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Staff photo by TOM KING Matt Davis talks over strategy with his Merrimack players during a game this past season. Davis stepped down this past week after three years behind the Tomahawks bench.

Davis steps away from Merrimack hockey

High Schools

MERRIMACK – Matt Davis currently has the same feeling he did several years ago when he stopped playing college hockey prior to his senior season at Worcester State. There was a void, and, as he said, “You kind of change your identity.” Davis’ identity no longer includes being the head ...

Courtesy photo Merrimack's Aiden Hanning shows off his hardware after winning the NHSCA Middle School national wrestling title this past weekend.

Merrimack’s Hanning wins national wrestling title

Kids Sports

MERRIMACK – Aiden Hanning felt he wasn’t done with his wrestling season after winning the New England regional title a couple of weeks ago. He was right on. Not only was his not season done, Hanning wasn’t done winning, either. The Merrimack Middle School and Merrimack Youth Association ...

Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Bucks stop Celtics’ streak

Boston sports

BOSTON – Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points and nine rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks knocked the Boston Celtics out first place in the Eastern Conference with a 103-100 victory on Wednesday night. Malcolm Brogdon, one of the leading contenders for NBA Rookie of the Year, finished with 16 ...

Hollis Brookline's strong school year includes the girls volleyball team earning a second straight Division I title.

Year to remember for Hollis Brookline girls athletics

Local Sports Columnists

Spring is hardly underway, but it has already been a school year to remember for Hollis Brookline girls athletics. Most recently, the Cavaliers wrapped up a historic campaign on the hardwood. Cassandra Stapelfeld asserted herself as one of the best players in the state as coach Bob Murphy ...

Smaller strike zone may backfire on MLB

Local Sports Columnists

Looking for a study in contrasts? Try changing a rule in the National Football League, then whisper a suggested change for Major League Baseball. For all its current flaws – mostly confined to the King Roger’s suite of offices – the NFL is never shy when a rule needs changing. Sometimes ...

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua South sophmore Roe Hendrick takes a swing during an indoor practice last week. Teams were allowed to have less formal workout sessions over the winter.

Offseason workouts coming in handy for spring season

High Schools

Local high school spring sports practices are plodding along this week for the most part in the great indoors, the second official week of the final season of the school year. The key word is “official.” If you think this is really just the second week of workouts, guess again. Where years ...

George Scione

The move to Las Vegas is a win for the Raiders

Local Sports Columnists

Just win, baby! That slogan, made famous by the late Al Davis, couldn’t be truer than it is today. On Monday, the Oakland Raiders received 31 of 32 votes to approve a proposed move to Las Vegas. Only the Miami Dolphins voted no, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That’s ...

Boston Bruins' Kevan Miller (86) checks Nashville Predators' Cody McLeod (55) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Bruins bear down on playoff berth

Boston sports

BOSTON – Tuukka Rask made 24 saves in his return from a one-game absence and the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night, boosting their playoff chances. Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Noel Acciari and David Backes scored for the Bruins, who moved three points ahead ...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Brayden Point, top left, and Ondrej Palat (18), of the Czech Republic, celebrate a the goal by Nikita Kucherov as Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid (54) and Tuukka Rask lie on the ice during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston on Thursday. The Lightning won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Rask’s status is uncertain for Tuesday’s game vs. Predators

Boston sports

BOSTON – The Bruins begin a crucial three-game homestand Tuesday against the Nashville Predators and they hope to have their No. 1 goaltender back in the net. Goaltender Tuukka Rask missed the Bruins’ 2-1 win at the New York Islanders on Saturday because of a lower-body injury. Rask, who ...

Boston Bruins' Kevan Miller (86) checks Nashville Predators' Cody McLeod (55) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Red Sox relying on strong arms, young stars

Boston sports

BOSTON – When David Ortiz took one final, hat-tipping trot around Fenway in October, with him went the franchise’s biggest personality and one of the last links to its most recent run of Word Series titles. Boston is about to get its first full bite of life without Big Papi’s on-field ...

Staff file photo by TOM KING/Nashua North graduate Lance Bisson, the Rivier men’s hoop head coach, is fighting an uphill battle to return the program back to the glory days of when he played for the Raiders 10 years ago.

Bisson trying to rekindle Rivier’s success from 2007

Local Sports Columnists

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years. We’re hitting the home stretch of March Madness, but 10 years ago we had some late February Fun over at Rivier University – then Rivier College – that led into March. Yes, 10 years ago the Raiders were kings of small college men’s basketball ...

Tom King

World Baseball Classic is living up to its name

Local Sports Columnists

Let’s face it, we’re all dying for meaningful baseball. The snow still on the ground is simply a harsh reminder that winter doesn’t remove its grip very easily. For the last seven weeks or so, we’ve been reading and watching Major League players dawdle their way through spring training ...

Bruins

Bruins edge Islanders 2-1 for crucial victory in playoff race

Boston sports

NEW YORK – Riley Nash scored twice and backup goalie Anton Khudobin made 18 saves as the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders 2-1 Saturday night, snapping a four-game losing streak. Nash broke a 1-1 tie with his second goal of the contest at 4:12 of the third period, beating Islanders ...

Revs rout Minnesota United 5-2 in home opener

Boston sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Juan Agudelo scored twice, Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney each had a goal and an assist and the New England Revolution beat Minnesota United 5-2 on Saturday. Agudelo, just inside the 6-yard box, headed home a perfect cross by Tierney in the fourth minute and, after Collen ...

Courtesy photo/TEAM RACE runners, from left: Elizabeth White, Abbey Halloran, Amy Pattelena , Cali Coffin , Chris Keefe, Rose Goyette and coach Coach Gary Goyette celebrate their good showing in the recent National Championships.

Nashua duo runs to national titles

Kids Sports

The New Hampshire AAU track club TEAM RACE took home 13 medals in distance events at the recent AAU National Championships in Landover, Md., with Nashua’s Chris Keefe and Cali Coffin leading the way. Keefe, an eighth grader, earned All-American honors with a national 3,000 meter record run of ...

Staff photo by TOM KING Amy Sparks has stepped down as Souhegan girls soccer coach to take a girls soccer job at a Vermont high school.

Sparks moving north of Souhegan soccer tradition

High Schools

Amy Sparks wants her friends, family, and former players to know one thing: She’s not moving to Vermont full time. But, the now-former Souhegan High School girls soccer coach will be spending a lot more time there. She stepped down this past week from her three-year run as the Sabers head ...

Tom King

Correia an Eagle who deserved a smooth landing

Local Sports Columnists

Here’s a few Saturday local, regional and national tids and bits as we watch that snow level on the area athletic fields go down ever so slowwwwly… Correia finds the right fit In case you missed it a couple of weeks ago on nashuatelegraph.com, the coach who guided Daniel Webster College ...