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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 ...

Steps forward locally in June, but what will July bring?

Here are a few tids and bits as we begin to wrap 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 ...

King: Somehow, Futures League is ready to roll

They’re back. Yes, in these pandemic-dominated days, we have a Silver lining. The Futures Collegiate Baseball League, including the Nashua Silver Knights, actually pulled it off. On Thursday at 6 p.m., Holman Stadium will actually be the site of a game. Amazing. It certainly wasn’t ...

MLB finally grasps reality … hopefully

We can hope, if not trust, that while Major League Baseball’s owners and players understand that they can announce their intentions to have a season, those intentions are far from guaranteed. The pandemic is more than capable of staring them down. But hope is much more than they had a few ...

Summer’s here, and so is the local summer game we love

It was a scene hard to imagine as recently as a month or two ago. Fans were seated in groups – family groups, it looked like – on the hill last Friday evening overlooking Harvey Woods Field. The former Daniel Webster College home field serves as a home for three teams in the New Hampshire ...

Time Travel: Nashua’s Gondek leads Dodgers over Portsmouth

JUNE 22, 1960 – “Former Nashua High pitching star Tom Gondek last night pitched and hit the Nashua Dodgers to a 4-3 triumph over the Portsmouth City Club at Holman Stadium. “Gondek scattered eight Portsmouth hits and held the visitors scoreless until the eighth inning and at the same ...

Time Travel: Looking back at Nashua’s baseball roots

JUNE 23, 1965 – Fred Dobens' “Around the Town” column included an old Nashua ballplayer's response to a previous Dobens essay in which he recalled the earliest days of the city's baseball history: “One of Nashua's all-time favorite ballplayers, Leo Gauthier, whose pitching delighted ...

North-Souhegan hockey revolving coaching door must stop

Puck People, we have a problem. It looks like a big one. Let's face it, the Nashua North-Souhegan hockey co-op has been, well, a nightmare. A nightmare for Nashua athletic director Lisa Gingras, a nightmare for any of its coaches, and probably not as fun as it should be for its players and ...

Time Travel: Frank Stawasz opens Nashua lost and found

JUNE 20, 1945 – We begin with sports editor Frank Stawasz’s lost and found report: “Doug Cooke, Bowlaway first sacker, is currently wondering what became of his shoes and coat which he left lying on the sod at the North Common softball diamond while he played ball against the Laton House ...

Time Travel: Teaming up for 1955 Governor’s Cup at Nashua Country Club

JUNE 19, 1945 – “Playing good golf all the way, Walter Fergnani and Romeo Dion teamed up to win the Governor's Cup finals at the Nashua Country Club. They defeated the team of Dr. Robert Maxwell and A.D. Barnes, who for the second time in a row finish in the runners-up spot. “In 1944 ...