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Belmont's Cassie Contigiani reaches for the ball at second base in an attempt to tag Franklin's Mariah Gauthier out during the game between the schools on Wednesday afternoon, April 16, 2014 at Odell Park in Franklin. Contigiani dropped the ball and Gautheir landed on second safely.

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

High schools: Bird’s five-hit shutout leads Franklin over Belmont in softball, 6-0

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Franklin put a season-opening loss behind it in a hurry. Just two days after giving up nine runs, the Golden Tornadoes softball team (1-1) shored up the defense and received a five-hit shutout from pitcher Kelsey Bird in yesterday’s 6-0 victory over Belmont (0-2). Belmont’s biggest threat came in the fifth with Franklin ahead 4-0. With one out, the Raiders … 0

Capsule outlook of the area’s high school volleyball teams

Thursday, April 17, 2014

High school boys’ volleyball outlook Coe-Brown Division: I Coach: Ryan Smith (2nd year) Last year: 6-10, did not qualify for tournament Returning starters: Charles Swansburg, so., OH Top newcomers: Borja Rodriguez, jr.; Isaiah Allen, fr.; William Girard, fr. Outlook: The Bears are young, with no seniors and with underclassmen making up nine of their 12 roster spots. How quickly that youth matures will … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, April 17, 2014

JV results The Concord JV baseball team lost to Manchester Central, 8-3. Jared Grondin went 2-for-2 and Matt LaTourette chipped in with two hits and an RBI. ∎ The Concord girls’ JV lacrosse team lost to Pinkerton, 11-7. Becca Proulx and Addie Palisi led the Tide with two goals each. Sarah Harper, Tori Pelletier and Olivia Painchaud each had one. Paige Hyndman and Allie … 0

High Schools: Hopkinton girls score in every event to take first in Bow meet

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It’s early, but the Hopkinton High girls’ track and field team is already showing that its depth could make it a team to be reckoned with this season. The Hawk girls scored in all 14 events during yesterday’s … 0

Capsule outlook of the area’s high school softball teams

Saturday, April 12, 2014

High school softball outlook Coe-Brown Division: II Coach: Tim Tenasco (13th year) Last year: 17-3, lost in championship game Returning starters: Lauren Jones, sr., 2B; Shannon Burke, sr., C; Amanda Riley, jr., SS; Kianna Daudelin, jr., P/IF; Holly Donohue, jr., CF; Lacey Locke, jr., LF/RF; Caitlin Foley, jr., … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, April 12, 2014

College standouts Concord’s Jenna Tewksbury notched three assists as the Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team beat MIT, 11-6. ∎ Hopkinton’s Henry Merrow had two goals and two assists in the MIT men’s lacrosse team’s 20-8 victory over Lyndon State. ∎ Bow’s Lindsey Bucknam had five goals and three assists and … 0

High Schools: Concord boys’ tennis team makes strides in sweep of Nashua South

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The scores from this opening week of the tennis season seem to tell a clear story for the Concord boys’ team. The Crimson Tide posted 8-1 road wins on Monday and Wednesday and followed those up with yesterday’s … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, April 12, 2014

College standout Joardyn Douillette of Loudon and Courtney Gilman of Penacook both had an RBI-single for the NHTI softball team in a 9-2 loss to Dean College. Kasie Tucker of Bow allowed five runs in three innings from the circle. Douillette had two hits in the second game, … 0

High school Stars of the Day

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nick Vermette, Brady boys’ tennis, win at No. 3 singles (usually plays at No. 5) and No. 2 doubles in Giants’ 6-3 win Zach Zbehlik and Nate Louf, Bow boys’ tennis, 8-0 singles wins, doubles win (together at No. 1) Nandita Kasireddy, Bow girls’ tennis, singles and doubles … 0

High Schools: Concord girls’ tennis team off to impressive start

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Concord High girls’ tennis team entered the season hoping to drastically improve upon its 5-9 record from last season, and the Crimson Tide opened its season on the right foot yesterday, defeating a strong Manchester Central team, … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, April 11, 2014

College standout Phoebe Clark of Concord scored three goals for the SNHU women’s lacrosse team in an 11-10 victory. ∎ Amy Zahensky of Bow, a freshman goaltender for the Franklin Pierce field hockey team, was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II National Academic Squad. ∎ Derrick … 0

High Schools: Bow boys' tennis team rolls to second straight win

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Like most teams around the state, the Bow boys’ tennis team did not get much court time before the season started on Monday. The Falcons, however, aren’t showing it. Bow improved to 2-0 yesterday with its second 8-1 … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hockey champions Sig Sauer Academy (above) finished the 2013-14 season by winning the Valley League championship. The Caps beat Reading AAA, 4-1; Twin City AA, 3-2 in overtime; the Starhawks, 4-2, in the division title game; and Belmont, … 0