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Loss of Fagula was the last jolt of a tough Nashua week

Has the Nashua sports community ever lost as much rich history as it did this week? Think about it. First, the man who was the Father of Nashua Hockey, George “Gig” Marineau, passed away earlyin the week. Then there was word that Bruce Gilbert, a solid athlete from the Buzz Harvey Era ...

Plenty of uncertainty to go around

Here are some tids and bits to ponder as we saw July speed by, and all four pro sports ramp up with that COVID cloud of uncertainty hanging over all: • August will be a very, very interesting month, as we’ll likely know the full extent of fall high school sports, the summer baseball ...

In a way, Belichick’s new normal same as the old one

Cam Newton? Jarrett Stidham? Or how about Michigan State product Brian Lewerke, cut and just brought back? Pick your favorite QB and go with him in the post-Tom Brady era. This is a new normal for the New England Patriots and their way of team building, too. Usually, we'd be hearing from ...

The COVID Cloud hovers over sports in a few different ways

The COVID Cloud of Uncertainty continues to rear it's ugly head. And it won't be going away for a long time, it seems. Locally, we're fine – for now. Fans seem to be observing the safety and mask protocols at Holman Stadium for Nashua Silver Knights games. Players, while fairly close to ...

Q&A: NFL training camp

The day is fast approaching, a day many doubt will still be able to happen. But as of this writing, the New England Patriots, as well as other teams around the NFL, were planning on holding training camp with players reporting Tuesday. Whenever camp is held, a lot of you obviously have ...

Neverett preps for uncertainty as opening day approaches

He was leaving this past Thursday on a jet plane. Nashua’s Tim Neverett’s White Mountains retreat time was over, and he was flying cross country into an air of absolute uncertainty in his role as a Los Angeles Dodgers radio and television broadcaster. Professional Pandemic Baseball. ...

FCBL’s HR Derby right now is probably a necessary evil

The Derby: Love it or leave it behind? No, not Kentucky. We're talking the Futures Collegiate Baseball League's use of a home run derby to decide games that are deadlocked after the 10th inning. Most Nashua Silver Knights fans had never seen it before since the rule came into play three years ...

No sports? Locally, this past Saturday said otherwise

The question keeps getting asked, and the answer is the same. “What are you doing since there's no sports?” would be the inquiry. The answer was always the same – plenty, because locally, there's always sports. But now we have concrete proof to put the gross misconception to bed. Mark ...

Pleat caps off title week with a tribute to Dartmouth golf

There are good weeks. And then really good weeks. But for Nashua Country Club golfer James Pleat, this was a great week. We'd all love to have six days like he just had, right? He dominated the first two days of the 117th New Hampshire State Amateur Golf Championship as medalist. He made his ...

Three cheers for Sheedy as he pushes to State Am final

Cam Sheedy sank a big eagle putt vs. Nashua Country Club's Jack Brown in Friday's New Hampshire State Am quarterfinals at NCC, and waited for the fan reaction. Crickets. He pulled a Patrick Reed and put his hand to his ear. Nada. That, he said, fired him up. “It's one of those things you ...

Through illness, Bill Lochhead perseveres; still hitting course

The 117th New Hampshire State Amateur Golf Championship started out this past week with a blast from the past. But you know what, Bill Lochhead isn’t passing up on the present, either. He was the perfect guy to kick off the tournament with the ceremonial first drive. Lochhead, 84, has ...

All that was missing at NCC was Nance and a TV tower

Jack Brown looked up when he was hitting his tee shot on the 16th hole at Nashua Country Club in the sweltering heat on Thursday afternoon. He saw the carts along the trees. Who says today you can't play sports in front of fans? If you want to know why the NHGA State Amateur Championship is ...

As the State Am moves on, let’s not forget about the champ

They say never underestimate the heart of a champion. Or his golf game. Of course, we added the latter in honor of Passaconaway's John DeVito, a Nashua native who now hails in Methuen, Mass. In other words, as we begin the Round of 32 in the 117th NHGA State Amateur Championship this ...

His game and life now in order, Gillis ready to shine

Could this be the time to shine for Brandon Gillis? It would be fun to see beginning today as we enter into the round of 64 match play in the 117th New Hampshire State Amateur Championship, wouldn't it? It would be fun for Gillis, too. He finished Tuesday with three birdies in his final five ...

Like golf? Head over to NCC, where the views are great

There were a lot of good vantage points for spectators to watch the 117th NHGA State Amateur Championship at Nashua Country Club on Monday. You could be like a couple that sat on a bench near the road just beyond the 18th tee. They had a great view of the entire hole. Or, you could sit in ...

We saw a little bit of everything at Holman this past weekend

Here's a few tids and bits from the first weekend of Silver Knights baseball at Holman Stadium: ---- Get used to seeing something at Silver Knights games we don't usually see: Radar guns and clipboards. With the Futures League being the only summer collegiate baseball league being played in ...

State Am returns to Nashua CC

It’s been a holiday weekend, but not the usual type of celebration we’re used to. That’s why it’s a good thing we can look for history to be made once again at Nashua Country Club. It’s a summer in which we need it. First we had the Nashua Silver Knights back to give us some ...

Pandemic baseball better than no baseball at Holman

Nashua Silver Knights season ticket holder Ray Smith of Nashua got to the Holman Stadium parking lot before 4 p.m. on Thursday. even though the gates for the team's season opener weren't opening til 4:30. “I'm 100 percent thrilled,” Smith said. “I really think this is great, I really ...

June brought local sports progress, and July looks good too

Here's a few tids and bits as we have wrapped up June and say hello to July. The months keep moving along, and so do local sports, in spite of the pandemic: ---- It's amazing what the warm weather has brought. In May, no activity until baseball minds Tom Walker and Tim Lunn came up with summer ...

Patriot fans are hoping Cam can as the buzz is back

Sunday night New England Patriot fans took the good with the bad. Either way,a lot of buzz. The good, in their minds, was the signing of free agent quarterback Cam Newton. Conveniently lost in most thoughts was the bad, the loss of a third round draft pick for a big oopsie on the part of the ...