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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,” …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, October 31, 2014

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (with last week’s rank) 1. COE-BROWN GIRLS X-C (3) All 7 runners placed in the top 13 as the Bears won their fifth straight D-II title. 2. BOW GOLF (1) They haven’t played in three weeks, but the three-time champs still deserve this spot. 3. COE-BROWN BOYS’ X-C …

State Senate District 17 features Reagan/Fraher rematch

Monday, October 27, 2014

Voters in District 17 will recognize both names on the ballot for state Senate, as Democrat Nancy Fraher once again challenges Republican John Reagan for the seat. Now in his first term as state senator, Reagan defeated Fraher …

High schools: Hopkinton survives another scare to reach Division III field hockey semifinals

Monday, October 27, 2014

Patty Connolly wouldn’t mind a little less drama in her Hopkinton field hockey team’s tournament run. But, then again, she’s not going to complain too much about the back-to-back overtime victories that have her Hawks in the Division …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Monday, October 27, 2014

Youth hockey The Eastern Bank Concord Capitals Squirt 1 hockey team defeated the Manchester Flames Squirt 1, 10-2, behind the offense of Ryan Doherty (four goals, assist), Parker Fredrickson (three goals), Ryan Philbrick (goal, two assists), Zan Alberici (goal), Caden Green (goal, assist). Six other players added assists. …

Hopkinton girls cross country team’s reign of dominance ends

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MANCHESTER – The pedigree belonged to Hopkinton, but depth was on the side of White Mountains. In the end, the Spartans’ depth proved too much. Seeking an eight consecutive cross country team title, the Hopkinton girls were unseated …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Sunday, October 26, 2014

High school tournaments today Field hockey Division III quarterfinals No. 8 Sanborn (8-4-3) at No. 1 Hopkinton (15-0-0), 2 p.m. Previous tournament games: The Hawks needed overtime to oust Mascoma, 1-0. The Indians prevailed over John Stark by the same 1-0 score. head to head: Hopkinton swept Sanborn, …

Cross country team winners, runners-up

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Division I girls 1. Bishop Guertin 2. Concord Division I boys 1. Pinkerton 2. Timberlane Division II girls 1. Coe-Brown 2. Oyster River Division II boys 1. Coe-Brown 2. Goffstown Division III girls 1. White Mountains 2. Monadnock Division III boys 1. Mascenic 2. Derryfield …

High schools: Bow football team leaves Winnisquam in a must-win situation

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Winnisquam football team knew it could come down to this. Yesterday, the Bears were overmatched by undefeated defending Division III champion Bow, 35-0, leaving Coach Pat Riberdy’s team with a 4-3 record. But even with the decisive …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Seacoast Capital Cup champs The Bow Soccer Club U10 girls’ team went undefeated to win the Seacoast Capital Cup Tournament. The team played solid on both ends of the field and defeated a strong Seacoast Premier team, 3-2, …

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 …

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 …