Last night, Karen Turgeon's Berlin High School Unified Basketball Team played No. 4 Dover with the winner going on to play in the Division I Championship Game at the University of New Hampshire this Saturday.

As Karen had stated after their last win over Gilford the other night: "We are playing at both ends of the court and the athletes are now understanding what they need to do to move on to the next game. Dover offered us great competition the first time we played them and hopefully we can defeat them and get to the finals again." To find out how the locals did, check out the NHIAA website.

With all other local winter sports' teams' seasons complete, notifications for NHIAA All-State Teams are coming out with the following local student/athletes being recognized:

• Berlin High School Girl's Basketball: Junior Kaylee Peare, Division III, Honorable Mention.

• Berlin-Gorham Girl's Hockey: Senior Lauren Frenette, Honorable Mention.

• Berlin High School Boy's Basketball: Senior Seth Balderrama, First Team.

• Berlin High School Boy's Hockey: freshman Ben Estrella, first team; senior Trent Labrecque, second team, sophomore Tyler Rousseau, second team. Congratulations to all of these individuals!

Gorham High School Athletic Director Bill Goodrich notified me that their spring sports' teams will begin pre-season sessions on Monday, March 18, with baseball from 2:30-5 p.m. and softball from 5-7 p.m., at the Gorham High School Gym. Also, the winter sports' awards/recognition night will be held this coming Wednesday, March 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the cafeteria.

The Berlin Peewee Hockey Team spent the past two weekends involved in the Division II Seacoast Championship Tournament in Southern New Hampshire.

After losing the first game of the series on March 2, 6-4, to Back Bay, they came back in game 2 on Sunday, beating the Junior Monarchs 6-1 before heading home to prepare for the next final weekend of action.

Guess who they had to play in game 3 of a double-elimination tournament? You guessed it, Back Bay, and the winner of this game plays in the finals, the loser goes home.

This time Berlin came out victorious by a 5-2 score, which set up a finals match against Dover on their home ice.

Berlin was firing on all cylinders as they won not only the game by a 6-2 score but won the State Seacoast Championship, much to the delight of all supporters of the program. Congratulations to all players, fans, parents, and coaches: Evan Bledsoe, Erik Guilbreault, Brian Boucher, Keith Duquette and manager/team mom Jennifer Williams.

The team got the traditional escort into town of police and fire trucks, reserved for state champs only! Next week look for a team picture with names of the players of this championship club.

Enjoy the warm weather, sunshine and rain-officially spring is coming in six days!

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