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Plymouth's Sam Slaughter fails to take down senior Tucker Burt during a play Friday night at Merrimack Valley High School, Oct. 24, 2014. Merrimack Valley lost, 28-18.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

High schools: Solid second half can’t save MV football team

Saturday, October 25, 2014

PENACOOK – The focus in football is often on the final minutes, the key moments that tilt close games one way or the other. But in 48-minute games, the early minutes count just as much as the late ones – a hard fact Merrimack Valley was reminded of in a late-season defeat on its home field last night. The Pride …

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 didn’t just rise to those challenges, they crushed them. Sophomore Justin Norris returned from an …

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 assists in 6-0 win Emma Fredericks, Stark volleyball, 9 aces in 3-1 win Kyle Clements …

High schools: John Stark pulls out dramatic 14-13 victory over Pembroke

Sunday, October 12, 2014

WEARE – There’s a reason football coaches always stress the game’s three phases. Winning a game takes contributions from the offense, defense and special teams – sometimes, as John Stark found out, within the same minute of each …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pembroke rec basketball For those who missed yesterday’s sign-up for Pembroke Rec Basketball, there will be another signup at the Pembroke Town Hall on Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. The program is for boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten to sixth grade. Call 848-9677. St. Paul’s results The St. …

High school Stars of the Day

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Steph Resnick, Concord field hockey, 3 goals in 3-2 OT win Jess Nelson, Concord girls’ soccer, 3 goals in 4-3 win Katie Steeves, Pittsfield girls’ volleyball, 500th career kill Steph Wetherbee, John Stark field hockey, 4 goals in 7-0 win Elle Pope, Bishop Brady girls’ soccer, 2 goals …

High schools: Second-half spark keeps Hopkinton field hockey team undefeated

Saturday, October 11, 2014

HOPKINTON – Their motto is “Find a Way.” It was spelled out on a fence around the field and they broke every huddle chanting the phrase. And after a tight, scoreless first half, the Hopkinton field hockey team …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, October 11, 2014

JV results The Hopkinton JV boys’ soccer team (7-3-1) defeated Stevens, 2-0. With 10 minutes left in the first half, Josh Taranow scored the game-winner off a rebound from the goalkeeper. Dustin Rose scored the final goal with an assist from Aidan Molnar. ∎ The Concord JV field hockey …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, October 10, 2014

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (with last week’s rank) 1. BOW GOLF (3) The Falcons (22-0) take the top spot after winning their third straight D-III title. 2. BOW FOOTBALL (2) The only undefeated team in D-III will play its only home night game tonight. 3. COE-BROWN GIRLS …

Bow’s depth pays off as Falcons claim third straight Division III golf title

Friday, October 10, 2014

CENTER HARBOR – All season long the Bow golf team outgunned its opponents, boasting talent at the top of its ladder that no team could match and using it to post score after score that no team could …

High schools: H-D boys’ soccer team gets rare win over Bow

Friday, October 10, 2014

It was a midfield battle, with only seven shots on goal combined between the Bow and Hillsboro-Deering boys’ soccer teams, but Shane Kelly made his shot count. The junior forward collected a pass from senior forward Austin Wheeler and put it past Falcons goalkeeper Noah Bult in the …

Bow’s run of dominance

Friday, October 10, 2014

2012 – 21-2 in regular season; shot a 321 in championship round, beating Mascenic by 5 strokes 2013 – 22-0 in regular season; shot a 301 in championship round, beating Pelham by 36 strokes 2014 – 22-0 in regular season; shot a 311 in championship round, beating Mascenic …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, October 10, 2014

JV results The Bow JV field hockey team tied Bishop Brady, 1-1. Shannon Ford scored Bow’s lone goal off an assist by Amanda Hamilton. Brianna Mullen, Riley Hicks and Karly Elliot played well on defense. ∎ The Hillsboro-Deering JV boys’ soccer team made some costly errors, allowing Bow to …