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Challenge denied: Belmont falls to Gilford

GILFORD — After the game, Belmont High School boys' varsity coach Derek Hamilton conceded that his team's season, which had ended moments earlier after a 51-43 playoff loss to Gilford, was a strong step forward from last year, when the Red Raiders had won only four games and were left out of tournament play. This year, Belmont won twice as many games and had the experience Tuesday of winning a playoff game at home, knocking off Fall Mountain Regional. Still, he couldn't help put wonder, had things gone slightly differently, if his 13th seeded team could have pulled an upset last night against the 4th seeded Gilford.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Belmont trailed by five, 32-27. With hot-shooting Bret Spaulding in the midst of a 19-point game, the Red Raiders needed only a couple of opportunities to take the lead and perhaps move on to the quarter-final round. It wasn't to be, though. "Some of those bounces didn't go the right way," said Hamilton.
Spaulding started the game hot, hitting two three-point shots early in the first quarter, helping his team end the first quarter with a 14-12 lead. Gilford muscled its way back on top halfway through the second, thanks in part to Kaleb Orton, whose post defense forced a Belmont travel. A half-minute later, Orton collected a strong rebound, which he put back for two of the 13 points he'd have in the night, giving Gilford a 17-16 edge. Though tenuous, the lead would prove lasting. The score favored the Eagles at the half, 23-18.
Belmont threatened in the third, coming within three points after another Spaulding three-pointer with 4:45 left in the quarter, answering a three sank in the previous possession by Gilford's Sam Prescott. But Orton again put up a determined effort, scoring with a layup with 3:40 left in the third, then a hard-driving basket with just under two minutes left. In the fourth, Gilford showed poise and took home the win. Josh Joyce, who would end the night as Gilford's leading scorer, helped secure the result by scoring half of his 18 points in the final quarter. Orton, with 13, was the second-highest scorer for Gilford.
"I think we lost some steam down the stretch," said Hamilton, adding, "I'm proud of the guys and where we've come."
Gilford coach Chip Veazey said Belmont gave his team a good run. "It was really a tough game, Belmont's a tough team, we knew it was going to be a battle." He praised Orton's performance, whose rebounds and baskets came at pivotal points in the game, as well as Joyce, whose fourth-quarter production "gave us a bit of breathing room." There were other players on the roster whose roles in the game didn't translate into  score sheet statistics. The pestering defense of Matt Troiano, who scored eight, disrupted Belmont's perimeter play, and Cam Partridge, held scoreless, earned his coach's praise by limiting Spaulding's influence. "Cam made him work," said Veazey.
Gilford moves on the quarter-final round and will host fifth-seeded Campbell on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will face either Mascoma Valley Regional or the top-seeded Berlin in the semi-final round, held Tuesday night at Southern New Hampshire University.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 04:16

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LHS Unified Basketball team celebrates its season

The Laconia High School Unified Basketball team ended its basketball season on February 19 with great enthusiasm and participation. Coached by LHS assistant principal David Levesque and special educator Darci Blake, Unified is a statewide athletic program which offers a variety of sports throughout the year including basketball, soccer and volleyball. The team is comprised of special needs athletes and traditional athletes. They work together on the field or on the court and compete against other unified teams statewide. The LHS basketball team finished its season with a 43-20 win over Plymouth Regional, improving their season record to two wins, four losses. Athletes, parents and LHS staff celebrated the season with a gathering at the high school. The event was organized by the SACHEM's Pride team, a leadership team that works to create a strong academic and social culture in the school.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:04

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Mite 1 Lakers finish regular season in 2nd place

The Fay’s Boat Yard Mite 1 Lakers hockey team battled against the NH Avalanche Squirt team on Saturday night in their final game of the GSL regular season in the Squirt 4 division.  The Lakers were first on the board with two goals within five seconds of each other by Matthew Hale who netted all six of the Lakers goals in the game. Lakers forwards  Breanna Ricker, Zachary Spicuzza and Kameron Young battled hard in the second period along with defenseman  Andrew Rowley and Jaden Morin to keep the Avalanche out of the Lakers zone but the Avs fought hard and tied the game in the 2nd period with three unanswered goals. 
Intensity increased in the third period when both teams put their fourth goal on the board with the Lakers forwards Logan Stroud, Jacob Allison, Liam Lichocki and Evan Guerin fighting to keep the puck away from the Avalanche.  With just a minute and a half left in the game defenseman Peyton Vachon, Owen Guerin and Griffin Tondreau worked hard to try and keep the Avs deep in their own zone. Hale put the Lakers ahead with the Lakers fifth goal and then put the sixth and final goal for the Lakers on the board with .007 seconds left despite the Lakers being short-handed by one player due to a penalty.  Goalie Patrick Goodwin saw a lot of action and made 18 saves in the game. With this win the Lakers clinched 2nd place in GSL Tier 4 and will start their quest to win in the playoffs on March 8 at the Everett Arena.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:02

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Ice racers head to Lee Pond for 5th event of year

A snowy Sunday didn't stop the Lakes Region ice racers or their fans from gathering on Lee Pond for the fifth event of the 2013 season. The club went to a single, 12 lap feature format to make the best of the ice conditions.
This week's event sponsor was Burns Automotive Service of Moultonborough NH. Matt Burns presented the trophies to the division winners at the victory circle ceremonies.
The Juniors were the first division out on the ice. Jackie Martel, in her VW Rabbit, took the checkers in a flag-to-flag run. Chris Taylor settled for second place. 
The V8 Stock Division was next out with Moultonboro's Adam Cahoon taking the win after rival Danny Cook dropped out with his radiator plugged with snow.
Jack Cook of Moultonboro missed several of the earlier 2013 races due to a shoulder injury, but was back in racing form on Sunday. By holding the inside line, Cook held off Rick Martel and took the win in the Modifieds Division.
Northfield's Tim Chase in his Toyota MR2 again dominated the 4 Cylinder Division feature, chalking up his seventh feature win of the season.
Check the club's website at www.LakesRegionIceRacingClub.com or its facebook page for the latest race/ice status, results, information about coming events, and for race photos and video.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 00:00

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