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Third-grade girls

The Bedford girls beat Litchfield 10-8 to advance to the league semifinals. Sydney Grogan and Tally Coulter led the offense while Ally Garron, Sydney Buffet and Zoe Santos led the stellar defense.

Fourth-grade girls

The Bedford girls defeated Londonderry 31-13 and Hudson 35-15 to advance to the semifinals. Julian Bell and Kayla Ware led the offensive attack in both games, while Fiona Gillis, Caleigh O’Connell and Catherine Penick did a great job controlling the boards. Saphia Mumpini and Julia Giroux also helped pace the offense, and Sydney Suozzo, Marie Hamill and Riley Skinner all had steals to help lead the defense.

Fifth-grade girls

The Bedford girls beat New Boston 22-15 to advance to the MSBL fifth-and sixth-grade D1 Championship Game. Isabella King, Katey O’Connell, Emmy Plage, Mia Purcell, Emma LeGoullon and Paige Muir all scored for Bedford while Paige Adams, Holly Souter, Carly Rinko and Marina Braga all had strong games.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Third- and
fourth-grade playoffs

Game 1: Small Green Computer proved to be mighty big Saturday in its first-round playoff game taking an 8-4 halftime lead, but the Crazy Monkeys battled back to a 12-10 victory and it wasn’t until a last second shot by Claire Kraemer went wide that the game was decided. SGC had many shots roll off the rim in the second half. Emmy Nadeau and Regan O’Brien were as relentless on offense as Izzi Spain and Bella Brothers were on defense.

Crazy Monkeys played a strong second half of the game on defense, limiting Small Green Computer to only two points and they turned up the heat on offense with eight points. Katilyn Lemay lead the scoring with eight points total and Elise Piotrowski and Madison Papik put in two points each in the last half of the game.

Game 2: After a close game, Lui Lui Restaurant lost to Bedford Friends of Recreation 12-10. Nycole Spencer scored three baskets while Lindsay Mello scored one in the first half. In the second half, Richa Thapa tied the score 10-10 with two made foul shots. Alayna Zebra and Nycole Spencer also made it to the foul line during the game. All of the girls on Lui Lui had an amazing season and played with great confidence and hustle. BFOR came to win and worked hard to make it happen. Anna Caldwell and Marissa Johnson moved around to get open and jumped for the rebounds. Emma Kasyjanski and Kylie Woloski stole the ball and were quick to get down to the net. Samantha Johnson was hard to get when she had the ball and Paige Johnson played unbelievable defense. Erica Veiga scored the winning basket with an assist from Marissa Johnson.

Semifinal: Cohen Investment topped the Crazy Monkeys 7-6. The Monkeys were leading 5-2 at the end of the first half but Cohen’s stingy defense didn’t let up a field goal in the second half. Skyler DePetrillo, Samantha Avampato and Delaney Gortech each scored a basket and Hannah Dambach sank an important foul shot. The entire Cohen team played outstanding defense throughout the game as they have all year. Crazy Monkeys had a great first half playing outstanding team defense in limiting Cohen Investments to just two points. Katilyn Lemay once again lead the scoring with four first-half points and Erin McCarthy rounded it out with one made foul shot in each half.

Semifinal: SnapDragon Associates pulled away in the last five minutes of the game for a 16-10 semifinal win over a strong Bedford Friends of Recreation team. Abby Forrester lead the scoring for SnapDragon with eight points, six in the second half. Grace and Elizabeth Chopra rounded out the scoring with six and two points respectively. The entire team played incredible defense, led by Thea Sarajlic, Lilly Mooney and Julia Gordon. Kira Abdelsayed, Ruby Dainesi and Sophia LeGoullon were superb at both ends of the court. BFOR’s Emma Kasyjanski made several rebounds and ran down the court to make some baskets. Paige Johnson and Anna Caldwell were excellent on defense. Erica Veiga and Marissa Johnson put in a lot of effort to get the rebounds and help their team mates out. Kylie Woloski brought the ball down with great success by scoring four points. Samantha Johnson made a number of great passes.

Seventh- and
eighth-grade playoffs

Precision Letter Corporation silenced Davidson and Weidacher KW Realty by scoring 24 points in the first half leading to a 34-21 win in the first round of playoffs. PLC’s offensive juggernaut was led by Megan Souter and Hope Lang effectively broke KW’s press. Lauren LaBonte and Skylar Ware had standout games on both sides of the ball and played tough in defeat.

NH Orthopaedic Center’s offense outburst in the first half was too much for NH Motor Speedway to overcome which led to a 27-17 playoff win. NH Orthopaedic was led by Molly Kraus who had a great game on both sides of the ball. NHMS kept the pressure on with the ball handling skills of Stephanie Ropes.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Third-grade playoffs

Mainsail Yacht Charters stoned All Stone Masonry by a final score of 26-2 to advance to the semifinals. Cameron Jonas lead all scorers with 11 points with Nolan Arnold right behind him with 10 points. Shutdown defense was played by Mainsail highlighted by outstanding plays by Tyler Doldo, Nick Gibson, Luke Karr and Ethan Healy.

Calvary Fellowship defeated Mainsail Yacht Charters by a score of 10-9. Calvary’s offense was led by Caden Brown, who scored six points and distributed the ball well to his teammates. Joel Poltronieri and Ethan Caldwell each scored two points to round out the scoring for the Fellowship. Mainsail’s Cameron Jonas scored seven points and Ethan Healy chipped in two points in the defeat. To keep the game close, Ethan Healy, Ty Letendre, Nolan Arnold, Aidan Veverka and Ethan Healy played stellar defense.

Bedford Self Storage beat Riddle Brook Custodians, 16-7 in the first round of the playoffs to advance to the semifinals. Bedford Self Storage went on to defeat Yankee Toy Box 12-4 to advance to the league final.

Fifth- and
sixth-grade playoffs

The Mavericks lost a tough battle vs Constant Concepts 28-25. Aiden Comeau and George Danes sparked the offense receiving laser passes from Vin Barbuto and Jack Colantuoni. Matt Kafejelis and Chris Gately came up big rebounding while Jason Merk and Ben Gettings played great defense.

Active Body Studio defeated Constant Concepts 41-21. Active Body had a balanced offensive attack with five players scoring six or more points. Ryan Bobotas scored 10 points and Emet Baker scored eight to pace the victors. Matthew Bouthot led Constant Concepts with nine points.

Capital Kitchen and Bath won 23-17 against Dovetail Dental last night. Capital Kitchen and Bath did a great job moving the ball around and was able to take a 19-9 halftime lead. Dovetail made a great second-half comeback. Leading scorer for Capital Kitchen and Bath was Bohdan Higley with Nick Asadourian and Max Lubelczyk each adding six points.

Pizza Mia broke open a one-point game with five minutes to play to post a 34-25 first round victory over Verizon Wireless Arena. Jared Neikem led the scoring attack with 18 points but Pizza Mia also received important scoring from John Sullivan with six points and Brady McGinley with four points. Andrew Avalione and Toren Coulter contributed with key second half steals on defense.

Keller Williams won a second-round game over Pizza Mia 28-24 in which the teams exchanged the lead throughout the game. Luke Starr, with seven points, and Robert Monaco, with two points, helped to keep Pizza Mia competitive throughout, and Justin D’Amato and David Blake grabbed important rebounds that gave Pizza Mia extra possessions.

Dovetail Dental defeated the McKelvie Custodians 36-18 in the first round of the playoffs. The game was tight for most if the game, but DD began to pick up its intensity in the final 10 minutes to open things up and move on to the next round. Michael Pratte and Vidhur Narayan led Dovetail offensively while Luke DuPlessis owned the boards and played stellar defense throughout. McKelvie was able to keep the game close with balanced scoring from Jake Davidson and Jack Holland, Devon Wakelin, Cole Lemay, Brett Creveling and the McSherry twins.

Dovetail Dentail fell to Capital Kitchen and Bath, 24-18, in round two of the playoffs. CKB opened up a sizeable lead to start the game, but DD scrapped as fought back to come within four, but was unable to overcome the initial deficit. Ben Ling controlled the ball well and slashed to the hoop successfully time and time again. Ashwin Prasad played solidly as well. Sam Iszak’s quick hands kept DD in the game down the stretch.

Seventh- and
eighth-grade playoffs

Manchester Harley Davidson topped Bedford Men’s Club in a quarterfinal playoff game 37-31. It was a balanced scoring attack by MHD behind double digits from Demetri Anagnost. MHD also got big points from Lucas Codair, Gordon Ricard and Allen Gawiawicz. Collin Hoak was a monster off the boards and defensively. Kyle Demerritt of BMC was a great playmaker and defensive presence while Jack O’Donnell, drawing double teams all day, and Chris McSherry led the offense for BMC.

Replay Sports beat Cowette Plumbing & heating 43-31. James Nash, Ben Dery and Owen Brown all put in a great effort for Cowette.

Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics defeated ActionPhotos.com 29-22. Next Step was lead in scoring by Jake Coutu with eight and Quinn Davis with seven and Kai Ravzi with six. All but two players in the Next Step team scored in the game. Billy Morin and Brian Haines both pulled down numerous rebounds. Nick Landman of Actionphotos.com was impressive once again while Thomas Norfleet and Aidan Kenny hustled at both ends of the court. Tim Hoke vacuumed up rebounds in what was a valiant team effort.

Schwan’s Home Service beat Next Step Bionics 32-13. Schwan’s scoring was led by Connor McCullough (two 3-pointers) and Ben Lacombe with eight points, Alex Woo and Jakob Toon with six points and Evan MacDonald with four points. Noah Hughes led the team with seven rebounds. Next Step`s zone defense and big guys weren’t enough to hold off Schwan’s excellent shooting and rebounding. Andrew Genese lead scoring for Next Step with five, including a 3-pointer.

NH Print & Mail defeated Replay Sports 29-15. Owen Morgan and Danny Boyarsky sparked the offensive effort. The defense stepped up in the second half led by Stanley Chisholm and Oscar Munoz.

Lurgio Custodians advanced to the next round of the playoffs by edging out Gould & Gould Law 24-21. The Custodians were lead by the scoring of Cam Costa and Clarence Heng. Mason Adams added a key basket near the end. Zack Garron made some great steals and shots. G&G almost overcame a large first half deficit with tough defense by the entire team and strong offensive play by Matt Gilligan, Taveem Mirza and Taylor Spencer.

JUNIOR BULLDOGS

Registration night

The Bedford Junior Bulldogs will hold registration for football and cheerleading for the upcoming season from 6-8 p.m. on March 27 at the McKelvie Middle School cafeteria. Anyone interested can pre-register at www.juniorbulldogs.org. There will also be a Junior Bulldogs cheer information night from 6-8 p.m. on March 3 at the McKelvie Middle School cafeteria. For more information, email Pam MacDonald at pmacdonald@comcast.net or visit the website.

Coaches wanted

The Junior Bulldogs are also looking for football and cheer coaches for the 2014 season. Anyone interested can find more information at www.juniorbulldogs.org, or can send a coaching resume to bedfordjrbulldogs@yahoo.com or to Bedford Football & Spirit Association, PMB 224, 1 Hardy Road, Bedford, NH 03110, attention Football Coordinator or Cheer Coordinator.

SWIMMING

Barracudas registration and open house

The Bedford Barracudas swim team will hold a registration night and open house from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on April 7 and 15 at the McKelvie Middle School cafeteria. Returning and new swimmers must register in person on one of these dates. Bring your completed registration forms and payment in cash or check made out to “BST.” The cost is $120 for each swimmer in a family. For more information and registration forms, go to www.bedfordswimteam.org.

BASEBALL

Babe Ruth registration

Bedford Babe Ruth is open for registration for the 2014 season. The 16-game season begins on April 31 and games are played at night during the week at both Riley Field and the SAU field, and on mornings and afternoons on the weekends. Cost is $200 per player, with a family maximum of $350. Registration for the Colt League and the Palomino League will open in March. For more information, send an email to bedford
baberuth@youthleague
management.com.

Indoor workouts

Bedford Babe Ruth will hold indoor workouts for the 13-15 year old division at Bedford High School. Preseason workouts will be conducted from 3-5 p.m. March 16; noon-2 p.m. March 23; 3-5 p.m. March 30. Players must be registered in order to attend. To register visit www.bedfordbaberuth.com.

Granite State Baseball

The Granite State Baseball League is forming a new team for the towns of Bedford and Amherst in the 28-38-plus division. The season starts in mid-April and goes until late August. For more information, go to www.gsbl.net or call 315-7043.

SOCCER

Spring openings available

Hampshire FC has limited openings on its boys and girls U10-U19 spring soccer teams. The teams are open to players from any town. Hampshire FC is also now accepting registrations for the tots and EDP spring programs. For more information, go to www.amherst
soccerclub.com or contact Lisa Davidson at treasurer@amherstsoccerclub.com or 654-5276.