The 2019 Nansen Ski Club Winter Carnival will take place this weekend, beginning Friday night and concluding on Sunday afternoon. The weather looks good, with pleasant temperatures and no precipitation except for Sunday. For more specific information, go to skinansen.com.

The story of the Notre Dame Arena collapse is on the editor’s desk and should be out soon. This Sunday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. at St. Anne’s Church, there will be a Memorial Mass said for Norman Boucher, the young man who lost his life on Feb. 26, 1969, when the arena collapsed.

Gorham boys ski team

The Gorham Boys Alpine Ski Team ended their season with the State Championships being held last Thursday at Crotched Mountain in Bennington.

Congratulations are in order for Ben Harmon, who, with his fifth place finish in the slalom qualifies for the Meet of Champions.

The results are as follows:

The Gorham boys came back to a fifth-place finish at the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Division IV State Alpine Ski Championships. After the long trip to Bennington, the Gorham skiers were off to a rough start with the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds both falling in the first run of giant slalom, putting Gorham in seventh place among the 12 teams competing. Strong results in the afternoon slalom event proved to be enough to boost Gorham to a fifth place finish in the overall scoring, just four points out of fourth. The Profile boys defended their overall championship title while Lin-Wood finished as runners-up, mirroring the girls results earlier in the week.

Junior captain, Ben Harmon, had an especially good day, including a 10th place finish in slalom that qualified him for the Meet of Champions at Cannon/Mittersill on Feb. 28. The top 10 finishers in either slalom or giant slalom from each of the four NHIAA divisions will compete at the Meet of Champions for the opportunity to go on to the Eastern High School Championships in March.

Overall Team Results:  Profile, 762; Lin-Wood, 756.5; Derryfield, 714; Sunapee, 633; Gorham, 629; Littleton, 625; Hopkinton, 588; Woodsville, 565; Moultonborough, 520; Trinity, 485; Wilton, 330; and Hillsborough-Deering, 270.

Gorham giant slalom scorers:  Harmon, 13th; Melvin Olson, 31st; Lex Mayerson, 38th; Teagan Leclerc, 44th (with a fall); also Bryce Gauthier, 53rd

Gorham Slalom Scorers: Harmon, 10th; Nolan York, 20th; Josh Godin, 24th; Olson, 26th; also Tristan Robertson, 32nd. In a heartbreaker, Leclerc straddled two gates before the finish of his second run after a top-20 first run.

“Co-coach Rob Munce and I were very pleased to see the strong finish in slalom,” said coach Sherrill Tracy.” The same group of boys finished seventh at the state championships last year so it’s nice to see their improvement validated with this fifth place finish. We will miss our graduating seniors, Melvin Olson and Bryce Gauthier, who have been contributors to the varsity team since middle school.”

Middle school skiers

The Gorham Middle School ski team also had a good season this year. For the first time in Gorham School history, a middle school team was entered into a competitive divisional race.

Hosted by Bartlett Elementary at Attitash Mountain Feb. 7, the meet included giant slalom and slalom races.  

In the morning giant slalom, four of the five Gorham boys placed in the top 20 of the field with the fifth in 23rd place, posting a team placement of third place. In the afternoon slalom race, all five Gorham racers cracked the top 20, posting a team placement of fourth place.  

The team consists of one eighth grader, Hunter Ingersoll; two seventh graders, Jake Bartlett and Drew Farmer; and two sixth graders, Ethan Corrigan and Jack Saladino.  

Other teams participating are perennial powerhouses Kennett, and Lin-wood as well as  K.A. Brett School in Tamworth, Newfound, White Mountain Regional and Josiah Bartlett Elementary School in Bartlett. The team also competed the following Thursday at Attitash at the seasons last race, the Red Parka Race.

Basketball

Gorham’s third and fourth grade boys’ basketball team went 15-2-1 during the recently completed 2018-19 season, with their only losses coming against Littleton in the Paul Lacroix Invitational held this past weekend.

“Yes, a couple tough games. We were due for that!” said coach Doug Lavigne.

In the Paul Lacroix Memorial Basketball Tourney, Gorham beat Berlin, 12-0; lost to Littleton, 11-7; beat Lancaster, 14-9; lost to Littleton in the finals, 13-9.

“We ended up (including scrimmages) 15-2-1 for the season,” Lvigne said, adding he was very proud of the kids, and that they “always played extremely hard and as a team.”

Way to go, boys, and to their coaches, Doug Lavigne and Jake Moore, too.

Lavigne also said indoor baseball practice has started.

Doug shared with me that his nephew Grant, of the Colorado Rockies, will be either in California or North Carolina to start the season and possibly move up to AAA baseball in Connecticut, which would be nice for much of his family and friends, as the season progresses. We will keep you updated.

Doug said: “If Grant Lavigne gets a little time off this spring he will be coming up to do a hitting clinic for a dozen or so kids. I will keep you posted as that time gets closer. He will either be in North Carolina or California to start the season but is expected to move up to AAA in Connecticut which would be great.”

The Berlin High School boys’ basketball team had little trouble handling Inter-Lakes High School on Monday as they won, 68-31, to move them to 10-7, and drop Inter-Lakes to 9-7.

Berlin was up by 10, after one period, with the score at 25-15, and by 17 at halftime (37-20). 32, After three periods they were bu by 32 (60-28) and by 37 at the conclusion, for the 68-31 win.

Seth Balderrama had 17 points; Jalen Lacasse, 15; Sinciere Davis, 15; Mike Moore, 8; Brett Pinard, 7; and Naciere Davis, 6.

The Inter-Lakes’ coach was pretty upset with his team’s performance against Berlin, and let the kids know that they needed to certainly play better the following night against Winnisquam as things are tight in the 7-10 spots in Division III basketball. They responded as they won on Tuesday, 57-47. Berlin finishes their regular season at Prospect Mountain tonight.

Groveton’s boy’s basketball team doubled up Gorham on Tuesday night by an 88-44 score to drop Gorham to 5-12 with one game left in the season, that being at Woodsville last night. Only miracle wins and miracle losses will get the Huskies into the playoffs.

The Berlin boy’s hockey team, which is 10-7 for the season, played last night at home (senior night) against Laconia-Winnisquam (1-12), and the Berlin-Gorham girl’s hockey team ( 11-5-1) will entertain Concord (13-4) Saturday at the Notre Dame Arena beginning at 4 p.m. This is also a senior night event.

I should have given Andy Rancloes credit for some Berlin High School Unified Basketball pictures included in Tuesday’s paper. Andy does a yeoman’s job of supplying me with excellent action photos.

Former Gorham High School student athlete and alumni Lance Legere, who spent some time with brother Keith and me, broadcasting games on the radio and writing some sports’ articles with or for me, is a very busy sportscaster for Southern New Hampshire University, covering soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, and soon, baseball and softball. He started in right off the first weekend he arrived on campus and also works for NHSportspage doing high school games.

Good job, Lance. We will probably see and hear more about him as his college career moves forward. Watch out ESPN, NESN and so forth!

Just recently, Cory McCarthy, sports information director at St. Joseph’s College in Maine, informed me that the entire 2006 SJC baseball team will be inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in Standish, Maine. Sons Dan and Luke played on that team, and on Sept. 14, they, along with their teammates will be part of a the ceremony to install them. More information on that later.

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