Sports

Thrill of victory a fitting reward for HB’s Murphy

Local Sports Columnists

Championships belong to the kids, as we’ve seen all throughout these high school tournaments this month. But sometimes the biggest kids are the coaches. We’re going to put Hollis Brookline girls hoop mentor Bob Murphy in this category, in a good way. If you want to know how Murphy is ...

Cavalier boys seek a second HB winter banner

High Schools

And then there was one. It’s been a long, winding tournament road, filled with upsets, reschedulings, gladness and sadness. Through it all, the area gets to celebrate two girls basketball championships with Bishop Guertin (Division I) and Hollis Brookline (Division II). Can one more title be ...

Cards great defense repeats for a threepeat

High Schools

MANCHESTER – The repeat gave them a threepeat. The one constant theme the Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball team had all season was defense. And it rang true again on Saturday, as the Cardinals repeated their season long defensive effort with a 54-34 Division I title win over ...

Blackhawks bounce back to top Bruins

Boston sports

CHICAGO (AP) – One day after a flurry of Boston power-play goals doomed them, Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks tightened up and turned the tables on the Bruins. Kane scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 3:16 left in the third period and had an assist, and the Blackhawks beat ...

Cougars run out of gas in Division III final, 53-38

High Schools

MANCHESTER – They simply ran out of gas. The 3-pointers and other shots that were falling for the Campbell High School boys basketball team to the midway point of the third quarter stopped falling. As a result, the Somersworth Hilltoppers reversed an eight point deficit and turned it into a ...

Cavs and Cards go together in championship weather

Local Sports Columnists

He sat about 10 rows above the Hollis Brookline girls basketball bench at the Division II championship game on Friday night. Bishop Guertin Brad Kreick had his own Divison I title game to prepare for, but why not take the time to watch the area’s other big girls basketball story of the year, ...

Bruins worth price of admission – and more

Local Sports Columnists

I tried to keep an open mind Thursday night. My son, Ollie, had asked about attending a Bruins game. He’s been to the Celtics, Pats and Red Sox often, but never the B’s. Not to cover a game. Not as a fan. Nothing. So we gave it a shot. Myself, Ollie (a high school senior), my wife and a ...

Pacers overtake hobbled Celtics

Boston sports

Pacers hold on for 99-97 victory over Celtics By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, then committed a dead-ball offensive foul with 1.5 seconds left that gave Boston a shot to win the game at the buzzer, but the Indiana Pacers held on to beat ...

You can now call the Cavalier girls champions

High Schools

MANCHESTER – They weathered the storm from Weare. And as a result, you can call the Hollis Brookline High School girls basketball players something they’ve never been called before: Division II champions. The No. 3, 20-2 Cavaliers recovered from a furious John Stark third quarter comeback ...

Cards hope to turn page quickly to facing Astros in Finals

High Schools

MANCHESTER – The window would be extremely small, as Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball coach Brad Kreick saw it. That would be the time for the Cardinal girls to enjoy their epic Thursday night 52-50 Division I semifinal win over top ranked, previously unbeaten Bedford. “Celebrate ...

Exeter overtakes Alvirne in boys basketball quarterfinals

High Schools

EXETER – Max Bonney-Liles’ litany of made shots in the fourth quarter electrified the packed house. There was the falling-down, lefty-banker, and-one … The fade-away 3 with the hand in his face … The pull up … the scoop and score … the twist, contort and bank home two more ...

Patriots send draft pick to Cleveland for Danny Shelton

Boston sports

CLEVELAND (AP) – Danny Shelton always ended his interviews with a smile and saying “Go Browns!” It was the Browns turn to say, “Go Danny!” New Cleveland general manager John Dorsey agreed to send Shelton, a former first-round draft pick, to the New England Patriots for a third-round ...

Bruins bury Blackhawks with four-goal third period

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins found different ways to win during their perfect homestand. Brian Gionta and Rick Nash scored power-play goals just over a minute apart, and the Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-4 on Saturday to finish their homestand at 6-0. The goals came during a ...

Nashua South boys hoop seeks another upset at Central

High Schools

[ultimately]MANCHESTER – Earlier this week, Nashua South coach Nate Mazarolle told senior Richie Mercado that he may need to score 30 for the Panthers to pull off a first-round upset over Manchester Memorial. Mercado came up two points short of his coach’s request. But he still managed to ...

Campbell boys basketball to face Somersworth for crown

High Schools

EXETER – Snow relocated Friday night’s NHIAA Division III Boys’ Basketball semifinal games, but in the latter game, only one team seemed to show up. The fifth seeded Campbell Cougars earned their chance to play for a state championship this weekend, defeating the ninth-seeded Huskies of ...

Cavalier girls hoop second straight Finals trip is the charm

High Schools

MANCHESTER – The Hollis Brookline High School girls basketball team knows it’s back where it belongs. Now the question is if the Cavaliers can take advantage of it. Yes, Hollis Brookline, as the highest remaining seed (No. 3, 19-2) remaining in the Division II girls basketball tournament, ...