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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 …

In N.H., candidates pushing for constitutional carry

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The owner of the Boscawen pizza parlor looked uncomfortably at the handgun strapped to Robert Forsythe’s hip. The gun was legal, Forsythe told him reassuringly. A Republican candidate for a House seat in Merrimack County District 8, Forsythe …

High schools: Bow football puts it away early in 55-6 rout of Raymond

Sunday, October 19, 2014

RAYMOND – It would have been easy for Bow to lounge its way into Raymond. After all, the undefeated, defending champion Falcons were at the top of the Division III standings coming into yesterday’s football game and Raymond …

No stopping the insanity in Bow when it comes to defense

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BOW – Most call it a three-and-out when a defense forces a punt after just three plays. Bow Coach Paul Cohen likes to call it “18 seconds of craziness,” six seconds for each play. So far this season, …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Soccer champions The Hopkinton Stormin’ Hawks (above) won the 5/6 Girls Division B soccer championship. Members of the championship team are Zelda Ackerman, Jordyn Barrett, Olivia Bradfield, Bea Burack, Brooke Carlson, Abby Condon, Emma Crawford, Kasey Czarnecki, Teagan …

Bow’s stingy defense by the numbers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Yards and points allowed by the Bow defense against each opponent: 70 7 vs. Campbell 50 0 vs. Stevens 101 0 vs. Bishop Brady 126 6 vs. Epping-Newmarket 106 6 vs. Farmington-Nute 106 6 vs. Raymond 93.2 4.2 average per game …

High schools: Mistakes doom Brady football team in wild game with Somersworth

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SOMERSWORTH – After the first quarter, the Bishop Brady and Somersworth football teams had combined for 36 points and more than 300 yards, the Green Giants throwing the ball all over the place and the Hilltoppers tearing things …

Concord girls, St. Paul’s boys win Capital Area cross country titles

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two races, two repeats – but they couldn’t have been more different. The Concord girls’ team dominated the Capital Area Cross Country Championship yesterday, placing five runners in the top eight and 11 in the top 30 to …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, October 18, 2014

JV results The Concord JV boys’ soccer team defeated Spaulding, 9-0, to improve to 11-3. Raj Bhandari scored four goals to lead the Tide offense, while Dan Detwiller scored a pair and Jack Foisey, John Weinberg and Justin Toler added single tallies. ∎ The Concord JV field hockey team …

High school Stars of the Day

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cassie Carey, MV field hockey, goal in 1-0 win Emilee Harlow, Pembroke girls’ soccer, first career shutout in 3-0 win Caitlyn Keenan, Bow girls’ soccer, 2 goals in 2-1 win Sierra Schuster, Hopkinton field hockey, 2 goals in 2-1 OT win Ellie Pope, Bishop Brady girls’ soccer, 3 …

Interim selectman appointed in Dunbarton

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Former Dunbarton selectman Ronald Wanner was sworn in as an interim selectman Thursday. Travis James, a first-term selectman, resigned from the board last week, citing personal reasons. Wanner will join Selectmen Ted Vallieres and Brian Pike on the board. James was the selectmen’s representative for the police department …