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Once again, the West is not the best in Division I

Local Sports Columnists

Nobody wraps up a season like the Merrimack High School football team. Unfortunately, they've been wrapping them up after tough Division I semifinal losses the last few years. It was quite an emotional scene on Saturday after the Exeter Blue Hawks took just a sliver over two hours to ...

Patriots shut down Eagles for ninth win

Boston sports

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Julian Edelman threw a go-ahead 15-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett and the New England Patriots rallied for a 17-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Tom Brady threw for 216 yards, leading New England (9-1) back from a 10-0 deficit, but it was ...

Tomahawks can’t get untracked at Exeter in semis loss

High Schools

EXETER – There's always an adjustment period when you have to play the Exeter High School football team. You just had better not let it last too long, or fall too far behind. Unfortunately the Merrimack Tomahawks did both in Saturday's 34-14 Divison I semifinal loss at the hands of the Blue ...

High School Football: Hollis Brookline on to title game

High Schools

By HECTOR LONGO and TOM KING Staff Writers And then there was one. Once again, there won’t be a local in the Division I finals next Sunday at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium. But lo and behold, for the second straight season the area will have a Division II finalist, ...

Kings snap Celtics’ winning streak

Boston sports

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Buddy Hield scored a season-high 35 points, Richaun Holmes hit two free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining to give Sacramento the lead, and the Kings snapped the Boston Celtics’ 10-game winning streak with a 100-99 victory Sunday. Marcus Smart had a chance to win ...

Blazing Blake: Receiver catches on quick for Cavaliers

High Schools

HOLLIS – So how long does it take a seasoned, sizzling high school quarterback to trust a fresh, new, raw wide receiver? About 24 minutes ... 24 pointless, inept, painful minutes. Hollis Brookline’s Sander Wimmer simply paid little or no attention to junior receiver Blake Bergerson the ...

Hollis Brookline rolls on to Division II football finals

High Schools

By CHRIS PANTAZIS For The Telegraph BOW – Hollis Brookline football coach Chris Lones took stock of the fact that prior to the 2019 campaign numerous prognosticators looked at his squad as one which, at best, was on the proverbial “bubble” to even qualify for the Division II playoffs. ...

Local football teams hit the road for playoff semis

High Schools

It's the 2019 high school football playoffs for area teams, take two – with three for the road. Three emerged from last week's quarterfinals – Merrimack in Division I, and Alvirne and Hollis Brookline in Division II – and all three will be hitting the road today in the semifinals. And ...

There’s nothing special about this matchup vs. Philly

Local Sports Columnists

Ah, we have a Philly Special. Yes, there's a lot of silly hype around the New England Patriots visit to the City of Brotherly Love this Sunday. Folks, the Patriots loss to the Philadelphia Eagles is clearly ancient history.The Patriots always play in the now, not the past. The Eagles should ...

Win No. 10 didn’t come easy for Celtics over Warriors

Boston sports

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yet another Golden State starter went down with an injury when D’Angelo Russell sprained his right thumb, but the Warriors still made mighty Boston work until the waning moments. Jayson Tatum dunked after a jump ball with 1:36 left to put Boston ahead, and the Celtics ...

Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot coming up Dec. 7

Kids Sports

The Nashua Lodge of Elks will be hosting the 48th Greater Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw contest on Saturday, December 7 at 8 a.m. in the Elm Street Middle School Gymnasium on Chestnut Street. All youth groups/leagues such as CYO, Biddy Basketball, etc., are invited to send players to ...

Longo’s Friday Football Feast: It has to get better, right?

High Schools

When the going gets tough, I disappear. It was the story during this man’s mediocre athletic career, and it has followed through my adult life, in this case attempting to prognosticate on high school football. Simply put, all the acorns stored up by the big fella in a rock-solid, 57-12, ...

Tomahawks face a stiff challenge vs. Exeter in semis

High Schools

They are knocking on the door again. Yes, the Merrimack High School football team is back in the Division I semifinals for the third time in four seasons under head coach Kip Jackson. The problem is, that door is pretty solid, and the Tomahawks may need to use a battering ram to bang it down ...

Hollis Brookline has sights on unbeaten Bow

High Schools

HOLLIS­ – In a season bursting with proverbial three-run homers, the Hollis Brookline football team is again swinging for the fences. Saturday, the Cavaliers boldly go where no Division II football team has gone this season, attempting to tackle top-seeded and unbeaten (10-0) Bow High ...

Alvirne heading to Plymouth for rematch

High Schools

HUDSON -– Exit 25 off I-93 might as well come with a disclaimer, “Visiting high school football teams proceed at your own risk.” Yes, the legend of Plymouth High School football looms that large. The Bobcats, since the switch to three divisions in the Granite State in 2013, have won ...

Improved Raiders set to have a much different season

Local Sports

NASHUA – There's a different feel around the Rivier University men's basketball team these days. Yes, as the Raider athletic program says good-bye to the fall season and hello to winter, it began by seeing an electric offensive player of their own, Issaiah Chappell, a six-foot senior from ...

Crampton a fast learner in Tomahawks’ QB plan

High Schools

MERRIMACK – Kyle Crampton was a happy junior varsity quarterback. He was learning his craft. As a sophomore, knowing that Merrimack's James Dowling is in his last year as the Tomahawks signal caller as a senior, he pointed to his junior year. That would be his time. “Junior year, I was ...

Alvirne football’s Kyle Boucher isn’t about to let up now

High Schools

HUDSON – In an offense like Alvirne High has, so run-oriented with so many diverse weapons, receivers are often asked to sacrifice or block or just wait their turn. When Kyle Boucher’s number got called on Saturday at Milford, the senior played it like it was the final football game of ...

Celtics stop Wizards for ninth straight win

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – Kemba Walker scored 25 points and the Celtics overcame 44 points from Bradley Beal to beat the Washington Wizards 140-133 on Wednesday night, Boston’s ninth straight victory. Jayson Tatum bounced back from a historically bad shooting night with 23 points, Jaylen Brown scored ...