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Bulldogs win golf crown

GOFFSTOWN – What is it about the Division I State Golf Championships that kicks the Bedford High School golf team into gear?

For the sixth straight time, the Bulldogs would not be denied, dominating the Division I team tourney at Stonebridge Country Club with a six-shot win over Exeter High School. Nashua North took third.

Bedford’s balance again shone through with three players qualifying for Sunday’s Division I Individual Championships at Beaver Meadow GC in Concord.

CJ Ladue, the 2017 state champ, was the Bedford medalist at 2-over par 74. Ladue, who started his day with back-to-back birdies, is five shots off the leader, Timberlane’s Jack Pepin.

The senior enters the finals in a tie for fifth place.

Brady Burke and John Giroux each carded 77s to be among the 20 players to advance. They are currently tied for ninth.

It could just have easily been five moving on.

Elliot Wallace and Sean Toscano each carded 83s, just one off the number to advance. Their scores were pivotal, though, shoring up the Bulldogs’ team total of 394 to lockdown title No. 6.

Shea Lucontoni (85), Cam Wasylak (87) and Nikhil Gottemukkala (89) were the other Bedford High players in the title win.

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LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK

The Bedford High football team saw its 17-game win streak snapped by Londonderry, 35-0, in a showdown of the top two teams in the state.

Nothing seemed to go right for the Bulldogs, who entered the game at 28-1 in their previous 29 home games.

There is no time to rest or sulk for the Bulldogs, who travel to Salem on Saturday, 2 p.m., for a meeting with the Blue Devils.

Both teams are 5-1. Salem, like Bedford, has lost only to Londonderry (42-26) and has outscored its five other foes by an impressive count of 135-7.

SEASON WINDING DOWN

Field hockey is the next of the fall team sports to close as the Bulldogs play their final regular season games at home on Friday (4 p.m.) against Salem.

At 6-6-1 heading into the finale, Bedford will most likely take its act on the road in the playoffs, which open on Tuesday at 3 p.m. …

Vitor Rodrigues scored a pair of second-half goals as the Bedford boys soccer team took a giant step toward locking down the top playoff seed in Division I with a dramatic 3-2 win over Manchester Central.

Matt Flanagan got Bedford on the board first. The Bulldogs are now 12-0-1 heading into a Friday afternoon battle at Salem. Both Central and Hanover are tied for second at 11-2. Three games remain in the regular season. …

The Bedford girls dropped a 2-0 decision to Central, the Bulldogs’ second straight loss. Now 10-3 and assured of at least one home playoff game, Bedford hosts Salem on Friday night at 6:30.

CREW VICTORY!

The Bedford High crew program came away with a win at the New Hampshire Championships in Pembroke over the weekend.

The Bulldogs’ “B” boat took first in the “Womens Junior 8s” race. Anna Caldwell, Bryn Schneider, Meghan Thornton, Reagan Rick, Julia Keefe, Ellie Tynan, Chelsea Girard, Ainsley Gagne and Kyra Brown manned the boat in the title win.

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