Local Sports Columnists

Giving thanks for great Nashua area football coaches

So, in our first year of picking high school football games here for The Telegraph, the Big Fella turns in a solid, if not thoroughly unspectacular 58-22 mark, a .725 win percentage, which sinks below the Brees Line – as in Drew Brees’ current record-setting completion rate (.769) with the ...

Alvirne’s ‘Bill Mak” answers call to NHIAA’s Hall

It was a special weekend for Alvirne High School, with its football team finally in a state championship game, even though the Broncos came out on the short end. But that’s not the whole story. It continued on Sunday when, in Concord, longtime game official, assigner and Alvirne athletic ...

Some better picks will cure the Bye Week Blues

The Bye Week Blues. Got 'em? New England Patriots fans must after last week's Torture in Tennessee. But the players probably couldn't get away from Foxborough and Gillette Stadium fast enough. They have today and Sunday off and then it's back to work. “I just think the morale changes,” ...

Mookie Betts a Red Sox lifer? Don’t bet on it

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, seeking some sort of guidance on a few questions. … Will Mookie Betts play his entire career with the Red Sox? Weighing modern trends, the safe (if not wise) bet is to say no. Indeed, it’s absurd for anyone to predict that any ...

Campbell, Alvirne corner the local football market

Where is the high school football capital of the area? Nashua, right, where there are three schools? Merrimack? The Souhegan Valley? Nope. Head across the Merrimack river to the outlying towns of Hudson and Litchfield. At least that's the way it is this year,and who knows, it could be for a ...

Reaching championship football games gets tougher every year

Merrimack High School Kip Jackson was understandably emotional. In fact, for a moment after Saturday’s 30-8 loss to Bedford in the Division I semifinals, he was at a loss for words, fought back tears, and had to compose himself. “I’ve been doing this for 21 years,” he said, “and ...

Vrabel could give Titans a chance vs. Patriots

Let's go back in time, to the NFL off-season of 2001. The Patriots signed a former Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker named Mike Vrabel as a free agent, and there wasn't much fanfare with the move. The team, after a horrible 5-11 first season under Bill Belichick, was doing everything it could to ...

Nine months later, Belichick benching Butler remains Super blunder

Subplots litter many Patriots games. How could they not with Bill Belichick coaching, Tom Brady quarterbacking and former Patriots scattered across the NFL? The Pats will face the Tennessee Titans this afternoon and most of the chatter has focused on Mike Vrabel, three-ring Super Bowl hero ...

Football Feast: Big fella’s picks bring curse in reverse

I have to admit it. Alvirne High football coach Tarek Rothe pleaded Thursday afternoon. “Feel free to pick St. Thomas,” he told this reporter. I have to admit it. Alvirne High football coach Tarek Rothe pleaded Thursday afternoon. “Feel free to pick St. Thomas,” he told this ...

Brady vs. Rodgers brings football back into the spotlight

Everything else has been cleared aside. The baseball season, glorious for Red Sox fans, is over. Locally, all the high school sports tournaments are over, except for one – football. Yes, and even on the local pro level, football is back to taking center stage, as it did with Sunday ...

The Sunday Night double QB treat will be worth it

Great QBs squared. You've heard or read that story line the entire week, as we are treated to a matchup at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night between two of the NFL's top three quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. But really, you should savor this. Gillette was robbed of this ...

Red Sox best ever? Mull it over for awhile

Once the confetti settled on the streets of Boston and David Price announced his intention to stay put, discussion seamlessly shifted to the 2018 Red Sox standing in franchise, not to mention baseball or even world history. It is impossible to veer past the reality that this Red Sox team ...

Tim Neverett offers his memories of World Series triumph

The World Series experience is over for this year but Major League teams, including the Red Sox, are already working on the business of the 2019 season. Team and player options have been exercised or declined this week and qualifying offers were extended. Agents and teams are strategizing on ...

Great day for Red Sox, but baseball’s problems linger

Today is a day to celebrate the World Champs, duck boats and all. Allow me to bring us all back down to reality. The Red Sox World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers drove home two major points. First, baseball has to be faster. Check the ratings, outside of Boston or LA. Dreadful. ...

Sad to see the Suaza Soccer Era end at South

Here's a few tids and bits as we continue along the tourney trail and rejoice in a Nashua North-Merrimack football rematch: Sad to see it end. The Nashua High School girls soccer program, its fans, and casual observers will realize a year from now what they're going to be missing after ...

It won’t be very eventful Pats shuffle off to Buffalo

Miracles sometimes do happen in the National Football League. In September, maybe early October. Once we approach Halloween, no chance. That's why ESPN must be cringing that the Buffalo Bills have regressed so much since the end of last season that their game hosting New England on Monday ...

Game 3 a long, frustrating affair for Red Sox

LOS ANGELES – As we head to Game 5 of the World Series tonight at Dodger Stadium one can only wonder if we would have had a game tonight at all and plans for the parade were being carried out. Friday night’s result guaranteed a longer series than some expected. The drama-filled contest that ...

Friday Football Feast: Time to reconsider a team or two

So the statistical wizards on my personal staff went to work after watching me throw a perfectly good season of picks away with a 3-4 Week 8. They tell me, I am now 45-2 in games that don’t involve Merrimack and Alvirne and 2-14 in games with them. How does a 30-year veteran of high ...

Hollis Brookline volleyball seniors have eye on grand finale

You see all the whopping numbers – Maddie Norris and her 758 career kills, Kyra Belden’s 1,000-plus career assists and Liz Atkinson ringing up 500 kills of her own. All the victories, including an active streak at 51 heading into this week’s Division I state playoffs. For the seven ...

North vs. Merrimack: Play it again, please

Nashua North vs. Merrimack. We want more. Maybe we'll get lucky and on the first Saturday in November, the day for the Division I high school football quarterfinals, it'll happen. Or maybe in the semis? It more or less looks like the chances are 50-50, depending on this Friday's ...