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High Schools

South’s Kelliher, Milford’s Monico earn POY honors

It was not only a banner fall locally for high school girls volleyball on the court with Nashua South's Division I title, but in the New Hampshire High School Volleyball Coaches Association All-State selections as well. Several locals made teams in all three divisions, but two were named ...

Local athletes sign on the dotted line for next year

'Tis the season. Yes, but while it's holiday time, it's also the season for local high school athletes to sign National Letters of Intent to attend and play their sports for colleges and universities. There are always a lot during the second week of November, and here is just a sampling of ...

Tomahawks can’t get untracked at Exeter in semis loss

EXETER – There's always an adjustment period when you have to play the Exeter High School football team. You just had better not let it last too long, or fall too far behind. Unfortunately the Merrimack Tomahawks did both in Saturday's 34-14 Divison I semifinal loss at the hands of the Blue ...

High School Football: Hollis Brookline on to title game

By HECTOR LONGO and TOM KING Staff Writers And then there was one. Once again, there won’t be a local in the Division I finals next Sunday at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium. But lo and behold, for the second straight season the area will have a Division II finalist, ...

Blazing Blake: Receiver catches on quick for Cavaliers

HOLLIS – So how long does it take a seasoned, sizzling high school quarterback to trust a fresh, new, raw wide receiver? About 24 minutes ... 24 pointless, inept, painful minutes. Hollis Brookline’s Sander Wimmer simply paid little or no attention to junior receiver Blake Bergerson the ...

Hollis Brookline rolls on to Division II football finals

By CHRIS PANTAZIS For The Telegraph BOW – Hollis Brookline football coach Chris Lones took stock of the fact that prior to the 2019 campaign numerous prognosticators looked at his squad as one which, at best, was on the proverbial “bubble” to even qualify for the Division II playoffs. ...

Local football teams hit the road for playoff semis

It's the 2019 high school football playoffs for area teams, take two – with three for the road. Three emerged from last week's quarterfinals – Merrimack in Division I, and Alvirne and Hollis Brookline in Division II – and all three will be hitting the road today in the semifinals. And ...

Alvirne rallies but can’t catch Plymouth in Division II football semis

PLYMOUTH – As comfortable, and let’s face it, as good as this Alvirne High football team has played without the lead, Plymouth High is the consummate front-runner. The three-time defending Division II state champs grab leads and protect them better than anyone and that formula played out ...

Longo’s Friday Football Feast: It has to get better, right?

When the going gets tough, I disappear. It was the story during this man’s mediocre athletic career, and it has followed through my adult life, in this case attempting to prognosticate on high school football. Simply put, all the acorns stored up by the big fella in a rock-solid, 57-12, ...

Tomahawks face a stiff challenge vs. Exeter in semis

They are knocking on the door again. Yes, the Merrimack High School football team is back in the Division I semifinals for the third time in four seasons under head coach Kip Jackson. The problem is, that door is pretty solid, and the Tomahawks may need to use a battering ram to bang it down ...

Hollis Brookline has sights on unbeaten Bow

HOLLIS­ – In a season bursting with proverbial three-run homers, the Hollis Brookline football team is again swinging for the fences. Saturday, the Cavaliers boldly go where no Division II football team has gone this season, attempting to tackle top-seeded and unbeaten (10-0) Bow High ...

Alvirne heading to Plymouth for rematch

HUDSON -– Exit 25 off I-93 might as well come with a disclaimer, “Visiting high school football teams proceed at your own risk.” Yes, the legend of Plymouth High School football looms that large. The Bobcats, since the switch to three divisions in the Granite State in 2013, have won ...

Crampton a fast learner in Tomahawks’ QB plan

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

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 ...

Cougars once again have what it takes for a title win

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 ...

Campbell boys soccer battled its way to title defense

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

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

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

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

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 ...