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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 …

Smith, Labonte head up NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith and two-time Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte topped the newest group of five headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR drivers Curtis Turner and Bobby Isaac and modified …

Fisher Cats end road trip with 4-0 loss at Reading

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats had just five hits, all singles, in a 4-0 loss to the host Reading Fightin’ Phils yesterday, ending their seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record. Jorge Flores and Ian Parmley each went 2-for-3 for New Hampshire, which dipped to 20-20. Starting pitcher …

Kucherov’s OT goal gives Lightning 2-1 edge in East finals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. – Nikita Kucherov scored 3:33 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers last night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Ondrej Palat had two goals …

Smith, James lead Cavs past Hawks, 97-89, in Game 1

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ATLANTA — LeBron James scored 31 points, while J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and added 28 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks, 97-89, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals last night. Intent …

Sporting KC scores three times in 14 minutes, beats Revolution

Thursday, May 21, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Krisztian Nemeth scored his second goal 22 seconds into the second half and Sporting Kansas City beat the New England Revolution, 4-2, last night. Sporting KC (4-2-5) had not played since May 9 because its match against Colorado was postponed last weekend. New England …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, May 21, 2015

JV results The Concord JV softball team (12-2) beat Manchester Memorial, 12-3, behind the offense of Haley Munroe (4-for-5, three runs, two RBI), Lauren Hatch (3-for-4, triple, two runs, four RBI) and Rebecca Zenor (3-for-5). Lauren Mullen earned the win, allowing just one hit in four shutout innings, …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NHL Leafs hire Babcock as new head coach The Toronto Maple Leafs hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach yesterday. Babcock spent the last 10 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2008. His contract with Detroit expired at the end …

High schools: Belmont softball team continues breakthrough season with win over Bow

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Belmont softball team won its 10th game of the season yesterday, 13-3 against Bow, and as far as Belmont Coach Bill Clary can tell, that win total has some significance. “I’ve gone back 12 years looking through …

Ortiz, Napoli homer as Red Sox top Rangers, 4-3

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOSTON – Mike Napoli found a flaw in his swing on the cross-country flight after his difficult road trip. Then he sent a liner soaring into the left-field seats. Napoli watched video while flying from Seattle on Sunday …

Kraft: Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine, draft penalties

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains. Moments after Kraft said yesterday he won’t oppose the $1 million fine and …