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First signs of ski season starting are here

Okay, I now know for a fact I’m the only one thinking that there’s going to be snow on our mountains soon (but not nearly soon enough). I have two incontrovertible pieces of evidence supporting this idea. First, on Aug. 31, while most of us were preparing to paddle, pedal, ...

Nashuan’s Splendid Splinter autographed photo worth roughly $500

Dear Babe: I have an 8-by-10-inch Navy baseball team black-and-white photo that was given to me by my father. The team included Ted Williams. It has three signatures, including Ted’s. My father was given the picture because two of his high school friends were also on the team. There ...

BG’s Vailas gets nod at QB for UNH

DURHAM – University of New Hampshire backup quarterback Andy Vailas was signaling in the next play from the sideline when he suddenly realized he was going to have to run it himself. The sophomore entered the game after starter Sean Goldrich came off the field in the middle of the ...

Nashua’s Gosselin a vital option

During his four years at the Merchant Marine Academy, Nashua’s John-Leon Gosselin has crisscrossed the globe. During the year at sea that is part of the curriculum; he’s had stopovers in Egypt, the Philippines, Italy, Singapore and the South of France. But when it comes to ...

Hamlin vowing to win one for NH troops

CONCORD – Denny Hamlin received his orders from headquarters last week regarding his role in NASCAR’s “Chase Across America” promotional tour. Visiting the Granite State works just fine for him. He’s already planning a celebration for Sept. 23, ...

North coach relishes Reyes’ NFL debut

NASHUA – Students, don’t be too loud in Jason Robie’s classes on Tuesday. That’s because it might take Robie a little bit to get going. The Nashua North head football coach was going to do his best to stay up as late as possible on Monday night to ...

Rivard rolls to City Golf crown

A month after regaining his amateur status, Hudson golfer Chris Rivard has another trophy for his case. Rivard captured the Nashua City Golf Tournament on Sunday, and did it in style, shooting a 3-under 68 at Nashua Country Club. Coupled with his even par 72 on Saturday at Green Meadow, his ...

Rivard holds lead after Day 1 at City Golf Tournament

HUDSON – Chris Rivard, of Hudson, who regained his amateur status in August after six years as a professional, has a first round lead in the Nashua City Golf Tournament. Rivard shot at an even par 72 on Saturday in blustery conditions at Green Meadow’s Jungle Course, with ...

Working car wash after high school paid off for Merrimack reader

Dear Babe: Fresh out of high school, I worked at a car wash just a few miles from the old Boston Garden. Most of the Bruins would get their cars washed and detailed there. I got to know several of the players. Dallas Smith gave me one of his Victoriaville sticks signed by 19 members of the ...

Remember where you started

When my class finished the “90 Day Commit to Get Fit” program at Hampshire Hills, there was some concern amongst us on how participants would be able to stay disciplined without anyone checking up on them. I considered myself lucky because I had you and this column to keep ...

Paddling, pedaling, playing pedestrian in Quebec

Just before or just after Labor Day is prime road trip time for us – the weather’s a little cooler, kids are heading back to school, so many of the spots we like to explore are quieter, but “summer” activities (like kayaking and biking) are still in full ...

Merrimack’s DiStasio walks onto Big 12 roster at TCU

It didn’t take long for Chase DiStasio to realize he couldn’t just be a regular college student. The Merrimack High School graduate, who played multiple sports for the Tomahawks, wasn’t even halfway through his freshman year at Texas Christian University when it ...

’Cats on big stage in Minn.

DURHAM – For Dontra Peters, one of the perks of being moved from running back to cornerback this season was the ability to initiate contact. However, one of the drawbacks of the role reversal is the potential for a one-on-one confrontation with someone like MarQueis Gray, the ...

Strong field for City Golf Tourney

When Ryan Brogan was a student at Bishop Guertin High School a decade ago, the Nashua City Golf Tournament was still a big deal. When Brogan took over leadership of the event last summer he was determined to return it to prominence. He’s well on the way. It doesn’t hurt ...

Nashua’s Beyer made his mark in lengthy coaching career

It was a mild June evening in 1994, one on which history would be made. It wasn’t the history this scribe had expected. Pulling up to the building now known as Nashua High School South, there were a lot of cars in the parking lot. Hey, Board of Education meetings can be that way ...

Schedule gym time into daily routine

Summer comes to an unofficial end this weekend, and while there are plenty people out there who will bemoan that fact, I couldn’t be more grateful. In a normal year, I typically can’t wait for summer to end because fall is my favorite time. Football, cooler – but ...

Local Digest: Track and Field

Granite State Flash represent NH at USATF Junior Olympics Nationals Overlapping with the Olympics in London, the USATF Junior Olympics Track & Field National Championships were held July 23-29 in Baltimore. The Granite State Flash had 13 athletes compete in 16 events over the week, ...

Local Digest: Nashua Senior Softball

Art’s Painting 3, M&N Sports 2 M&N’s Chick Hamel pitched his team into the 7th inning with a 2-1 lead when he was bested by the painter’s offensive comeback. Art’s octogenarian standout, Harold Weisman, combined 2 safeties with an outstretched ...

Nashua’s Pleat keeps state Senior golf crown

NORTH SUTTON – The two top New Hampshire amateur golfers of their generation squared off in a one-hole playoff Wednesday for the NHGA Senior Championship, and Nashua’s Phil Pleat defeated Concord’s Bob Mielcarz to win his second straight title. Pleat, who won in ...

Boston College to tackle young Miami QB

Miami quarterback Stephen Morris resides in the same uncertain place that Boston College signal-caller Chase Rettig inhabited at this time last year. Both dynamic young quarterbacks are looking for a successful new beginning when the Eagles host the Hurricanes in the 2012 season opener ...