3rd straight state title is still sweet for Gilford tennis boys

The Gilford boys' tennis team won its third consecutive NHIAA Division III state championship over Inter-Lakes 7-2 on Thursday afternoon. The Golden Eagles won four of six singles matches and swept the three doubles to clinch the title. "Every championship is special in its own way," Gilford coach Terry Wilson said.

The championship win capped a second consecutive undefeated season and the 50th straight win. "I wish I could have taped this senior class trying to play as freshman. They went from struggling to hit a ball to the polished team you saw today," added Wilson. The senior members of the Gilford squad went 62-4 during their high school careers with three titles and a semifinal appearance.

Gilford's Nolan Dwyer and Sam Shafique won their singles matches early over Liam Donahue and Tyler Reid 8-3 and 8-0 to give the Golden Eagles a quick 2-0 lead. Inter-Lakes bounced back with a pair of wins by Logan Goewey and Thomas Ainsworth to even the score at 2-2.

Laker Noah Sullivan gave Andrew Caulfield an early battle, winning a pair of sets to bring the match to 3-2 before Gilford's Caulfield pulled away for an 8-3 win and a 4-2 team lead. At the end of the singles matches, Inter-Lakes' only route to victory was by sweeping the doubles round.

"The way our season has gone I thought anything was possible," said Lakers coach Gill West. Inter-Lakes struggled early in the season, losing to Gilford 9-0 before bouncing back and winning the final four matches of the season to earn the sixth seed. "We really pulled together and were firing on all cylinders heading into the postseason," added West. "We were thrilled to make it here and compete as well as we did against the best team in the conference."

The doubles matches went Gilford's way beginning with the title clincher on the first court with Caulfield and Grant Workman topping Lakers Sullivan and Goewey 8-6. The Golden Eagles won the second and third doubles 8-4.

"This is a special group and are in the midst of a nice run to begin next season," finished Wilson.

Round-up: Gilford wins tennis title, Laconia baseball bounced by Mascenic

The Gilford boys' tennis team completed its second straight perfect season with a 7-2 win over Inter-Lakes in the DIII state championship. The Golden Eagles' championship win was the 50th consecutive match victory for the team, dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season. Gilford has won three consecutive state titles and five of the last six in Division III.


The Laconia Sachems fell to sixth seeded Mascenic 7-2. The third seeded Sachems were upset at home in the quarterfinal matchup and finished the season 15-3.

Belmont (10) could not top the second seeded Monadnock 7-0. The Red Raiders were held to just one hit in the quarterfinal matchup. The team finished with an 11-7 record. MOnadnock will face Mascenic in the semifinals.


Winnisquam upset the fifth seed Belmont 3-0 in the second round of the DIII tournament Thursday. The Bears (12) held Belmont scoreless behind a seven hit complete game from Allie Trowsdale. The senior notched five strikeouts and didn't walk a batter in the win. Belmont finishes the season 13-4. Winnisquam traveled to Berlin (4) yesterday for a quarterfinal matchup.

Girls' lacrosse

The Laconia Sachems defeated Kearsarge 11-7 in the DIII semifinals to reach their first state championship against defending champion Derryfield. Mackenzie Howe led the Sachem attack with five goals in the win. Laconia reached the semifinals last season only to fall to Berlin.

Derryfield served Laconia its only blemish in the regular season. The top seeded Cougars rolled through the season with their only challenge in Laconia, beating the Sachems 6-5. The state championship will be held at Bedford High School Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Boys' lacrosse

The Sachems ran past Plymouth 19-8 in the DIII quarterfinals. Brenden Mooney outscored the Bobcats by himself, scoring nine goals in the win. Laconia will take on Trinity in the semifinals Wednesday at 5 p.m. Trinity topped the Sachems in both regular season tilts, 13-6 and 9-3.

U11 lacrosse Sachems remain undefeated

The Laconia U11 boys' lacrosse team had a busy weekend, playing two games on consecutive days. Saturday they made the trek south to play a makeup game against Amherst. Laconia's offense came alive in this one, as attackmen Cole Roy and Evan "Papi" Carignan had 4 goals each. Middie Zach Whitney notched 3 goals to go with 4 assists. Cam Harriman got his first goal of the season as did Cody Newman. The young Sachems were able to give their big defenders a chance to play attack and score some goals and they answered the challenge. After moving to the attack position, Keith Corriveau and Jacob Mello both found the back of the net. Zach Kitchen and Lucas Beane owned the field as they recorded 7 ground balls each. When the final whistle sounded, Laconia had earned a 15-2 victory.
Sunday was Laconia's last home game of the season. A scrappy Seacoast team came to play and gave the Sachems their toughest challenge to date. Roy and Carignan continued to impress on offense, as they each grabbed a hat trick. Middie Ty Barlett found the back of the net to round out the scoring for Laconia. It was the defense that had to come up big in this one. Jacob Mello, Keith Corriveau, Edgar Conroy, and Cody Newman were continuously challenged and they all stood tall in shutting down the Seacoast offense. Goalie Noah Potter turned aside 8 shots in preserving the 7-3 victory to keep the Sachems undefeated at 5-0-1.
Laconia will wrap up the season with a game in Peterborough on Saturday and Manchester PAL on Sunday.

Gilford softball nearly pulls off upset against Bishop Brady

The Gilford High School softball team played one of its best offensive and defensive games of the season but it wasn't enough as it fell to Bishop Brady 5-4. The Gilford offense produced 10 hits by 9 different players. It was a thrilling game from beginning to end with 4 lead changes. Bishop Brady struck first by scoring one run in the bottom of the 1st on a lead off single, stolen base and fielders choice. Gilford answered back in the top of the 3rd with 2 runs to take a 2-1 lead. Brooke Beaudet singled, stole second and scored on an error followed by Caitlin Houston's single and also scored on an error. Bishop Brady answered back in the bottom of the 4th with 2 runs to regain the lead at 3-2. They scored 2 runs on 1 triple, 1 single and 1 error. Gilford scored 2 more runs in the top of the 5th to take the lead away from Bishop Brady and go up 4-3. With 2 outs Gilford strung together 4 singles in a row by Jordan Dean, Sarah Lachapelle, Stevie Orton and Alexis Lacroix to produce the 2 runs. In the bottom of the 6th Bishop Brady scored 2 more runs to take a 5-4 lead on 1 single, 1 walk, 1 stolen base and 1 pass ball. Gilford had an opportunity to tie the game in the top of the 7th inning when Jillian Lachapelle led off with a single and advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Dean, but the next two batters could not produce the timely needed hit.

"Our defense made some amazing plays today. The players were focused and determined to pull off an upset win. It was a great game to be a part of. Rightfielder Stevie Orton fielded a grounder and threw the batter runner out at 1st base, centerfielder Maddie Harris made a tough catch on a line drive and in the 4th inning with 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd leftfielder Jessica Freeman made a spectacular catch deep toward the left field foul line that saved the 2 runs from scoring."

Sarah Lachapelle took the loss on the mound with 3 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 hit batter and gave up 7 hits.
The 10 hit offensive attack by Gilford was led by Caitlin Houston with 2 hits and the other 8 players to get a single for Gilford were Brooke Beaudet, Jillian Lachapelle, Jordan Dean, Sarah Lachapelle, Stevie Orton, Alexis Lacroix, Shannon Mercer and Maddie Harris

Gilford ends the season with a 6-11 record. This season was a rebuilding year for Gilford, the nucleus of the team will return next year with only 2 starting seniors needing to be replaced.