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Pittsfield's Emily Dunagin plays the ball at the net during a match against Belmont at Pittsfield Middle-High School on Monday, September 22, 2104.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

High schools: Belmont volleyball team serves up 3-0 victory over Pittsfield

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PITTSFIELD – Once again, the Belmont volleyball team needed only three sets to decide the outcome. And this time, it was a winning one. After three of their first four matches ended in sweeps (only one in Belmont’s favor), the Red Raiders dispatched Pittsfield, 3-0, last night to improve to 2-3. Incredible service (14 aces) team-wide and 16 assists from sophomore setter Emily Laflam (who also added two aces and three kills) sparked the Red Raiders, who are rounding into form after a shaky start to the season. Though they are still below .500 on the season, Belmont Coach Melissa Miner believes this is a … 0

Patriots offense still struggling after three games

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have plenty of time to get their offense rolling. The question is: Do they have the players? The offensive line is struggling to protect quarterback Tom Brady and open holes for running backs. The wide receivers, other than Julian Edelman, have contributed little. The tight end … 0

Kicking game: It is called football, after all

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In the biggest game of the NFL season so far, the winning coach said the game wasn’t decided by superstars Peyton Manning, Marshawn Lynch or Richard Sherman. The MVP, Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said, was punter Jon Ryan. The unsung heroes of special teams took center stage around the NFL Sunday, with crucial … 0

Johnson chasing down his own high standards

Sunday, September 21, 2014

LOUDON – It’s Jimmie Johnson’s favorite time of the year. But with the second race of the Chase set to begin, Six-Time has the tone of the kid whose birthday party isn’t quite up to his expectations. “It’s … 0

Steriti’s last-minute TD dive gives UNH 29-26 victory at Richmond

Sunday, September 21, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – Their starting quarterback was on crutches, and both starting guards were on the sideline next to him. Their top running back had a gimpy ankle. And they needed to go 75 yards for a touchdown … 0

Johnson takes charge as Brady football team tops Newfound

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Bishop Brady football team came out swinging – and running – against Newfound yesterday, pounding the ball on the ground for 321 yards en route to a 39-26 win. Brady running back Moses Murenzi ran wild against … 0

Hunter’s Corner: Thousands of pheasants stocked throughout the state

Monday, September 22, 2014

Yesterday started the countdown until the Oct. 1 small game season opener. Stocked pheasants always generate the most hunter activity at the release sites. This year, 12,260 pheasants will be released in all 10 counties with an average … 0

High schools: Injury subdues Tide’s big 48-15 victory over Dover

Sunday, September 21, 2014

DOVER – They came off the field subdued, the faces not reflecting a football team that had just won by 33 points on the road, spoiling its opponent’s homecoming. Concord High’s 48-15 victory yesterday at Dover was secondary to what happened on the sixth play of the game, … 0

Custer’s first stand lands 16-year-old Truck Series driver in Victory Lane

Sunday, September 21, 2014

LOUDON – Cole Custer didn’t know if there’d be time to recover after a questionable call on pit road with 27 laps left had him climbing out of a deep hole. The pole-sitter for yesterday’s NASCAR Camping World … 1

With warmer temps, Gordon turns fastest practice lap

Sunday, September 21, 2014

LOUDON – Maybe there’s hope for beating Brad Keselowski today after all. The winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and pole-sitter for this afternoon’s Sylvania 300 was the fastest car again at yesterday’s morning practice, but … 0

Truck Series driver Sauter finds major happiness in NASCAR’s minor leagues

Saturday, September 20, 2014

LOUDON – Johnny Sauter has seen plenty of them. They’re the young drivers who come up through the Camping World Truck Series, looking for a stepping-stone on their way up the NASCAR ladder. Darrell Wallace Jr. is one … 0

Jones homers twice as Orioles beat Red Sox, 7-2

Sunday, September 21, 2014

BALTIMORE – Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers and the Baltimore Orioles received another steady performance from right-hander Chris Tillman in a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox last night. The AL East champion Orioles … 0

College football: Tide sputters, but prevails

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blake Sims threw for 445 yards, the second-best passing performance in Alabama history, and the third-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sloppy performance to beat Florida, 42-21, yesterday. The Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) committed 11 penalties for 80 … 0