Gorham graduate is raising money for Boston Bruins Foundation by running Boston Marathon

GORHAM — Gorham High School graduate and former three-sport athlete Jeremy Dupont was always involved in soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring, and excelled in all three sports including Final Four appearances in both soccer and baseball.

Now the Huskie athlete will be taking on something much bigger — that is the Boston Marathon. Dupont will be running in the 2017 Boston Marathon as a team member of the Boston Bruins Foundation. 

FundraiserGorham High graduate Jeremy Dupont has joined the Boston Bruins Foundation Boston Marathon team and needs your help in raising money. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Dupont is a marathon newbie, but is super excited (actually now he's more nervous) to put in the time, effort and training it will not only take to finish the race, but raise money for an awesome organization near and dear to his heart. Dupont is honored to be apart of the Boston Bruins 2017 Boston Marathon team and working with an organization that helps children in need all throughout the New England area.

As a member of this team and a Boston Marathon participant, Dupont has to meet a $5,500 minimum fundraising requirement. Although $5,500 is what you shoot for, he'd love to raise as much money as possible for the children and make their dreams come true.  None of this would be possible without everyone's support and generosity, so he is asking you to help with as much as possible.

You can help by checking out Jeremy's fund raising page at https://www.crowdrise.com/boston-bruins-foundation-2017/fundraiser/jeremydupont.

Gorham High School ski team competes in first slalom race of the season

GORHAM — The Gorham High School ski team got its 2017 season underway with a pair of giant slalom races on Jan. 6 at Loon Mountain. Hosted by Lin-Wood High School, the format included the main event, a two-run, combined-time race in the morning, and a one-run sprint in the afternoon.

The Gorham girls, Division IV State Champions a year ago, finished the morning giant slalom in second place with 360 points, behind Profile (369 points), and ahead of Lin-Wood (353.5), Sunapee (353), Derryfield (352.5), Littleton (306), Woodsville (294), Moultonborough (285) and Lisbon (99).

Senior captain Natalie Harmon lead the way with a fifth place finish in 63.18, with junior Karyssa Lachance right behind in sixth, 63.88. Also counting for Gorham in the team standings were junior Danielle Cotnoir, 14th, 69.75; and senior Emily York, 21st, 73.12.

Adding depth for Gorham were Riley Fitzmorris, 26th, 74.6; Amira Robertson, 28th, 76.69; Olivia Halle, 40th, 83.03; Hannah Fox, 43rd, 87.2; and Phoebe Ross, 48th, 110.51.

Sarah Blampied from Profile won with a time of 61.99 seconds.

The competitiveness within the division was confirmed in the afternoon race with last year's runners-up, Sunapee, taking the win with 371 points. Packed in behind Sunapee were Profile in second place (366), Gorham and Lin-Wood tied for third (350) and Derryfield, fifth (349). Littleton (309), Woodsville (294), Moultonborough (217), Lisbon (96), Newport (68).

Lachance, fifth, 32.33, and Harmon, sixth, 32.42, again led the way for Gorham, followed by Cotnoir, 18th, 35.41; Fitzomorris, 29th, 37.62; Robertson, 33rd, 38.75; Halle, 38th, 40.85; York, 40th, 41.02; and Fox, 44th, 43.26.

Blampied repeated her morning win in a time of 31.39 seconds.

The Gorham boys' ski team started five high school and five middle school skiers, including three seventh-graders. Coming off a seventh place finish at the state championship last year, the boys fought to a sixth place finish in the two-run morning race, and moved up to fifth place in the afternoon run.

Derryfield narrowly edged a host of schools for team honors with 375 points, followed by Lin-Wood (373), Profile (369), Sunapee (359), Littleton (313), Gorham (311), Moultonborough (298), Woodsville (292) and Newport (280).

Senior Sam Sjostrom led the boys in 21st place , finishing in 67.15, after fellow senior, Bronson Leclerc, suffered a mishap in the first run to finish 36th, 72.01. Freshman Ben Harmon, 32nd, 70.71; and sophomore Melvin Olson, 46th, 78.02, also scored for Gorham.

Other finishers included Bryce Gauthier, 47th, 78.53; Teagan Leclerc, 51st, 83.82; Nolan York, 58th, 88.02; Tristan Robertson, 59th, 89.59; Jordan Lukaszewski, 60th, 90.06; and Lex Mayerson, 64th, 95.22.

Sunapee's Will Austin took home individual first place honors with a time of 56.56 seconds.

In the one-run afternoon race, the Gorham boys bettered their morning score to finish in fifth place. Profile took top honors with 380.5 points, followed by Derryfield (372.5), Lin-Wood (369), Sunapee (354) Gorham (320), Moultonborough (308), Woodsville (293), Littleton (293), and Newport (280).

Austin earned his second win of the day in 29.2 seconds.

Scoring for the Gorham boys were Bronson Leclerc, 32.95; Sjostrom, 33.91; Harmon, 36.22; and Gauthier, 39.08.

Other Huskies to finish included Olson, 46th, 40.7; Teagan Leclerc, 47th, 40.97; York, 52nd, 43.1; Tristan Robertson, 59th, 44.16; Mayerson, 62nd, 45.98; and Lukaszewski, 63rd, 46.85.

“Good start for the new season, and always nice to get some of those first race jitters out of the way, especially with five young skiers making their first start ever,” said Coach Sherrill Tracy. “Our veterans got a better sense of what they need to work on, and what the competition looks like this year.”

Next up for Gorham was a day of slalom on Friday on the Taft Training Hill, a new race venue and part of the recently dedicated Mittersill Project at Cannon Mountain. Results were not known as of press time.

Berlin/Gorham split with Oyster River/Portsmouth in girls' hockey

By Jean LeBlanc

BERLIN — The Berlin-Gorham girls' ice hockey team hosted Oyster River/Portsmouth at home on Dec. 30 and suffered its first loss of the season 5-2 at the Notre Dame Arena. A week later, Jan. 7, the Mounties traveled to Durham and rebounded for a nice 4-2 victory over the same team.

At home, the Mounties jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period of play. Rylie Binette scored her fifth goal of the season for a 1-0 lead at the 12:25 mark. Defender Emma Schoenbeck picked up the assist.

Two minutes later, Shaeleigh Valliere scored on a feed from linemate Alyson Blanchette to go up by two goals. The Valliere goal was her fifth of the winter.

The second period was all Oyster River. The Bobcats got goals from Tori Leitz at 2:34; Lilly Pointress at 12:15; 22 seconds later from Gracie Leichtran; and then a power-play goal with just 1:36 to play in the period from Tori Leinholtz for a 4-2 lead for the visitors.

In the third period, Julie Rabenelle capped the scoring for Oyster River/Portsmouth with a power-play lamp-lighter for a 5-2 final score. Berlin's Lauren Frenette had 34 saves for the Mounties and, at the other end of the rink, Blaise Bartell had 20 saves.

"We did not play very well at all," said a very dejected Coach Scott Valliere said at the time. "You are not going to beat teams like Oyster River/Portsmouth by taking eight penalties. We just stopped skating the second and third periods and watched instead of moving. We'll get a chance to play better against them in a week."

Just eight days later, the Mounties traveled to Durham and used a couple of second period goals by Binette to earn a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Oyster River/Portsmouth. The Mounties improved to 3-1 on the season with the victory, while the Bobcats are 3-3.

Just 4:40 into the first period, Tory Leibel got the home team on the board with a 1-0 lead. Allie Marshall got the assist.

At 12:10, Valliere scored to tie the game at 1-1. Valliere's sixth goal of the year was set up by Binette.

In the second period, all of the scoring was done by the visiting Mounties. Just 40 seconds into the period, Binette scored from Blanchette for the 2-1 lead. Berlin went up 3-1 with only 30 seconds left in the period. Binette's second of the night and seventh of the year was set-up by Valliere and freshman Trinity Gendron.

The Bobcats made things interesting at the 5:26 mark of the third period. Tori Leitz got her team within one goal at 3-2. Linemates Lilly Poitras and Leibel picked up the assists.

The home team went on an all out attack to try and get the tying goal. Unfortunately, the Bobcats picked up an untimely penalty and the Mountaineers made them pay for it. At 13:55, Blanchette scored her second goal of the season from Binette and Valliere to make the final score 4-2.

For the game, Frenette had 24 saves for Berlin/Gorham. Bartell had 41 blocks for the Bobcats.

"We played for the entire game today," said Valliere. "We didn't take penalties and played a complete game."

The Mountaineers are scheduled to host undefeated Exeter (5-0) on the road on Saturday at 3 p.m..


Huskies roll past Patriots 48-18

By Jean LeBlanc

GORHAM — The Gorham girls' basketball team defense limited Profile to just five field goals for the game and used a balanced scoring attack, rolling to a decisive 48-18 victory over the Profile Patriots in Gorham.

The Huskies improved to 4-3 on the regular season and 6-3 overall. Profile lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Both teams came out in zone defenses and forced the offenses to be patient, working the ball around the perimeter. The Huskies got hoops from Delaney Holmes, Karley Cordwell, and Alexis Kruskie to hold a 6-2 lead. Emma Rayburn had the lone bucket for Profile.

GGBBvsPHS1Senior point guard Felicia Voisine takes the in-bounds pass to begin the second quarter. The Huskies went on a 13-1 scoring run and put the game out of reach during the quarter. The Huskies defeated Profile 48-14. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

The Huskies extended their defense to full court and began to force turnovers. The home team went on a 13-1 run to lead 19-3 at half time. Senior Jana Oelofse led the scoring attack with four points.

"Defensively, our pressure was able to force turnovers leading to transition layups," said head coach Joe Cassady. "We didn't do a great job of rebounding on either end of the floor, but there certainly wasn't a lack of effort. By applying pressure and limiting their shot attempts, we were able to keep our rebounding woes at bay. We'll need to do a better job when we face Littleton on Tuesday."

In the second half, the Huskies used a third quarter run of 13-8 and a fourth quarter run of 16-3 to make the final score of 48-14. The Huskies got scoring from 11 different players. Anabel Boyer had three points for Profile.

GGBBvsPHS2Gorham junior Lillian Couture, meshes this free throw while teammates Abbie Bernier (No. 14) and Maddie Rivard (No. 23) battle for rebound position, during fourth quarter action. Couture had six points in Gorham's 48-14 win over Profile. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)  

"Our team did a fantastic job on both ends of the floor," said Cassady. "The offensive production was fueled by an impressive display of passing by all players. I was impressed with the even scoring distribution. Eleven of our twelve players scored, with the only scoreless player being Lauren Gralenski, who typically leads our team in the points column. Overall, our team put on a great basketball display and showed a level of heart and hustle that would make any coach proud."

For the game, Profile had five field goals from the floor and shot four for nine from the foul line. Two players had three points each for the Patriots.

The Huskies had 21 field goals from the field and shot 5-11 from the free throw line. Cordwell nine and Oelofse eight points led the balanced scoring attack.

Gorham plays host to top ranked and undefeated Littleton on Tuesday.

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