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Merrimack Valley’s Meredith Ramsey (center) will be off and running this fall to Quinnipiac University, where she earned a partial athletic scholarship on the strength of her record-setting career on both the track and field for the Pride. 

(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

Merrimack Valley’s Ramsey lives up to high expectations

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dave Irving spotted it early. After coaching Meredith Ramsey as a sixth- and seventh-grader on the Merrimack Valley Middle School track and field team, Irving had a scouting report for Bob Mullen, one of the high school track coaches at MV. “We were talking about incoming middle schoolers and I said there’s this girl, Meredith Ramsey, and she had a …

High schools: Astle sets school record in shot put as Kearsarge boys’ track takes third

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Zach Astle’s first throw was strong, but low – a line drive, as Kearsarge track and field Coach Ed Rehor observed, and he phrased it that way to his shot put star. Astle listened to his coach, went back and tried it again. “He’s a coachable kid,” Rehor said. The powwow was brief, …

Napoli blasts two home runs in Boston’s 8-3 win over Angels

Sunday, May 24, 2015

BOSTON – Mike Napoli’s timing at the plate returned at the perfect time for the struggling Boston Red Sox. Napoli smacked two homers and drove in three runs, Steven Wright pitched six-plus solid innings and the Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels last …

Isiah Thomas wants people to keep open mind about new job

Friday, May 22, 2015

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Isiah Thomas knew there would be questions when it was announced two weeks ago that he would be the new president of the New York Liberty. Thomas hopes that people will just keep an open …

Celtics owner Pagliuca takes over Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON – The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management yesterday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city’s chances of hosting …

Boston will host Labor Day IndyCar street race in 2016

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON – IndyCar racing is coming to Boston. The Grand Prix of Boston is planned for Labor Day weekend in 2016. A route has been planned for the South Boston waterfront, where it would make a loop through public streets. The tentative route has 11 turns over 2.25 …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, May 22, 2015

NASCAR Gordon to join Fox as full-time analyst following retirement Jeff Gordon will join Fox as a full-time analyst in 2016, teaming with Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the three-man booth. Gordon is retiring at the end of this season, his 23rd full-time year in the Sprint …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, May 22, 2015

JV results The Concord High JV girls’ lacrosse team defeated Salem, 14-6. Jess Nelson led the Tide with three goals. Morgan Sisson and Tori Pelletier scored two goals, and Julia Ek, Olivia Painchaud, Madysen Audet, Lil Ricket, Brett Stoddard and Brenna Vandersea each added one. Avery Loosigian played …

Patriots: Finally, high road traveled

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In yesterday’s Monitor, my colleague and friend Ray Duckler wrote about Patriots owner Robert Kraft accepting his team’s punishment for Deflategate. Duckler wrote that Kraft’s decision not to appeal the NFL’s disciplinary action had the distinctive stink of …

High schools: Levesque shines as Belmont baseball blanks Winnisquam, 5-0

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TILTON – This is the part of the season when the intensity rises and each game means just a little bit more. Fortunately for the Belmont baseball team, the Red Raiders have the formula to meet these higher …

High school girls: Bishop Brady wins see-saw softball battle with H-D, 6-5

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Hillsboro-Deering softball team was battling with everything it had to extend its season beyond the next three games. Bishop Brady, meanwhile, had its eyes on a possible first-round bye in Division III. Neither team was going to give up without a fight. Brady (6-6) scored first. H-D …

Red Sox strand 12 in 2-1 loss to Rangers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox had the Texas Rangers’ outfielders chasing balls all around Fenway Park. The problem was they were catching them. The Red Sox stranded 12 baserunners, including leaving the bases full in the sixth …

Bruins elevate Don Sweeney to general manager

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON – On his first day as general manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney met with Claude Julien and declined to give his Stanley Cup-winning coach more than a tepid endorsement. “He’s the coach of the Boston …