High Schools

Cougars, Huskies ready for title game rematch at UNH

LITCHFIELD – Let's flashback to a year ago on a chilly Saturday morning at the University of New Hampshire. You had two unbeaten teams getting ready to battle it out for the Division III football championship at Wildcat Stadium. One, Mondadnock Regional, you would have been amazed they made ...

Alvirne QB Gora wrestling with greatness

HUDSON — The Alvirne High School football team heads into uncharted territory Saturday, its first-ever championship game. Don’t expect the Broncos sophomore quarterback to be swept up in the magnitude of the moment when Alvirne and Plymouth collide (2:30 p.m.) at UNH’s Wildcat ...

Alvirne football’s QB, receivers relish shot at Division II title

HUDSON – The Alvirne High School passing game has to drive opposing coaches crazy. Film study? Tendencies? Forget it. Quarterback Kyle Gora has four devastating targets, and he’s not shy about using them. It is the defense’s job to figure out which one. And so far in the run to the ...

Campbell’s Costello made the right turn into coaching

LITCHFIELD --- Glen Costello was feeling like something was missing during his senior year in college. He had played football at Alvirne High School, but there was no longer football at UMass-Lowell, where he was going to graduate from in a few months. The Hudson native was driving by Alvirne ...

Rubino sets the tone for Campbell football

LITCHFIELD – Forgive Campbell High School senior Jason Rubino if he seems a bit distracted this week. You see he knows now for certain that Saturday's Division III title game between the Cougars and Monadnock at the University of New Hampshire will be the last high school football game he ...

Alvirne, Campbell prepare for football finals at UNH on Saturdaya

It’s New Hampshire high school football’s Championship Week, and the area has, for the first time since 2010, two teams competing on the final day. Who cares that they’ll be underdogs? But in reality, that’s what the Alvirne High School Broncos in Division II and the Campbell ...

Slow start hinders Tomahawks in 30-8 semis loss

BEDFORD – The theory that it's not a good idea to fall behind a top rated, heavily favored high school football team by three touchdowns in the first half was proven true again on Saturday. That type of slow start doomed the Merrimack High School Tomahawks as they trailed 14-0 after one ...

Alvirne rallies to reach Division II football finals

PORTSMOUTH – Needing 53 yards in 62 seconds with no timeouts left and a trip to the Division II state championship game hanging in the balance, the Alvirne High School offense made the unthinkable look easy. And why not? These crazed, cardiac kids from Hudson just don’t flinch, even in ...

Milford’s Guarniere heads All-State volleyball locals

They didn't win a title, but one of their players did. The Milford High School girls volleyball team fell to Gilford in the Division II title match last weekend, but on Friday Spartan libero Julia Guarniere was named the Division II Player of the Year as the New Hampshire Volleyball Coaches ...

Campbell back in Division III football finals to defend crown

MANCHESTER – On paper, Conor Sweeney is 2 inches smaller and 45 pounds lighter than Campbell High School bell-cow back Keegan Mills. On Saturday at Gill Stadium, Sweeney looked like a mirror image of his fellow junior teammate during the second half of the No. 2 Cougars’ 8-0 Division III ...

Souhegan football eliminated in semifinals

PLYMOUTH – It was certainly understandable for the fans in attendance at the Division II football semifinal playoff contest between Plymouth and Souhegan at Plymouth High on Saturday to begin thinking about what they might do with their next few hours – instead of watching football – when ...

Alvirne football’s Alex Giuffrida personifies Broncos’ toughness

HUDSON – On an Alvirne High School football roster riddled with character-laden tone-setters, Alex Giuffrida might resound the loudest. “I think it’s a grinding team, there’s no quit in us. There’s a fight in them,” said coach Tarek Rothe of his Broncos, who play at Portsmouth vs. ...

Tomahawks set to head to Bedford for semis

MERRIMACK – When the first meeting between the Merrimack and Bedford High School football teams ended a couple of weeks ago, Merrimack coach Kip Jackson took a picture of the scoreboard. It read Bedford 56, Merrimack 14. Not a pretty sight. “They beat us pretty much in every aspect,” ...

Merrimack’s Wood brothers help boost Tomahawks

MERRIMACK – There seems to be a lot of brotherly love at Merrimack High School when it comes to football. The last couple of years, there were Joe and Ben Eichman, and then Joe moved on to the University of New Hampshire. This year? Introducing Tristan and Devin Wood, who have played great ...

Campbell poised to protect its Division III crown

Potentially the worst-kept secret in New Hampshire football this fall has been Campbell High’s quest to repeat as state champion. Sure, there were massive hits in key spots by graduation, and the opposition in Division III clearly took an upgrade in the offseason divisional reshuffle. But ...

Eichman’s OT TD propels Merrimack to semis

MERRIMACK – Ben Eichman strikes again. It certainly was tough footing throughout Saturday's Division I quarterfinal at Merrimack High School's Student Memorial Mudbowl, but the Tomahawk senior was able to break through for a 4-yard TD run in overtime to snap a scoreless tie and send the ...

Alvirne defeats Milford in DIvision II football playoffs

HUDSON – As good as the Alvirne-Milford regular-season finale was nine days ago, the encore might have been better. Especially if you’re coming from the Alvirne sideline. The Broncos put together four superb quarters of football Sunday night and made history, posting the school’s first ...

Milford girls soccer falls just short in Division II finals

NASHUA – One post and one crossbar. As if the concept of settling a state championship on penalty kicks wasn’t inherently cruel enough, Milford High’s anguish was taken a step further Sunday afternoon here at Stellos Stadium. The difference between the Division champ and runner-up ...

It’s championship weekend for a few local teams

The road is reaching an end this weekend for local tournament teams. Will there be a pot of gold waiting for them? Four local teams are vying for state titles in volleyball and soccer, while area cross country teams and individual runners will be competing in the next leg of the post season, ...