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Local Sports Columnists

Riv’s time to compete and contend in GNAC may be coming

Here's a few local and regional tids and bits as we begin the First Day of School in Nashua and wonder why the heck kids have to go back to class before Labor Day: First, Rivier University student athletes arrived on campus last Wednesday, and were certainly greeted by an incredible gift – ...

Patriots trying their best to find a reason for the preseason

Never a dull moment around the New England Patriots, even in the preseason, right? Before Thursday night's 10-3 meaningless practice game win over Carolina at Gillette Stadium, there was the breaking news of Patrick Chung's cocaine related indictment which took place right here in the Granite ...

Hector Longo column: Who cares if Timmy misses school? He hits dingers

It is bad enough when ESPN takes some heartbroken 12-year-old at the Little League World Series and broadcasts his tears worldwide in HD. Ratings baby, right? But the powers-that-be in Bristol and whoever is behind this event (could the NCAA somehow be behind this) have gone too far. Look at ...

Red Sox’ sloppiness has bottomed out

Admit it – despite August’s pratfall, you still harbored a fainter-than-faint notion, deep in the back of your noggin, that the Red Sox could go on a six-week tear and roll through the playoffs. It’s OK; your mind works in mysterious ways. And you weren’t alone. Well, the mystery is ...

Sometimes, sports really suck. And not for the obvious wrong reasons, like an over-boisterous fan, zealous parents or a coach who does not get it. After 30 years in this business, I get all those and simply move past them. I just can’t overcome Trey Johnson. A trip to Amherst and Saber ...

Patriots have the potential to get younger, but better?

Here's a few takeaways from Saturday night's New England Patriots 22-17 preseason snoozer over the Tennessee Titans, while wondering what Bill Belichick ate before the game to put him in a less than cheerful mood: ------We can't remember a preseason when the Patriots played so many rookies who ...

Excitement galore as high school football is back

Curtis Harris couldn't wait. He had a sleepover Thursday night with Nashua High School North football teammate Colby Marshall and told his buddy when he woke up Friday morning, “It's time to play football, let's go.” Nashua South's Kyle O'Connor felt the same way. He set his alarm for 7 ...

Suddenly, it’s crunch time for Nashua girls hoop programs

Let's put things in perspective. Brad Kreick took over the Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball program back in May of 2015. When his Cardinals face Nashua South this winter, he'll be coaching against his fourth Panther counterpart during that time. That is a problem. Kreick has put ...

Hey, Gronk – hurry up and make a call

Rob Gronkowski’s handlers issued a press release this week touting a New York press conference Aug. 27 to “unveil his next chapter.” Good ol’ Gronk doesn’t simply announce his life’s pursuits, he “unveils” them. Actually, it would be great for Gronkowski to simply go about ...

Plenty of interesting sights and sounds at Pats camp

Today is the final day, fans, when you can zip down to Foxborough and see your favorite NFL football team in training camp practice. It seems like you've been robbed a bit from being able to see your New England Patriots this summer. They were gone all last week in Detroit and had this past ...

Silver Knights far removed from glory of last title

What were you doing two years ago tonight? If you're a die-hard Nashua Silver Knights fan, you know exactly. You were at a packed Holman Stadium, watching your fav summer baseball team win its second straight Futures Collegiate Baseball League championship. Now the work to be able to do that ...

These eyes were stuck on Patriots rookie QB Stidham

Well? What's your take from Thursday night's New England Patriots preseason blowout of the Detroit Lions? We've all had some time now to dissect and bisect the 31-3 game, which means absolutely nothing except we got to see perhaps some players down the Patriots depth chart. Here's one ...

Hard lesson learned by Nashua Senior Legion team

It was a gorgeous Thursday at Worcester's Fitton Field, the diamond totally sun-splashed. Beyond the baseball facility, the Holy Cross College football team was out on the field inside Fitton Football Stadium, just stretching and running, nothing major. But the Nashua Legion Post 124 Senior ...

To the delight of sports yapmeisters everywhere within listening distance, the molehills are reaching for the stars. The Mount Everest of the moment concerns Tom Brady, which is hardly stunning. If Brady’s heart skips a beat, the ensuing blizzard of news bulletins will inspire speculation ...

Law’s induction a symbol of Patriots things to come

The New England Patriots are in Allen Park, Mich. this week for joint practices with the Detroit Lions leading up to Thursday night's preseason opener in Detroit. But a good chunk of the organization's spirit is in Canton. If you caught former Patriot Ty Law's induction Saturday night in to ...

Suddenly, Nashua the place for summer baseball success

It's the first full week of August, and locally, baseball is the sport locally still on a lot of people's minds. And that's a good thing. This is always a big week for fans of the Nashua Silver Knights. They hope that their playoff season will last longer than last year's one night in ...

Sale, Sox have enough problems without lousy umpiring

No one on any ball field is less noticed than a competent home plate umpire. No one on any ball field is more reviled than an incompetent plate umpire. Which brings us to Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium and veteran ump Mike Estabrook, whose strike zone was a floating mystery, never ...

It was a pretty good week for a few local athletes

Congrats are in order to two superb female local athletes, former Souhegan baseball player Beth Greenwood and current Bishop Guertin girls basketball standout Hannah Muchemore. First Greenwood: This week she was named to USA Baseball's 34-player 2019 Women's National Team Development Program, ...

The Nashua Legion culture changed for the better

There likely won't be any practices for the newly crowned state Senior American Legion state champions from Nashua Post 124 in preparation for their New England Regionals competition later next week. Well-deserved break? Maybe a couple of strategy sessions? Heck no. They've got a ...

His skills could have produced millions

Not once in my life have I ever truly felt wronged by this world. And then the news broke this week. Kyle Giersdorf, 16, wins the world fortnite championship, a video game/esports bonanza worth $3 million. Now look, I don’t know Kyle, never met him or interacted on social media with the ...