Gilford falls to Profile in semifinals
BETHLEHEM — The defending champions are officially out.
No. 2 Profile beat No. 3 Gilford, 6-3, in the semifinals of the Division III boys tennis tournament Thursday.
The Golden Eagles won the state championship last season, but battled with a brand-new starting six this season to advance to the semifinals.
Profile (13-1) will play top-seeded Bow (15-0) in the championship match Tuesday at Pinkerton Academy. Bow advanced after beating No. 4 Kingswood, 8-1, on Wednesday.
Gilford picked up wins at No. 1 (Andrew Caulfield, 8-0) and No. 2 (Matt Saulnier, 8-5), but couldn't grab another singles victory. Connor Veazey (No. 3, 8-3), James Curtis (No. 4, 8-2), Alex Simoneau (No. 5, 8-3) and Bryce Quigley (No. 6, 8-1) fell in the final singles matches.
In doubles, Caulfield and Saunier won a marathon at No. 1, 9-8 with a 7-5 tiebreaker. Veazey and Curtis fell at No. 2 (9-7) and Simoneau and Quigley lost at No. 3 (8-4).
Gilford closed its season with a 12-4 record.
The Golden Eagles entered the playoffs on a hot streak. Gilford won six straight before earning the No. 3 seed in the D-III tournament.
It opened its playoff campaign with an 8-0 win over No. 6 Berlin.
Profile and Gilford played twice during the regular season. The Patriots won both matches by a score of 6-3 — the same as Thursday’s semifinal contest.
PLYMOUTH 4, KINGSWOOD 1
WOLFEBORO — The Bobcats capped off their season by picking up a rain-suspended win over the Knights on Thursday.
The Knights led, 1-0, at the continuation of Thursday’s game, but it didn’t take long for Plymouth to bounce back with four runs of its own.
Alicia Barney didn’t allow a hit or run in four innings of work. She struck out two and walked two.
Katie Vachon supplied some of the offense, going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
Adrienne Campbell had a double and an RBI and Kelsey Malm used a bunt single to knock in a run.
Malm was also strong defensively at shortstop. Alisha McGlone was also stellar at third base.
PLYMOUTH 13, KINGSWOOD 12
WOLFEBORO -- The Bobcats took a narrow victory over the Knights on Thursday in a rematch of last year's Division III championship game.
Kingswood scored twice in the final 2 1/2 minutes to close the gap to one. But Plymouth (11-3) held on in the final seconds to secure the victory.
Freshman goalie Sierra James was excellent. She finished with 17 saves.
Kenady Kelly led the Bobcats' scoring attack with five goals, while Ann Furbush added another four. Leah McAullife (two goals, one assist) and Hannah Kuehl (two goals) also helped the offense.
"It was a tremendous team effort," Plymouth coach Tom Cowie said.
The Bobcats will most likely be the No. 3 seed when the D-III playoffs start Wednesday.