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Merrimack Valley's Megan Johnston (left) takes advantage of a pick set on Kearsarge's Lily Huntoon (in blue) during a cross-division meeting at Merrimack Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2015.

(MICHELLE BERTHIAUME / Monitor staff)

High schools: Merrimack Valley girls’ basketball rides press, balanced scoring to win over Kearsarge

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When the Merrimack Valley girls’ basketball team went to an up-tempo offensive system this year, balanced scoring was supposed to be one of the results. The Pride has taken to the fast break, running through the first two months of the Division II season with just one loss, and the point totals have been balanced, as promised. Take Tuesday night, …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Freshman results The Concord (9-2) girls’ freshman basketball team defeated Dover, 55-13. Helen Massah scored 14 points and Ananya Nadeau pitched in eight. Crystal Federico did a great job boxing out, rebounding and getting steals on the defensive end. Concord Rec programs Concord Parks and Recreation will be extending its Hot Shots (ages 4-6) and Jumpers (grades 1-2) basketball programs into the spring. …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Youth basketball The Weare Middle School Lady Wildcats basketball team capped off an undefeated season on Saturday, beating Hampstead, 67-38, to win the Tri-County League Championship. The Wildcats put together their most complete game of the season, allowing everyone to score and playing intense defense, scoring 26 points in the third quarter. Pictured …

High schools: John Stark girls continue progress with convincing win over Plymouth

Friday, February 5, 2016

Just last year the John Stark girls’ basketball team finished the season 2-16 and missed the playoffs, but now, the young squad is starting to believe in itself. The Generals (4-9) doubled their win total from last season …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, February 5, 2016

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last WEEK’S rank) 1. CONCORD GIRLS’ X-C SKIING (1) placed five, led by Kate Andy, in the top seven to finish first at the 10-team Capitol Cup. 2. CONCORD WRESTLING (2) improved to 16-0 in dual meets with a 66-13 Senior Night win …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, February 5, 2016

Unified result The Bow unified basketball team remained undefeated with a 39-20 victory over John Stark. Jack Rich scored 25 points to lead Bow while Zach Jukoski and Collin Devaney played great defense. Keith Descoteaux chipped in with four timely points. St. Paul’s result The St. Paul’s School …

High schools: Krollis hat trick leads Brady hockey over Bow, 6-0

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A 3-minute, 10-second slice of the first period told the story. With Wednesday’s interdivisional hockey game between Bishop Brady and Bow scoreless through the first nine minutes, Brady broke it open with a pair of goals in a …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Middle school results The Hopkinton middle school boys’ basketball team defeated Merrimack Valley, 51-42. Colby Quiet (eight points), Kevin Newton-Delgado (14 points), Make Baer (eight points), Derek West (seven points) and Evan Jacobsen (six points) had good games for the Hawks. Youth results The Concord Capitals First Command …

High school stars of the day

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Aaron Dobe, Hopkinton Nordic, 1st place in Capitol Cup Sarah Nadeau, Hopkinton Nordic, 1st place in Capitol Cup Maddie Cook, Kearsarge Nordic, 1st place in CVC Championship Carly Huckins, MV basketball, 18 points (5 3-pointers), 5 assists, 3 steals in win Adam Nelson, Bow basketball, 21 points, 3 …

High schools: Merrimack Valley boys’ basketball nets first win

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

It has been a season of transition for the Merrimack Valley boys’ basketball team after last year’s 14-4 team that lost in the quarterfinals saw five seniors graduate and Coach Kevin O’Brien step down from the position. Coming into this season, with a new head coach and a …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

JV results The Hillsboro-Deering JV basketball team lost to Fall Mountain, 61-38. Kyle Brown (13 points) and Logan Putnam (6 points, 5 steals) led the HIllcats. ∎  The Concord High School girls’ JV basketball team defeated Manchester Central, 40-30. Ashley Kelley (13 points), Caitlyn Kelley (11 points, 7 …

High schools: With something to prove, Kearsarge stops Hopkinton, 53-34

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The memory of their overtime meeting 3½ weeks ago was still fresh on the minds of the Hopkinton and Kearsarge boys’ basketball teams. How each handled it decided the rematch. “The boys were really dialed in and focused. …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Middle school results The Hopkinton Middle School boys’ basketball team avenged an earlier loss to Lebanon with a 26-19 win. Colby Quiet was 4-for-4 from the foul line down the stretch. Evan Jacobsen made a couple of nice post moves to give Hopkinton a boost, and Kevin Newton …