GIlford middle schooler competes in Canadian-American Ski Championships

Gilford Middle School 7th grader Zoe Zimmermann finished off a strong 2014/2015 alpine ski racing season by taking first place in the Giant Slalom at the U-14 Eastern Alpine Championships held March 13-16, 2015 at Stowe, Vermont. This event features the top 80 twelve and thirteen year old ski racers in the Eastern United States. Zoe won by a large margin of over 3 seconds. In the Slalom event, Zoe's strongest discipline throughout the season, she "messed up", as she describes it, toward the bottom of both her first and second runs, finishing only one of them. However, her GS result qualified her in first position for the final event of the U14 Alpine season, the Canadian-American (Can-Am) Championships which was held in Mont Tremblant, Quebec March 26- 29, 2015. Only the best 70 U14 age female athletes from the U.S. and Canada qualify for the Can-Am. At Tremblant Zoe finished 6th in the Giant Slalom, one of only two U.S. racers to make the top ten in the GS. After a solid 5th place in the first run of the Slalom event – and the best U.S. finish - Zoe got late going into the final hairpin on the second run and fell before getting back up and finishing the run. She ended up 15th overall in the Slalom which was the fourth best overall Slalom finish for the U.S.

Athletes qualify for the Eastern Championships from their Region/State Championship Event with quotas determined by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, (USSA). 17 N.H. female athletes qualified for the Eastern Championships from the NH State Championships held March 6-8, 2015 at Attitash Mountain with Zoe taking the top seed.

Zoe spends 5 months over the winter at Waterville Valley Academy where she is able to mix daily ski training and school. She was on snow over 100 days in 2014/2015.



Round-up: Laconia lacrosse rallies to win against Plymouth

Laconia boys' lacrosse rebounded from its first loss of the season with an 8-7 victory over DII Plymouth Tuesday. Brenden Mooney scored the game-winning goal with 10 seconds remaining in the contest. Mooney's goal was the fourth straight goal scored by Laconia, completing a comeback that began with a 7-4 deficit. The Sachems (2-1) hosted Campbell yesterday.

Gilford fell to 1-3 after a 14-7 loss to Trinity Wednesday. The Golden Eagles travel to Coe-Brown tomorrow.

Girls' lacrosse

The Sachems dropped their first game of the season to defending DIII champions Derryfield, 6-5, Wednesday. Laconia (3-1) faces Kearsarge today before a week off for school vacation.

Gilford (2-2) has dropped two in a row after winning the first two games of the season. The Golden Eagles welcomed Hopkinton yesterday before the school break.

Belmont hosted Plymouth yesterday in the second test of the season for the Red Raiders (0-1).

Girls' tennis

Prospect Mountains fell to 2-3 after a 6-1 loss at White Mountains Wednesday. The team is off until May 4 when it travels to Moultonborough.

Inter-Lakes fell to Berlin, 5-4, Wednesday afternoon. The Lakers (2-3) host Gilford on May 4.

Gilford improved to 3-2 with a 6-3 win over Prospect Mountain Tuesday afternoon. The Golden Eagles traveled to Berlin yesterday before the school break.

Boys' tennis

Gilford topped Prospect Mountain 5-4 Monday afternoon. The unbeaten Golden Eagles (5-0) hosted Berlin yesterday before a week off.

Inter-Lakes (3-2) has three in a row after dropping the first two of the season. The 6-1 win over Berlin pushed the Lakers over .500 on the season. Inter-Lakes hosted Moultonborough yesterday.

Prospect Mountain picked up the team's fourth win of the season. The Timberwolves are off until May 4 when they host Moultonborough.


Belmont slipped past Winnisquam, 6-2, Monday afternoon. The Red Raiders (2-1) head to Farmington today and Franklin Monday before the break.

Winnisquam dropped its third in a row Wednesday, 6-2, to Bishop Brady. The Bears (0-3) welcome Monadnock Monday.

Prospect Mountain (1-0) has had trouble with the weather to begin the year. The Timberwolves hosted Gilford yesterday in the second test of the season. The Prospect Mountain girls host Berlin tomorrow and Raymond on Monday.

Laconia topped Inter-Lakes, 7-1, Tuesday in the team's second win in as many days. The Sachems (2-1) travel to Somersworth today before the break.

Inter-Lakes fell to 0-2 after the Laconia loss. The Lakers look for their first win today at Berlin.

Gilford (0-2) fell to Newport 5-4 last week. The rain has kept the Golden Eagles off the field this week. The girls visited Prospect Mountain yesterday with hopes of getting a game in.


Laconia improved to 3-0 after a 9-0 victory against Inter-Lakes. The Sachems face Somersworth today in an attempt to stay unbeaten.

Inter-Lakes dropped to 1-1 after the Laconia loss. The Lakers travel to Berlin today before the break.

Gilford (1-0) hosted Prospect Mountain yesterday. The Golden Eagles have been rained out this week and are now off until May 4.

Belmont (1-1) had a pair of games postponed earlier this week. The Red Raiders head to Farmington today and Franklin Monday before the week long break.

Prospect Mountain fell to 1-1 with a 7-1 loss to Somersworth. The Timberwolves hosted Gilford yesterday and welcome Berlin tomorrow.

Winnisquam fell to Bishop Brady, 15-14 Tuesday. The Bears host Monadnock Monday before the school vacation.

Round-up: Batchelder leads LHS baseball to win in opener

Laconia baseball cruised to an 8-1 victory in their season opener against Belmont Thursday. Nate Batchelder pitched six innings giving up four hits and one run while striking out seven. The Sachems (1-0) are in the midst of three games in three days, beginning with a trip to Plymouth yesterday. The next two games are at home against Mascoma Valley today and Inter-Lakes tomorrow.

Belmont fell to Laconia, 8-1 on Thursday, but bounced back a day later in a 9-1 victory against Berlin. Joey Levesque tossed a complete game six hitter while giving up one run and striking out eight, The offense was led by Ryan Gelinas with a pair of hits and RBIs. Belmont hosted Winnisquam yesterday and heads to Bow this afternoon.

Winnisquam dropped their season opener to Campbell, 7-1, Friday. Tucker Normand drove in the lone run in the loss. The Bears (0-1) visited Belmont yesterday and head to Bishop Brady tomorrow.

Gilford shutout Franklin, 5-0, to open the season Wednesday afternoon. Zach Poisson tossed a complete game two hit shutout and compiled 11 strikeouts along the way. The Golden Eagles welcomed Inter-Lakes yesterday and head to Farmington tomorrow.

Inter-Lakes squeaked out an opening day 6-5 win over White Mountains. The Lakers visited Gilford yesterday before heading to Laconia tomorrow.

Prospect Mountain topped Newfound 11-4 Friday afternoon. Dillon Barnes led the offense with a pair of hits and RIBs for the victors. The Timberwolves (1-0) hosted Farmington yesterday and head to Somersworth tomorrow.


Prospect Mountain opened up the season with an 11-4 victory over Newfound. Breanna Burley struck out nine in a complete game outing. Burley helped her own cause at the plate going 2-5 with a home run. The Timberwolves (1-0) hosted Farmington yesterday and head to Somersworth tomorrow.

Inter-Lakes fell 17-2 White Mountains Friday afternoon. The Lakers (0-1) visited Gilford yesterday and head to Laconia tomorrow.

Winnisquam dropped the season opener 9-2 to Campbell. Erica Doubleday went 2-3 with an RBI at the plate in the loss. The Bears (0-1) traveled to Belmont yesterday and head to Bishop Brady tomorrow.

Belmont fell to Berlin, 6-1, to drop to 1-1 on the season. The Red Raiders hosted Winnisquam yesterday and head to Bow this afternoon.

Gilford fell to 0-2 after a 5-4 loss to Newport. Caitlin went 2-3 with a pair of runs scored in the loss. The Golden Eagles hosted Inter-Lakes yesterday and head to Farmington tomorrow.

Laconia dropped the season opener to Belmont, 9-2. The Sachems (0-1) visited Plymouth yesterday before hosting a pair of games against Mascoma Valley today and Inter-Lakes tomorrow.

Boys' tennis

Gilford rolled past Bow, 7-2, sweeping the singles matches in the win. The Golden Eagles (4-0) hosted Prospect Mountain yesterday.

Inter-Lakes evened their record at 2-2 after a 8-1 victory over Sanborn Friday. The Lakers traveled to Moultonborough yesterday and head to Berlin tomorrow.

Prospect Mountain picked up their third win in a row 7-2 against Pelham Friday. The TImberwolves (3-1) hosted Gilford yesterday and welcome White Mountains tomorrow.

Girls' tennis

Prospect Mountain picked up their second win of the season against Pelham, 5-0. The Timberwolves (2-1) head to Gilford today and White Mountains tomorrow to begin a six-game road stretch.

Gilford fell to 2-2 after a 8-1 loss to Bow. The Golden Eagles host Prospect Mountain this afternoon and head to Berlin Thursday.

Inter-Lakes fell to 2-2 after being blanked by Pelham, 9-0 Friday. The Lakers Host Berlin tomorrow.

Girls' Lacrosse

Gilford slipped past Plymouth, 10-7 in the season opener. Jesse McDonough netted four goals and an assist in the win. The Golden Eagles rolled past Coe-Brown, 12-1, in the second game of the season. Gilford (2-0) hosted Gilford yesterday and welcomes Hopkinton tomorrow.

Laconia is averaging 18 goals a game to begin the season. The Sachems rolled to a 19-4 victory over Belmont. Becca and Mackenzie Howe both finished with three goals each in the win. The Sachems (2-0) visited Gilford yesterday and travel to Derryfield on Wednesday in a semi-final rematch from last season.

Belmont fell to Laconia, 19-4, in the season opener. The Red Raiders host Plymouth Thursday.

Boys' Lacrosse

Laconia fell to 1-1 after a 8-4 loss to Trinity Friday. Brenden Mooney netted a pair of goals in the loss. The Sachems visit Plymouth today.

Gilford dropped to 0-2 with the 9-2 loss to Plymouth. The Golden Eagles visited Trinity yesterday and welcome Manchester West today.

Gilford softball's 3rd baseman shines in season opener

Despite Gilford losing their home opener 10-2 to rival Franklin on Wednesday there were some bright moments for the young Golden Eagle squad. Third baseman and freshman Jillian Lachapelle went 2/4 at the plate, added 2 RBIs and a stolen base in her first varsity game. The Gilford defense tied a school record and recorded 3 double plays in the game. Jillian Lachapelle was involved in one of them. "Jillian had a great start to her high school career," said coach Joan Forge. Gilford had a total of 7 hits. Caitlin Houston 2 hits including a double, Jillian Lachapelle 2 hits (2 RBIS and 1 stolen base), Maddie Harris 2 hits, and Stevie Orton had 1 hit.

Gilford's next game is away at Newport on Friday.