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Broncos looking to be a Division II football team in 2018

High Schools

Six years ago, Alvirne High School athletic director Karen Bonney made a bold move. She orchestrated the move for the Broncos football program to go down from what was then Division II – the likes of Exeter, Bishop Guertin, Winnacunnet, Merrimack, Timberlane, etc. – and the feeling was it ...

Locals primed for successful tourney runs

High Schools

Fasten your seat belts, proceed with caution. The local high school tourney season just left the high speed lane and we’re into heavy traffic. After field hockey began last week, now it’s time to start the boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball NHIAA tournaments. For the first time in ...

Patriots’ plan may change, but change in this case is good

Boston sports

Someone late Sunday night used the expression “game plan team” when it comes to the New England Patriots. They might change it to “Weekly Game Plan Team”. The Patriots under Bill Belichick have proven to be masters of the art of preparation, and that prep work changes all the time ...

Wasn’t much buzz for Patriots-Falcons rematch

Local Sports Columnists

OK, let’s have a show of hands. How many of you turned off the TV that first Sunday night of last February and went to bed at 28-3? Probably a lot of you, but that’s OK. There’s always the usual Super Bowl DVD the New England Patriots put out. Sunday night marked the rematch of the two ...

Nashua South football’s 0-2 start seems so long ago

High Schools

NASHUA – How was the West won? The Nashua High School South football team started the season 0-2 after losing to South Conference powers Salem and Pinkerton. Then they had to head to Merrimack, to face a confident Tomahawks team that started the season 2-0. What happened that night changed ...

Patriots roll past Falcons in Foxborough Fog, 23-7

Boston sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There was no great drama this time between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. No, just a lot of Gillette Stadium fog. Oh, and Patriots domination, as New England rolled to a 23-7 victory. Both teams didn’t look resemble their Super Bowl ...

Lancers stun Cardinals 3-2 in triple OT quarterfinal thriller

High Schools

NASHUA – Londonderry High School girls field hockey coach Nichole Treadway said she had senior Maeve McPhail take a couple of penalty strokes in practice on Friday and she didn’t look good. But on the third, she was perfect, so she was going to be the designated shooter for the Lancers in ...

Patriots-Falcons rematch had fans yawning in anticipation

Boston sports

OK, let’s have a show of hands. How many of you turned off the TV that first Sunday night of last February and went to bed at 28-3? Probably a lot of you, but that’s OK. There’s always the usual Super Bowl DVD the New England Patriots put out. Sunday night marked the rematch of the two ...

Purring Panthers clinch West title with 42-13 win

High Schools

NASHUA – The Panthers are purring. And now they are West Conference champions. All you needed to know about Nashua High School South’s football game with Londonderry on Friday night is this: The Lancers were starting to feel good about themselves, finally getting on the board with 3:22 left ...

Salem takes down Nashua North football

High Schools

SALEM – Unbeaten Salem High can hit you from so many different angles. Nashua North absorbed attacks from nearly all of them here Friday night at Grant Field, falling to the Granite State’s top-rated team, 60-14. North falls to 4-4 with its Senior Day next Saturday at Stellos Stadium ...

Time to end football blowouts sooner than later

Local Sports Columnists

Here are a few tids and bits on all things football as we are in the next-to-last weekend of the local high school regular season, two-thirds through the college season and almost halfway into the NFL campaign: The Campbell High School football program has been taking some heat after the ...

Last-minute heroics lift Alvirne football past Bishop Guertin

High Schools

HUDSON – They both might be near the bottom of the standings, but these two teams just submitted a result far from the bottom when it comes to this season’s most exciting games. With just six seconds left in regulation, the Alvirne Broncos earned a 26-20 home win over the Cardinals of ...

Pelham ices Hollis Brookline, 6-0

High Schools

PELHAM – You couldn’t blame the Hollis Brookline football team if its was confident heading into Friday night’s matchup against a middle-of-the-pack Pelham team. After all, the Cavaliers were riding a five-game winning streak, having outscored opponents by more than 90 points the last ...

Merrimack football shuts down Timberlane

High Schools

Football Merrimack 14, Timberlane 0 Merrimack High hosted its senior night on Friday, but it was a sophomore, who stole the show. Ben Eichman ran for one score and threw for the other as the Tomahawks knocked off Timberlane Regional, 14-0. Merrimack moves to 4-4 with its season finale on Friday ...

Souhegan field hockey rolls past Portsmouth in tourney

High Schools

AMHERST – Top-seeded Souhegan’s first playoff step was taken cautiously, almost too cautiously for coach Kelli Braley. “Not our cleanest game,” said Braley after the No. 1 Sabers dispatched No, 9 Portsmouth, 3-1, in Friday afternoon’s Division II state quarterfinals. “We played a ...

Celtics overtake 76ers for first win of the season

Boston sports

PHILADELPHIA – Kyrie Irving scored 21 points, Al Horford had 15 and the Boston Celtics won for the first time since losing Gordon Hayward, 102-92 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. The Celtics lost their first two games after Hayward went down in the opener with a mangled ankle that ...

Bucks stop Celtics

Boston sports

BOSTON – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks opened their season with a 108-100 victory over Boston on Wednesday night to spoil the homecoming of a Celtics team coming off a late and emotional season opener. One night after a ...

Cougars prep for tourney with 3-1 win

High Schools

LITCHFIELD — It’s the time of year when the shade covers the Campbell High School soccer field fairly quickly into the second half of games. And that’s when the Cougars girls soccer team starts to take each game as if it’s crucial, with the Division III tournament starting next ...

Merrimack’s field hockey tourney cut short by Salem

High Schools

MERRIMACK – The Merrimack High School field hockey team didn’t play Salem during the regular season. Coach Ann MacLean figured that might be a problem. She was right. Ninth-seeded Salem made the trip to Merrimack a winning one in the opening round of the NHIAA Division I playoffs, knocking ...

Ready for another Celtics season on hold

Local Sports Columnists

Well, the discussion as to how far the Celtics might go this season has been definitively settled. They’ll win about 45 games, maybe a few more. They’ll win in the opening round of the playoffs. In Round 2, they are most likely going home for the summer. If it goes to Round 3, they will be ...