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Merrimack’s defense dominates Panthers, 14-0

High Schools

NASHUA – Whatever Merrimack High School defensive coordinator Brandon Lilley was telling his unit’s players all week in practice, they certainly listened. The Tomahawks improved to 3-1 on Friday night with a classic defensive performance at Stellos Stadium, blanking Nashua South ...

Milford drops wild shootout with St. Thomas, 41-40

High Schools

MILFORD – His team galloping down the field to take the lead deep in the fourth quarter, Milford High football coach Keith Jones cranked the mental calculator into overdrive. Could his Spartans punch in the game-winning touchdown and drain the rest of the clock? “We just scored too ...

Just checking to make sure Patriots-Lions is official

Local Sports Columnists

Is it finally official? We just want to be sure. The NFL has the New England Patriots playing at the Detroit Lions on NBC's Sunday Night Football, but we just want to be sure. It's been promoted. It's on the schedule at Patriots.com. Even Bill Belichick has talked about the Lions, calling ...

Football roundup: HB, Alvirne, Campbell roll to victories

High Schools

Hollis Brookline 34, Manchester West 14 Hollis Brookline moved to 3-1 as it sprinted to a 28-7 halftime lead and did not look back. Sander Wimmer threw a pair of TD passes, including a 60-yarder to Connor Zorn. Brandon Iodice ran for two touchdowns. Defensively, Ben Lindsay moved over to ...

Belichick finally acknowledges Gordon is a Patriot

Boston sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – It took a few days before Bill Belichick finally admitted Friday that troubled but talented wide receiver Josh Gordon is a New England Patriot. The trade bringing Gordon, who played in just 11 games with the Cleveland Browns since 2013 due to NFL suspensions, was ...

High School Highlights: Alvirne football rocks ConVal

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Football Alvirne 40, ConVal 12 Not bad when you score twice before your offense even touches the ball, right? The Broncos’ Grady Hudson returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a TD , and then got an Alec Prescott pick six to go up 13-0. Alvirne, now 3-1 in Divison II, held the ...

Red Sox subs earn team’s 105th win

Boston sports

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sam Travis and Tzu-Wei Lin hit their first major league home runs and the Boston Red Sox tied a team record more than a century old with their 105th win, beating the Cleveland Indians 7-5 Friday night. The AL East champion Red Sox (105-49), playing without several of their ...

Red Sox win third straight AL East crown

Boston sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox won their third consecutive AL East championship Thursday night, clinching on enemy turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees. Betts homered, doubled twice and drove in five runs, finishing with four hits as the Red Sox ...

Cards, Broncos settle for 1-1 tie at Stellos

High Schools

NASHUA – Alvirne High School girls soccer coach Steve Beals looked for the positive in Wednesday's 1-1 double overtime tie with rival Bishop Guertin at Stellos Stadium. As well he should. His Broncos were minutes away from what would have been a third 1-0 loss on the season before Ashley ...

The Big Fella is looking for help with the big picks

High Schools

Question: When is 6-2 a losing record? Answer: When your two “Game of the Week” picks are the losers! Game balls go out to the Alvirne Broncos once again, after making this big fella eat his words a week ago. Honestly, I’m digging the vibe from Tarek Rothe’s crew. But hey, we all ...

Merrimack field hockey on top; South volleyball unbeaten

High Schools

Here's a look at Wednesday's high school action in the area, highlighted by a Merrimack field hockey win over Nashua South and the Panthers staying unbeaten in girls volleyball along with Hollis Brookline: FIELD HOCKEY Merrimack 5, Nashua South 0 Chloe Kapsambelis had a pair of goals ...

High School Football Preview Capsules: Week 4

High Schools

DIVISION I Merrimack (2-1) vs. Nashua South (2-1) WHEN: Friday, 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Nashua’s Stellos Stadium. LAST WEEK: Manchester Central 21, Merrimack 8; Nashua South 60, Keene 14. LAST YEAR: Nashua 27, Merrimack 20. FYI: It’s a huge contest, as any game involving the three West ...

Manchester Invitational annual mid-season cross country test

High Schools

Just how far has your high school cross country team progressed this season. The first true measuring-stick race will be held Saturday at Derryfield Park, the 44th Manchester Invitational. All nine area boys and girls programs will converge on the green at Derryfield with Alvirne, Bishop ...

Too many pitchers can’t perform most basic task

Local Sports Columnists

Throw strikes. If you have a budding Chris Sale in the house, this is the greatest tip to drive home. Forget about trying to teach an 8-year-old how to throw a slider. Set up a target in the shape of the strike zone and have him throw to that until he can hit it with at least a modicum of ...

Pats’ Jones appreciates getting second chance

Boston sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) –Cyrus Jones was sure his tenure with the Patriots was over when he was cut at the end of training camp earlier this month. New England chose to sever ties with the cornerback and return man, a second-round pick in 2016, after an underwhelming two-year tenure. It ...

Yankees run down Price, Red Sox

Boston sports

NEW YORK (AP) – Luke Voit hit two homers off David Price, Miguel Andujar popped another one barely into the right-field seats and the New York Yankees stalled Boston’s division-clinching celebration by beating the Red Sox 10-1 on Wednesday night. Luis Severino (18-8) pitched seven innings ...

New scoreboards for Stellos, South athletes R.E.A.C.T.

High Schools

Stellos Stadium is getting a new look, likely just in time for the annual fall North-South Battle of the Bridge games set in 10 days. New scoreboards, with message boards, LED/video capability, etc. are slated as of now to be installed. They will also earmark a change in the sound system, as ...

Titans control Grizzlies in 2-1 win

High Schools

NASHUA – That old Bill Parcells addage “You are what your record says you are” may not apply to the Nashua High School North girls soccer team. The Titans certainly didn't look like a 2-4 team in dominating Goffstown on Tuesday at Stellos Stadium in a game that wasn't as close as the ...

Nashua boxer Fontanez takes New England crown

Local Sports Columnists

As far as steps to the 2020 Olympics go, this was a tiny one. Nonetheless, it was the first for Nashua’s Mike Fontanez, who captured the 165-pound title at the USA Boxing New England Regionals this past week. Fontanez, now 30-3, stopped his only opponent in Round 1, quickly, mercilessly and ...