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Hollis Brookline boys volleyball sweeps by Bishop Guertin

High Schools

HOLLIS – When the two skilled and successful boys volleyball squads from Bishop Guertin and Hollis Brookline met up on the latter crew’s home court on Thursday night, upward mobility in the tight league standings was up for grabs. The two teams stepped into the Thursday match looking ...

Ice finally melts on Manchester Monarchs

Local Sports

A chapter in New Hampshire's professional sports history has closed as the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL announced Wednesday they are ceasing operations. The Monarchs arrived with great fanfare as an American Hockey League franchise, owned by the NHL's Los Angeles Kings/Anschutz ...

Celtics soap opera authored by Kyrie Irving

Local Sports Columnists

Big-league sports soap operas are mostly founded on greed and ego. Then there are those leading actors who are simply off-kilter, whose thoughts have a shelf life of 30 minutes or less. And then there is Kyrie Irving, whose chain of thoughts jump from one to another with every breath. It ...

A familiar face guiding Cavaliers to superb season

High Schools

HOLLIS – If you're around Hollis Brookline High School and don't know who Jay Sartell is, well, you haven't been paying attention over the years. Not only has he been a fixture in the baseball program but also as a Hollis policeman and eventually police chief. And another reason you should ...

Nashua South softball stuns Alvirne

High Schools

HUDSON – On paper, there certainly seemed to be every reason to believe the Alvirne softball squad would beat Nashua South in Hudson on Wednesday. But on the diamond, the struggling South side put forth its finest performance of the season in ending a 10-game losing streak with a superb 5-3 ...

Panthers handle both Mother Nature and North

High Schools

NASHUA – They were out with leaf blowers at the Nashua High School South tennis courts Tuesday afternoon, working as hard as they could against Mother Nature to dry the damp pavement. It worked. Not only did the Panthers get the courts ready and beat Mother Nature, they were able to throttle ...

High School Highlights: Merrimack softball routs Londonderry

High Schools

Brenna Davenport played lights out with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs for the Tomahawks (8-5). Morgan Peffer was perfect at the plate adding two doubles and two RBIs. Ashley Turcotte had a RBI and Erin Knauer contributed two RBIs. Emma Chamberlain allowed five hits in seven innings. ...

Rask bolsters Bruins’ playoff run

Boston sports

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins stood tall during an early deluge of shots and penalties, patiently waiting for their chance to take over the game. Then one big burst put them on the brink of another trip to the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins beat the Carolina ...

Warriors hope to get Claire his 500th career win

High Schools

SOFTBALL WLC'S CLAIRE GOES FOR WIN NO. 500 Wilton-Lyndeborough coach Denny Claire can get his 500th career victory today if his team at home can avenge an earlier 2-0 loss to Farmington. On Monday the Warriors (12-1) got him No. 499 with a tight 9-8 win over Sunapee, after leading ...

Manchester Monarchs shut down their operations

Local Sports

A chapter in New Hampshire’s professional sports history has closed as the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL announced Wednesday they are ceasing operations. The Monarchs arrived with great fanfare as an American Hockey League franchise, owned by the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings/Anschutz ...

Chavis’ RBI single lifts Red Sox over Rockies in 10th

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – J.D. Martinez homered in his third straight game, rookie Michael Chavis singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox recovered after blowing a five-run lead to beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Wednesday night. Martinez hit a two-run shot and Eduardo ...

Bruins push Hurricanes to brink with Game 3 win

Boston sports

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period, and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final. Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots for the Bruins, who have won six straight ...

Cardinals cruise past lost Blue Hawks, 16-7

High Schools

NASHUA – Rumor has it the bus driver bringing the Exeter High School boys lacrosse team to Stellos Stadium Monday evening took a wrong turn off Route 101, heading north instead of south. Maybe the Blue Hawks should have kept going, because it never seemed like they really arrived as they ...

Lacrosse: Bunton lifts South girls over Londonderry

High Schools

Girls Lacrosse Nashua South 9, Londonderry 7 Rileigh Bunton came up huge in the Panthers’ net with seven saves, and the defense of Izzy Bolduc, Emma Pucillo, Bailey Morin and Livvy Kingston combined for 13 Ground balls and nine forced turnovers to key the victory. Emily Colburn was strong ...

High School Highlights: Wilton’s Claire approaches milestone

High Schools

Softball WLC’S CLAIRE GOES FOR WIN NO. 500 Wilton-Lyndeborough coach Denny Claire can get his 500th career victory today if his team at home can avenge an earlier 2-0 loss to Farmington. On Monday the Warriors (12-1) got him No. 499 with a tight 9-8 win over Sunapee, after leading ...

PGA would be lots more fun with Woods sitting at home

Local Sports Columnists

For months, this seemed like a splendid idea: Make the PGA Championship the second golf major of the year, not the last. Fill that sports void in May. Why wait until nobody is paying attention in late July/August? And then “He” roared at Augusta at last month’s Masters, making this ...

Sale strike out 17 but Red Sox fall to Rockies

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox ace Chris Sale struck out a career-high 17 in just seven innings before getting pulled after 108 pitches on a chilly Tuesday night, and the Colorado Rockies rallied against Boston's bullpen to win 5-4 in the 11th. Sale became the first pitcher in major league history ...

What’s Bruin? A Stanley Cup title, that’s what

Local Sports Columnists

“We want the Cup.” Boston Bruins fans chanting that these days know a good thing when they see it. And a bad thing too. The good: Their team is destined to win their second Stanley Cup this decade. They know it, and they said it loud throughout the B’s 6-2 in Sunday’s Game 2 of the ...

Hollis Brookline volleyball tops Souhegan

High Schools

AMHERST – Don’t look now, but the Hollis Brookline boys volleyball team, once 1-2 to start the year, is coming. The Cavaliers rolled over Souhegan on Monday night, 25-10, 25-22 and 25-23, moving to 7-4 on the year. “We focused, we’re playing hard and we’re improving,” said ...