Berlin boys fall to Lakers, push past Patriots, 5-4

By Jean LeBlanc

The Berlin boys' tennis team got some strong play from senior Noah Dumas against Profile, helping the Mountaineers snap a two-game skid and defeat the Patriots, 5-4, in Bethlehem. Berlin improved to 2-2 on the season, while the Patriots lost for just the second time in five games this spring.

Berlin hosted Interlakes Regional high school last week and fell to the Lakers 2-7 in their first home game of the season. In singles action, Berlin's Dumas was shut out 0-8 by Noah Sullivan; second-seeded Matt Landry lost 2-8 to Gable Busby; Mountie Thomas Cole fell 2-8 to Jake Borsh; Kayden Dube was shut out by Laker Nate Sulllivan, Berlin's Jonah Tupick was defeated by Sam Noe, 1-8; while Berlin's Ryley Cote was an 8-4 winner over Stephen Bean.

In doubles, top-seeded Dumas and Dube fell, 2-8, to Interlake's Sullivan and Borsh, Landry and Cole were 5-8 losers to Busby and Noe; and Mounties Tupick and Cote worked their way past Nate Sullivan and JP Chevarri, 8-3, for a 2-7 final score.

"It was a beautiful day for tennis and the team was excited for our first home match of the season," said head coach Christine Boulanger. "Ryley Cote put up a great fight at six singles and was able to win his individual match. Following in doubles, Ryley and Jonah were able to get another point for the team. While the score does not show it, Noah put up a great fight at first singles against Inter-Lakes. We look forward to our next match on Wednesday at Profile."

At Profile, the Patriots were without their sixth seed and had to forfeit one game in singles and one in doubles action.

BBTPHS1Senior Noah Dumas picked up key wins in both singles and doubles to help Berlin to the 5-4 victory over Profile. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

Senior Noah Dumas got things off on the right foot with an 8-5 win over Seamus Slattery. Berlin's Matt Landry fell, 2-8, to Jake Peterson; Thomas Cole lost, 2-8, to Connor Kerivan; Kayden Dube dropped a 1-8 decision to Sasha Streich; Jonah Tupick was an 8-4 winner over Danforth Kenerson and with the forfeit the match was tied, 3-3.

In doubles, Dumas and Landry won 9-8 in a 8-6 tie-breaker over Slattery and Peterson, Cole and Tupick were shut out by Profile's Kerivan and Strich, and the Patriots forfeited the third doubles match for the 5-4 Mountaineer victory.

"We had a great match against Profile," said Boulanger. "Noah had a great comeback in singles play by figuring out how to use his strategy to beat his opponent. In doubles, Matt and Noah were able to pull through for the win in the tiebreaker, which also led the team to win the match. Their opponents fought hard in doubles, but the Berlin boys were able to bring home the match with some good serves in the end."
The Mountaineers will host White Mountain Regional at home this week and then get a week break for spring vacation.

Speedway 51 to be powered by the Autosaver Group

GROVETON — The largest and most exciting announcement out of Speedway 51 in the history of the track is ready to be rolled out! Track management is pleased to announce that the Autosaver Group has acquired naming rights to Speedway 51, and it will be renamed Speedway 51, Powered by the Autosaver Group.


Autosaver Group owners Ronney Lyster and Abel Toll and Speedway 51 Marketing Manager Dick Therrien have reached an agreement that will showcase the region’s largest group of auto dealerships.


“We are thrilled to have the Autosaver Group join us here at Speedway 51 for the 2017 racing season. To have an organization like the Autosaver Group join our Speedway 51 team is a real boost for our image," stated Therrien. "I have worked with Ronney and Abel for many years, and I am looking forward to teaming up with them in this venture. We have put together an extremely ambitious marketing plan for 2017 including The Autosaver Group, Fourth of July Spectacular, as well as numerous programs that will showcase the Autosaver Group throughout the season. The addition of the Autosaver Group helps secure a great 2017 racing season at Speedway 51.”


For more information on this news flash and others please visit our website at, or call the Track hotline at (802) 479-2074. Speedway 51 is located on Craggy Road in Groveton.

Baillargeon bowls a perfect game in Virginia

RollieOn Sunday, Feb. 26, Rollie Baillargeon formerly of Berlin, bowled a perfect game at AMF Chesapeake Lanes in Chesapeake, Va. A perfect game is the highest score possible in a game of bowling, achieved by rolling a strike during every frame. Baillargeon is now a member of the 300-club and will be receiving a ring from the USBC. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Voisine leads Gorham past Lisbon 42-39

By Jean LeBlanc

GORHAM — Senior guard Felicia Voisine scored a team-high 11 points to lead the Gorham girls' basketball team to a "much needed" victory over the Lisbon Panthers, 42-39, in Gorham, on Friday.

The win has Gorham currently at 6-8 and just one spot out of making the playoffs. The loss left the Panthers at 10-6 on the winter.

Both teams came out cautiously and took their time on the offensive ends of the floor. After eight minutes of play, the two teams were deadlocked at 11-11. Laura Suprchi had two hoops for the visitors and senior Jana Oelofse two buckets for the home team.

GGBBvsLHS2Senior center Jana Oelofse (No. 25) knocked down a couple of hoops in the first quarter in the Huskies 42-39 win over Lisbon. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

Lisbon went cold offensively in the second session and when Superchi picked up her third foul and went to the bench, the Panthers managed just five points. The Huskies scored 10 points in the second quarter to lead 21-16 at the half. Hardworking Lillian Couture had a hoop and a pair of foul shots to lead the Gorham offense.

Lisbon made their run at Gorham in the third quarter and tied the game 26-26 with just over a minute to go. Voisine knocked down her third three-pointer of the game to put Gorham on top 29-26 with eight minutes to play.

GGBBvsLHS1Staring down her defender is Huskie senior guard Felicia Voisine. Voisine had a team-high 11 points in Gorham's 42-39 win over Lisbon. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

In the fourth quarter freshman Karly Cordwell worked the paint and helped the locals push out to a 35-26 advantage. However, the Panthers worked their way back into the game by putting the Huskies at the free throw line and applying a full-court press. The Huskies were without point guard Delaney Holmes and it showed in the fourth quarter. At the foul line in the final quarter, Gorham was 5-15 and allowed Lisbon to get back into the game. Alexis Kruskie hit one of two free throws with nine ticks on the clock for a 42-39 score.

Panther Klara Burke had a very good look at a three pointer that caught the rim and bounced high and hit the strapping above the back board for a Gorham ball with 1.8 seconds to play. On the in-bounds, Lisbon forced a Gorham turnover and got the ball back with 1.0 seconds left. A Panther shot fell short and Gorham had a much-needed win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

For the game, Lisbon got 13 points each from Superchi and Jenna Myers.

Voisine had 11 points and Cordwell 10 to pace the Gorham offense.

GHS  11 10 08 13   42

LHS  11 05 10 13   39