High Schools

Staff photo by TOM KING New Nashua North boys lacrosse coach Rod Martin shares a laugh with Titans senior Brandon Martin during practice the other night.

New North boys lacrosse coach always in demand

NASHUA – A couple of months ago, when coach Keith Bertrand made it known he was trading in his Titans Teal for Souhegan Saber Black and Gold, many of the Nashua High School North boys lacrosse players took matters into their own hands. They began an intense lobby for a guy who 10 years ago ...

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Members of TEAM RACE, from left to right,  Elizabeth White, Nashua;  Abbey Halloran, Milford; Amy Pattelena, Hollis; Cali Coffin, Nashua;  Chris Keefe, Nashua; Rose Goyette, Pelham; coach Gary Goyette, Pelham.

TEAM RACE Dominates AAU National Indoor Track meet

TEAM RACE Dominates Distance events at AAU Indoor Nationals Keefe and Coffin take National Titles TEAM RACE, New Hampshire’s only AAU Track club, raced at the AAU National Championships in Landover, Md., recently and took home 13 medals in focus distance events. The team – Elizabeth ...

Staff file photo by TOM KING Nashua North QB Jeff Baldassari's skills as a runner as well as a passer helped him earn a spot on the New Hamsphire Shrine Team roster.

Baldassari heads locals on Shrine team

Several local players, headed by former Nashua High School North quarterback Jeff Baldassari, will be on this summer’s New Hampshire Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl roster. The 64th annual game with Vermont will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at Castleton (Vt.) University’s Spartan ...

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua South sophomore pitcher Chase Hart throws while under the watchful eye of Panthers pitching coach Jim Harvell during tryouts at an indoor facility near the school as tryouts began Monday for spring sports.

For local spring teams, it’s the great indoors

NASHUA – A couple of weeks ago, Nashua High School South baseball coach James Gaj was at an event with a few other varsity baseball coaches, just talking about how great it would be to start tryouts/practices outside from the get-go in late March. The ground was bare, and it looked like it ...

Staff file photo by JASON ORFAO/Milford senior Ryan Banuskevich dribbles in front of Pelham’s Derek Crowley (21) and Blake Woekel (2) during a Division II matchup at Pelham in January. Banuskevich led the Spartans to an 18-2 record and a D-II semifinal appearance.

High School Journal: Milford, HB return to prominence

While neither Hollis Brookline or Milford were able to celebrate a Division II boys basketball title on Saturday, both had their best seasons in several years as they at least made it to the semifinals. “Oh definitely, we had a great year,” Milford coach Dan Murray said, his team finishing ...

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Bummer of a basketball finals day for Nashua area

Bummer. The Division I and II NHIAA boys basketball finals are being held Saturday at the University of New Hampshire’s Lundholm Gym. But around here, there’s just a yawn. Oh sure, hoop junkies will be there. But locally, there’s no one. We had a shot at an All-Area final between No. 2 ...

Staff photo by TOM KING/Milford's Evan Ryan (20) and the rest of the Spartans' bench wear a dejected look in the final moments of Coe-Brown's 63-52 Division II semifinal win on Wednesday at UNH.

Milford falls short against Coe-Brown Northwood in D-II semifinal

DURHAM – The Milford boys basketball team didn’t have to deal with many bad days this season. The scrappy Spartans continually found ways to win, as 10 of Milford’s 18 victories were decided by a single-digit margin. The No. 2 Spartans couldn’t solve Coe-Brown Northwood on Wednesday, ...

Staff photo by TOM KING Hollis Brokline's Matt Simco tries to force up a shot against the defense of Lebanon's Chris Nulty (32) and Noah Didehbani (35) during Wednesday night's Divison II semifinal at UNH.

Lebanon runs past Cavaliers in Division II semis, 50-36

DURHAM – The ball was bouncing around at half court, it belonged to anyone. Yes, a 50-50 ball. Suddenly, though, Lebanon’s Ryan Milliken turned on the jets, and the look on the face of Hollis Brookline’s Stephen Giaconia’s face all but said, “Uh-oh.” That was the story of the ...

Staff photo by TOM KING Milford's Ryan Banuskevich drives the baseline against Hollis Brookline's Pat Close during Milford's win over the Cavs a couple of weeks ago. The two teams, who have advanced to the Division II semis in their respective brackets, hope to meet again in Saturday's finals.

Spartans, Cavs hope get past semifinal hurdles

Will we have an all-local Division II boys basketball final to look forward to on Saturday? We will find out Wednesday night, as both the No. 2 Milford and No. 4 Hollis Brookline High School teams will be in action in the Divsion II semifinals at the Univeristy of New Hampshire’s Lundholm ...

Staff photo by TOM KING Bishop Guertin's Meghan Cramb puts up a shot against the Bulldogs during Saturday's Division I final, presumed to be her last game as a high school athlete.

Bishop Guertin’s Cramb leads girls All-State picks

Bishop Guertin High School senior Meghan Cramb’s week just got better. Cramb, after helping the Cardinals win their second straight Division I title, was named that division’s Player of the Year. Cramb was the Cardinals leading scorer, averaging about 15 points a game. Joining Cramb on the ...

Photo courtesy of Daniel Webster College Former Daniel Webster and Dartmouth coach Dave Faucher is enjoying life as an assistant with Lebanon, which faces Hollis Brookline in Wednesday's Division II semifinals..

Former DWC coach in hoop heaven in Lebanon

Dave Faucher was a happy guy on Monday. Why? Basketball practice at Lebanon High School was set for later in the day. Faucher, the former Daniel Webster College and Dartmouth College men’s basketball coach, is enjoying life as an assistant coach with the odds-on Division II favorite Lebanon ...

Staff photo by TOM KING Bishop Guertin's Meghan Cramb gets a hug from her coach, Brad Kreick, while getting her medal after Saturday's title game win over Bedford.

Cardinals’ Cramb goes out in style

MANCHESTER – The look on Meghan Cramb’s face was almost one of relief, but don’t be mistaken – for Cramb, there’s no feeling better than going out on top again. “It’s definitely hard going back-to-back,” Cramb said after her Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball team won ...

Photo courtesy of Daniel Webster College Former Daniel Webster and Dartmouth coach Dave Faucher is enjoying life as an assistant with Lebanon, which faces Hollis Brookline in Wednesday's Division II semifinals..

Dave Faucher enjoying another basketball journey

Dave Faucher was a happy guy Monday. Why? Basketball practice at Lebanon High School was set for later in the day. Faucher, the former Daniel Webster College and Dartmouth College men’s basketball coach, is enjoying life as an assistant coach with the odds-on Division II favorite Lebanon boys ...

Staff photo by TOM KING Bishop Guertin's Meghan Donovan, left, and Rachel Marion lead the cheers after the Cards topped Bedford, 52-49, for their second straight Division I title on Saturday at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

Bishop Guertin girls defend D-I title, 52-49

MANCHESTER – Brad Kreick had preached it the entire tournament, probably the entire season. Without defense, there would be no Bishop Guertin glory. “If there was ever a real-life example of what it takes, you saw it today,” Kreick said after his Cardinals escaped with their second ...

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Milford senior Weston Pare elevates to the hoop past John Stark senior Cooper Gorski (31) on Saturday night during the Spartans' 60-41 quarterfinal victory at Milford.

Milford rolls past John Stark for D-II semifinal berth

MILFORD – The Milford Spartans advanced to the Division II boys basketball semifinals following a convincing 60-41 quarterfinal victory over the John Stark Generals on Saturday night. John Stark kept the Spartans in check until midway through the second quarter where key 3-pointers from Ryan ...

Hollis Brookline reaches D-II semifinals with 51-35 win over West

HOLLIS – It’s been 12 years since the Hollis Brookline boys basketball team made the state finals. On Saturday, this year’s iteration of the squad got one step closer to breaking that streak. The No. 4 Cavaliers went on an epic surge between the second and third quarter and never looked ...

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Hollis Brookline's Kali Simonds (4), Haley Modelski (15) and Brodie Kelley (13) make their way off the court as Lebanon celebrates its 44-35 triumph in the Division II championship on Friday night at SNHU.

Lebanon locks down Hollis Brookline for 44-35 victory in D-II final

MANCHESTER – For those who believe defense wins championships, Lebanon provided the blueprint Friday night at Southern New Hampshire University. Points were at a premium in the Division II championship and Hollis Brookline couldn’t generate enough of them in a 44-35 defeat to the ...

Staff photo by TOM KING Bishop Guertin's Rachel Marion (13) tries to flip the ball to the hoop against Bedford's Jenoyce Laniyan (23) and Amanda Jones during the Bulldogs' win at BG in December..

Play it again for BG, Bedford girls hoop teams

MANCHESTER – In many minds, it’s a fitting final. There have been other good high school girls basketball programs around the state in Division I this season, but the focus always seems to have been on No. 1 Bishop Guertin and No. 3 Bedford. The two teams, who met in last year’s title ...

Staff photo by TOM KING Merrimack's Dan McKillop (10) fights Bedford's Nolan Anderson (24), Max Chartier and Connor Crowley (2) for a rebound during Friday night's Divison I quarterfinal in Bedford.

Bedford holds off Merrimack in quarters, 47-41

BEDFORD — Don’t invite the Merrimack High School boys basketball team to any get-togethers, you may have trouble getting the Tomahawks to leave. You see, the ‘Hawks don’t know when to say when. The Bedford Bulldogs couldn’t get them to give up on their season on Friday night in the ...

Spaulding ends Nashua North’s boys hoop season

ROCHESTER – The Spaulding Red Raiders have a date in Durham for Monday’s NHIAA Division I boys basketball semifinals following a convincing 63-45 home win against Nashua North on Friday night. It was a score that did perhaps did not do justice to the energy given by both teams, a ...