Owen Sanborn swam all personal bests in the 50 free 28.71, 100 free and the 100 fly 1:18.06 a 4 second drop. Joseph Bonnell swam the 50 free 29.35 100 fly and 100 free. Kyle Davies swam the 50 and 100 free both personal best with a 3 second drop on the 100. The team has two more meet this week, Tuesday in Goffstown and Friday in Lebanon.

Boles & Zimmer set new BHS records at track meet

At the Saturday afternoon meet at the University of New Hampshire, Belmont High School's Joseph Boles placed first in the 1500m, setting a new school record of 4:18.0 and Bruce Zimmer placed third in the shot put, also setting a new school record, with a throw of 44' 9". Kyle Patten sprinted to a time of 7.2 seconds in the 55m but failed to qualify for the final. Boles and Zimmer have both qualified for and will compete in the Division II State Championship Meet at Dartmouth College next Sunday.

Joyce returns to form as Gilford knocks off Belmont

GILFORD — The Gilford Golden Eagles (6-3) jumped all over Belmont early, scoring 26 points in the first quarter, to secure a NHIAA Division III victory 69-37 on Friday night. The win was Gilford's second in a row, halting a three game skid last week. Josh Joyce fueled Gilford's early surge, scoring 15 points in the first quarter on his way to a 22-point night. "Josh's energy was back to what we are used to," Said Gilford coach Chip Veazey. "He had been under the weather for the past two weeks or so."

"We played really well in the first half," Veazey said. "We were a little sloppy in the second." Gilford's starters did not see any playing time in the later half of the third quarter and remained on the sideline for all of the fourth. Kaleb Orton made his presence felt underneath for Gilford with 20 points.

Belmont (1-8) has dropped their last four. Trevor Hunt led the Red Raiders with 11 points. Belmont was stifled by Gilford's defense, scoring only 4 points in the first quarter and 15 by halftime. Half of those points were from the free throw line. The Golden Eagles' aggressive defense sent Belmont to the charity stripe 26 times, converting half of the time. "Belmont is a good young team,"continued Veazey, "they will be fine."

The Red Raiders are in action tonight hosting the Lakers from Inter-Lakes (2-6). Gilford will host Farmington (5-4) on Friday night.