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GHS softball misses perfect game by one hit

After a pair of recent strong performances, Gilford High School softball pitcher Sydney Strout is on pace to reach the milestone of 500 strikeouts, an achievement she is on pace to reach during this afternoon's scheduled home game against undefeated Farmington. The game starts at 4 p.m. and Strout needs nine Ks to become only the second pitcher in Gilford history to reach the mark.
Pitcher Sydney Strout and the Gilford High School defense were just one hit away from a perfect game as Gilford went onto beat Somersworth 14-0 in 6 innings. The only Somersworth runner to reach first base did so in the 3rd inning. Gilford played flawless defense committing no errors and Sydney Strout struck out 11 batters, walking none and giving up the lone hit. The Eagles offense pounded out 9 hits, led by Alyssa Wilson, who went 3/3 with 4 RBI, Sydney Strout 3/4, Abby Harris hit a double and singles were hit by Kelsey Buckley and Caitlin Houston. Paige Laliberte had 3 RBI and Mollie Dignan 1 RBI. Gilford took advantage of 5 Somersworth errors, 4 walks and 8 wild pitches.
Gilford scored 2 runs in the 2nd on 2 errors and an RBI single by Wilson. Gilford scored 1 more in the 3rd when Strout hit a single and scored on a Laliberte fielder's choice. With a 3-0 lead Gilford exploded for 5 runs in the 4th on singles by Buckley, Wilson, and Strout as well as a sacrifice fly by Laliberte making the score 8-0 . Gilford scored one in the 5th making the score 9-0 when Mollie Dignan got on with an error and scored on a fielder's choice. Gilford scored 5 more in the top of the 6th highlighted with Houston and Strout leading off with back to back singles. Houston scored on a Laliberte sacrifice fly and Strout scored on an Harris double. Wilson hit a 2 run single to give Gilford a 14-0 lead and end the game in 6 innings by the mercy rule.
Gilford followed that effort by beating Inter-Lakes 11-0 on Wednesday. The win was the 1,000th varsity coaching victory for Gilford's Joan Forge, who also coaches volleyball.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:04

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GHS girls tennis remains undefeated

The Gilford High School girls' tennis team remains unbeaten after a couple of matches earlier this week.
Gilford took a 8-1 win on Monday at a home match against Berlin. Cheralynn Corsack, Gilford's top-seeded player, beat Berlin's Kathryn Record by the score of 8 games to 6. Also winning their singles matches were Charleyne Panner, Lindsey Corsack, Emily Hanf and Abby Lines. 
Gilford swept doubles play, with teams Cheralynn Corsack/Panner, Lindsey Corsack/Hanf, and Emily Curtis/Lines all winning.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:02

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Gilford boys' tennis is 6-0

The Gilford High School boys' tennis team traveled to Gorham Monday and defeated Berlin, 9-0. Andrew Caulfield won at top seeded singles, 8-0; Matt Saulnier won 8-1; Alex Simoneau won 8-1; Keaton Quigley, 8-0; Erich Berghahn, 8-1; and Nolan Dwyer, 8-2. Caulfield/Saulnier won the top seeded doubles, 8-1; Simoneau/Berghahn won number 2 doubles, 8-0; and Brad Bergman/Nick Gilbert won also won their doubles match, 8-0.
The team was rained out at Bow on Tuesday. The Eagles travel to Prospect Mountain on Friday. The team's record is 6-0.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:01

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Four-star captain: Victoria Holmes leads LHS lacrosse

LACONIA — Most teams have at least one player that hold a special rank on the team. Typically, they're one of the team captains and have a regard among their team mates that is beyond a title. Kerri Howe, coach of the Laconia High School girls' varsity lacrosse team, said she is enjoying this season the services of a particular veteran athlete, senior captain Victoria "Tori" Holmes, who has played four varsity sports this year and is a rare kind of leader among her peers.
"It was my senior year and I wanted to go out with a bang," said Holmes, who was a member of the school's winter cheer team and in the fall was on both the cheer and soccer teams. She played three sports during her junior year. As a freshman and a sophomore, she only played two sports, but that was because she was also helping to coach cheer at the middle school and for an all-star cheer team.
Holmes, who said she loves to be busy, plans to continue her athletic career beyond her high school years. She'll be attending Plymouth State University next fall and has been invited to attend the soccer team's preseason practices, beginning in mid-August. She also plans to try out for the university's lacrosse team. Her extracurricular activities shouldn't detract from her academic pursuits – at LHS, she managed to maintain a 3.7 grade point average while playing 11 sports seasons and coaching while an underclassman.
After graduating from PSU, she'd like to be a high school math teacher, a desire Holmes traced back to her freshman year when she became enamored of the subject while in teacher Matt Dubois's class. She's looked forward to every math class since then, she said. A career in high school teaching seems like a great fit for her. "It's a perfect job. I like kids, and I want to coach."
Athletics are far more than just a past-time for Holmes. She has enjoyed the many friendships she's made, and feels that competition reveals a part of a person that's often invisible in everyday life. "People are really different on and off the field," she said, adding that the rule applies to herself as well. "I'm really nice off the field but I've heard a lot of stories that when I'm on the field, people are scared of me."
"I love working out," she said, explaining that exercise became therapeutic for her when grieving her father, who died four years ago.
"It really helped me, because my dad passed away my freshman year. Whenever I thought of him, I went for a run and it cleared my mind," she said. She remembers her father as someone who would provide encouragement and criticism in equal measure, whether he was talking with Holmes or with one of her three older brothers. "I loved that because it makes us better. He was always looking for us to do more."
Howe has known Holmes since she was a middle school athlete. Holmes, she said, isn't the kind of athlete that comes around every year. "I've had the pleasure of coaching Tori for many years. She's a natural leader, she challenges herself. She strives to make herself better and maker her team better... She's the kind of kid that's the reason I coach."

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:59

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