Clutch win for WLC boys keeps playoff hopes alive

Dangling at the bottom of the Division IV playoff picture in a clump of 6-11 teams, the Wilton-Lyndeborough boys delivered a huge 65-37 victory over Nute on Monday to all but assure a spot in the upcoming state tourney.

The Warriors finished the regular season at 7-11.

The news is not so grand in some circles and even brighter in others around Cabinet Country, and therein lies the pull of late February.

In Division II where the Souhegan boys are playing some of their best hoop and have bumped up to 10-4, Milford High continues to struggle, having suffered four straight losses to tumble to 6-9.

The Spartans fell to John Stark, 55-46, despite holding a lead of 29-24 at the half. Max Fortin had 20 points to lead the way. Christian Jones added 10 and Joe Shepard had eight big first-half points.

Before that, Milford fell to Coe-Brown, 63-44. Fortin had a 19-point performance to go with his seven rebounds, while Jake Greska contributed eight points.

On the girls side, neither 3-13 Milford nor 3-14 Souhegan look to be playoff-bound.

Most recently, Milford fell to Coe-Brown, 63-29. Leslie MacGrath scored six for an undermanned Milford team that was without starting center Sarah Dobbs (wrist) and lost starting senior Elizabeth Paul during the game with a turned ankle.

On ice, two area clubs are pretty much locked into the postseason while one is not.

Despite a tough, 4-3 overtime loss to St. Thomas-Winnacunnet, the Souhegan girls are still a rock-solid 9-7-1 and right in the thick of things.

The Sabers fell despite a pair of goals from Julia Pinkham and one by Shannon Paquette. Elle Byram had 15 stops in the Souhegan net.

The Alvirne-Milford Admirals are 8-7-2 in boys Division II play, and that should be enough to get them in. The Admirals close out the regular season Saturday against

Goffstown.

One team that won’t be heading to the postseason is Nashua North-Souhegan, despite a 5-2 win over Memorial recently.

The Saber Titans (3-13) snapped an 11-game losing streak as they got four third period goals, two by Evan Soucy. John Natale added a goal and two assists, while Jared Egersheim and Josh Constant also scored.

Other assists went to Mike Dodge and Jason Scott. Colin Duckless got the win in goal.

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