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Parker, Spartans escape to Division II finals

High Schools

MANCHESTER – Milford High School softball coach Jim Rines has always referred to pitcher Delaney Parker as Houdini. Thursday night we all found out why. That’s because Parker managed time and time again to wiggle her way out of trouble as the Spartans hung on for a 5-4 Division II semifinal ...

Bradley’s two-run blast lifts Red Sox over Detroit

Boston sports

BOSTON – Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer in the eighth as Boston rallied for three runs in the inning and beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday night. Bradley drove a towering shot to right off reliever Alex Wilson (1-3), clearing Detroit’s bullpen and reaching the stands to break a ...

Patriots never really stop working, do they?

Local Sports Columnists

What is it about Friday nights and rings? Here at home, we had the big Nashua Silver Knights ring ceremony last Friday night. A week later the New England Patriots handed out their latest Super Bowl rings by team owner Robert Kraft in a lavish private ceremony, presumably at the Kraft Family ...

Hollis Brookline falls to Pinkerton in boys volleyball semifinal

High Schools

NASHUA – Pinkerton defeated Hollis Brookline 3-1 in the first week of the boys volleyball season, and now in the final week of the campaign as well, earning a victory in the NHIAA Division I boys volleyball semifinals at Nashua North on Thursday night. The Cavaliers took the first set, ...

Yankees pound Price in 9-1 rout of Red Sox

Boston sports

NEW YORK – Gary Sanchez homered twice to drive in five runs and the New York Yankees pounded David Price again in a 9-1 victory Thursday, one night after the Boston Red Sox ace had an angry exchange with a reporter. Michael Pineda (7-3) rebounded from a rough outing with seven brilliant ...

Sabers streak to Division I title, 10-9

High Schools

MANCHESTER – Sometimes team meetings can actually work. Just ask the Souhegan High School girls lacrosse team. After the Sabers had lost to Londonderry by a goal back on May 9, coach Maren Petropulos got everyone together in a room, closed the door, and they hashed things out. “We were in ...

BG rolls into D-I softball championship game

High Schools

MANCHESTER – Every baseball fan knows the old adage, “good pitching beats good hitting.” In softball, that axiom has a slight twist: “good hitting beats good flexing.” Bishop Guertin is now one win away from the 2017 NHIAA Division I softball title thanks to its 7-2 victory over ...

Sabers take a walk to Division II finals

High Schools

MANCHESTER – It’s tough enough to beat a team three times in a season, even tougher the third time without arguably one of your best players. But that’s exactly what the defending Division II champion Souhegan High School baseball team did, taking advantage of 13 Windham walks to top the ...

Guertin reaches 13th consecutive D-I boys lax final

High Schools

EXETER – Practice time was limited the past two days due to weather, so the Exeter High School boys lacrosse team did what it could to craft a game plan around slowing perennial power Bishop Guertin. The gist of it? Double team star midfielder Brian Cameron at every opportunity, and zone-up ...

HB ousted by Derryfield in D-II boys lax semifinal

High Schools

NASHUA – Hollis Brookline brought a 12-game win streak into Wednesday’s Division II boys lacrosse semifinal at Stellos Stadium. The momentum wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the buzz saw of undefeated, defending champion Derryfield. The second-seeded Cougars scored the first six goals of ...

Sabathia baffles Red Sox in 8-0 Yankees win

Boston sports

NEW YORK – CC Sabathia had just gotten the first out of the fourth inning when he pulled up his right pants leg, then unstrapped and unscrewed the large black brace that has supported his knee during starts since September 2015. The strap had broken, and the burly 6-foot-6 lefty would have to ...

Hollis Brookline boys volleyball advances to semis

High Schools

HOLLIS – Hollis-Brookline needed five sets and then some to finally extinguish Goffstown and continue their New Hampshire state title defense. The Cavaliers, down 2-1, got an outstanding fourth-set performance from Jonathon Brackett to keep them in it and an amazing closing performance from ...

Once again, Holman is home for Sullivan

Local Sports

NASHUA – It was a 1-2 pitch that left Holman Stadium on a rope in about three seconds, landing in the left field picnic area. It was his first home run at Holman since The Homer that saved Nashua from being down 1-0 in last year’s Futures Collegiate League Finals vs. Worcester. “I think ...

Rainy weather haunting state high school tournaments

High Schools

It’s time for the Tourney Rain Game. Tuesday’s rains wiped out all the New Hampshire Intescholastic Athletic Association’s outdoor tournanent events, with most moved to Wednesday and one big local game switched to Thursday. The Bishop Guertin High School boys lacrosse quarterfinal game ...

Bishop Guertin boys volleyball ousted in tourney

High Schools

NASHUA – Tuesday night held a difficult end to what was an excellent season for Bishop Guertin. The third-seeded Cardinals fell in a NHIAA Division I boys volleyball quarterfinal matchup against the visiting Windham Pythons, 3-0. Neither team could string together a sustained run in the ...

Red Sox stifle Yankees to open series in the Bronx

Boston sports

NEW YORK – The Boston Red Sox powered up, both at the plate and on the mound. Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs and Andrew Benintendi later connected off struggling Masahiro Tanaka, boosting Boston over the New York Yankees 5-4 on Tuesday night. Overpowering closer ...

Stakes are high in Tourney Week Two

High Schools

We’ve entered Week Two of the spring high school tournament season, and as always, the stakes get higher. They can’t get any bigger than the first local state championship game of the season, set for Wednesday at Southern New Hampshire University when No. 1 Bedford takes on No. 2 Souhegan ...