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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Monday, December 22, 2014

Freshman results The Concord High School girls’ freshman basketball team defeated Bishop Guertin, 60-28. Jada Duvert (19 points, 20 rebounds) led the Tide offense along with Catherine Reynolds (11 points, six steals, three assists). Kasie Malone (eight points, three blocks) provided a solid defensive effort. Middle school results The Chichester 7th/8th-grade boys’ basketball team won the 2014 Hopkinton Holiday Classic …

Preview capsules of the area’s Division II high school swim teams

Monday, December 22, 2014

Bishop BradY Division: II Coach: Nancy Stehno (1st year) Last year: Girls: DNS; Boys: DNS Returning STARTERS: Girls: Aly Senko, Amelia Toole, Bryana Rochenski; Boys: Jacob Faretra, Matt Fogarty, Jacob Smith, Hunter Blake, Curtis Lashon, Xiaoyuan Zhang Top newcomers: Girls: Yolanda Wang; Boys: Brendan Sica Outlook: After failing to score or qualify for the state meet last year, this year’s goal is to …

MV boys and girls both place second at season-opening indoor track meet

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merrimack Valley started the indoor track season on a high note yesterday at the University of New Hampshire. After the season-opening high school meet was delayed a day, both the MV boys’ and girls’ teams placed second in a meet with 12 schools scoring. Pembroke’s boys placed third, while the girls took ninth. The Pride girls scored 58 points, finishing just behind meet …

After 40 years in the family, Boutwell’s Bowling Center to change hands

Monday, December 22, 2014

After 46 years at Boutwell’s Bowling Center in Concord, owner Steve Birch is preparing to sell the lanes and spend a little more time with his family. But he won’t be checking in his bowling shoes for the …

Downtown: Soup Gallery closes its doors, but not its kitchen

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Soup Gallery has closed its eatery in downtown Concord, but its chef plans to continue catering and selling soups at other area restaurants. Owner Natalia Strong said the cafe has been successful – but when the time …

Digital director: Media companies need to adapt to new world through metrics

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ernesto Burden was recently named vice president of digital operations for Newspapers of New England, the Monitor’s parent company, which also owns the Valley News and Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in New Hampshire and several papers in Massachusetts. It’s a …

Used goods, know-how keep Capital Sporting Goods competitive

Monday, December 22, 2014

More than just a businessman, Dave Palisi is an advocate for youth sports. The Capital Sporting Goods owner wants kids getting active and wants parents to know that it’s not as expensive as they think – yes, even …

Even with flexible spending changes, still a busy time of year at Concord eye offices

Monday, December 22, 2014

For years, it was like clockwork: On Dec. 31, Capital Vision Center would fill up with customers looking to make last-minute purchases before the new year, or risk losing the money they had set aside from their salaries. The store usually closes about 1 p.m. that day, so …

Ray Duckler: War and sand replaced by magic and snow

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For Greg and Amber Card, neither place seemed real. Not the Middle East, with its enemy soldiers, blood and death. Not the North Pole, with its Santa Claus, elves and magic. Call them contrasting visions, fighting for a …

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas parade was a success The 63rd annual Concord Christmas Parade is now history, but I would like to thank so many for coming out to help launch the unofficial beginning of the festive Christmas Season in the greater Concord area. Once again, we had a record crowd …

Concord to abandon disruptive property ordinance, for now

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Concord Public Safety Board has advised the city not to pursue an ordinance that would have tightened restrictions on disruptive properties, an idea first floated months ago amid complaints about a four-unit apartment complex at 74 Rumford St. The board, tasked with evaluating the proposal, voted unanimously …

The Insiders: Enjoy tons of great holiday music today, no helmet required

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The way we see it, there’s two ways you can tackle today: put on full football pads and a helmet and brave the shopping centers, or put on your listening pants and hear some relaxing holiday music (If you are doing some shopping, we could use some new …

High schools: Bow boys’ hockey team picks up first win of season, 4-2, over Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Trailing 2-0 early in the second period yesterday, the Bow High boys’ hockey team finally started doing what it hadn’t done to that point this season: playing without the puck. And when the Falcons changed their ways, it …