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Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot coming up Dec. 7

Kids Sports

The Nashua Lodge of Elks will be hosting the 48th Greater Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw contest on Saturday, December 7 at 8 a.m. in the Elm Street Middle School Gymnasium on Chestnut Street. All youth groups/leagues such as CYO, Biddy Basketball, etc., are invited to send players to ...

Longo’s Friday Football Feast: It has to get better, right?

High Schools

When the going gets tough, I disappear. It was the story during this man’s mediocre athletic career, and it has followed through my adult life, in this case attempting to prognosticate on high school football. Simply put, all the acorns stored up by the big fella in a rock-solid, 57-12, ...

Tomahawks face a stiff challenge vs. Exeter in semis

High Schools

They are knocking on the door again. Yes, the Merrimack High School football team is back in the Division I semifinals for the third time in four seasons under head coach Kip Jackson. The problem is, that door is pretty solid, and the Tomahawks may need to use a battering ram to bang it down ...

Hollis Brookline has sights on unbeaten Bow

High Schools

HOLLIS­ – In a season bursting with proverbial three-run homers, the Hollis Brookline football team is again swinging for the fences. Saturday, the Cavaliers boldly go where no Division II football team has gone this season, attempting to tackle top-seeded and unbeaten (10-0) Bow High ...

Alvirne heading to Plymouth for rematch

High Schools

HUDSON -– Exit 25 off I-93 might as well come with a disclaimer, “Visiting high school football teams proceed at your own risk.” Yes, the legend of Plymouth High School football looms that large. The Bobcats, since the switch to three divisions in the Granite State in 2013, have won ...

Improved Raiders set to have a much different season

Local Sports

NASHUA – There's a different feel around the Rivier University men's basketball team these days. Yes, as the Raider athletic program says good-bye to the fall season and hello to winter, it began by seeing an electric offensive player of their own, Issaiah Chappell, a six-foot senior from ...

Crampton a fast learner in Tomahawks’ QB plan

High Schools

MERRIMACK – Kyle Crampton was a happy junior varsity quarterback. He was learning his craft. As a sophomore, knowing that Merrimack's James Dowling is in his last year as the Tomahawks signal caller as a senior, he pointed to his junior year. That would be his time. “Junior year, I was ...

Alvirne football’s Kyle Boucher isn’t about to let up now

High Schools

HUDSON – In an offense like Alvirne High has, so run-oriented with so many diverse weapons, receivers are often asked to sacrifice or block or just wait their turn. When Kyle Boucher’s number got called on Saturday at Milford, the senior played it like it was the final football game of ...

Celtics stop Wizards for ninth straight win

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – Kemba Walker scored 25 points and the Celtics overcame 44 points from Bradley Beal to beat the Washington Wizards 140-133 on Wednesday night, Boston’s ninth straight victory. Jayson Tatum bounced back from a historically bad shooting night with 23 points, Jaylen Brown scored ...

There is sign stealing in baseball? Aw, come on

Local Sports Columnists

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow needs to watch more TV. Specifically, he needs to pay attention to any of the cop shows, particularly the parts when the suspects are advised of their right to remain silent lest they say something really stupid that makes them look guilty as ...

Cougars once again have what it takes for a title win

High Schools

They stood out in the cold on Sunday night at Laconia's Bank of New Hampshire Stadium the same as they were in 2018 at Southern New Hampshire University – champions. Really, what common theme ties the 2019 and 2018 Division III Campbell High School boys soccer champions together? Perhaps ...

Longo: Red Sox need Pedroia’s leadership

Local Sports Columnists

The news has some folks cringing in these parts. At the Arizona baseball meetings this week, new Boston Red Sox CBO Chaim Bloom announced that second baseman Dustin Pedroia, “is feeling good and intending on playing,” according to the Associated Press. I’m all for it. If ever a ...

Patriots set to get back to work with interesting stretch

Boston sports

Vacation is over, and it's back to work for the New England Patriots. It's bye-bye to the bye, and now they have seven games remaining in the 2019 regular season, perhaps only a handful of them expected to be competitive. Here's what we know about these Patriots: A, their defense is still, ...

Kemba Walker leads Celtics to eighth straight win

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – Kemba Walker made a trio of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 29 points, Jaylen Brown added 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Boston beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-106 Monday night in the Celtics’ first game since Gordon Hayward had surgery on his broken left ...

Campbell boys soccer battled its way to title defense

High Schools

LACONIA - It took every last bit of effort, desire, and intestinal fortitude it could muster for the Campbell boys' soccer squad to repeat as Division III champion at Laconia High on Sunday night. But it all paid off. It took a full 80 minutes of regulation time and then nearly 18 more of ...

Campbell boys soccer still No. 1

High Schools

LACONIA – Despite the fact that the Campbell boys soccer squad had gone undefeated right up to its Division III title game battle with Mascenic in Laconia on Sunday night, there was absolutely no reason to believe that the Cougars would be able to simply coast to their second consecutive ...

Merrimack wins the playoff rematch with North, 26-7

High Schools

NASHUA – Two weeks and a one major injury can make quite a difference. The general concensus was that Saturday's Division I quarterfinal between Nashua High School North and Merrimack wouldn't follow the same script as the Titans' 31-19 win two weeks ago. No, not with North missing ...

High school football: Area teams maintain championship hopes

High Schools

And then there were three. That’s all that remains of the eight Division I, II and III local football teams that competed in the playoff quarterfinals on Saturday. Will any last beyond the next semifinal round en route to the finals at the University of New Hampshire on Nov. 24? It ...