Sports

North vs. Merrimack: Play it again, please

Local Sports Columnists

Nashua North vs. Merrimack. We want more. Maybe we'll get lucky and on the first Saturday in November, the day for the Division I high school football quarterfinals, it'll happen. Or maybe in the semis? It more or less looks like the chances are 50-50, depending on this Friday's ...

Red Sox have responded well to Cora’s style

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – When Alex Cora was hired to manage the Red Sox a year ago, he knew he wanted to put relationships with his players first. It made him a success as general manager of Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, again as a GM and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League and ...

Magic holds off Celtics at Garden

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 12 rebounds while the Orlando Magic survived two 3-point attempts by Boston in the closing seconds to beat the Celtics 93-90 on Monday night. Jonathan Isaac added 18 points and 12 boards for the Magic (2-2). Kyrie Irving led the Celtics (2-2) ...

Same story for BG: A hard-fought loss, 35-20, to Goffstown

High Schools

NASHUA -- The future definitely isn’t now. But perhaps a year from now, things will be just the opposite for the Bishop Guertin High School football team. But for now, the Cards are mired in a 1-7 season after a 35-20 loss to Goffstown Saturday night at Stellos Stadium, and no future talk ...

Merrimack field hockey rolls on to semifinals

High Schools

MERRIMACK – Goalie Heather Rohr, her able defensive corps and nearly all the Merrimack High field hockey players remembered all-too-well the sting of defeat in this same playoff game on this same field one year ago against Salem. Sent into action on Sunday, the Tomahawks had one simple ...

Tournament berths at stake for local football teams

High Schools

Are the high school football playoff pictures any clearer? Well, it could get interesting. In Division I, Merrimack, by virtue of its 32-24 win over Nashua North on Friday, has clinched the West title. The 7-1 Tomahawks could even get the No. 1 seed in the North-West playoff cluster with a ...

Patriots overcome Bears for fifth win

Boston sports

CHICAGO (AP) – Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and the New England Patriots hung on to beat the Chicago Bears 38-31 Sunday when Kevin White got stopped at the 1 on a 54-yard pass from Mitchell Trubisky. About four or five defenders swarmed White after he leaped to haul in that long ...

Eichman outduels Harris as Merrimack tops North, 32-24

High Schools

MERRIMACK -- Curtis Harris or Ben Eichman? It’s a tough call, but the 7-1 Merrimack High School football team will take their Ben Eichman, thank you, as he rushed 13 times for 120 yards, scored four TDs in a West Conference clinching 32-24 win over Nashua North on Friday night at Student ...

Souhegan field hockey ousted from tourney

High Schools

AMHERST – It’s fitting that such an even contest provided such an even result, but this is the postseason, and someone had to win. The Pelham Pythons punched their ticket to the NHIAA Division II Field Hockey Tournament Semifinals on Saturday, defeating Souhegan, 1-0. Pelham’s lone ...

Greater Nashua teams at cross country invitationals

High Schools

Cross country Catholic Memorial Invitational (Boston) Nashua North Arianna Braccio won the girls race, ending her day with a time of 19:32. The next two Titans to cross the line were Dantia Braccio (21:47) and Sarah Kelley (22:33) in 35th and 58th respectively. North also finished ...

Get that adrenaline pumping, Red Sox fans

Local Sports Columnists

Like a miserable autumn cold, baseball’s critical long-term problem lingers. That would be the ongoing debate as to what the lords of the game can - and should - do to keep ball games from sending fans to bed hours before their outcomes are known. In other words, if a ball game ends ...

Raptors overtake Celtics

Boston sports

TORONTO (AP) – Kawhi Leonard had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Serge Ibaka added 21 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Boston Celtics 113-101 on Friday night in an early matchup between Eastern Conference contenders. Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, Danny Green had 14, and Fred VanVleet 11 to ...

Bears’ Phillips may have the last laugh on critics

Local Sports Columnists

The temperature was rising in the late December/early January chill in ChiTown. Back 10 months ago things were simmering around Chicago Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips, who many of you already know is a Nashua native and Bishop Guertin graduate. The Chicago media was ravenous and the ...

Tim Neverett: View From the Red Sox Booth

Local Sports Columnists

An extremely rare weekend at home for the Red Sox allowed the players and staff to prepare for the opener of the 2018 World Series that will begin Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The first pitch of this year’s Fall Classic is scheduled for 8:09 p.m. The Red Sox recently did what many ...

HS picks: North, Campbell get not in Friday night showdowns

High Schools

Staring at a couple monster matchups this week, I simply cannot harp on last Saturday. I won’t mention how bad I felt, not just for the Nashua South kids (they deserved better) and for myself, who tumbled to a 6-2 week and a 44-10 season mark. Enough on that grizzly afternoon. Now, Hector, ...

Yabroudy helps Cardinals survive Memorial in prelims, 2-1

High Schools

NASHUA -- She was one of the smallest players on Motta Field on Thursday, but she came up the biggest. Bishop Guertin High School field hockey sophomore Brooke Yabroudy scored both Cardinal goals, including the game-winner 4:08 into the second sudden death overtime, to give the Cards a 2-1 ...

Nashua South football rips Manchester Memorial

High Schools

NASHUA – Not a perfect win, but certainly a convincing one. Nashua South earned a comfortable 31-0 victory over the Crusaders of Manchester Memorial on Friday night in a contest that fueled by frustration on both sides. The Panthers made their way onto the scoreboard near the end of the ...

South pulls off a soccer sweep of Bishop Guertin

High Schools

NASHUA – When cold weather arrives, it’s time to head South. Soccer went in that direction at chilly Stellos Stadium on Thursday night as Nashua High School South pulled off a sweep of city rival Bishop Guertin, finished off by the boys’ 3-1 win in the nightcap. The Panthers took the ...

Hollis Brookline football runs down Alvirne

High Schools

HUDSON – Was the Hollis Brookline football team desperate here Friday night? Big-play man Quinten Wimmer says no. “But we all knew what we needed to happen,” said Wimmer, who delivered three huge plays early put HB on a quick 21-7 lead, one the Cavaliers would never relinquish in a ...

High School Highlights: Milford football takes down ConVal

High Schools

Football Milford 39, ConVal 6 Jacob Wilson scored his first career touchdown and the Milford High express kept rolling with the victory. The Spartans moved to 6-2, while ConVal is now 1-7. Monadnock 36, Campbell 14 Campbell High had its 18-game winning streak snapped, falling at ...