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Hopkinton's Luke Luneau passes to a teammate in Thursday's game against Gilford at Gilford High School.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

High schools: Hopkinton boys upended by Gilford in second round

Friday, March 6, 2015

GILFORD – Hopkinton had three goals before last night’s playoff game – hold No. 8 Gilford to 40 points, shoot 25 free throws and outrebound the Golden Eagles. The ninth-seeded Hawks reached one of those goals, but one wasn’t enough. Hopkinton was just 4-for-7 from the line, Gilford had a 33-20 advantage on the glass and the Eagles came away with a 40-29 second-round win. Gilford (15-4) moves on to face No. 1 Pelham in the Division III quarterfinals tomorrow, and Hopkinton will start planning for next season. “I’m pleased with our guys,” Hawks Coach Dave Chase said. “We overachieved. … We graduated eight seniors …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, March 6, 2015

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last week’s rank) 1. COE-BROWN GIRLS’ TRACK (1) wasn’t bothered by the two-week delay for the D-II championships, crusing to the title. 2. BRADY BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING (3) had Sam Marshall finish fourth in the GS and sixth in the slalom at the Meet of Champions. 3. CONCORD GIRLS’ X-C SKIING (2) slips a spot because the Tide …

UNH hockey: Line combinations clicking as Wildcats enter Hockey East playoffs

Friday, March 6, 2015

DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team wasn’t scoring, and Coach Dick Umile kept thinking about a player who hadn’t suited up for him in six years. The player was Greg Collins, a captain on the 2008-09 team who spent much of the season on the third line and in his coach’s ear about getting some shifts with the top …

Fan from New London pays for anti-Mets ownership billboard near field

Thursday, March 5, 2015

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — A New York Mets fan from New Hampshire put his displeasure with the team’s ownership on full display. Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old from New London, paid to have a billboard with the message “Fred, Jeff & Saul, Ya Gotta Leave,” erected on Interstate …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Youth basketball The Concord Boys and Girls Club 3/4 grade girls’ team defeated Chester to advance in the Manchester Suburban League playoffs. The offense was led by Maddie Watcher, Isabelle Rivera, Sarah Taylor and Maddie Kelley. Defensively, Katie Vlacich, Julianna Palhof and Lilly Hackett held Chester scoreless in …

High schools: Kearsarge boys upset Bow in first round of D-III tourney

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

There is one major thing in basketball that cannot be taught, no matter the effort: height. Chris Gaudreau’s Bow boys saw that firsthand as his 14th-seeded Falcons were upset by 19th-seeded Kearsarge in the first round of the …

UNH men’s basketball team turns surprising success into home tournament game

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bill Herrion avoids making predictions about win totals. But if Herrion had been forced to guess how many wins his University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team would have this year before the season began, chances are good …

James scores 27 on milestone night as Cavs cruise past Celtics

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CLEVELAND – LeBron James doesn’t usually spend a lot of time talking about personal accomplishments, but he made an exception last night. James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA’s career list, and the …

Red Sox pitching stops two college teams

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Clay Buchholz started with one perfect inning and Boston Red Sox pitchers dominated the rest of the day in sweeping a pair of college teams, beating Northeastern, 2-1, and edging Boston College, 1-0, yesterday …

Healthy Middlebrooks looks to revitalize career in San Diego

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PEORIA, Ariz. – For the first time in more than a year, it doesn’t hurt when Will Middlebrooks swings. Now in San Diego, a healthy Middlebrooks looks to revitalize a career that went from a sure thing at …

Source: Eagles deal running back McCoy for Bills’ Alonso

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. – LeSean McCoy will lead Rex Ryan’s “ground and pound” running attack for the Buffalo Bills next season. Two people familiar with the deal told the Associated Press yesterday that the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to trade …

Pitt senior Phillips-Nwankwo eyeing different path

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PITTSBURGH – It would have been easy to bail. Nobody would have blamed him. Way too much work. Way too little reward. Way too much else going on in Aron Phillips-Nwankwo’s life. Only he couldn’t. What would his …

Denver Nuggets fire Coach Brian Shaw with team in slide

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

DENVER – Last week, Denver Nuggets players broke huddle with a chant of “1-2-3 … Six weeks,” interpreted by some as a countdown to the end of a season gone sour. Brian Shaw didn’t even make it that …