All the key sports dates you need to plan your May
The horrendous month of April, with its awful rain and cold, is almost gone.
Let’s be optimistic in welcoming in May. To get you in the mood of May flowers, here are some key local, regional and national dates. We may miss a few, but at a any rate, feel free to clip and save:
THURSDAY, MAY 2
It’s the Battle of the Bridge in full swing with a Nashua North-South girls-boys lacrosse doubleheader at Stellos Stadium. Girls at 5 p.m., boys at 7. The lacrosse community will be out in full force.
FRIDAY, MAY 3
More Battle of the Bridge – it will be the rematch of Nashua North-South baseball, this one the big prime time game at Holman Stadium at 7. The Titans will be looking to avenge last week’s 15-3 loss to the Panthers. This is always a big event with the local middle schools there, JV game prior to, and other pre-game festivitities.
SATURDAY, MAY 4
Can you hear the trumpets sound while the horses are in the starting gate? It will be the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, with post time slated for 6:50 p.m. (is this getting later and later every year?). Omaha Beach and Roadster are the co-favs at 7-2 odds at last look.
TUESDAY, MAY 7
Softball/Track Day – Nashua North at Nashua South at 5 p.m. (softball) as part of the BB, and the track teams start a little earlier.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
This is the date marked off for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Bruins and Blue Jackets at TD Garden. Will it go that far? We say no, B’s in six. But, as they say, save the date. The Bruins won’t have a better chance to win the Cup (or at least make the finals) with the field that remains than this.
FRIDAY, MAY 10
For high school tennis fans, this is an interesting day, with the rematch of last year’s Division I girls finals between Bedford and Bishop Guertin, at BG’s courts. Both will likely be unbeaten and remember, the Cards are shorthanded all season without injured No. 1 Claire Reynolds.
SATURDAY, MAY 11
There’s a baseball tripleheader at Holman but the only local matchup is Nashua South vs. Bishop Guertin at 7. Should be a good take.
MONDAY, MAY 13
A potential Game 7 between the Bucks and Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. We say it will be played. Of course Paul Pierce has already told you who is winning this series, right?
THURS-SUNDAY MAY 16-19
None other than golf’s PGA Championship at Bethpage. Remeber, golf fans, the PGA Tour moved this from August to now to get out of the shadow of other summer fun and give the month of May a major. For those still salivating from the Tiger Masters win, it could draw big TV ratings.
SATURDAY, MAY 18
Again, the horses are in the starting gate for the second leg of the Triple Crown, the 148th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore. Interestingly enough, there seems to be some question as to where the race will be run in 2020.
MON-TUES MAY 20-21
These are the first scheduled outdoor OTA practices for the New England Patriots. Closed to the public of course, but the media usually gets to get a peek at one of the days. It’s likely Tom Brady won’t be there but recent QB draft pick Jarrett Stidhelm out of Auburn will be under the microscope. Also on Monday night, the North-South girls-boys lax doubleheader Part II at Stellos.
FRI-SAT MAY 24-25
High School outdoor track title time. Note, track fans, all the division meets are at the University of New Hampshire this year, Division I on Friday and II-III on Saturday.
MONDAY, MAY 27
Yes, it’s Memorial Day, a holiday for most, unless you play for the Nashua Silver Knights. It’s reporting day for the players at Holman Stadium.
TUESDAY, MAY 28
Tennis anyone? The Divsion II boys finals are in Bedford, and you wonder if it will be a rematch of last year’s Souhegan-Hollis Brookline battle won by the Sabers. The Cavs are this year’s favorites.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29
Busy, busy day/night. First, it’s none other than the long-awaited Nashua Silver Knights season opener, albeit on a Wednesday instead of a Friday. So much has happened in the off-season we can’t really get into it all, but just know Chris English’s Brockton Rox are coming to town for a 6:45 p.m. start.
Also, this is the start of the NHIAA softball and girls lacrosse tournaments, as well as the day of the girls team tennis finals for Division I at SNHU.
THURSDAY, MAY 30
NHIAA baseball/boys lacrosse tournaments have their first rounds today, and the Red Sox begin a four-game series in the Bronx that night. Question is, will both teams be above.500 then?
Farewell, washout of an April. Don’t come back anytime soon.
Tom King may be reached at 594-1251,firstname.lastname@example.org, or@Telegraph _TomK.