High Schools

Manchester Central tips Merrimack for Division I boys basketball title

DURHAM – Merrimack wanted one more shot at undefeated Manchester Central. The third-seeded Tomahawks got exactly what they asked for. For 5 minutes and 11 seconds Saturday afternoon, Merrimack (19-3) made its bid for an upset over the top-seeded Little Green (22-0) in Lundholm ...

Nashua coaching legend John Fagula has one last title shot

John Fagula may have mellowed since his days in Nashua, but the legendary high school girls basketball coach is still the same straight shooter he’s always been. So, when he says it’s going to be a trip down memory lane as he steps onto the court Sunday at Southern New ...

Bedford, Hanover girls retain high school hockey crowns

MANCHESTER – Repeat? Think bigger, as a five-peat and a three-peat were the order of the day in the state high school hockey finals on Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Arena. In the day’s first game, the Hanover High School girls hockey team topped Berlin-Gorham 5-1 to win ...

Souhegan hoping to regain old glory in Division III hockey finals

They have returned to the Promised Land. It’s been a while, but the Souhegan High School boys hockey team will return to the Verizon Wireless Arena ice that the program once owned not too long ago. The Sabers won three straight Division III titles, from 2006-08, and lost in the ...

Merrimack, Manchester Central renewing basketball rivalry

It’s a rivalry renewed when Manchester Central and Merrimack square off in the Division I boys basketball championship game Saturday. The top-seeded Little Green (21-0) and third-seeded Tomahawks (19-2) will clash for the title at noon in Lundholm Gymnasium on the campus of the ...

Unbeaten Bedford brings abrupt end to North’s season

MANCHESTER – Bedford utilized its height advantage by forcing Nashua North to the perimeter early. It paid huge dividends for the Bulldogs, who surpassed their season averages for points-per-game (61.5) and margin-of-victory (30.65), in a 68-31 Division I girls basketball ...

Souhegan back in boys hockey Division III finals

CONCORD – If you’re looking for perfection, the Souhegan High School boys hockey team offered a glimpse of it on Thursday night – and at the perfect time. The No. 2 Sabers (17-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back in a 7-1 Division III semifinal rout ...

Souhegan hockey expects tough semifinal test from Belmont-Gilford

The Souhegan High School boys hockey team has plenty of firepower. They will likely need every ounce of it Thursday. The No. 2, 16-2 Sabers face their stiffest challenge of the season in the 5 p.m. Division III semifinal matchup with third-ranked Belmont-Gilford at Concord’s Everett ...

Despite loss, Milford girls basketball program turns corner

It would be easy to look at the final two minutes of Monday’s Division II semifinal and say that the Milford High School girls basketball team lost it down the stretch. The top-seeded Spartans were outscored 13-6 by No. 4 Merrimack Valley in those final 120 seconds, with the Pride ...

Hanover continues girls hockey march, ices Bishop Guertin

CONCORD – The Hanover High School girls hockey Drive For Five continues. The Cardinals of Bishop Guertin took their best shot at derailing it, but couldn’t quite muster the offense needed, falling 5-0 in the state semifinals on Tuesday night at Everett Arena. Hanover ...

Nashua North aims to end Bedford’s girls basketball run

One month and two days ago Nashua High School North’s girls basketball team was another victim in a string of beatings that currently sits at 20. The Titans have recuperated from their Jan. 10 clobbering, winning five straight after that 65-39 loss to the Bulldogs and going 12-2 the ...

Merrimack tops Trinity for Division I boys basketball semifinal win

DURHAM – Eric Gendron was his usual self, scoring a game-high 24 points and coming up one rebound shy of a double-double with nine. Still, the focus of Monday night’s 58-46 Division I boys basketball semifinal win over Trinity wasn’t on the Tomahawks’ ...

No. 1 Milford falls to Merrimack Valley, 51-43

MANCHESTER – The trip to the championship game will have to wait another year for the Milford High School girls basketball team. Poised to make its first title game since 1981, No. 1 Milford fell to No. 4 Merrimack Valley 51-43 in the Division II semifinals Monday at Southern New ...

One more look: Championship Cougars

If one could have preserved the long locker room corridor in the basement of the Icenter in the final hour of Saturday night, you would have corralled the emotions of the Division I state tournament. On one end, you had the disappointment of Salem High School coach Mark McGinn, talking to a ...

Sudden heartbreak twice in quarterfinals for Merrimack hockey team

DOVER – The Merrimack High School boys hockey team had Saturday’s Division II quarterfinal against Dover won twice. But a bounce here and a bounce there, and instead of moving on to the final four for the third time in four years, the No. 7 Tomahawks saw their season come ...

North hockey battles but falls 5-4 to St. Thomas in OT

DOVER – There was no strategy or special play that was going to help the Nashua High School North boys hockey team after the first period of Saturday’s Division I quarterfinal against St. Thomas. Down 3-0 after 15 minutes – and 4-0 early in the second – ...

North girls make short work of Dover in 76-37 win

NASHUA – The Nashua High School North girls basketball team cruised by Dover 76-37 Saturday night, advancing to a Division I semifinal meeting with Bedford. “I’ve been here 10 years, and it’s our first final four appearance,” North coach Ricky ...

BG girls fall to Pinkerton in quarterfinal thriller

NASHUA – The Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball team has played 20 games since December, but its whole season came down to one possession. The Cardinals had two opportunities at tying the game in the final seconds but couldn’t get a shot off as they fell to ...