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John Stark guard Autumn Nelson just misses a steal as the ball goes through her fingers against Allison Carey of Plymouth during the first half Thursday night.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

High schools: John Stark girls continue progress with convincing win over Plymouth

Friday, February 5, 2016

Just last year the John Stark girls’ basketball team finished the season 2-16 and missed the playoffs, but now, the young squad is starting to believe in itself. The Generals (4-9) doubled their win total from last season and avenged a loss from earlier this season in one blow, defeating Plymouth, 51-31, on the Generals’ home floor. The win not only avenges a 33-29 loss to the Bobcats (2-11) in late December, but lifts John Stark to 14th-place in Division II, keeping them in the playoff hunt. The top 16 teams qualify for the postseason tournament. “The team has gained a lot of confidence,” John …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, February 5, 2016

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last WEEK’S rank) 1. CONCORD GIRLS’ X-C SKIING (1) placed five, led by Kate Andy, in the top seven to finish first at the 10-team Capitol Cup. 2. CONCORD WRESTLING (2) improved to 16-0 in dual meets with a 66-13 Senior Night win over Bedford on Wednesday. 3. CONCORD BOYS’ HOCKEY (4) will put its 9-0 record, and …

Marchand, Spooner come through for Bruins in shootout win over Sabres

Friday, February 5, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Five players on the Buffalo Sabres had a chance to stop Brad Marchand before the streaking Boston Bruins forward finished his end-to-end rush with a flourish. Marchand scored his eighth goal in eight games to help Boston erase a two-goal deficit, and Ryan Spooner scored in regulation and the shootout …

Stewart to miss start of Sprint Cup season with broken vertebra

Friday, February 5, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle, Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday. The three-time NASCAR champion sustained a “burst fracture of the L1 vertebra” when he crashed on an ATV Sunday …

Quebec offers a skiing refuge during unseasonably warm stretch

Friday, February 5, 2016

Big Squaw Mountain (skibigsquaw.com) in Greenville Junction, Maine really isn’t near to home for most of us. But Greenville is one of the great winter towns in New England. And it’s conveniently on the way to Quebec City …

Manziel’s ex-girlfriend says embattled Cleveland quarterback hit her

Friday, February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND – Johnny Manziel’s ex-girlfriend told police the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her during an argument last weekend in Texas and said he appeared to be on drugs, according to a police report. The report released Thursday by …

Peyton Manning a Panther? Carolina tried, but failed in ’98

Friday, February 5, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If the Carolina Panthers had their way, maybe Peyton Manning would be playing for them – not against them – in the Super Bowl. When Manning was coming out for the 1998 draft, the Panthers …

No injury concerns as Broncos and Panthers practice fully

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers had full participation at practice from all 53 players on their respective rosters on Thursday. Broncos starting safeties T.J. Ward (ankle) and Darian Stewart (knee) and guard Louis Vasquez (knee) had been …

Jack Riley, former Army and gold medal-winning U.S. hockey coach, dies

Friday, February 5, 2016

Jack Riley, the Army coach who in 1960 guided the U.S. to its first Olympic gold medal in hockey, has died. He was 95. Riley died Wednesday on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the U.S. Military Academy said Thursday. …

Denver (NC) is backing Panthers, not Broncos in Super Bowl

Friday, February 5, 2016

There are hardly any Broncos fans these days in Denver – not Denver, N.C., that is. Instead, this unincorporated town about a half-hour from Charlotte is full of Carolina Panthers fans. And with the Panthers facing the Denver …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, February 5, 2016

Extreme sports Police: BMX rider Mirra dies at 41 of apparent suicide GREENVILLE, N.C. – Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra died in North Carolina. He was 41. Greenville police said Thursday night that Mirra’s body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, February 5, 2016

Unified result The Bow unified basketball team remained undefeated with a 39-20 victory over John Stark. Jack Rich scored 25 points to lead Bow while Zach Jukoski and Collin Devaney played great defense. Keith Descoteaux chipped in with four timely points. St. Paul’s result The St. Paul’s School …

High schools: Krollis hat trick leads Brady hockey over Bow, 6-0

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A 3-minute, 10-second slice of the first period told the story. With Wednesday’s interdivisional hockey game between Bishop Brady and Bow scoreless through the first nine minutes, Brady broke it open with a pair of goals in a …