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A celebration of Holman: 80 years of fascinating history

Local Sports

NASHUA – The grand ol’ ballpark is turning 80, but she really only looks half her age. This spring and summer, the city will be celebrating the 80th birthday of Holman Stadium, home to several youth and high school baseball teams, and from June to August, the Nashua Silver Knights of the ...

For Souhegan coaching legend Dod, 50 means final

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Thursday was Souhegan High School baseball coach Bill Dod’s favorite day of the year: Major League Baseball’s Opening Day. “I love it,” Dod said. “This is Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, birthdays, anniversaries all in one day.” He and his wife Sandy, also a baseball lover, could ...

When it comes to Sox, Neverett an optimist once again

Local Sports Columnists

Nashua and surrounding areas, we have an in. Our own Tim Neverett, a Nashua native, is beginning his third year teaming up with Joe Castiglone in the Boston Red Sox radio booth. So you don’t have to pay attention to other predictions in this space. Neverett has watched them in person at Fort ...

For openers, Red Sox’ bullpen implodes

Boston sports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – The way the Tampa Bay Rays were cleaning house and slashing payroll, Denard Span spent much of spring training wondering if he’d ever play a game for his hometown team. The biggest name acquired by the budget-minded club during a winter of revamping the roster ...

Bruins smack down Lightning, now tops in East

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) — Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists and the Boston Bruins took over first place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. Tim Schaller and David Pastrnak scored goals 32 seconds apart in the final minute of the first period ...

A kinder, gentler Breakfast Belichick?

Local Sports Columnists

Here’s a few tids and bits from the regional and local world of sports while we watch the snow slowwwwly melt away in the next few days: First, you have to love the ingenuity of one Bill Belichick. Often in past years, he has blown off the media at the NFL Owners Meetings held in March. ...

Good times return for Rivier men’s volleyball

Local Sports

NASHUA – In a rarity, Craig Kolek had no certain answer. The Rivier University men’s volleyball coach sat down two months ago after the preseason with a curious Raider athletic director Joanne Merrill, who wanted to know what he thought of his season chances. “I told her, ‘I can’t ...

Tennis anyone? Not this spring at Wilton-Lyndeborough

High Schools

Tennis anyone? Not many have answered that call at Wilton-Lyndenborough Middle High School. A few years ago, the Warriors boys tennis team had an alum, Keith Bujak, playing at the next level – first at Franklin Pierce University, then at Elmira College. That was seen as a pretty good ...

Believe it or not, we March to MLB Opening Day

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There’s something even more misguided than some of the annual Major League Baseball seasonpredictions you read in this space every year: Opening Day in late March. They all take the field on Thursday, all 30 MLB teams. That’s on March 29,and is the earliest domesting Opening Day ever for ...

New Campbell coach Cardello relishes his return to baseball

High Schools

LITCHFIELD – There was a moment earlier this week when Jim Cardello knew he had made the right decision. The new Campbell High School head varsity baseball coach was starting to wonder at his first indoor practice when the team would be able to start things outside. “I’m looking forward ...

A year later, we love having Louie still here

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It’s been almost a year now. Yes, about 11 months since that historic night at Historic Holman Stadium. It was the last athletic event ever for Daniel Webster College, a single nine inning baseball game vs. local rival Rivier University. The Eagles rallied for a dramatic win, the two teams ...

Softball convert Handy ready to give Panthers a boost

High Schools

NASHUA – What’s a guy who played football in high school and eventually became coach in the sport doing coaching girls softball exclusively for the last few years? The answer is simple: He loves it. That’s new Nashua High School South softball coach Kevin Handy’s story and he’s ...

Former Falcon Clayborn ready to help Patriots improve pass rush

Boston sports

Adrian Clayborn had a feeling during Super Bowl LI that he wasn’t used to. Helpless. He had torn his bicep a couple of weeks before 28-3 took place, and thus wasn’t able to play for the Atlanta Falcons when they coughed up that big led in Houston and lost to the New England Patriots in ...

Amherst’s Bedard hopes to make a splash at NCAA Meet

Local Sports

Alex Bedard was a top swimmer for Souhegan High School. But did he ever envision swimming on a national stage? Probably not. Bedard, a junior at Bates College of Lewiston, Me., is competing Wednesday at Indianapolis, Ind. in the NCAA Men’s Division III Swimming Championships. Bedard is one ...

Patriots now a Dream Team come true for McCourty twins

Boston sports

The New England Patriots are a Dream Team for Jason McCourty. Or make that a Dream Come True Team. That’s because now he gets to be on the same field and team with his twin brother, longtime Patriots safety Devin McCourty, for the first time since their Rutgers University days and Pop Warner ...

The tourney trail was long but overall very fruitful

Local Sports Columnists

The winter season has ended, but oh, what a winter it was. What a tournament season it was. State tournaments basically for locals got into full swing the last week in February and continued into the first two-plus weeks of March. It was a three-week extravaganza that began for yours truly with ...

Campbell names Cardello as new baseball coach

High Schools

At long last, Campbell High School has a new baseball coach to succeed retired longtime coach Jim Gorham. Former Daniel Webster College baseball and Merrimack College softball coach Jim Cardello has been named as the second varsity baseball coach in the school’s history. Cardello will begin ...

Welcome to Hollis Brookline Hoop High

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The final championship of the winter season was captured late Saturday afternoon, and we’re still in a Hollis Brookline state of mind. You drive out Broad Street in Nashua, Rte. 130, cross the city line into Hollis, and you’d think you’d see basketball hoops galore. Nope. Cornfields ...