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FCBL venturing into the land of lakes

Ahhhh, the sounds and signs of spring. All had been fairly quiet on the Nashua Silver Knights/Futures Collegiate League front for the months of December, January and February. As you might expect, right? Now, the Nashua front office has been doing a great job of getting out on social media ...

Time Travel for March 6-12

Simpler times in high school sports produced deeper community ties. This morning’s example: The Class L basketball finals featuring Nashua High School against Portsmouth, with the Purple Panthers chasing their third straight championship. A throng of Nashuans accompanied the team to Durham, ...

A special high school career came to an end Thursday

It always stings when there's a sense of finality in any sport at any level. Thursday night they were putting the bench chairs and basketballs away Nashua High School North's Titans Gym, as another boys hoop season, this special season in which every game was a bonus, came to a close. This ...

Nearly a year later, winter tourney time is back for all

The sign in front of the entrance by the Bishop Guertin High School Colligadome said it all. “It's Tourney Time!” it said. Big deal? You bet. Because it's just 10 days shy of a year when Tourney Time turned into Closing Time thanks to the pandemic. Monday night was special, because ...

Questions? We’ve got answers, especially about Rivier and also Legion ball

Got questions, local sports fans? As we turn the calendar officially today to March 1, we've got answers WILL RIVIER UNIVERSITY HAVE A SPRING SEASON? We'll know in the next day or so. The Great Northeast Athletic Conference school presidents are meeting either today or tomorrow and the hope, ...

Saturday’s BG-HB title bout win for high school wrestling

There was a lot of doubt late in the fall whether or not the sport of high school wrestling was going to make the cut this winter due to the pandemic. If you were at the Bishop Guertin Colligadome on Saturday – whether as a fan of either the Cardinals or the Hollis Brookline Cavaliers, or ...

March 2021 offers some real hope

Welcome, March. It’s always the light of spring at the end of a long winter tunnel. Of course, a year ago, it’s when it felt like the world ended, the night of March 11 when the NBA and NCAA paused or cancelled their seasons or post seasons, hockey soon after, and MLB closed camps a ...

Time Travel for Feb. 27-March 5

FEB. 27, 1971: “After jumping out to a 20-2 lead over Winnacunnet in the first four minutes of play, Nashua High sailed to an easy 87-59 win over the Warriors last night at the Panther gym. “Despite being hampered by fouls early in the second half, Dave Clark pumped in 27 points to lead ...

College sports should be on the way

One more week to go before all the Madness of March, sports fans. And it will be a wild month we’ll take a look at next week. But for now, much on these late February tids and bits: • There should be no reason for colleges in New Hampshire not to have spring sports. In the summer, ...

Time Travel

FEB. 20, 1956: “Two Nashuans, Johnny Joyce, middleweight, and Burleigh Briggs Jr., heavyweight, were crowned New Hampshire Golden Gloves champions and they will appear in the New England finals at Lowell, Mass. “Briggs won the state title without having to don a glove, having drawn ...

Now we all discover there’s more to life than just football

So how'd that first Sunday without NFL football go? We're here to tell you it can be excruciating, but at least yesterday was perhaps the only day this week we won't have something frozen coming out the sky. OK, maybe Wednesday will be good. It likely will be a night doubling up on the high ...

Colleagues remember Dan Murray

Tommy Ameen, former Manchester West High School boys basketball coach and well-known hoop aficionado, historian and official scorer, knows quality when he sees it. So, when he bumped into Milford High School boys basketball coach Dan Murray at a couple games, he struck up a conversation, and ...

Time Travel for Feb. 13-19

These days, watching two NBA teams slog through four quarters can seem like an 11-hour exercise. Blame that on hyperactive refs, too many flops and endless TV time outs. There was a time when two sets of soldiers played 11 hours for fun and a blink of glory. FEB. 13, 1965: “Ken LaTour, a ...

Just how painful was this Super Bowl to watch, Pats fans?

Ah, yes, in Bill We Trust, right? How many New England Patriots fans were shaking their heads, saying Bill Belichick's name in vain as they watched Tom Brady win his seventh Super Bowl on Sunday night as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer? And rather easily, by a 31-9 count. How about Patriots owner ...

Remember, the Super Bowl’s God of Grass was once in Nashua

Here's a few tids and bits as we get settled in for Super Bowl LV: One thing yours truly will pay attention to during the game is how great a shape the natural grass field is at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. Why? Because the guy in charge of all that for the 55th time is old friend George ...

Super Bowl: A dream come true

Yes, the question has been asked a couple of times this week, “Who’s going to win Sunday?” The response is pretty simple: We all do, along with the NFL. We’ve reached Super Bowl Sunday, which is something we never thought in this pandemic world we’d see on this date. There was all ...

Tim Travel for Feb. 6-7

Before drifting back into history, please tolerate one peek into the near future: Kansas City 27, Tampa Bay 17. Tom Brady deserves all the accolades he is enjoying. But the hurdle he faces in winning his first post-Belichick championship is insurmountable: The Chiefs are better. FEB. 6, ...

It’s almost as if there’s a third team at this Super Bowl

Yes, it's Super Bowl Week, but does it really feel like it? You see a picture of Radio Row, where every major sports talk radio show in the country has a spot. Except this time it's in a fairly empty ball room in the Tampa Convention Center, with a few tables/stations spaced far apart. It's ...

North vs. South not the same — unless you were playing

If a North-South game is played and no one is there, did it really happen? If you've been watching NBA basketball games, with empty stands, you see a little bit of how things have been at many high school basketball games around the area, including Sunday's Nashua High School North-South ...

No football, no problem as Nashua teams fill the void

No football? No problem. Yes, this is the first weekend without an NFL football game to watch, and many of you may be suffering from withdrawals. But the local high school winter sports teams have no issue with that whatsoever. We can fill the void today with the first Nashua High School ...