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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 …

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 …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, October 23, 2014

JV result The Pembroke JV boys’ soccer team defeated Lebanon in overtime to improve to 14-1. A.J. Gagnon scored the winner, and Kobie Valdes also scored for the Spartans. Zach Hooker, Patrick Chase, Connor Locke and Justin Smith played well defensively. Proctor Academy results The Proctor Academy boys’ …

High schools: Hopkinton boys’ soccer team up to a challenge from Bow

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOW – For the first 39 minutes, it was all Hopkinton. The Hawks built a two-goal lead, dominated possession and didn’t allow Bow a shot on goal. But the Falcons scored just before the half and the match’s …

Merrimack Valley field hockey team wins in OT to reach quarterfinals

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PENACOOK – Denied once, Cassidy Huckins wasn’t going to be denied a second time. The Merrimack Valley senior scored off the rebound of her own shot a minute and a half into sudden death overtime to give the …