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Awful news for local ballplayers as American Legion season is cut

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, each day wondering a bit more if Rob Gronkowski's defection from the Patriots was a lock well before he announced an end to his abbreviated retirement … Now that the American Legion baseball season has been scrapped, prepare for a parade of ...

Time Travel: Nashua High golf team shines

MAY 11, 1966 – “Nashua High's sparkling golf team continued its climb toward the state crown at hilly-chilly Derryfield Country Club yesterday when it posted a 7-2 win over Manchester West. “Medalist honors went to Ted Goulet with a 77 card. Dana Levesque fired a 79.” MAY 11, 1976 – ...

For Paladino, the time was right and the days will be shorter

Pete Paladino remembers one night at Merrimack College during his assistant athletic director days when Boston University coach Jack Parker was livid, seeking out a Hockey East official after a game controversy. “Uh, well, he's up on the roof right now chopping ice,” Paladino told a ...

Time Travel: Returning from the war

MAY 10, 1945 – From sports editor Frank Stawasz’s column, with World War II winding down: “Home for the first time in many months is Bob Jauron, former Purple football, baseball, basketball and track star, and later of Boston College where he played with the Frank Leahy national ...

Time Travel: Hudson has bowling state champ

MAY 9, 1955 – “Robert Francoeur of Hudson successfully defended his 1954 state bowling crown yesterday topping a field of 55 Granite State Keglers for the 1955 singles title. Francoeur toppled a total of 1137 pins over the 10-string route. “In the runner-up spot was Augustine St. Pierre ...

Here are a few Mother’s Day Weekend sports tidbits to chew on

Here are a few tids and bits to chew on while we begin Mother's Day Weekend and for some reason during this strange time have to experience March in May: First, you have to feel for now-former Bishop Guertin High School girls soccer coach Pat Mulcahy, and then again, you can also feel happy ...

Futures League doesn’t need to follow NECBL — yet

Nashua Silver Knights general manger Cam Cook a few days ago got a text from former Knights field manager and VP of Player Personnel B.J. Neverett. “You're phone is going to be burning up in the next few days,” Neverett told him. That was right after word got out that the New England ...

Have fun in Tampa Bay, Tom

Asante Samuel, last noticed here when he ruined a perfect season by letting a sure interception clank off his finger tips, offered his thoughts as to Tom Brady's flight to Tampa Bay. “He probably just got fed up with it at the end of the day,” Samuel said in an interview with TMZ Sports. ...

Time Travel: Weekend winners at Nashua Country Club

May 4, 1960 – Winners of the weekend golf competitions at the Nashua Country Club included: The First Four, Last Four and Selected Hole tournament, Mike Tamulevich and Ben Bernard tied for the gross prize, each shooting 45s. Barry Bruce was runner-up with a 46. Net winners were Paul ...

Another triple bogey for the golf community, including high schools

Scott Anderson remembers the first time he ever went to play golf. “I was 10 or 11, and my parents took me out to play at Green Meadow,” the Nashua High School North golf coach said. “Probably most everybody in New England started out there. Your grandfather and father played there. It's ...

Greenwood: Pats must say no to Dalton

If there are any Andy Dalton fans out there, this is a gentle summary of my feelings on the Patriots paying for his services next season: Please, don’t. As for the rest of the us, the message amounts to this: Are you truly hell-bent on hiring the anti-Tom Brady? There’s nothing personal ...

For Smith and the Spinners, it’s uncertainty times two

So, you want to be a minor league baseball general manager or executive? Not now, you don't. In this health crisis, their minds must be racing, like many people's are. They shrug their shoulders, or roll their eyes when see a report – since emphatically denied -- like the one that popped up ...

Time Travel: Nashua boys play 36 hours, 25 minutes of basketball

April 30, 1965 – “Tired, disheveled and weary – but deliriously happy with the knowledge they have broken all existing basketball marathon records – a very sleepy group of Nashua youngsters went to bed today shortly before 1 a.m. After playing for 36 hours and 25 minutes in the old YMCA ...

Right now, the summer game is simply a waiting game

Everybody loves summer. And everybody loves summer baseball. The Futures Collegiate League and New Hampshire American Leagion programs hope circumstances with the pandemic allow that baseball to be played. Their hopes hinge on different things. Legion ball is clearly dependent on the ...

Here’s a few fun local leftovers from the NFL Draft

Thank you, National Football League, for giving us three straight days of solid sports news and a plethora of discussion and debate that can continue in the weeks ahead by holding the NFL Draft as scheduled. Fans everywhere, including in the Nashua area, the draft brought intrigue, ...

This referee was one every coach, player and parent loved

Local youth and high school coach Colin Scoggins was recounting in a requested social media post on his best memory of late noted Nashua Biddy Basketball referee Dave Mansor. His girls Jr. Biddy team basketball team (usually ages 7-9) one year had enjoyed an undefeated season until it was ...

Attention: Please return all those foul balls

Who says Bill Belichick is humorless? His dog at the computer for the Pats’ first NFL Draft pick, an empty room for the next one … perfect. Must have greatly annoyed Roger Goodell. APRIL 26, 1950 – “Mario J. Vagge, president of the Central New England semi-pro baseball league, ...

Local Patriot fans had a long draft wait for nothing — again

Admit it, you were furious. As former longtime Souhegan High School football coach Mike Beliveau said, “Buzz kill.” As you sat in the glory of having a live sporting event as popular as the first night of the National Football League Draft take place, you were watching every move on ...