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Concord’s Jess Nelson goes on the attack in a game last season. Nelson, a junior, led the Tide in scoring last season and remains a top threat. “She keeps defenses honest,” Coach Bill Nardino said. 
(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Concord girls’ soccer looking for experience to pay off with deep run

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Concord High girls’ soccer team lost last year in the Division I quarterfinals. The Crimson Tide lost in the quarterfinals the year before, too. The year before that, another quarterfinals ouster. So why does Coach Bill Nardino feel this Tide team has what it takes to get back to higher ground, such as the title game appearance it achieved in 2011? For one, having so many players back from some of those quarterfinalists helps. “I think our strength is definitely our experience, having so many girls coming back that started for us last year and then girls coming in off the bench,” said Nardino, …

Capsule outlook of the area’s high school girls’ soccer teams

Friday, August 28, 2015

High school girls’ soccer outlook Coe-Brown Division: II Coach: Josh Hils (11th year) Last year: 15-4-0, reached semifinals Returning starters: Katie Clinch, jr., MF; Molly DeTrude, sr., B; Christen Gallant, sr., F; Kayla Patten, sr., B/MF; Kaitlyn Ross, sr., B Top newcomers: Mackenzie Daly, fr., G/MF; Emily Olofson, fr., B; Hannah Daly, jr., …

NHIAA announces football playoff changes; soccer overtime rules nixed for season

Friday, August 28, 2015

Changes were the topic of the day at the NHIAA’s season-opening media day – the ones that are happening and aren’t happening alike. The NHIAA announced alterations to the high school football playoff system on Thursday, while also discussing the rescinding of new overtime rules for soccer before they could take effect for the upcoming season. The new rules in soccer would have …

David Letterman struggling with love of racing

Friday, August 28, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. – This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing. The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number racing deaths – Justin Wilson, …

Taking down Bolt is not easy, but a cameraman gives it a try

Friday, August 28, 2015

BEIJING – Only when the running stopped and the picture-taking began did Usain Bolt finally meet his match. Bolt blew past Justin Gatlin and everyone else Thursday night in the 200 meters to win his 10th career gold …

Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka ‘Chocolate Thunder,’ dies at 58

Friday, August 28, 2015

Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers’ locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force. The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer …

Wilson claims his new water heals concussions. That’s corny and dangerous.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Russell Wilson’s devotion to the products he promotes changed Wednesday evening from corny in an annoying way to stupid in a dangerous way. Following the publication of a Rolling Stone article in which he expressed a similar belief, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback tweeted that a bubbly water drink, …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, August 28, 2015

NFL Texans QB Mallett misses practice for personal issue HOUSTON – Houston Texans backup quarterback Ryan Mallett missed practice on Thursday for what Coach Bill O’Brien called a personal issue. Brian Hoyer was named the team’s starter on Monday after competing with Mallett for the job. On Tuesday, …

Mets’ six-run inning buries Fisher Cats

Friday, August 28, 2015

Binghamton turned a one-run deficit into a five-run lead in one inning and cruised past the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 9-5, on Thursday night. The Mets (71-59) knocked Fisher Cats (63-65) starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx from the game with a six-run fifth inning, making the score 8-3. Bibens-Dirkx allowed …

Oriol Servia to drive Justin Wilson’s No. 25 Honda in finale

Friday, August 28, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. – Justin Wilson’s race car will return to the track for the IndyCar season finale. Andretti Autosport announced Thursday that series veteran Oriol Servia will drive Wilson’s No. 25 Honda at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. Wilson …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, August 28, 2015

Golf result Jon Ruggles and Jon Lang won the two-ball best ball event on Thursday at Concord Country Club with a 58. Second place, with a score of 60, went to Charlie Blake and Jon Lang, while Kevin Hobbs and Joe Drinon took third place with a score …

Confidence aplenty as Concord boys’ soccer team gets ready for season opener

Thursday, August 27, 2015

It was an off year for the Concord High boys’ soccer team in 2014. Sure, the Crimson Tide went 11-4-1 in the regular season, earned the fourth seed in the Division I tournament and claimed a 4-0 first-round …

Capsule outlook of the area’s high school boys’ soccer teams

Thursday, August 27, 2015

High school boys’ soccer outlook Coe-Brown Division: II Coach: Christian Gompert (4th year) Last year: 15-2-0, reached quarterfinals Returning starters: Jayson Cleveland, sr., F; Liam Clinch, sr., MF; Jake Dunkerley, sr., F; Ethan Barbeau, jr., D; Corbin LeBlanc, …