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Gronkowski now focusing on season opener

Boston sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — For the second straight year, the Patriots have tried to show Rob Gronkowski how much he's valued. The All-Pro tight end says he's feeling the love and is looking forward to showing them his appreciation on the field. Last week the Patriots added $4.3 million in ...

Guertin football players rally around a tough loss

Local Sports Columnists

John Trisciani had just finished speaking to his football team as a group on Saturday night at Stellos Stadium, and no doubt touched on a few topics, including one delicate one. The Cardinals had just finished losing to Manchester Central, 33-16, in his head coaching debut. Disappointing? ...

Local Sports Columnists

Two head football coaches, Souhegan’s Robin Bowkett and Milford High’s Keith Jones, each quoted the same cliché when speaking about Division II South football. “Every week will be a dogfight,” they each said. There is a reason clichés are clichés. The truth often rings so darn ...

High School Highlights: Nashua North boys soccer wins in OT

High Schools

Boys soccer Nashua North 2, Timberlane 1 (OT) The Titans battled the Owls upping their record to 2-0 in the overtime win. North got on the board first with a goal from Ely Ostler on a beautiful pass from Colin Miller. Timberlane tied it on a penalty kick with two minutes left in regulation. ...

Pearce leads Red Sox past Braves

Boston sports

ATLANTA (AP) — Steve Pearce had three hits and three RBIs, Rick Porcello allowed two hits in five innings, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Tuesday night for their second straight win in a matchup of division leaders. Porcello (16-7) gave up one run, struck out five and ...

Nashua area high school cross country teams ready to run

High Schools

The 2018 high school cross country season opens this week with plenty of promise locally, both on a team and individual basis. At Bishop Guertin, both state Division I runner-up Caroline Fischer and fourth-place finisher Caroline Towle are back and on the rise. Those two, along with dynamic ...

Ian Kinsler leads Red Sox over Braves

Boston sports

ATLANTA (AP) – Ian Kinsler describes Boston’s lineup as “electric.” Now that he’s back on track following his return from a hamstring injury, Kinsler is showing he can add even more spark to the lineup. Kinsler drove in three runs and the Red Sox continued their interleague success, ...

Fisher Cats set for Eastern League playoffs

Local Sports

The regular season is over and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are ready for their first playoff appearance in six years. Here’s a quick recap of where things stand after Labor Day weekend at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium A season of potentv offense If Vladimir Guerrero Jr. stayed in New ...

Hawkom leads Central past BG, 33-16

High Schools

NASHUA – There was a huge difference between the Manchester Central and Bishop Guertin High School football teams on Saturday night. But the biggest was the fact the Little Green had huge QB Alex Hawkom, and the Cardinals didn’t. Hawkom threw for three TDs and ran for one more as ...

Reyes an NFL free agent again after Jets release

Local Sports

The Kendall Reyes Watch is back on again. The former Nashua High School North standout was among the many cuts this weekend by the New York Jets, and now the question is will he get picked up by another team for the start of the 2018 NFL season? It's very possible. The Jets released Reyes ...

Bulldogs, Toscano handle North, 31-7

High Schools

NASHUA – The bad news for the Nashua High School North football team was its 31-7 loss at the hands of Bedford Friday night at Stellos Stadium. The good news? The Titans have eight weeks to turn things around. “Hopefully we’ll be better next week (at Goffstown) then we were tonight,” ...

Nashua South football can’t quite catch Concord

High Schools

CONCORD – Only a failed two-point conversion with 14.3 seconds left separated the Panthers of Nashua South and the Concord Crimson Tide on Friday night, with Concord emerging with a 28-26 victory. South got on the board first thanks to Jaylan Pacheco’s 1-yard run eight minutes into the ...

Alvirne tops Pelham for first Division II win

High Schools

PELHAM – Alvirne coach Tarek Rothe likes to lean on quad-captain Alex Giuffrida early and often. The junior running back is the Broncos’ finisher. Friday night, Giuffrida did just that, carrying the ball 27 times for 162 yards – including eight of the final 13 Alvirne plays – to ...

Hollis Brookline fends off Milford in football opener

High Schools

HOLLIS – Hollis Brookline owned the first quarter, and Milford High dominated the second. The Cavaliers simply survived the second half – barely – rallying from a 21-13 deficit to hold off feisty Milford, 28-21, in Friday night’s season opener. “I was nervous. I was scared (at ...

Dowling paces Merrimack 41-6 win over Goffstown

High Schools

Season openers can be full of surprises. For example, the Merrimack High School football team, whose coach Kip Jackson always low-keys its chances in the preseason, jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back, with a stunning 41-6 season-opening win over Goffstown at MHS Student Memorial ...

Merrimack football relishes opening win over Goffstown

High Schools

Season openers can be full of surprises. For example, the Merrimack High School football team, whose coach Kip Jackson always low-keys his team’s chances in the preseason, jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back, with a stunning 41-6 season-opening win over Goffstown at MHS Student ...

High School Highlights: Nashua South boys soccer clips Portsmouth

High Schools

Boys soccer Nashua South 2, Portsmouth 1 The Panthers (1-0) start the season strong with a close victory. Jake Dukeshire and Patrick Hyde were the goal scorers, with Kody Lopez and Emmanuel Orozco adding assists. Roe Hendrick made seven saves between the pipes. Bedford 7, Merrimack 1 The ...

Former Silver Knight Shaw makes the Majors

Local Sports

The Nashua Silver Knights have their first Major Leaguer. Former Silver Knight first baseman Chris Shaw, a Lexington, Mass. Native who went on to play for Boston College, was promoted to the Majors on Friday by the San Francisco Giants. That was ahead of the usual September 1 roster expansion ...

Some items of interest as September arrives

Local Sports Columnists

It's a wrap. Summer is unofficially over with the arrival of September, Labor Day Weekend and the start of high school football. But August certainly went out with a bang, locally and regionally. So it's time to itemize: ITEM: Alvirne principal Steve Beals takes over varsity girls soccer ...