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Hopkinton teammates embrace an unseen Ireland Tawney after Tawney scored in overtime to defeat Gilford, 2-1, to win Thursday's D-III field hockey semifinal game at Exeter High School, Oct. 30, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

In semifinals, Hopkinton field hockey team wins in overtime again

Friday, October 31, 2014

EXETER – Patty Connolly insists the Hopkinton field hockey team isn’t doing it on purpose – the high-wire act, taking games to overtime, letting their picture-perfect season come within one shot of crumbling to pieces. Intentional or not, it’s working. The Hawks don’t know how to make things easier for themselves. But they also don’t know how to pay for their risky style. Hopkinton’s quest for both a championship and a perfect season survived another challenge from a big-thinking underdog, as the top-seeded Hawks got a goal from Ireland Tawney 3:31 into overtime to lift them over No. 12 Gilford, 2-1. Hopkinton (17-0) will play …

High schools: Coe-Brown girls’ soccer team breaks away in second half

Friday, October 31, 2014

They competed all season with the purpose of playing at home when the tournament began. And for the Coe-Brown girls’ soccer team, one home game wasn’t enough. So there was no way the third-seeded Bears were going to overlook 14th-seeded Merrimack Valley in the first round of the Division II tourney yesterday. “For us, it’s been about defending our home field all year,” …

High school football: An early start to playoff pressure

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween can be a scary night. High school football teams around the state are hoping it doesn’t turn into a horror story. In this, the final weekend of the regular season, playoff implications hinge on the outcome of nearly every game involving area teams. It all starts tonight with a trio of must-win games covering each division, and continues tomorrow with two more …

Kearsarge football team dominates in must-win game

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTH SUTTON – The stakes were piled high last night for Kearsarge. It was the last home game of the season, rival Lebanon was in town, and staying alive in the playoff race required a victory. The Cougars …

High school Stars of the Day

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Justus Turk, Pembroke boys’ soccer, 5 goals in 6-0 win Ireland Tawney, Hopkinton field hockey, goal in 1-0 2OT win Josh Ames, Concord football, 6 carries for 55 yards, 1 catch for 13 yards, 2 sacks, 43-yard INT return for a TD Jeremy Caruso, Pembroke boys’ soccer, 4 …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Saturday, October 25, 2014

High school tournaments today Cross country Division championships At Derryfield Park, Manchester Start times: Division I girls 10 a.m.; Division I boys 10:40 a.m.; Division I awards 11:20 a.m.; Division III girls 11:30 a.m.; Division III boys 12:10 p.m.; Division III awards 12:50 p.m.; Division II girls 1 …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, October 25, 2014

JV results The Concord girls’ JV soccer team fell to Alvirne, 2-0. ∎ The Concord girls’ JV volleyball team defeated Winnacunnet, 3-0. Grace Allaire (eight kills, two digs, two assists), Emmily Attockne (five digs) and Savannah Donohue (six assists) led the Tide. ∎ The Belmont girls’ JV volleyball team defeated …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, October 24, 2014

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (with last week’s rank) 1. BOW GOLF (1) The first champions of autumn stay in the top spot for one more week. 2. BOW FOOTBALL (3) Second-string Falcons were in by the second …

High schools: Kearsarge boys’ soccer team protects its turf

Friday, October 24, 2014

With driving rains and flash floods soaking much of New Hampshire yesterday, the Kearsarge boys’ soccer team found refuge on the turf field at Proctor Academy in nearby Andover. The Cougars (8-7-1) looked right at home, playing one of their most complete games all season in a 1-0 …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, October 24, 2014

Freshmen football The Concord High freshman football team beat Portsmouth, 28-20. The Tide was led by the running attack of Matt Burke, Alex Buteau and Sal Rinaldi. The defense was anchored by TJ Celestine, Sean McCready and Garret Harmon. Youth football The Concord Capitols fourth-grade football team lost …

High school Stars of the Day

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Caitlyn Shea, Concord girls’ volleyball, 48 assists, 6 digs in 3-1 victory over Spaulding Ellie Pope, Bishop Brady girls’ soccer, 4 goals in 6-0 victory over Newport Erica Doubleday, Winnisquam volleyball, 30 assists, 5 aces, 2 kills in 3-0 victory over Franklin Madalyn Lover, John Stark girls’ volleyball, …

High schools: Concord boys show they belong among boys’ soccer elite

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MANCHESTER – One of the preseason goals for the Concord boys’ soccer team was to finish in the top four in the regular season. The Crimson Tide has been near the top of the standings most of the …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Field hockey Division III first round No. 16 Mascoma (4-10-0) at No. 1 Hopkinton (14-0-0), 3 p.m. head to head: Hopkinton edged Mascoma, 2-1 in overtime, in its regular-season finale. Notes: Hopkinton knows it can’t take anyone lightly, regardless of its undefeated, top ranking. All the Hawks have …