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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 …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Soccer champions The U14 Alliance FC Premier soccer team won the 2014 Boston Breakers Columbus Day Cup held in Marlborough, Mass., this past weekend. Alliance FC Premier was among several New England girls’ teams competing in the U14 …

High school Stars of the Day

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ireland Tawney, Hopkinton field hockey, 1 goal, 5 assists in 8-1 win Kasey Smith, Hopkinton girls’ soccer, 9 saves, 1 assist in 4-0 win James McCluskey, Hopkinton boys’ soccer, game-winning OT goal in his first game of the season Kyle Clements, John Stark boys’ soccer, game-winning goal in …

High schools: Darrah steps up big for Pittsfield boys’ soccer against Nute

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cam Darrah scored a hat trick and the Pittsfield boys’ soccer team (6-6-2) evened its record at .500 with its second straight win, a 3-1 victory over winless Nute (0-13). “We played flat today. Cameron picked us up …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Middle school results The Bow Memorial B field hockey team tied Rundlett B, 1-1. Lindsey Nelson scored for Bow on an assist from Brenna Novakowski. Aggressive play came from Lucy Day, Amber McGuire, Meri Krause and Angie Cericols. ∎ Rundlett A field hockey defeated Bow A, 2-0. Youth football …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Youth soccer The Loudon Freedom girls’ U12 soccer team (pictured) came away division champs from this weekend’s Seacoast United Capital Cup tournament. JV results The Pittsfield JV girls’ soccer team lost to Prospect Mountain, 2-1. Alysssa Sullivan scored …

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 …