This week in high school playoffs

Tuesday, Feb. 21, Girls' Division IV Basketball: No. 11 (10-8) Gorham at No. 6 (12-6) Newmarket at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23, Girls Division III Basketball No. 9 (11-7) Gilford at No. 8 (12-6) Berlin 6 p.m.

Mountie defense hibernates Bears Offense 54-29

BERLIN — The Berlin boys' basketball team limited the Newfound Bears to just six first half points, rolling to an impressive 54-29 victory in Bristol recently. It was the fifth straight win for the 9-4 Mounties. Newfound has one victory this winter in fourteen contests.

"Defense was the difference in our game against Newfound," said Coach Dave Morrissette. "We held them to six points over the first two quarters of the game. Points were difficult to come by for us, scoring only 19 points over the first two quarters. Our shots did not fall, despite good shot selection. We made very few adjustments at halftime, and continued to attack the basket and get high percentage shots. At this point in the season, each game is important as are looking to build momentum going into the last part of the regular season, and the post season."

For the game, Newfound shot 9-32 (28 percent) from the floor and 7-11 (63 percent) from the foul line. Jarrod Fairbank eight and AJ Muse seven points led the Newfound boys in scoring. The Mounties shot 23-58 (39 percent) from the floor and 7-17 (41 percent) from the free throw line. Seth Baldrrama led all scorers with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Junior center Joe Fodor had 10 points and eight rebounds to help in the victory

BHS   07 12 12 23   54

KHS   02 04 13 10   29

Eagles (29)- Fairbanks 3-1-8, Muse 2-2-7, Dalphonse 1-2-5, Miles 1-1-3, Shokal 1-0-3, Bony 1-0-2, Spooner 0-1-1.

Mounties (54)- Seth Balderrama 9-1-20, Joe Fodor 5-0-10, Evan Arsenault 2-4-8, Andrew Coulombe 2-1-5, Josh McBride1-0-2, Sam Essig 1-0-2, Brett Anderson 1-0-2, Sinciere Davis1-0-2, CJ Wedge 1-0-2, Isaac Balderrama 0-1-1, Paul Hernandez, Michael Moore, Connor Brown.

Gorham ski team wraps up season on a high note

GORHAM — The Gorham High alpine team wrapped up the regular season on a high note with solid team results and several personal bests on Feb. 10. The inter-divisional meet, hosted by Kingswood, featured the upcoming state championship format with a pair of two-run, combined-time races down the steep backside of the King Pine Ski Area.

Highlights for the girls included Karyssa Lachance and Natalie Harmon finishing 1-2 in the giant slalom, and Harmon winning the slalom, the final regular season race of her high school career. The boys' team, after placing third in the morning giant slalom, put together their best race of the season to finish second in the slalom, with three skiers in the top ten.

Lachance won the girls' giant slalom in a time of 56.24 seconds with Harmon right behind, coming in at 56.42. Danielle Cotnoir skied to ninth place (1:01.67) and Riley Fitzmorris, 16th (1:05.90). Additionally, Amira Robertson was 23rd, Emily York 27th, and Phoebe Ross, 29th.

Girls giant slalom team scores: Lin-Wood 386, Gorham 381, Kingswood 367, Moultonborough 346.

Harmon won the girls' slalom with a combined time of 1:18.73. Danielle Cotnoir moved up to eighth, 1:32.60; Emily York, 18th, 1:46.17. Amira Robertson, with a fall, came in 22nd. Lachance disqualified after straddling a gate.

Girl's total team scores: Lin-Wood 769.5, Gorham 749, Kingswood 745.5, Moultonborough 696.

“Good note to finish the regular season on. Many of our athletes are really skiing more confidently, and at their best, as we head into the State Championship week. It will be fun to see what they can do against the strength and depth of the other Division IV schools,” said Coach Sherrill Tracy.

The boys' slalom saw Gorham's Sam Sjostrom reach the podium with a third place finish in 1:19.10, followed by Bronson Leclerc, fifth, 1:20.28; and freshman Ben Harmon's personal best, ninth, 1:28.80. Seventh-graders, Teagan Leclerc, 13, 1:31.93, and Nolan York, 16th, 1:36.93, were not far behind. Also finishing the difficult course were Tristan Robertson (21st), Bryce Gauthier (22nd), and Lex Mayerson (24th). The boys slalom was won by Dan O'Connor (Lin-Wood) in a time of 1:13.14.

Boys' slalom team scores: Lin-Wood 390, Gorham 376, Kingswood 366, Moultonborough 348.

Earlier in the day, the Lin-Wood boys ran away with the giant slalom, putting six skiers into the top eight. Sjostrom was able to break up the monopoly, skiing into seventh place (59.92). Bronson Leclerc ran into troubles, but finished 15th (1:04.24), just ahead of brother Teagan (1:04.39). Ben Harmon also had some difficulties, but finished 19th (1:05.16). Nolan York, 21st; Bryce Gauthier, 22nd, Tristan Robertson, 24th, Lex Mayerson, 25th. Dan O'Connor (Lin-Wood) also took first in the giant slalom event (54.90).

Boys' total team scores: 784, Kingswood 737, Gorham 734, Moultonborough 705.

Patriots pull away from Huskies late 57-43

By Lance Legere

GORHAM — Profile juniors Dylan Robie and River Baker led the Profile Patriots to a 57-43 victory over Gorham in a Division IV boys' basketball game in Bethlehem on Wednesday. Profile improved to 10-6 on the season, while the Huskies have one victory in 15 outings this winter.
The Patriots are a young team in Division IV with only one senior on the squad. Profile has been playing some good basketball as of late, but the Huskies came into the gym with the mentality that they could play with the young and pesky Patriots.
Both teams came out of the gate strong playing some solid basketball at both ends of the court. The Patriot's Robie was hot in the first quarter, draining four three-pointers and a free throw, scoring 13 of Profiles 16 first quarter points. Robie was not the only hot player in the quarter, Huskie senior Bryson Raymond tallied nine of Gorham’s 16 first quarter points. Junior Lance Legere and freshman Jesse Laflamme also got into the scoring column, Legere chipped in two and Laflamme scored three markers to keep Gorham close.  
Neither team slowed down in the second quarter. The Huskies controlled most of the second quarter, playing strong defense and controlling the Patriot attack. It wasn’t until late in the quarter where Profile pulled away with a six point lead making the halftime score 27-21. The Huskies used great communication defensively to locate Robie on the floor, keeping the Profile sniper to zero points in the quarter. Baker led the way with seven points for the home team. Raymond led the Huskies with four points.
The Patriots came out in an aggressive full-court press to begin the second half. However, the Huskies seemed to handle it well after already seeing it two times before this season, once in the Christmas tournament and once earlier in the regular season. Both games, the full-court press is what caused the Huskies trouble, but Wednesday night it was a different story. The visitors were able to handle the pressure well with very few turnovers. While the Huskies handled the pressure well, they were unable to stop the strong Patriot offensive attack. At the end of the third session, the Patriots pulled away with a 42-29 lead. Once again, the home team was led by Baker with eight points. Raymond's four points and freshman Ben Beals three points led the Huskies offensively.
The fourth quarter was very tight, the Patriots held a 15-14 scoring advantage in the quarter. At the sound of the final horn the Patriots walked away with the victory 57-43. For the game, the Patriots connected on 19 field goals, eight coming from three point range, and shot 12 of 14 from the foul line. Robie’s 24 points and Baker’s 17 points led the home team offensively.
For the visitors, they connected on 13 field goals, three coming from behind the arc, and shot a very sub-par 10 of 23 from the charity stripe. Free throws always play a factor into the final score of a game. Part of the difference in this contest was the Patriots executed on their freebies, and the Huskies unfortunately did not. Raymond led the charge for the visitors with 17 points, and Legere chipped in with seven markers.
GHS 14 07 08 14 43
PHS 16 11 15 15 57