Local Sports Columnists

What if Braves had stayed in Boston?

As Tom Yawkey – the myth and the man – wanders back into the news, it is worth reconsidering the great what-if in Boston baseball history: What if the Braves had stayed? In the narrow scope of baseball, this question opens doors like few others. It is impossible for New England fans not to ...

Former Eagles have landed

Here’s a few tids and bits to munch on as we head down the home stretch of summer, beginning with, of all things, a solar eclipse. In fact, boys and girls soccer as well as golf start this week. Can you believe it? First, a couple of former Eagles have landed, and that’s good news. ...

Beliveau back where he belongs at Souhegan

He mills around on the year-old field turf at Saber Stadium during practice, smiling most of the time. We won’t mince words here. Mike Beliveau is back where he belongs – coaching football at Souhegan High School. He doesn’t hide it. He’s thrilled. Beliveau left the program some five ...

Titans are the toast of the pro level

Here’s a few local and regional tids and bits for you to munch on after following the Nashua Silver Knights all around New England for the better part of seven days: This is a special time for Nashua High School North, isn’t it? Is there another school right now that can say it has two ...

Electric Holman atmosphere for Silver Knights

Electric. Once again, on a summer night, Holman Stadium was the place to be. There have been some great moments in this place; we’ve gone over a few of them here in this space many times. Even this summer, the Team USA-Japan game was something anyone who attended will never forget. Tough to ...

FCBL Finals fun end to a longer journey than you think

Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett sat in his Holman office about 90 minutes prior to the start of Saturday’s Game 2 of the Futures Collegiate League Finals with Worcester. He had a big grin on his face. “No more bus rides,” he said. This was an FCBL title well-earned for the ...

Advantage Neverett over good friend Pyne

They talk or text just about every day. So you know that Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett and his Worcester Bravehearts counterpart J.P. Pyne were in touch coming back from their respective semifinal victories on Thursday night. In fact, the Braveheart and Holy Cross brass had the ...

The FCBL’s best are at it again

Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett is never at a loss for words. It’s now his team and old friend J.P.Pyne’s Worcester Bravehearts in a rematch of last year’s Futures League Finals, the last two teams to get into the playoffs. “The league,” he said, “is going to hate all of ...

How safe are NH high school athletes? Survey says…

he sun was beating down on the Nashua High School North football practice field on Wednesday morning, and an assistant coach was right on top of things. “You guys have been working hard, really hard,” he said. “Drink plenty of water, lots of water.” One exit down the Everett Turnpike, ...

Silver Knights, Nashua fans, feel at home in Pittsfield

Welcome to Wahconah Park, located a stone’s throw from downtown Pittsfield in the heart of the Berkshires. On Tuesday night it was the sight of the best Nashua Silver Knights victory of the year, 5-2 over the Pittsfield Suns in the one-game first-round of the FCBL Playoffs. Wahconah tries to ...

Some Silver thoughts as another playoff week begins

Are you ready for another Nashua Silver Knight playoff ride? You never know how long it can last. A year ago Monday the team began a remarkable six-day stretch as a third seed that ended with a surprising two-game sweep of the Worcester Bravehearts in the Futures Collegiate League ...

An FCBL farewell hopefully to Leary Field

Leary Field. Ugh. “Back to the scene of the crime,” Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said, referring to last year’s exciting semifinal series won by the Knights with two wins in Portsmouth. “We stole one there.” According to the Portsmouth Herald, Sunday’s twinbill was it for ...

Dump the Derby please, FCBL

Down with the Derby. To no one’s surprise that’s the feeling in Nashua Silver Knights circles these days. The team had successfully avoided the Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s version of a hockey shootout all summer until Wednesday at Martha’s Vineyard, when a 10-10 tie after 10 ...

Shrine Game needs some changes

Civility demands the following disclaimer: None of this is meant to demean the players or coaches who participated in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. They earned their spots in the game and they should all be proud of their efforts, both on the field and for promoting a great cause. Still, we ...

Happy birthday, Tom Brady … any gray hair yet?

For those of us who stand well north of 40, we offer Tom Brady happy birthday wishes – punctuated with a snarl. His life has long been the stuff of middle-agers’ daydreams. Now he has rounded the corner to the realities of graying (or disappearing) hair and expanding waistlines. Well, ...

Silver Knights love not gone yet

The love is far from gone, Nashua Silver Knights fans. We predict the local nine will not succumb to the problems that have plagued it on the field all summer. They will survive the tests that the Futures Collegiate Baseball League will throw at them the next six days and live to play in the ...

Red Sox quietly improved with trades

Deadline day came and went on Monday with a flurry of action before the 4 p.m. horn. It’s a time when each MLB franchise is forced to evaluate its assets – from Low-A to the big leagues – and make moves deemed to be in the best interest of the team’s future before evening strikes on ...

Revenue nudged Selig into Hall of Fame

Let it be noted that baseball writers vote only for players on their Hall of Fame ballots. Off-field inductees, like former commissioner Bud Selig, are eligible to be chosen by the Today’s Era Committee, a nebulous sounding group which selected Selig mainly because he put more money in ...

Footballs CTE crisis echoes louder each year

It is becoming an annual rite of passage into football training camps: “A report from (fill in the researchers) says that the number and severity of head injuries caused from football remains at a (worrisome, staggering, catastrophic) level.” This week’s report cited the findings of ...

Nashua AD Lisa Gingras gains national status

Here are a few tids and bits for you to chew on as we are a little more than halfway through summer (by school-year standards). (Why doesn’t winter move this quickly?) Congrats to Nashua Athletic Director Lisa Gingras. She was recently recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic ...