11th annual Danny Legendre Memorial Golf Tournament to be held at Androscoggin Valley Country Club

GORHAM — The Danny Legendre Memorial Fund is proud to announce the 11th annual Danny Legendre Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at the Androscoggin Valley Country Club in Gorham on Saturday, June 3. This year's executive sponsor is Mr. Pizza.

The Danny Legendre Memorial Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to further enhance the opportunities for local elementary and high school students to participate in recreation and sports as a means of promoting character development, leadership, teamwork and a healthy lifestyle. Proceeds will benefit the Danny Legendre Memorial Fund and the Danny Legendre Memorial Scholarship, which provides an annual scholarship to a graduating senior of Gorham High School.

 

This four-person scramble tournament welcomes golfers of all ages and skill levels. The entry fee is $50 per golfer ($40 for A.V.C.C members) and includes green fees, cart, goodie bags, golf balls and prizes. Team registration forms can be picked up at Gorham Hardware and Sports Center or Androscoggin Valley Country Club. Forms may also be downloaded from our website, filled out electronically and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

This year’s tournament is brought to you by a number of generous sponsors, including: Mr. Pizza; ConvenientMD; Apple, Inc.; Ray’s Electric & General Contracting Inc.; Androscoggin Valley Hospital; Gorham House Florist; North Country Dental; Gorham Hardware & Sports Center; Tanner Hill Milling & Construction; Bank of New Hampshire; Town and Country Inn & Resort; Dr. Richard Kay Optometrist; Lynda M. Roberts & Associates; Presidential Pest Control; Yokohama; and DBG Golf.

 

E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or to sign up, sponsor or volunteer for this year’s tournament. Space is limited so be sure to submit your team registrations early.

 

The deadline for team registrations is Thursday, June 1. Due to tournament constraints, same-day registrations will not be accepted.

 

We look forward to see everyone at this year’s event!

Gorham girls open with two wins over two different Panthers

By Jean LeBlanc

GORHAM — Gorham used its potent offense to begin the 2017 softball season, rolling to a 14-1 win at Moultonborough Academy on April 12, and then pulled away from Lisbon late, 14-7, on April 14.

The Huskies scored seven runs in the first inning and cruised to an opening day 14-1 win at the Panthers' den in Meredith. The Huskies added three runs in the second inning and two more each in the fourth and seventh innings to reach their 14-run total. Gorham also walloped out 15 hits, led by senior catcher Jacqui Hallisey, who went 4-5 and had a pair of RBIs.

"We got off to a great start," said Christine Partenope, Huskies' head coach. "Going out into the field in the bottom of the second inning with a 10-run lead against Moultonborough was something that rarely happens because of how strong their program always is."

Defensively, the Huskies got three-hit pitching from senior Natalie Harmon and sophomore Rachel Sturtevant. The Panthers lone run came in the bottom of the third inning. Harmon picked up the mound win tossing the first four frames. Sturtevant came on in relief, putting up three goose eggs over the final three innings.

Panther Allie Taylor went the distance for Moultonborough, giving up 14 runs on 15 hits.

The Huskies then traveled to Lisbon and used a three-run sixth and four-run seventh innings to put away the Panthers 14-7. Again it was a potent Huskie offense that scored runs in every inning except the fifth.

Harmon toiled on the hill the first four innings and surrendered a lone run in the bottom of the fourth. Lisbon's bats came alive over the final three innings scoring four times in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it a 7-5 score.

"I was pleased with how poised we were when Lisbon made a run at us," said Partenope. "There was no panic in the field or at the plate and we just stayed after them offensively to score another seven runs over the last two innings."

The Huskies had 18 hits with Harmon getting four of them and three RBIs to go along with her mound win. Seniors Karyssa Lachance, Jana Oelofse and Felicia Voisine had three hits each with Voisine smacking a solo homer to help in leading the offense. Gorham closed out the game on sweet double play. Lisbon had a runner at third base on a grounder hit to Harmon who was playing there. Harmon looked the runner back to the bag before making her throw to first base for the force out. The Lisbon runner attempted to make it home on the play, however Voisine quickly fired to the plate where senior Jacqui Hallisey applied the tag for a game-ending double play.

GORHAM 14 MOULTONBOROUGH 1

Gorham   7 3 0 2 0 0 2   14-15-1

Panthers  0 0 1 0 0 0 0   1-3-1

Pitching: Gorham — Harmon, Sturtevant (5), and Hallisey, Moultonborough — Taylor and Terotti, WP — Harmon, LP — Taylor.

GORHAM 14 LISBON 7

Huskies  3 1 2 1 0 3 4   14-18-2

Lisbon   0 0 0 1 4 0 2    7-12-4

Pitching: Gorham — Harmon, Sturtevant (5) and Hallisey, Lisbon — Eva Leclerc, Jenna Myers (7), and Chloe Hartshorn, WP — Harmon, LP-Leclerc. Home runs — Gorham — Voisine (fourth inning, none on). 

Fan appreciation day planned Saturday for River Drivers to celebrate season

By Jean Leblanc and Lloyd Jones

DANVILLE, ILL - Danville's Daniel Turgeon scored two goals and had two assists lifting the Dashers to a 4-1 victory over the Berlin River Drivers to capture their first ever Federal Hockey League Commissioners Cup.
“What a season, boys,” was the post on the River Drivers Facebook page Wednesday following Game 5. “You played hard and gave it everything you had. Your fans, in Berlin and beyond, love you and what you've done for hockey!”
This marked the end to a remarkable second season for the River Drivers. In just its second season Berlin, which won just 11 games in its inaugural campaign, played sensational team hockey this year under the guidance of Coach Andre Niec to finish second overall with 94 points.
The River Drivers, who got home Thursday night, will be honored this Saturday. The following was posted on the team’s Facebook page on Thursday evening:
“We have planned a day of fan appreciation and celebration with the team on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Notre Dame Arena. Fans will get to skate with the River Drivers and have a chance to bid and possibly win a season worn jersey. We have had so many of our amazing fans offer to assist us with any festivity plans and would love for them to bring their favorite dishes, non alcoholic beverages, goodies, etc, and any items that they wish to have the boys remember them by. It will hopefully be a day for the fans to reminisce about the season with their favorite player(s) and for the players to have a chance to thank the wonderful support system that has evolved in the Berlin River Drivers community!”
Danville was the top seed in the Commissioner's Cup Playoffs after finishing 39-9-4-4 to capture the regular season title with 129 points. The Dashers' 129 points and 39 wins are the second-most in league history of the FHL behind New Jersey's 127 points and 40 wins in 2011-12.
The River Drivers finished as the second seed in just their sophomore season, surprising many in the Federal Hockey League after earning only 14 wins and a last place finish one year ago. Berlin's 28 wins and 94 points was a 14 win and a 39 point improvement from one year ago.
In game five, Berlin trailed 4-0 in the third period, but made things interesting on a John Celli goal with over 12 minutes remaining in the contest. Cameron Dimmitt and Patrick Harrison got the assists on the Celli goal.
The Dashers survived two Berlin Power Plays in the final 20 minutes of play and rode the superb goal tending of Louie George. The River Drivers out shot Danville 34-27 in the deciding game.
Danville Forward Gehrett Sargis was named the Most Valuable Player of the Commissioner's Cup Playoffs after recording four goals, four assists and a plus/minus of 0.
Berlin's Pavel Kubena led the River Drivers during the playoffs with four goals and six assists for 10 points and a +/- of 2. Defenseman David Brancik led all Berlin players with a +/- of +4.

BRDPavelKubenaRiver Driver Pavel Kubena was the top point-getter with four goals and six assists in the playoffs. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)


The River Drivers won their first playoff series when they took the best two-out-three series 2-0, winning 3-2 at Danbury on April 7 and 4-2 in Berlin on April 8.
In the championship round, Berlin took Game 1 1-0 in Danville on April 11; Danville beat Berlin 4-3 in overtime in Game 2 at home April 12; Berlin win Game 3 7-3 on its home ice on April 14; Danville won Game 4 2-1 in Berlin by coming from behind with two third period goals on April; 15; and Danville took Game 5 at home 4-1 on Wednesday.
The FHL recently announced its year-end awards Head Coach and General Manager Andre Niec was named Executive of the Year and Dominik Synek tabbed Rookie of the Year on April 13.BRDDavidBrancikBerlin defenseman, David Brancik, finished with a +/- of +4 in the playoffs this season. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

Girls' tennis team rolls past Lakers and defeats topranked Profile

By: Jean LeBlanc

A veteran group of girls' tennis players in Berlin continue to improve as the weather allows them to get outside more. That improvement led Berlin to a 9-0 shutout over Interlakes and an impressive 7-2 win over previously undefeated Profile. Berlin improved its record to 4-0 this season.

In singles at Interlakes, top-seeded Audrey Coulombe was an 8-1 winner over Gabrielle Nedeau, senior Myra Arsenault fought past Alyssa Floyd, 8-6; Berlin's Emily Theriault shut out Bell Hoag, 8-0; Mountie Rylie Binette defeated Phebe Hoag, 8-4; Julie Downs was an 8-3 winner over Laker Ava Duymazlor; and sophomore Haley Coulombe was an 8-2 victor over Katie Lasada.

In doubles, top-seeded Audrey Coulombe and Arsenault shut out Lakers Nedeau and B. Hoag, 8-0; Mounties Theriault and Downs fought past Floyd and Duymazlor, 8-6; and Berlin's Binette and H. Coulombe were 8-4 winners over P. Hoag an Lasada.

BGTACoulombeBerlin girls tennis team' top seed is senior Audrey Coulombe. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

"Great game, said head coach Andy Rancloes. "Emily played very well. She was all business. Audrey completely dominated the match from start to finish. She was done in 25 minutes. I’m excited to watch her grow this season. Myra was up 4-1 and her girl came back to take the lead, 5-4. I have to give Myra props, she stayed in the game and won a very hard fought match. Her opponent, Alyssa, was a very good player. Over all, things are beginning to look good. We are getting some time on the outside courts and it is beginning to make a difference. We have a very big match coming up against an undefeated Profile team. We will have to continue working hard."

Work hard they did. Hosting the Patriots, the Mountaineers were all business. They had to be; Profile was a great opponent and coming in No. 1 in Division III girls' tennis. Top seeded Audrey Coulombe was an 8-1 winner over Isa Miller-White; Myra Arsenault worked past Patriot Madison Opalinski , 8-4 Emily Theriault dropped a 4-8 decision to Iris Miller-White; Rylie Binette fought and dropped a 6-8 loss to Profile's Delia Carstens; Berlin's Julie Downs was an 8-6 winner over Emily Kerivan; and Haley Coulombe bested Maggie Egan, 8-6, to put Berlin up 4-2.

"This was a great match against a good team," said Rancloes. "Profile came in 4-0 and we knew we had to be on our game. Audrey played lights out. She is really stepping up and becoming a dominate player in our division. Julie Downs had a great match. At one point, she was down by two games. She mentally stayed in it and fought her way back. She doesn’t quit, she is a fighter."

 

BGTDownsBerlin senior Julie Downs had wins in both singles and doubles against Profile. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

In doubles, Berlin's top duo of Audrey Coulombe and Arsenault were 8-2 winners over Isa Miller-White and Carstens; Mounties Theriault and Downs were 8-3 victors over Opalinski and Iris Miller-White; and third seeded Binette and H.Coulombe rolled by Kerivan and Egan, 8-2, to make it a 7-2 final.

"Once again it came down to our doubles," stated Rancloes. "They are a lot of fun to watch. All three groups are working well together and learning their partner's strengths and weakness. I think we are in a good place. We have one more match this week. During vacation week we will begin to tweak some things and work on adding more shots into our game."

The Mountaineers traveled to Whitefield to play the regional before they get a vacation break next week.