Harris leads Gilford girls to victory

Gilford broke a 3 game losing streak and ran its record to 6-3 with a 50-33 win over Berlin. The Eagles lead from the start jumping out to 20-6 lead after the first quarter. Berlin settled down in the second quarter but Gilford still owned a 26-14 lead at the break. In the second half the Mountaineers would trim the lead to 9 halfway the third quarter but the Eagles withstood the charge and entered the final stanza leading 37-26. It was all Gilford in the fourth as they outscored Berlin 13-7 to win going away.
For Gilford Maddie Harris led all scorers with 16 points and got a double-double with 10 rebounds, she also had 4 steals and 2 blocks on the night. Jordan Dean added 11 points to go along with 7 boards and 8 steals. Cassidy Bartlett contributed with 9 points and Shannon Mercer had 8 points. Kayla Orton added 6 points to round out the scoring.

I-L swimmers compete in Concord

The Inter-Lakes swim team hit the water in Concord Friday night against, Bow, Concord, Bishop Brady, Stevens and Gilford High Schools. All the swimmers came away with some successful swims.

On the boys' team, the growth to two swimmers this season has created a friendly competition between the two team members, which was clear to see as they swam next to each other in the 50 freestyle event. In the end though, Matthew Sundius got the edge with an 8th place finish and Ben Jaques finished 9th. Matthew continued his successful night by grabbing 3rd place in the 100 Backstroke with a new personal best time of 1:10.16, earning him a qualifying time for the State Championship meet. Ben grabbed a 10th place finish in the 100 Freestyle.

On the girls' side, each had a moment to shine. Pauline Donaldson swam very strong achieving a new personal best time of 54.40 in the 50 Freestyle and in the 100 Freestyle swam close to her best time of last season. Elisabeth Hutchins swam into 7th place in both her swims in the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke. Elisabeth also achieved a new personal best time of 1:14.02 in the 100 Freestyle. Sarah Sundius took 1st in the 100 Breaststroke and 2nd with a new personal best time of 2:31.23 in the 200 Individual Medley.

The other highlight of the evening was to see the camaraderie among the Inter-Lakes and the Gilford swimmers. They were all seen cheering and supporting on the swimmers of both teams. The Lakers with hit the pool again on Sunday, Jan. 26th at the Bobcat Invitational at UNH.

Boles takes 1st in 1500m at unofficial DIII championship

At the unofficial NH Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship meet held at the University of Southern Maine on Sunday, Belmont High School's Joseph Boles placed first in the 1500m in a new school record time of 4:19.44, Bruce Zimmer placed second in the shot put (40' 1") and Kyle Patten placed second in the 55m in a personal record time of 7.12. Also setting a new personal record was Sabrina Robinson in the 300m.

The Belmont HS boys' team placed 8th (16 points) behind Monadnock (56.5 points). The girls' team did not score.

Boles, Zimmer and Patten have qualified to compete next Saturday at the Pre-State Meet to be held at the University of New Hampshire.

LMS boys team adds 3 more wins

The Laconia Middle School boys' A team had another busy week with 3 road games. On Tuesday the young Sachems traveled to Winnisquam and were able to easily dispatch their opponents. Back-up center Ryan Paiva had a career day with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. Jack Maher, getting his first start of the season came up big as did point guard Christian Platon. The trio led their team to a 50-12 victory. Wednesday saw the boys traveling to arch-rival Gilford. Despite a lackluster defensive performance, the young Sachems pulled out a 44-25 win. The week closed out in Merrimack Valley against the run and gun offense of M.V. The Laconia boys were up to the challenge and posted their most impressive win of the season, 73-37. Power forward Drew Muzzey led his team with 19 points and 7 boards. Centers Logan Bell, 14 points, 8 boards, and Ryan Paiva, 8 points 4 boards helped power the offense. Defensively the Sachems were swarming as Riley Roy led the way with 3 steals. Christian Platon, Parker Minor, Muzzey, and Jack Maher each had 2 steals to keep the M.V. squad on its heals. The victory improves the Sachem record to 10-0 on the regular season. The next team on the slate will be Bow at home on Wednesday evening at 5:15.