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Osgood hopes to change North-Souhegan hockey culture

High Schools

NASHUA – For the fourth straight year, Josh Constant had that same feeling. He didn't know what to expect the first day of tryouts at Conway Arena for the Nashua High School North-Souhegan hockey team. Why? After last year's SaberTitans coach, Josh Lavoie, suddenly stepped down midway ...

Patriots are only ones who had a bad NFL week

Local Sports Columnists

The National Football League and its constant drama is getting out of control. And so are the picks in this column. We're so glad the officiating stunk for Patriots-Chiefs last week and the Kraft Productions film crew royally screwed up in filming the Cincinnati Bengals sideline vs. the ...

Local girls hoop: Cardinals begin the drive for five

High Schools

NASHUA – The Drive for Five begins. But don't be mistaken, the four-time Division I Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball team is quietly going about its business. It's lost two to prep school transfers from a core that helped carry the Cardinals to their last three crowns, but four ...

Indoor track season kicks off this weekend

High Schools

By HECTOR LONGO Staff Writer If there was any doubt how valued the winter track seen is by the area’s track athletes, it was washed away on Super Bowl Sunday last February. The Bishop Guertin girls, all 10 of them, put together the performance of a lifetime in winning their state ...

Boys and girls indoor track preview capsules

High Schools

Boys Track Team Capsules Bishop Guertin Coach: Danielle Fischer Athletes in the Program: 15 Returning Letter Winners: Jacob Pacheco, Sr., high jump; Toby Therrien, Sr., shot put; Ethan Holt, Sr., high jump Promising Newcomers: Joe Lupo, Sr., sprints Coach’s Comments: “The boys ...

Locals dominate West All-Conference football team

High Schools

The local dominated Division I football West Conference has, as one would imagine, several locals from Nashua High School North and South, Bishop Guertin, and Merrimack, on its 2019 All-Conference team. Remember, there is no overall All-State football team, as teams are picked in Divisions I ...

Patriots fans are in a slump, too

Local Sports Columnists

The lack of respect, the lack of fight, the lack of loyalty is all Jacksonville worthy. But this is New England. We aren’t the Jaguars. Yet here the Patriots sit, 10-3, atop the AFC East, per usual, and the “abandon ship” call dominates the airwaves and at coffee counters all across out ...

Tampa Bay Lightning tip Bruins

Boston sports

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Steven Stamkos had two goals to extend his recent tear and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the suddenly slumping Boston Bruins 3-2 on Thursday night. Stamkos has scored six times during a four-game goal streak. Tampa Bay, which had dropped four of five at home, also got a ...

Embiid scores 38, 76ers take down Celtics

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – Joel Embiid responded to criticism from Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley with a season-high 38 points, adding 13 rebounds Thursday night to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-109 win over the Boston Celtics. Embiid scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, hitting five ...

Tim Thomas says brain damage caused by hockey career

Boston sports

WASHINGTON (AP) – Doctors told Tim Thomas that two-thirds of his brain were getting less than 5% blood flow and the other third was averaging about 50%. His wife, Melissa, and oldest daughter, Kiley, started crying. Thomas didn’t react – because he couldn’t process what he was ...

Nashua’s LaPolice a head coach in the CFL once again

Local Sports

It's been quite a few weeks for Nashua's Paul LaPolice. The former Canadian Football League Coach of the Year, who just won a Grey Cup as the offensive coordinator of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, is a head coach in the CFL again. LaPolice was named earlier this week as the new coach of the ...

Campbell, Wilton-Lyndeborough boys hoop team previews

High Schools

By HECTOR LONGO Staff Writer Four times since 2003, the Campbell High School boys basketball team reached the state finals, only to be denied. In 2019, the Cougars fell in the state semis. Coach Frank Girginis says his program remains undeterred in its quest. “After our loss in the ...

Pacers snap Celtics’ winning streak

Boston sports

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) –Malcolm Brogdon scored 29 points and Aaron Holiday scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Indiana Pacers rally past the Boston Celtics, 122-117 on Wednesday night. Indiana trailed 94-84 after three quarters but took the lead for good on the first of ...

Capitals edge Bruins in NHL showdown

Boston sports

WASHINGTON (AP) – T.J. Oshie scored twice in under four minutes and John Carlson got the go-ahead goal to extend the Washington Capitals’ longstanding domination of the Boston Bruins with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night in a showdown between the NHL’s two best teams. The Capitals have won ...

Conway hockey tournament is back, Chick-Fil-A menu set

High Schools

Holiday hockey is back in Nashua. The Conway Arena Holiday Tournament, which was off the schedule a year ago for the first time in over a decade, is back on, with a six team event set for Dec. 26, 27, and 28. “It just made sense,” Nashua athletic director Lisa Gingras said. “And some ...

High school wrestling: Nashua area teams maintaining momentum

High Schools

Wrestling in the region rose up last spring, with both Nashua South and Nashua North making noise in Division I, Hollis Brookline and Bishop Guertin finishing 1-2 in Division II and Campbell turning in a commendable Division III runner-up effort. Now we see if the region can sustain and again ...

There’s no mystery at what ails Patriots these days

Boston sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There are no longer any mysteries with the New England Patriots. As the saying goes, they are what they are. A good defensive team with a limited offense that can't afford to fall behind, and can't recover from bad officiating. But, thanks to the weakness of the AFC, ...

Belichick says he knew nothing about video crew’s work

Boston sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says neither he nor his coaching staff has watched any video footage shot by an in-house production team now at the center of an NFL investigation for inappropriately filming the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline at a recent ...