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Crampton a fast learner in Tomahawks’ QB plan

High Schools

MERRIMACK – Kyle Crampton was a happy junior varsity quarterback. He was learning his craft. As a sophomore, knowing that Merrimack's James Dowling is in his last year as the Tomahawks signal caller as a senior, he pointed to his junior year. That would be his time. “Junior year, I was ...

Alvirne football’s Kyle Boucher isn’t about to let up now

High Schools

HUDSON – In an offense like Alvirne High has, so run-oriented with so many diverse weapons, receivers are often asked to sacrifice or block or just wait their turn. When Kyle Boucher’s number got called on Saturday at Milford, the senior played it like it was the final football game of ...

Celtics stop Wizards for ninth straight win

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – Kemba Walker scored 25 points and the Celtics overcame 44 points from Bradley Beal to beat the Washington Wizards 140-133 on Wednesday night, Boston’s ninth straight victory. Jayson Tatum bounced back from a historically bad shooting night with 23 points, Jaylen Brown scored ...

There is sign stealing in baseball? Aw, come on

Local Sports Columnists

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow needs to watch more TV. Specifically, he needs to pay attention to any of the cop shows, particularly the parts when the suspects are advised of their right to remain silent lest they say something really stupid that makes them look guilty as ...

Cougars once again have what it takes for a title win

High Schools

They stood out in the cold on Sunday night at Laconia's Bank of New Hampshire Stadium the same as they were in 2018 at Southern New Hampshire University – champions. Really, what common theme ties the 2019 and 2018 Division III Campbell High School boys soccer champions together? Perhaps ...

Longo: Red Sox need Pedroia’s leadership

Local Sports Columnists

The news has some folks cringing in these parts. At the Arizona baseball meetings this week, new Boston Red Sox CBO Chaim Bloom announced that second baseman Dustin Pedroia, “is feeling good and intending on playing,” according to the Associated Press. I’m all for it. If ever a ...

Patriots set to get back to work with interesting stretch

Boston sports

Vacation is over, and it's back to work for the New England Patriots. It's bye-bye to the bye, and now they have seven games remaining in the 2019 regular season, perhaps only a handful of them expected to be competitive. Here's what we know about these Patriots: A, their defense is still, ...

Kemba Walker leads Celtics to eighth straight win

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – Kemba Walker made a trio of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 29 points, Jaylen Brown added 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Boston beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-106 Monday night in the Celtics’ first game since Gordon Hayward had surgery on his broken left ...

Campbell boys soccer battled its way to title defense

High Schools

LACONIA - It took every last bit of effort, desire, and intestinal fortitude it could muster for the Campbell boys' soccer squad to repeat as Division III champion at Laconia High on Sunday night. But it all paid off. It took a full 80 minutes of regulation time and then nearly 18 more of ...

Campbell boys soccer still No. 1

High Schools

LACONIA – Despite the fact that the Campbell boys soccer squad had gone undefeated right up to its Division III title game battle with Mascenic in Laconia on Sunday night, there was absolutely no reason to believe that the Cougars would be able to simply coast to their second consecutive ...

Merrimack wins the playoff rematch with North, 26-7

High Schools

NASHUA – Two weeks and a one major injury can make quite a difference. The general concensus was that Saturday's Division I quarterfinal between Nashua High School North and Merrimack wouldn't follow the same script as the Titans' 31-19 win two weeks ago. No, not with North missing ...

High school football: Area teams maintain championship hopes

High Schools

And then there were three. That’s all that remains of the eight Division I, II and III local football teams that competed in the playoff quarterfinals on Saturday. Will any last beyond the next semifinal round en route to the finals at the University of New Hampshire on Nov. 24? It ...

North’s Curtis Harris frustrated on sidelines with injury

High Schools

He wore the top half of his jersey, No. 21. He had the same calm demeanor on the sidelines that he has during games. But you have to know inside, Nashua High School North football standout Curtis Harris was dying, watching his team fall to Merrimack in the Division I quarterfinals Saturday ...

Flyers slip past Bruins in Garden shootout

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – Joel Farabee scored in the shootout to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday night. Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist, and Phillipe Myers also scored in regulation for the Flyers. Carter Hart finished with 26 saves to help Philadelphia ...

Cavaliers win, Sabers bow in Division II quarterfinals

High Schools

It was one up and one down for the two Division II football teams that had to leave the area today for quarterfinal games. Here's a look: DIVISION II QUARTERFINALS NO. 5 HOLLIS BROOKLINE 49, NO. 4 KENNETT 21 The visiting Cavaliers (8-2) jumped out to an early lead 21-0 after one quarter and ...

Cougars go for second straight soccer crown in Laconia

High Schools

They've had plenty of success in the last year, but there was a good reason at the start of this season to think the Campbell High School boys soccer team wouldn't have a chance to defend its title: Youth. The Cougars roster is filled with freshmen and sophomores, yet with a little dash of ...

Nashua South tops Dover for volleyball championship

High Schools

DERRY – After surrendering the first two sets of the postseason and tenuously hanging on, just three points from quarterfinal extinction, the Nashua South girls volleyball team took no prisoners and left no doubt. Nine straight flawless sets later, they are the undefeated (21-0), undisputed ...

We’re looking for a bounce-back bye week with picks

Local Sports Columnists

t's the bye week, and we are in desperate need of some self scouting. Why? A 3-4 week last week is certainly reason enough. A bad week for the New England Patriots was a bad week here. What's ahead for the Patriots, who have a foursome of potentially tough opponents beginning a week from now ...