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Get ready for what’s likely to be a wild tourney ride

By Tom King - Staff Writer | May 30, 2023

Fasten you seat belts.

Depending on your local sports perspective, this may be the most wonderful time of the year.

But either way, it’s certainly the busiest.

The Silver Knights have already opened up at home and then play here tonight, Wednesday, this Friday and Saturday. Friday will be the official celebration of their 2023 FCBL championship with their ring ceremony.

That’s just the appetizer. The main course will be tournament action galore over the next two weeks. We’ll see what success the area has.

You can probably count on Bishop Guertin at least being in the boys lacrosse finals for what would be an incredible 18th straight year.And they’ll probably win the Division I title again, but hey, you never know. An early deficit with the opposition really slowing the game down can change everything in a tilted lacrosse matchup,but this year’s Cardinals have been able to handle all of that and it’s been eons since they’ve lost to a New Hampshire opponent.

Remember the celebrations the BG girls lacrosse teams have had the last two seasons? The 2021 team rolled past Pinkerton, and the 2022 title team maintained a steady lead in the finals over Bedford. This year’s Cardinals are a very different group, have taken time to jell in losing both to Portsmouth and Bedford, but have the ability to make a title bid. It will be interesting as they’ll have to get past Dover and the Clippers to have a shot at another crown.

Stellos Stadium will be the site once again of the Division II girls lacrosse semis and finals, and you can bet you will see the Hollis Brookline girls there. The Cavs bugaboo was in beating Portsmouth (as was everyone else’s), but the Clippers are BG’s and the rest of Divsion II’s problem now. HB has to deal with Windham, which has beaten it twice during the regular season.

We had a baseball champion last year, Hollis Brookline in Division II, and the Cavs – though not quite as dominant as a year ago – have what it takes to do it again. We remember the disappointing loss the Nashua South Panthers had in the quarterfinals vs. Exeter after they blew past rival Nashua North in the prelims. And Bishop Guertin also had a tough tourney experience, losing to Bedford in the first round in a slight upset. All three are back in the tourney again, but right now it’s an uphill climb and none will have a home first round tourney game unless they and another team pull off upsets. We might have to hope one of the three makes the Division I semis, which are at Holman on Wednesday, June 7, to see them in their familiar environment.

Softball is going to be interesting. Campbell has usually been the best local team over the last few years, taking that spotlight after that big day at Southern New Hampshire University in 2017 when Bishop Guertin (Division I) and Milford (Division II) brought home titles.

No one is really potent in Division I right now, and Cougars have moved up to Division II. But we think there’s something special going on in Hollis Brookline, where K stands for Kump, and her strikeouts, as in career 400-plus strikeout pitcher Austyn Kump. She’s done this in just three seasons, is bound for West Point, and is the kind of player that gets a team into title territory.

Last spring we saw Hollis Brookline with two titles on the same day, baseball and boys volleyball. Could it happen again? Possibly. The Cavs will likely be challenged by Londonderry on the court, and on the diamond there are plenty of contenders.

What we do know that this Saturday is Super Saturday, arguably the biggest and busiest high school sports day of the year. Check out a game near you. Odds are you’ll be glad you did.

Tom King can be reached at tking@nashuatelegraph.com, or on twitter @Telegraph _TomK.


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