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Merrimack duo helps lead RPI

What are the chances of two college basketball players from the same New Hampshire town playing in the same starting lineup at a school in New York? They are pretty good when the school is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. The history of recent local standouts at RPI is a long ...

Conquering Mount Greylock

It was nine below zero as I drove through North Adams, Mass., four below when I parked my car at Greylock Glen, just west of Adams and met my new friends from Pittsfield, “Sweep” Voll and Steve McDermott. Perfect weather for climbing the highest mountain in Massachusetts, ...

Weight-based victimization is nothing new

If what I remember of my childhood is correct, I was a chubby kid. I was active and played sports, but I was still on the portly side, enough so that I occasionally got teased by other kids during my elementary school years. But I got lucky. When I reached junior high, I went through what ...

Merrimack reader’s postcards are an interesting find

Dear Babe: While cleaning out my grandparent’s house, I came across some old black and white post cards with a variety of players such as Lefty Gomez, Joe DiMaggio, Red Ruffing, Lou Gehrig and Dizzy Dean. They are not written on. I would say they are in great condition. On the back, ...

In a clash of two of hockey’s finest, No. 2 BC beats No. 4 UNH

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Kevin Goumas scored his ninth goal of the season, but the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team fell at No. 2 Boston College 5-2 Friday night in Hockey East action at Conte Forum. UNH is 13-4-2, with an 8-3-1 mark in Hockey East. ...

’Cats on prowl vs. BC

DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire hockey team has struggled with Boston College in recent years. The Wildcats have won only one of the last 11 meetings between the Hockey East rivals. They’ve lost five in a row, including a three-game sweep last season, and ...

Time off has Wojtas’ game on mark again

You never know how much you’ll miss something until it’s taken away, and in the case of basketball for Amherst’s Christian Wojtas last winter, it was taken away voluntarily. After years of playing basketball 12 months a year and just months after helping Souhegan ...

Reyes reacts to loss of SD coach, GM

Here are a few items of local interest as we begin the long, cold, winter, looking forward to the Houston Texans’ return to Foxborough next Sunday: Coaches get fired right and left in pro and college sports, but we often ignore the human element involved and just think about how it ...

Wildcats claw out 5-2 win over RPI

DURHAM – The new year got off to a slow start for the University of New Hamsphire's mens hockey team against Rensselaer Saturday night.Well, at least the first period that is. After that, things went just fine as the Wildcats overcame a slow start to cruise to a 5-2 victory over the ...

Why ring in the new year with booze when running’s an option

One of the best New Year’s cartoons I’ve seen depicted a man lying in bed, the blankets pulled up to his weary eyes, and a party hat on his head. The man was looking at a calendar on the wall that read Jan. 2. A bubble over his head revealed his thoughts – ...

Elgin Baylor autograph not worth paper it’s signed on

Dear Babe: My wife has an autograph from Elgin Baylor on a note pad. She grew up in Downey and attended many Lakers games as a kid. It’s not personalized – just an autograph on a piece of paper. – Jim Thompson, Redding, Calif. When it comes to the major ...

Cross country-skiing weather finally here

I don’t know about you, but last year’s non-winter left me craving some cross country skiing action. Yes, there was enough snow at alpine ski areas for some decent turns (at least until the mid-March meltdown), and the mountains were still there to climb. We even had some ...

Former Hollis Brookline hoop star in college learning process

There were some things Katie Stopera probably expected when she signed up to play college basketball at Southern Connecticut State. She knew the players would be bigger and the pace of play would be faster. What the freshman from Hollis has learned is how much stronger the players are and how ...

Reyes tops list of 2012’s 10 biggest local sports stories

Every year the point gets proven over and over again: Never a dull moment in the Nashua area sports world. Coaches come, coaches go. Champions get crowned. Would-be champions lose heartbreakers. Athletes try to, and usually are successful, at bettering themselves. Administrators make ...

Santa’s helping kick winter into gear

My Christmas was great, thanks for asking. How was yours? Lots of family stuff? Yup, me, too. Good people, warm feelings, too much tasty food and good wine. Ho, ho, ho – but I’m glad it’s about over. It’s time to get back outdoors, get a little exercise ...

Forget resolutions, just set goals for 2013

It’s been an interesting holiday season over here, to say the least. But before we get into that, let’s look back first. For those who don’t know, I got married a little more than two months ago, and about a month before that, life got hectic. Time became scarce ...

Year’s final hunt is motivation for new year

One can only ponder over the speed with which another year ages and slips away as the new year steps up to replace it’s predecessor. There was time to get in one more upland hunt before the curtail fell on another season and possibly add one more grouse to the freezer for a later ...

Dreams of snow for Nordic skiing

I’ve been writing this Active Outdoors column weekly for almost eight years, and a ski column every week, all winter long, since 1992. Looking back on past Decembers, I can tell you that, however much we want them, great natural snow conditions are pretty rare. Even early January can ...

Don’t be ashamed to pass on party leftovers

One of my favorite parts of Christmas when I was a kid was getting chocolate in my stocking. With all of the commotion of exchanging gifts and getting ready to visit with family and friends, it became a challenge to try to sneak a few pieces here and there, you know, when I wasn’t ...

Morgan keeps getting better at WPI

Like all of her teammates on the women’s basketball team, Worcester Polytechnic Institute junior Kelly Morgan has an intense academic load. The Hollis Brookline High School graduate is an engineering management major, with minors in biomedical and industrial engineering. But as busy ...