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Dakota Van Tassel of Winnisquam HIgh catches a pass from a teammate during the final practice before the Shrine Bowl at Dartmouth College's Memorial Stadium in Hanover, N.H. Friday, August 1, 2014.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Sanbornton’s Van Tassel will jump from football field to basic training

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dakota Van Tassel had several options to choose from. College was one. Playing football in college was another. There was a third choice, however, one that the former Winnisquam lineman and wrestler had had in mind for years. Van Tassel liked the Army National Guard. He liked what it stood for, what it was all about. And the further he … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Nor’Easters Classic champs The New Hampshire Comets 16U Blue team (above) won the championship of the Nor’Easters Classic Tournament in Laconia. The Comets defeated the Middlesex Rapid Fire, 4-3; the Northeast Hurricanes Black, 6-0; and the Methuen Rangers, 10-1. The winning pitchers were Jess Santis, Rebecca Shatney and Kaitlynn Woodward. Key offensive plays … 0

Swarming defense a strength as New Hampshire readies for Shrine Game against Vermont

Friday, August 1, 2014

Consider David Jackson a convert. The New Hampshire coach for the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is an offense guy. Has been throughout his career. But after seeing his team at practice, he had to admit it’s the other side of the ball that has him looking for superlatives going into tomorrow’s annual showdown. “I’ve always been offensively minded, I’ve coached defense in the … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Concord Northeast wins The Concord Northeast Thomson Lawn Care 12-U All Star tournament team went undefeated in the Londonderry Invitational Tournament, beating Merrimack, Dover and Andover, Mass. for the title. Concord’s offense was led by Tommy Duhaime (grand … 0

Post 21 burned by Derry in bottom of the ninth after three-run rally

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NASHUA – For eight innings, it seemed as if the Concord Post 21 American Legion team was shuffling toward the exit, resigned without a whimper to seeing its tournament hopes and season end with a defeat on the same field that had been the site of one of … 0

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lady Cannons finish runner-up The New Hampshire 16U Lady Cannons took second place last weekend at the Bulldog Two tournament held in Waterville, Maine. The Cannons had bracket play wins over Brewer, Maine, 13-7 and Old Town, Maine, 8-0. The Cannons lost in the finals to the 18U … 0

Concord Post 21 drops first game in Legion tourney

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Concord Post 21 baseball team fell in its American Legion senior state tournament opener to Dover, 7-2, at Holman Stadium in Nashua yesterday. Connor Ferns drove in Chapin Bassi with a single in the top of the fifth inning to give Concord a 1-0 lead, but Dover … 0

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

NEIBL result The Weare Nationals baseball team defeated AB Athletics of Nashua, 5-3, in the first of the New England Independent Baseball League playoffs. Andrew Clay got the win on the mound, going five innings and allowing one earned run on four hits while walking one and striking … 0

Bow’s Cole quickly feels at home on the golf course

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Two years ago, Tyler Cole was cut from the Bow High School golf team. This year he qualified for the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship. And the turning point on that accelerated learning curve was a dodgeball … 0

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

State champions The Concord Little League 9-10-year-old all-stars (above) won the state championship in with a 3-2 victory over Monadnock on Tuesday. Concord will travel to Rhode Island beginning Aug. 1 to represent New Hampshire in the Eastern … 0

Concord Post 21 enters Legion baseball tourney on a roll

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Post 21 will be one of the eight baseball teams at Nashua’s Holman Stadium tomorrow for the start of the American Legion senior state tournament. But the Concord-based team needed some late-season magic to get there. Post 21’s finishing kick began last Thursday with a 9-5 win over … 0

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mojalaki CC golf Kathy Kuhn and Lucille Gage placed first in the Mojalaki ladies’ fun league. Mary Reeves and Rosie Dennerly came in second place, with Barbara Wiggin and Cherie Leach placing third. Kathy Kuhn won closest to the pin. Sunset League playoffs The Sunset League is in … 0

Retirement celebration at Grappone dealership

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chris Pappas, a fleet sales representative (right), shown with Larry Haynes, president and CEO of Grappone Automotive Group, was honored July 18 with a retirement celebration at the Grappone dealership in Bow. Pappas held a variety of positions … 0