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Antony Hubbard takes two 1st place finishes at state swim meet

Antony Hubbard, a junior at Belmont High School, took first place in both the 100 and 200 yard freestyle events held yesterday as part of the NHIAA Division II state swimming championship meet. He finished the 200 yard event in 1:48.63 and the 100 in 49.92.
Various other local swimmers participated in the meet.
Rebecca Cook, a Gilford High School freshman, finished third in the 200 yard freestyle. She also came in third in the 500 yard freestyle.
Kayla Phelps, a freshman at Laconia High School, swam to a sixth place finish in the 200 yard IM and a second place in the 100 backstroke.
Katie Gingrich, a Gilford High School sophomore, finished tenth in the 50 yard freestyle.
Winnisquam Regional junior Rachel Willcutt swam to a tenth place finish in the 100 yard butterfly and 11th in the 100 breaststroke.
A junior at Inter-Lakes, Sarah Sundius finished eighth in the 100 yard freestyle and seventh in the 100 breaststroke.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:02

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GHS boys' team earns credibility with win over Somersworth

GILFORD — Although Gilford High School boys' varsity basketball team had built a season record of 12 wins, one loss as of last week, observers of Division III basketball weren't sure if the Golden Eagles were truly among the state's heavyweights or if the team's power was illusory. Although Gilford had amassed a pile of wins, they were all against teams which proved to be among the division's weaker opponents. The one winning team they had faced, Berlin, had resulted in a lop-sided loss for Gilford on January 22.
When the 10-3 Somersworth came to Gilford High on Thursday of last week, the Golden Eagles had the chance to put an exclamation point next to its record. And, like a good team will, Gilford seized the opportunity, earning a 52-47 overtime win to improve to 13 wins, one loss, and finding itself one of four teams in the division with only a single defeat in the regular season. With four games left until the post-season, Gilford is joined by Berlin, Conant and Newport in a tie for the best regular-season record.
Gilford coach Chip Veazey isn't making any brash predictions about the Golden Eagles taking the first seed in the playoffs. "I think we'll have a tough time getting that," he said. Gilford has the 10-4 Prospect Mountain team yet to face, a squad that beat Gilford in the Lakes Region Holiday Tournament, a loss that doesn't have a bearing on the NHIAA regular season. The Golden Eagles will then close out the season by traveling to Somersworth, a team that will likely remember dropping an overtime decision to Gilford and will be hungry to even the score.
Thursday's game saw the Golden Eagles come out cold, something which Veazey said has been an unfortunate Gilford trait this year. "We got off to a slow start, they came right after us," said Veazey, and Gilford was playing on its heels in the first quarter. However, the game also featured another Golden Eagle charateristic. "We've been pretty resilient this year," Veazey said. By halftime, Gilford had fought back to a one-point lead.
The game was far from over, though, a fact ensured by Somersworth's Drew Francoeur, who would go on to score 32 points that night. "They had an outstanding performance by their best player... We just didn't have an answer for him."
Gilford found itself down by two with less than two minutes to play, when a Somersworth player opened the door by committing first a penalty, then a technical foul, giving Gilford four free throws and the chance to take a late-game lead. Sam Preston hit one of two, and shooting the technical free throws, Josh Joyce also converted one of two opportunities, tying the game and ultimately forcing overtime. Veazey said his players continued to make their free throws in the extra period, helping to secure the win.
Gilford was led by some of its regular contributors, such as sophomores Kaleb Orton, who Veazey said played well until leaving the game with an injury in the fourth quarter, and Joyce, who has impressed his coach all year. "He was solid again," said Veazey. Late in the game, he said, Dave Sykie made a couple of important baskets to keep the Golden Eagles in contention.
For Veazey, who has coached Gilford High School basketball for about three decades, it isn't easy to compare this years team to those of the past, such as the group that won the state championship in 2004. "We've had a lot of good years, they're all different, the kids are all different, it's hard to say until it's all over."
He can see areas for improvement, namely, team defense, rebounding and broader distribution of offensive production. However, his squad this year has some of the intangibles, such as team chemistry and attitude, which are traits all of his good teams have had. And, after taking down Somersworth, his team can add credibility to its list of attributes. "It gives us a little more credibility," Veazey said about the win. "We're doing really well, considering nobody considered us to be a pre-season favorite." And yet, if the Golden Eagles can win the next four games, they'll be the team to beat in the post-season.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 23:51

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Ice racing club hosts Latchkey Cup

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club ran the first day of a weekend doubleheader automobile, oval track ice racing Saturday on Berry Pond. Saturday featured the largest ice racing event in the northeastern United States, the 29th annual Latchkey Cup. Ice racers from the Milton and Jaffery clubs again joined the Lakes Region racers to make the Latchkey the largest ice race in the northeast.
The Latchkey Cup is a benefit event for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center and was run Saturday in front of a large crowd on Berry Pond. Racing started with the hot laps and qualifying heats for the five divisions of cars: juniors, 4-cylinder front-wheel drive, 4-cylinder rear-wheel drive, V8 stock, and modifieds
First out was the 4-cylinder division and last week's winner, Tim Chase of Northfield, took the checkers followed by Moultonboro's Alicia Taylor.
The modified feature, sponsored by Ambrose Brothers. Inc of Meredith, took to the ice next with Jake Williams of Ossipee taking the lead and the win after early leader Rick Martel of Moultonboro broke an axle.
Jackie Martel of Moultonboro lead the early laps of the junior division feature with Chris Taylor, also of Moultonboro, working his way past at the mid-point for the victory.
The growing V8 stock division took to the track for the final event of the day. With masterful driving and a well-executed pit stop for an electrical repair, Moultonboro's Mike Frank took the win. John Stephens  and Adam Cahoon finished second and third, respectfully.
The racers return to the ice on Sunday at 12:30 on Berry Pond for the regular weekly race. Check the club's website at www.LakesRegionIceRacingClub.com or the Facebook page for the latest race/ice status, information about coming events, and for race photos.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 23:04

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GHS ski team races at Gunstock

The Gilford High School Alpine Ski Team met Friday at Gunstock for the annual WAR Race. In the morning girls' Slamon, Gilford's Caitlin Houston came in third with a combined time of 1:00.89 and Grace McLaughlin came in fifth with a combined time of 1:02.08. Emily Hanf came in 12th , Stratton Coleman finished 22nd and Kelly Gallant came in 42nd. Combined the Gilford girls came in second in the Slalom.
In the boys' Slamon, Gilford came in second overall. That effort was lead by Gunner Stecher with a second place finish and a time of 26.51, followed by Beck Stecher in fourth with a time of 26.96. In 17th was Spencer McEvoy, in 31st was Collin Hildrith and in 49th was Bradley Bergman.
In the afternoon girls' GS, Grace McLaughlin claimed the second spot with a combined time of 56.38, Caitlin Houston was in fourth with a time of 57.09, Emily Hanf finished 19th, Stratton Coleman in 20th and Kelly Gallant finished 42nd, putting the girls in second place.
In the boys' GS Gunner Stecher took first place with an overall time of 52.00, Beck Stecher came in ninth with a time of 54.74, Collin Hildrith finished 28th, Spencer McEvoy finished 29th and Bradley Bergman in 50th. The boys' team came in fourth in the GS..

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 23:03

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