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Abigail Nappen prepares to release her arrow during a pioneer archery club practice at Pioneer Sportsmen in Dunbarton on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Pioneer Sportsmen emerges as archery authority in state and region

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Frank Schackart’s Pioneer Sportsmen archery club won five East regional medals at the National Indoor Championships this year. The way the coach described it, you’d think it happens every year. “I really hate to say this,” Schackart said, “but this year … I really wasn’t surprised.” That wasn’t hubris or arrogance; Schackart had seen what the team could do after …

Motorsports notebook: Elliott’s Sprint Cup debut a reminder that the future is here

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If the thought didn’t occur to you when Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon arrived last year or when Jeff Gordon announced his coming retirement before this year, it should set in when Chase Elliott climbs into his car at Martinsville for today’s STP 500. The youth movement that has been growing in NASCAR’s …

NASCAR notebook: Question of Kyle Busch’s Chase eligibility a difficult one for NASCAR

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A broken leg wasn’t the only malady to occur when Kyle Busch careened off the Daytona International Speedway track and into a concrete wall the afternoon before the Daytona 500. The collision and its aftermath left NASCAR itself with a ringing headache, one that isn’t likely to go away too easily in the …

Sprint Cup preview: With Edwards on board, Gibbs set to battle Hendrick as NASCAR’s top power

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The first shots for the 2015 Sprint Cup season were fired well before the calendar flipped to the new year. They date back to August, when the rumors became official and Carl Edwards officially signed with Joe Gibbs …

Drew Bonifant column: Amendola turns jeers to cheers in breakout night

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Danny Amendola spent most of the season as a punchline. Things hadn’t improved much by the start of yesterday’s playoff game. Not after the team’s kick-returner-by-default took the kickoff starting New England’s first possession and …

New Chase a smashing success – but questions for the future linger

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Start with the fact – this year, the Chase for the Sprint Cup got it right. Whether you were a supporter of the Sprint Cup’s first experiment with an elimination-based playoff system, or someone building up a year’s …

Drama at an extreme as Sprint Cup approaches cutdowns at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The crazy, white-knuckle race is coming – ahead of schedule, it seems. NASCAR promised chaos the moment it unveiled its new elimination-based Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. But that was supposed to occur during the all-or-nothing finale …

UNH hockey keeping goals high despite youth and inexperience throughout roster

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Consider the script flipped. Last year at this time, there weren’t many question marks surrounding the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team. There were top scorers coming back, top defensemen returning and an incumbent goalie in net, …

Crazy afternoon at Loudon scrambles the Chase field

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The moment the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format was unveiled, it came with a certainty: With eliminations looming, the September race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway would get crazy. As expected, the Sylvania 300 was …

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 …

Gordon, Johnson, someone else? Filling out the Chase bracket

Friday, September 19, 2014

Their areas of expertise are wildly different, but ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven and college basketball icon Dick Vitale agree on one thing: Come the final, all-or-nothing race at Miami, Hendrick Motorsports will have the best crack at …

After cutting it close with Chase, Kahne hopes best is still to come

Friday, September 19, 2014

The last time Kasey Kahne stood in front of a group of New England reporters, he was hit with question after question probing at his wobbly Chase hopes, and had a tight smile ready for each one. Yes, …

Motorsports notebook: Star-studded Gibbs lineup deserves comparisons to Hendrick

Saturday, August 23, 2014

For the second straight year, the homestretch of the Sprint Cup’s regular season involves the possibility of a new power on the rise. The worst-kept secret in NASCAR was finally made open Tuesday when Carl Edwards made it official he was joining Joe Gibbs Racing, giving the owner …

Biffle confident he’s hitting his stride as Chase approaches

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEWINGTON – For Greg Biffle, being the anchor driver and veteran ushering in a new era at Roush Fenway Racing can wait. There’s a Chase for the Cup spot to secure first. And Biffle is confident that when …

Motorsports notebook: It’s time for common sense to prevail in NASCAR

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The tragedy involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. was less than a week old when NASCAR made the obvious move. No leaving the car during cautions, the auto racing body ruled Friday. If there’s smoke or a …