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Five locals earn All-State selections


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Inter-Lakes' Ryan Hambrook was a Second Team All-State selection in Division III this spring. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
July 07, 2014
REGION Just a few plays separated the Inter-Lakes High School baseball team from a trip to the Final Four this spring.

The Lakers took top-seeded Campbell to the brink in the Division III quarterfinals, falling 10-9 on the road in Litchfield in an instant classic that had the Cougars thanking their lucky stars that they were advancing on to the next round.

It was quite a season for I-L and first-year head coach Dan Curnyn, who took over for veteran skipper Vint Choiniere after he retired following the 2013 season. The Lakers finished 12-6 overall, winning a monumental playoff game against Newport in the process.

For their efforts, two Lakers were honored by the New Hampshire Coaches Association as All-State performers. Senior Ryan Hambrook was a Second Team selection for I-L, returning to the All-State team after earning a nod back during his sophomore campaign of 2012. Hambrook was a stalwart in the lineup and in the field, patrolling center field for I-L.

Junior pitcher Chase Dickinson was also an All-State pick, as he earned Third Team status after a season in which he established himself as a top of the rotation hurler.

Division III saw Hopkinton's Jake Nelson (pitcher) take home Player of the Year honors, while Campbell's Jim Gorham was the Coach of the Year for D-III.

Other locals cracking the D-II All-State teams included Winnisquam's Dominic DeBlasie (First Team), Tucker Normand (second), Ben Wentworth (third) and Torrey Martinez (third), Belmont's Brent Minery (first), Joey Levesque (second) and Jason Taylor (third) and Gilford's Beck Stecher (second) and Zach Poisson (third).

It was a trying season for the Moultonborough Academy baseball team, as the Panthers got off to a slow start before ultimately playing their best ball of the season down the stretch to pick up a few wins.

MA had three players recognized as All-State players, with seniors Aaron Davis (first base) and Scott Harrington (pitcher/utility) joining junior Zach Atwell (outfield) on the Division IV All-State Second Team.

Pittsfield High School took home the top honors in the division, as Kris Perkins was the Player of the Year while Rob Stockman was named Coach of the Year for the Panthers.

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