Written by Jean LeBlanc
The Mounties were assessed a technical foul with 2:09 to play in the game. The Mohawks Dylan Leach went to the line and knocked down the first of two free throws to put Colebrook on top 47-42. Berlin had to make a stop defensively and came up with a steal and a hoop to cut the deficit to three points at 47-44. Colebrook got the ball down to the other end of the floor with just 1:29 to play. Coming out of the timeout, Colebrook tried to stall unfortunately for the Mohawks Berlin made a second consecutive steal and was on their way to their basket. The Mounties were fouled and had a chance to get within one with 1:03 to go. However, Berlin's foul shooting woes continued and both shots were missed allowing Colebrook to have possession again. (eventual 8-24 for the game)
Berlin was on a mission and forced another steal and got the ball into the hands of senior guard Dimitri Giannos. Giannos was fouled with 48.5 remaining. The senior was struggling from the charity stripe on the evening connecting on just five of his first fifteen attempts. Giannos was solid and buried both shots to make a one possession game at 47-46.
Just 13 seconds later, Berlin stole the ball and was headed back towards the opposite end of the floor. Giannos took a shot with 15.9 seconds to play. The shot was missed and center Nick Fodor came huge by grabbing a rebound and putting the ball back up off the glass to put Berlin into the lead at 48-47.
Groveton worked the ball down the floor quickly looking for Nick Bouchard. Bouchard collided with Mountie Ryan Richard. Richard was whistled for the foul, putting Bouchard at the line with just 11.2 ticks on the clock. Bouchard calmly sunk both shots to put his team back on top at 49-48. Berlin rushed the ball up the floor and called timeout in front of their bench with 8.1 seconds left. Out of the time out, Berlin put the ball in Giannos's hands, taking the ball to the left side of the floor. Giannos used a screen at the top of the key and headed for the hoop on the left side of the floor. His very tough shot bounced off the rim and into the hands of Morrissette. The junior forward did not hesitate and put the rebound back up and in. Just as Colebrook was attempting to call timeout, the buzzer sounded ending the contest. The Berlin players celebrated and the Mohawks players stood in disbelief.
Colebrook led after one quarter of play 10-7. Sedrick McKinnon had two hoops for Colebrook. Berlin had three different players score in the first quarter.
Berlin used a 19-12 second quarter to take a 26-22 lead into the intermission break. Bryce Hicks had four points for the Mohawks and Berlin's Chris Lamphere had three buckets for Berlin.
Colebrook out scored Berlin 12-10 in the third quarter to make it a two point game after three quarters of play at 36-34. Jordan Bedard used the paint to his liking to tally six points for Colebrook. Berlin had five different scorers.
In the fourth quarter, Colebrook seemed to carry momentumn early and held a five point lead at one point. However, Berlin turned up the defensive pressure late and got the turnovers they were looking for.
For the game, the Mohawks had seventeen field goals from the floor and shot 15-28 from the foul line. Bedard 12, Dylan Leach 11 points and Hicks 10 markers, paced Colebrook offense.
The Mounties had 21 field goals and struggled from the foul line netting just 8-24. Giannos 11 points and Lamphere 10 were the only two players to get to double digits for Berlin.
The Mounties went up as a team to receive the Tournament championship trophy. Players Morrissette and Richard were named to the All-Tourney team with Richard taking the tourney MVP award.
The Berlin boys will resume their regular season play on Wednesday January 2nd at home hosting their North Country rival, the White Mountain Regional Spartans at 6:30 PM.
BHS 07 19 10 14 50
CA 10 12 12 15 49
Mounties (50)- Frenette 3-0-6, Giannos 2-7-11, Morrissette 4-0-8, Richard 3-0-6, Reed 1-0-2, Lapointe, Patry, Lam 0-1-1, Lamphere 5-0-10, Labbe, Fodor 3-0-6.
Mohawks (49)- Hicks 2-6-10, McKinnon 4-0-8, Bedard 5-2-12, Bouchard 1-4-6, Leach 4-3-11.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 January 2013 22:16
Written by Jean LeBlanc
In singles, top ranked senior Al Aldrich beat Knight Ruth Burnton 8-2, Berlin's Kathryn Record had the match of the day beating Kim Phu in a tie breaker (7-0), junior Miriam Arsenault fought past Kingswood's Christine Chrysafidis 8-4, Berlin's Emma Dorval fell to Julia St.Germain 1-8, Karli Lacasse served her way by Taylor Durand 8-1, and Mountie Abbie Dube got high praise from coach Patty Hood, as Dube bested Kingswood's Julia Miller 8-5.
"Very important match for the girls," said the Berlin mentor. "They really rose to the occasion and had great single matches. Doubles were not played because of the time factor and weather."
The win puts Berlin at 9-4 on the season with one match remaining in the regular season. The final regular season game will be senior day on Friday against White Mountain Regional in Berlin on the Glen Avenue courts beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 21:20
Written by Jean LeBlanc
The staff has been working hard since the conclusion of the 2012 racing season. Several new sponsors have come on board to headline the speedway’s different divisions. Napa Auto Parts returns to WMMP and will sponsor the Late Model division. The current list of participating NAPA stores includes; Berlin, Littleton, Plymouth, Lebanon, Laconia, and Meredith. The White Mountains Community College of Berlin will sponsor the Tiger/Sportsman division, Amoskeag Beverages/Twisted Tea are on board for the Dwarf Cars, Kingdom Trailers will be the sponsor for the Strictly Stocks, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank headlines the Strictly Mini division, and Dads 4 By Tool and Supply will headline the Kids Truck division.
Drivers are reminded to get their cars out onto the speedway before noon time in order to get their 50 points. It will then be a daunting task for several judges to inspect the cars by division and select the top three. Fans are welcome to come down onto the speedway race surface to meet their favorite drivers from noon until 2 p.m. At that time practice will take place. Several of the racers will get a chance to shake down their 2013 rides for the first time.
On Friday May 24, Shaw’s Supermarket of Littleton NH, Amoskeag Beverages and WMMP are working together to put on a car show in the Shaw’s parking lot from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be plenty of drivers on hand to sign autographs and Amoskeag will be offering up samples of the different Twisted Teas they offer.
On Saturday May 25, the white gloves come off. On the very first racing event in 2013, WMMP will have its Late Models, Tigers, Strictly Stocks, Strictly Minis, and the Kids Truck division along with the PASS tour Super Late Models for a 150 laps of racing.
WMMP is a quarter mile high banked asphalt track nestled near Franconia Notch on Route 3. For up to the minute racing news, follow us on facebook or check out the speedway’s website at www.whitemtnmotorsports.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 21:16
Written by Jean LeBlanc
A 2011 Gorham graduate, Willey has had success both on and off the field. Coming off the Fall baseball season, Willey was selected as the Most Improved Player by the coaching staff. The sophomore righty led the team in appearances with 17 and compiled a solid 2.45 ERA that included a tie for a team high four saves.
Willey was also selected to the Northeast 10 Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. To achieve that goal, the student athlete must achieve a GPA of at least 3.50 or better.
While at Gorham High School, Willey was a four year starter and the teams he played for accumulated a regular season record of 50-12. His tournament accomplishments saw his teams reaching the quarter finals twice and the final four twice.
Doug is the son of Jeff and Lisa Willey of Shelburne, NH.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 21:08