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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 …

Playoff scenarios for area football teams in the final week of the regular season

Friday, October 31, 2014

Division I Concord (6-2) at Exeter (6-2), today, 7 In with a win, or a loss and a Memorial loss to Goffstown; out with a loss and a Memorial win Division II Kearsarge (4-3) at Laconia (4-3), today, 7 In with a win; out with a loss Division …

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 …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, October 31, 2014

St. Paul’s results The St. Paul’s boys’ varsity hockey team beat St. Sebastian’s, 2-1. Esteban Dardani and Chavez Mbeki scored for St. Paul’s. Tryouts/registrations Bow Athletic Club basketball registration is open for students in grades 1-12. Signups are online only. Go to bowathleticclub.com and click the online registration …

High school Stars of the Day

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Maddie Cheney, Bow girls’ soccer, 4 goals, assist in 7-1 win Cam Darrah, Pittsfield boys’ soccer, 3 goals in 5-4 PK win Gabe Anthony, Pittsfied boys’ soccer, game-winning PK in 5-4 PK win Gianna Celenza, Bow girls’ soccer, 2 goals, assist in 7-1 win Chris Pinkham and Jacob …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Concord Rec soccer champs Over the weekend, the Concord Recreation Division III soccer league ended with the grade 5-6 championships. On Saturday, the purple Abbot-Downing team (coached by Bert Cooper, team pictured right) defeated the orange St. John’s …

High schools: Top-seeded Bow girls’ soccer team cruises through first round

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The top-seeded Bow High girls’ soccer team got off to a hot start in the Division III tournament, dispatching No. 16 Kearsarge, 7-1, yesterday. Leading the way for the Falcons (17-0-0) were Maddie Cheney (four goals, one assist), Gianna Celenza (two goals, one assist) and Lauren Scarpetti (two …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Thursday, October 30, 2014

High school tournaments today Field hockey Division III semifinals At Bill Ball Stadium, Exeter H.S. No. 12 Gilford (8-7-1) vs. No. 1 Hopkinton (16-0-0), 7 p.m. Previous tournament games: Gilford upset both No. 5 Newfound and No. 4 Pelham, 3-1. Hopkinton overcame both No. 16 Mascoma and No. …

High schools: Kearsarge boys' soccer team advances to second round of D-III tourney

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A scoring burst at the end of the first half was all the No. 15 Kearsarge boys’ soccer team needed to put away No. 18 Hillsboro-Deering, 2-0, in the first round of the Division III tournament yesterday. Both …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

High school tournaments today Boys’ soccer Division I first round No. 13 Nashua North (7-9-0) at No. 4 Concord (11-4-1), 3 p.m. head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season. Notes: The Crimson Tide was playing its best soccer of the year in the …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Soccer champions The John Stark JV girls’ soccer team (pictured) took home the Hopkinton Tournament championship trophy. Stark tailed, 1-0, after 35 minutes in the championship game against Kearsarge, before tying the score. The game proceeded to two …