Previous game results:

Girl’s basketball — Littleton, 72 vs. Gorham, 34; and Kennett, 43 vs. Berlin, 22.

boys’ basketball — Littleton, 77 vs. Gorham, 31; and Kennett, 70 vs. Berlin, 22.

Berlin Unified Basketball, 44 vs. White Mountain Regional, 28.

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I would like to focus for a minute on a few of the local elementary basketball programs that are underway at this time. After all, they are the future of the local varsity programs and success at the upper levels is directly related to what happens at the lower levels. As in most cases, the only way I get information on these programs, as well as all of the sports I write about, is through communication with those who run, organize and/or coach them. If you want your kids and programs exposed, please send me information at steenm6@aol.com.

I have shared a couple of success stories surrounding the Berlin Elementary School’s third and fourth grade boys’ basketball team, so I decided to go to the gym and check out these two-time tournament champions (all within the past couple of weeks).

Fortunately, I got there early enough to see the last half of the girls’ game against Groveton, who, by the way is coached by well-known for his basketball and racing talent, Mike Kenison. The Berlin girls put up a valiant effort by ended up losing 22-8.

The Berlin boys are a legitimate championship caliber team as they led against Groveton 12-6 at halftime, 20-8 after three periods and finally won, 22-14. All of the boys contributed and there are some excellent ball-handlers, shooters and rebounders, hustle and they are a pretty impressive group of young players for sure.

Bailey Howry led the team in scoring with 10 points, mostly in the paint, and he was a rebounding machine, while Kaden Tupick had eight points and Jayden Arsenault and Blake Annis had two points apiece.

A great game for the boys and their coach, Amy Drapeau.

Down the road in Gorham, the middle school girls recently competed in the Pierre Lafitte (friend, teacher, coach, athletic director, referee, broadcaster) Memorial Basketball tournament in Littleton and won the whole thing with wins over Lancaster, 23-8; Littleton,14-10; Plymouth, 22-18 (in overtime); and in the finals, 19-6 over Littleton.

Sarah Godin, Marina Santy, Olivia O’Neil, Amber Wilson, Chaise Wade and Madison Girourard were the scorers for Gorham. Chaise made the All-Tourney Team and Madison was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the entire tournament for her hard work on both ends of the court and for her outstanding sportsmanship.

Good for you, Madison, and the Gorham Middle School team.

Gorham basketball

The Gorham High girls basketball team can’t seem to get a break as they played against the now 10-2, Littleton Crusaders on Monday and lost, 72-34.

Coach Joe Cassady said of the game: “We had a very rough start against Littleton and struggled the entire first half, being down 39-12 at halftime. We did play better in the second half (although being outscored 33-22) but it certainly wasn’t good enough to overcome that first half deficit. Littleton outrebounded us and had many second chance points.”

Karly Cordwell had 12 points, followed by Katelyn Chase with six and Maddie Rivard with five. Jasmine Brown (23 points) and Olivia Corrigan (13), had half of Littleton’s points.

The Gorham boys lost to the cream of the crop in Division IV, a now 11-0 Littleton team, 77-31.

Both teams played last night against another tough opponent Groveton and they travel north to Pittsburg-Canaan on Friday night.

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The other day I read a trivia question as to what is a Gordie Howe hat-trick? Answer: A goal, an assist and a penalty for fighting!

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Remember this Saturday, Feb. 8, there will be a benefit hockey game at the Notre Dame Arena between the Berlin-Gorham Girl’s team and Bedford.

The game will be held in memory of Shawn Cooney, to support the Cooney Family and the fight against prostate cancer, and to raise funds for a scholarship in Shawn’s memory.

Game time is 6 p.m. but all are encouraged to get there early for the ceremony.

The No. 1 Division III Berlin High boys’ hockey team will be at Hollis-Brookline-Derryfield Saturday afternoon, a team Berlin beat 5-4 early in the season and are currently tied for second place in Division III.

Upcoming Games/Meets:

Friday, Feb. 7:

Berlin girls’ basketball at St. Thomas, 6:30 p.m.

Berlin boys’ basketball hosts St. Thomas, 6:30 p.m.

Gorham girls’ and boys’ basketball teams at Pittsburg-Canaan, games at 5 and 6:30 p.m.

Gorham Alpine Ski Team at King Pine BBQ Race, 9:45 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8:

Berlin boys’ hockey at Hollis-Brookline-Derryfield, 4:40 p.m.

Berlin-Gorham girls’ hockey hosting Bedford at Notre Dame Arena, 6 p.m., Shawn Cooney Benefit

Monday, Feb. 10:

Berlin Unified Basketball home against Belmont, 4 p.m., Senior Recognition Night

Berlin girls’ Hockey at Bishop Brady-Trinity-West

Gorham girls’ and boys’ at Moultonborough, 5 and 6:30 p.m.

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