HANOVER Denied a New Hampshire Amateur golf title in the final match in each of the last two years, Matt Paradis left no doubt about this one.

The Southern New Hampshire University golfer, Hooksett resident and Concord CC member added one last day to his stellar week at Hanover Country Club on Friday, defeating top seed amd hometown favorite Pat Pelletier in the 36-hole championship match, 6-and-5.

Playing in his third straight final, Paradis was 4-under on his first nine holes and 2-under on his next nine, going bogey-free. He was 6-up through 10 holes and protected the bulk of that lead the rest of the way.

A little experience gave me some confidence, said Paradis. I knew I could get it done out there. Ive been hitting it so good all week.

Putting helped, too. He made a series of 30-foot and longer putts in the final.

I havent made a putt that long all year in all the rounds Ive played, so to be able to drop three of them in this match is huge, he said. Its pretty lucky.

Pelletier, a former standout at Lebanon High School and the University of Rhode Island, earned medalist honors by shooting 7-under in two rounds of stroke play, and won a series of close matches to reach the final, four of them going to least the 17th hole. But Paradis finished just one stroke behind him, tied for second with Ryan Tombs of Manchester CC, and tread an easier path to the final.

Next years State Amateur will be played at Portsmouth CC.


Philbrook's 21 points paces win

PORTSMOUTH Jenna Philbrook scored 21 points to lead Red past Blue, 40-28, in recent Portsmouth Police middle school girls basketball action. Maria Sipp added six points in the win. Hayden Adams and Mira Fransozo scored eight points apiece in defeat.

In other action, Alivia Boucher scored nine points, while both Hannah Thorsen and Ava Krie scored six apiece as Gold edged Lime, 26-23. Andrea Ingram scored nine points, and both Gabby Flores and Stella Kozikowski scored five for Lime.


Portsmouth 11/12s top Suncook

Sebastian Lampert pitched five strong innings in a 5-1 win over Suncook at Hislop Field in District 2 Little League All-Star tournament action Friday.

Lampert held Suncook scoreless, giving up one hit while striking out the side in the second and fourth innings. Will Shaheen relieved Lampert in the sixth, giving up one run on one hit while striking out three.

Several Portsmouth batters contributed to the offense, led by Lampert (double, sac fly, RBI, run scored), Jacob Carlisle (single, run scored), Ben Walsh (double), Sage Beebe-Jenny (single, run scored), and Caleb Pendleton (single, RBI). Also reaching base on singles were Shaheen, Eli Poteet and Angus Moss.

Portsmouth (5-1) continues round robin play today with a 10 a.m. game vs Concord (6-0) at Hislop Field.

Dover edges Lamprey River

SWANZEY The Dover All-Stars rallied in the fifth inning to beat Lamprey River, 4-2, in the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 state tournament Friday at Monadnock Regional High School.

Dover (4-0) trailed 2-1 in the fifth, but scored twice to take the lead for good. Jeremiah Payeur led off with a double to left center and scored the tying run on Ken Healy's double. Jackson McCoy singled in Healy with the go-ahead run.

Brady Mourgenos gives Dover some insurance in the sixth. He bunted for a hit, stole second and later scored the fourth run.

Payeur started and went three innings. Healy pitched the final four shutout innings in relief to earn the win.

Dover will meet Keene today at 2 p.m. in the semifinals.

Portsmouth Juniors swept in DH

PORTSMOUTH Hudson swept a doubleheader against Portsmouth Post 6 in Junior American Legion baseball action Friday, winning 4-1 and 5-2.

The teams now have identical 7-8 records and are tied for the fourth and final play spot in District B.

Portsmouth travels to Salem on Tuesday.

Staff and Wire reports