Gilford Youth Baseball holds its annual meeting of its board of directors on March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Gilford Town Hall. This meeting is open to the public, and all baseball families are encouraged to attend.
On Saturday, March 21, the league will conduct its annual skills assessment for the Majors and Minors Divisions at the Gilford Middle School gym. This is for all Majors and Minors players only; there are no assessments for Rookie and T-ball division players. Majors assessments begin at 8:30 a.m. for 11-12 year olds, plus any younger players hoping to play in the Majors division. Minors assessments begin at 10:30 a.m. for 9-10 year olds, plus any younger players hoping to play in the Minors division.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 07:45
MANCHESTER — Belmont-Gilford proved why they earned the top seed Saturday night, topping Berlin-Gorham in the NHIAA Division III State Championship, 3-2. Junior Caleb Drouin netted the game tying goal with 42 seconds remaining in regulation and the game winner in the first overtime to lead the Bulldogs to their first site title.
"This has been five years in the making," head coach Jay Londer said. Londer has led the Bulldogs to the playoffs in each of his five seasons with the team. "We finally accomplished it because these kids played their hearts out"
Dylan Treamer scored the first goal for the victors in the first period. Bailey Defosie saved 19 shots in goal.
Berlin-Gorham tied things late in the first period and played with the lead for half of the second and 14 minutes of the third before the Drouin goal.
Belmont-Gilford finished the season 18-2. One of their losses came against Berlin during the regular season. The Bulldogs brought the title home to the Laconia Ice Arena under police escort after the wild comeback at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 07:42
Andrew D'Amour proved why he was named co-captain of the Belmont-Gilford Bulldog hockey team, scoring a pair of goals and the eventual game winner after going down with a leg injury. The Bulldogs advanced past Kennett High, 3-2, in the DIII hockey semi-finals Wednesday night.
D'Amour, having already scored his first goal, found open ice with an opportunity to take the lead before being dragged down by a Kennett defender. The play was broken up and the senior captain slid into the boards injuring his leg with seven minutes remaining. After missing two shifts D'Amour took to the ice and wristed a shot from the slot which was blocked by an Eagle diving in front. The rebound came back and the second shot found the back of the net over the glove of the Kennett goalie for game winning goal with 1:25 remaining in the game. "The best players have to play big in the biggest games, and that's what happened," said Bulldogs head coach Jay Londer.
B-G outshot Kennett, 9-5, in the first and had three power play opportunities to Kennett's none but could not capitalize and headed into the intermission down 1-0. "We struggled in early trying to get all the jitters out," continued Londer. Kennett scored on a shorthanded breakaway after a B-G mishap trying to clear the zone. Eagles Junior Nick Analdi picked up the loose puck and ripped it over the blocker of the B-G goalie with 14 seconds left in the first.
The Bulldogs rebounded after a sluggish start in the first period. Brogan Hurst tied things up on a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle over the Kennett goalie, Josh Kondrat (34 saves). "We were getting tons of shots in and nothing was getting by. Josh [Kondrat] is a great competitor," Londer said. D' Amour gave the Bulldogs their first lead late in the second finding the back of the net over 12 minutes into the second. Less than two minutes later Kennett responded and even things at two before the second intermission.
Belmont-Gilford dominated the third period, peppering the Kennett goalie before D'Amour's game winner. The Bulldogs outshot Kennett, 37-18.
The Championship game will be played Saturday at 12:15 in Manchester at the Verizon Wireless Arena. (3) Berlin will take on the top seed Bulldogs.
Berlin punched their ticket earlier in the day, surviving a scare from John-Stark/Hopkinton, 6-5, in overtime. The Mountaineers squandered a 4-0 lead in the third. Down 5-4, Berlin scored the tying goal with the goalie pulled and 14 seconds remaining. The Mountaineers won a faceoff in the offensive zone and scored the game winner on a little flip over the goalies pads five minutes into ot.
B-G split the regular season with Berlin winning the first game 3-1 and the Bulldogs returning the favor 6-3 at home. "It's gonna be battle. They are super hungry for a title and they're fast and they are physical. It's gonna be a great game," Londer finished.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 07:52
GILFORD — Teams from Sanbornton, Belmont and Laconia won honors in the 22nd Annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament held at Gilford Middle School which wrapped up Sunday.
Sanbornton won the Junior Coed division by defeating the Lou Athanas team 29-26 Sunday afternoon as Evan Lessard led the way with 12 points, Max Shosa led Lou Athanas with 10 points.
The Lou Athanas team, which had lost 35-26 to Sanborton on Saturday in a game in which Alex Nichols scored 27 points for Sanborton, rallied to beat Gilford 33-9 Saturday afternoon and then defeated Sanbornton 27-25 Sunday morning to force an extra game in the Junior Division.
Belmont won the Senior Girls Division with a 23-20 win over Laconia Sunday morning. They made their way into the finals with a 37-12 win over Pines-Sanbornton and a 26-14 win over Gilford. Isabella McDonald led Belmont scorers with 17 points in the three wins. Sierra Halligan tallied 28 points in four games for Lou Athanas.
Lou Athanas topped Gilford 42-26 in the Senior Boys Division final on Sunday as Logan Dee led the way with 16 points. Alex Cheek scored 10 for GIlford.
Lou Athanas defeated Sanborton 46-15 and Gilford 39-29 to earn a spot in the finals. Gilford, which had defeated Belmont 30-24 before losing to Lou Athanas, earned its way into the final with a 42-35 win over Belmont Saturday.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 09:28
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