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Bourque saves the day; Campbell girls advance to title game with shootout win

RAYMOND – Pitcher vs. hitter? The shooter vs. goalie showdown in soccer penalty kicks is more like matador vs. bull. Campbell’s Bailey Bourque is more bulldog, than bull. And the Cougars’ goalie stood so tall in Thursday evening’s state semifinal at Raymond High. “My goalie coach ...

Spartan girls edge Bow 1-0 to return to Division II finals

BOW – Welcome back to the finals, Spartans. They didn't have the most opportunities, but the Milford High School girls soccer team made the most important one count in Thursday's Division II semifinals. Senior captain Rachel Gizzonio scored off her own rebound in the 37th minute and the ...

Cougars hit the Gilford wall in Division II volleyball semis

The Campbell High School girls volleyball team played a level above all season long. But it caught up with them on Thursday night. The Cougars, normally in Division III but this year in Division II for scheduling purposes, ran into powerful Gilford in the semifinals on Thursday night and fell ...

Back in the finals! Cavs shake off Lancers in Division I semis

HOLLIS – They're back where they've always felt they belong. The Hollis High School girls volleyball team missed out on a trip to the Division I finals last year after an incredible four-year title run. Well, they are making their return to the championship match on Saturday after ...

Dirty Dozen: Nashua South season ends on 12th round of penalty kicks

HAMPTON -- A historic Nashua High School South boys soccer season ended in the most torturous of ways Wednesday evening here in the Division 1 state semifinals. The Panthers and host Winnacunnet High School played 100 minutes to a sizzling 1-1 stalemate, sending the contest to the cruelest of ...

Sabers have plenty of heart but fall short in semis, 3-2

BOW – They had plenty of faith. They just needed one or two more goals. The high school boys soccer team whose slogan was “Believe!”, the Souhegan Sabers, saw their season come to a tough end on Wednesday, 3-2 at the hands of Bow in the Division II semifinals. “It's an amazing ...

Football Playoffs Notebook: Tomahawks show resiliency

MERRIMACK – In this unusual season, the unexpected can often be more of a pleasant surprise. For example, take the Merrimack High School football team. The Tomahawks had to be quarantined for nearly two weeks, missing scheduled games against Nashua North and South. A couple of weeks ago ...

Tourney Notebook: All soccer eyes on South boys, BG girls

They've been arguably the best boys soccer team in the area all season. And now, the Nashua High School South Purple Panthers have their fate in front of them. The 11-1 Panthers, who face Winnacunnet (10-2-2) today at 4 p.m. in the Division I semifinals in Hampton, are in a good position ...

Pelham runs past Campbell 35-0 in Division III quarters

The Pelham High School football team may have been grateful for the fact the Campbell Cougars agreed to play Monday night's Division III quarterfinal after the Pythons had originally opted out late last week, but the the Pythons certainly didn't show it. They ran away with a 35-0 win, and will ...

Tomahawks stun Panthers with 27-26 comeback win

MERRIMACK --- When his team was down 20-0 at the hands of Nashua South in the first quarter of Sunday's Division I first round playoff game, Merrimack High School football coach Kip Jackson felt it was, well, a sign of the times. “It's ironic, right? We're down by 20 in 2020, which has just ...

Sabers pay a tough penalty in 2-0 title loss at Kennett

The Souhegan High School girls field hockey team gave up just two shots on goal in Sunday's Division II championship game vs. Kennett in North Conway. That means a win and some hardware, right? Uhhh..... Unfortunately, they were penalty strokes, and the Eagles scored on both of them for a ...

Lord rules in OT as Cards edge Broncos to reach semis

HUDSON – Winston Haughton wasn't surprised that freshman Martha Lord had the foot to put the Bishop Guertin High School girls soccer team he coaches into the Division I semifinals. “She's been a game changer the whole year for us,” Haughton said. “She's just got a lot of composure. ...

Tourney Roundup: Sabers, Spartans advance; Cougars at Pelham tonight

Bow is a nice place to visit this time of year if you're a Milford or Souhegan High School soccer fan. The Spartan girls and Saber boys will both be heading there to face the respective Falcon squads in the Division II semifinals as a result of quarterfinal wins over Hollis Brookline on ...

Olsen emerges from South lab to put Panthers in semis

BEDFORD – The experiment in the Nashua High School South laboratory has to be called a rousing success. It created a freshman, Rory Olsen, who has now scored two tourney game-winning goals in a week. First he beat rival Nashua North on Monday, but Saturday night he scored with just over ...

Cavaliers overcome miscues to eliminate Milford, 33-14

HOLLIS – When Hollis Brookline and Milford get together for a high school football game, believe the unbelievable. If someone were to tell Cavs coach Chris Lones that his team would have committed five turnovers and have two touchdowns called back and still won Saturday's Division II ...

Salem dusts Alvirne, Gora in Division I playoff opener

SALEM – A blue-chipper like Alvirne’s Kyle Gora, with such an impressive athletic resume built up, could never have dreamed his high school football career would end on a semi-frozen field, on the short end of a 53-6 waxing to close out a winless senior campaign. “It’s definitely ...

Locals do well in Division XC Meets; HB girls volleyball in semis

It was a good day for local teams at the NHIAA Cross Country Divison Championships at Manchester's Derryfield Park, highlighted by the Bishop Guertin, Souhegan and Campbell Girls. Also, the Hollis Brookline girls volleyball team topped Alvirne to advance to the semis. Today is another huge ...

Titans get air game going in 35-6 playoff win over BG

NASHUA – It might have been the one thing the Nashua High School North football team had been lacking during this crazy season. Not anymore. The Titans appear to have solved any problem with their passing game at just the right time: playoff time. Curtis Harris-Lopez tossed three TD pass, ...

Tourney Roundup: Division XC Meets today; South football now Sunday

The Division boys and girls Cross Country championships are today at Manchester's Derryfield Park, and it's tough handicapping the field even for the coaches. Why? There were no invitationals this fall due to the pandemic, including the usual late September Manchester Invitational, always a ...

FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Suddenly, it’s playoff time for locals

The high school football playoffs are upon us. It's been a regular season full of different roads, with many twists and turns, dead ends, cancellations, etc. No coach probably has a real barometer as to how good his team is, just how good it could be if given time. But now there is no time, ...