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Alvirne QB Gora wrestling with greatness

High Schools

HUDSON — The Alvirne High School football team heads into uncharted territory Saturday, its first-ever championship game. Don’t expect the Broncos sophomore quarterback to be swept up in the magnitude of the moment when Alvirne and Plymouth collide (2:30 p.m.) at UNH’s Wildcat ...

Red Sox’ Mookie Betts wins American League MVP Award

Boston sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he's won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston. "I enjoy being kind of a face around the game. I've kind of used this pedestal or whatever you want to say to spread ...

Campbell’s Costello made the right turn into coaching

High Schools

LITCHFIELD --- Glen Costello was feeling like something was missing during his senior year in college. He had played football at Alvirne High School, but there was no longer football at UMass-Lowell, where he was going to graduate from in a few months. The Hudson native was driving by Alvirne ...

Rubino sets the tone for Campbell football

High Schools

LITCHFIELD – Forgive Campbell High School senior Jason Rubino if he seems a bit distracted this week. You see he knows now for certain that Saturday's Division III title game between the Cougars and Monadnock at the University of New Hampshire will be the last high school football game he ...

Patriots have time off to ponder where they really stand

Boston sports

Imagine having the worst work day of the month right before you were supposed to take some time off. That's what happened to the New England Patriots this past Sunday. Any extra time off other than perhaps a weekend they may have been looking forward to is likely out the window, floating ...

Campbell, Alvirne corner the local football market

Local Sports Columnists

Where is the high school football capital of the area? Nashua, right, where there are three schools? Merrimack? The Souhegan Valley? Nope. Head across the Merrimack river to the outlying towns of Hudson and Litchfield. At least that's the way it is this year,and who knows, it could be for a ...

Tennessee Titans drub punchless Patriots

Boston sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tom Brady added another big chunk of NFL history to his resume. The Tennessee Titans made sure the Patriots quarterback didn’t finish his 300th game by hitting him over and over again. The Titans sacked Brady three times and hit him six more times as they beat ...

Slow start hinders Tomahawks in 30-8 semis loss

High Schools

BEDFORD – The theory that it's not a good idea to fall behind a top rated, heavily favored high school football team by three touchdowns in the first half was proven true again on Saturday. That type of slow start doomed the Merrimack High School Tomahawks as they trailed 14-0 after one ...

Bruins’ Halak frustrates Vegas Knights

Boston sports

Halak shuts down Golden Knights in Bruins' 4-1 win BOSTON (AP) — Jaroslav Halak stopped 37 shots to help the Boston Bruins to an 4-1 victory over the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night. David Pastrnak scored again, and Danton Heinen, Jeremy Lauzon and Brad Marchand also had goals as ...

Alvirne rallies to reach Division II football finals

High Schools

PORTSMOUTH – Needing 53 yards in 62 seconds with no timeouts left and a trip to the Division II state championship game hanging in the balance, the Alvirne High School offense made the unthinkable look easy. And why not? These crazed, cardiac kids from Hudson just don’t flinch, even in ...

Milford’s Guarniere heads All-State volleyball locals

High Schools

They didn't win a title, but one of their players did. The Milford High School girls volleyball team fell to Gilford in the Division II title match last weekend, but on Friday Spartan libero Julia Guarniere was named the Division II Player of the Year as the New Hampshire Volleyball Coaches ...

Campbell back in Division III football finals to defend crown

High Schools

MANCHESTER – On paper, Conor Sweeney is 2 inches smaller and 45 pounds lighter than Campbell High School bell-cow back Keegan Mills. On Saturday at Gill Stadium, Sweeney looked like a mirror image of his fellow junior teammate during the second half of the No. 2 Cougars’ 8-0 Division III ...

Vrabel could give Titans a chance vs. Patriots

Local Sports Columnists

Let's go back in time, to the NFL off-season of 2001. The Patriots signed a former Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker named Mike Vrabel as a free agent, and there wasn't much fanfare with the move. The team, after a horrible 5-11 first season under Bill Belichick, was doing everything it could to ...

Souhegan football eliminated in semifinals

High Schools

PLYMOUTH – It was certainly understandable for the fans in attendance at the Division II football semifinal playoff contest between Plymouth and Souhegan at Plymouth High on Saturday to begin thinking about what they might do with their next few hours – instead of watching football – when ...