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NHTI men win conference hoops title

03-04-2024 5:15 PM

NHTI defeated the Central Maine Community College (CMCC) Mustangs 80-78 on Sunday to win their fifth YSCC men’s basketball championship in program history. It’s also the first time the Lynx have won the championship on their home court since 2018.On...


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NLRB official denies Dartmouth request to reopen basketball union case. Players to vote Tuesday

03-04-2024 2:11 PM

By JIMMY GOLEN

Dartmouth basketball players remain on schedule to vote Tuesday on whether to form the nation’s first-ever college athletes’ labor union after a National Labor Relations Board official rejected the school’s request to reopen the case.NLRB regional...


Boys’ basketball: As No. 4 Coe-Brown prepares for its D-II semifinal against No. 1 Pelham, a Q&A with head coach Dave Smith

03-04-2024 2:08 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

On Friday, No. 4 Coe-Brown (16-4) took down No. 12 Kennett, 69-41, in the Division II boys’ basketball quarterfinals. The Bears advanced to face No. 1 Pelham (18-1) in the semifinals at Oyster River High School on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.The Monitor...


High schools: Weekend playoff basketball and hockey, New Englands track and wrestling

03-03-2024 12:35 PM

D-II Boys’ Basketball No. 2 Hanover 51, No. 7 Bow 34 Key players: Bow – Brendan O’Keeffe (23 points), Connor Eno (great defense off the bench) Highlights: The Falcons ran into a strong defense in Friday night’s quarterfinal, trailing 12-2 at the end...


Boys’ hockey: No. 11 Exeter stuns No. 3 Concord in overtime, knocks Crimson Tide out of the playoffs in the quarterfinals

03-02-2024 11:21 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONCORD – Concord keeled over in disbelief.It hadn’t yet been five seconds since a shot from Exeter’s Ryan Wallace found the back of the net at 12:03 of overtime to win the game for the Blue Hawks, 4-3. The stark reality already set in. The Tide...


Girls’ basketball: Pembroke off to the D-II semifinals after beating Bow for the third time this season

03-02-2024 10:02 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

PEMBROKE – Over the previous two seasons, no team has caused Pembroke girls’ basketball more disappointment than Bow. Each of the Spartans’ last two years ended with a loss to the Falcons in the playoffs. But Saturday was different.Pembroke was the...


Boys’ basketball: Joe Fitzgerald’s 26 points lift Pembroke over Merrimack Valley in D-II quarterfinal

03-01-2024 11:48 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

PEMBROKE – The No. 3 Spartans (18-2) had ample reason to feel concern, trailing No. 11 Merrimack Valley (9-11), 23-22, at halftime of Friday night’s Division II boys’ basketball quarterfinal.With the Pride having just come off an upset overtime win...


Boys’ hockey: Coming off back-to-back losses, Concord looks to right the ship in the playoffs

03-01-2024 9:50 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

It’s not too common to see Concord boys’ hockey lose back-to-back games. When it happened last week in losses to Keene (2-1) and Hanover (3-2), it was the first time the Crimson Tide program had dropped consecutive contests in seven...


Boys’ basketball: Familiar foes, Pembroke and MV prepare to do battle in the D-II quarterfinal Friday night

02-29-2024 12:35 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

When No. 11 Merrimack Valley (9-10) shows up to play No. 3 Pembroke Academy (17-2) on Friday night in the Division II quarterfinals, there won’t be much the two teams don’t already know about each other. They squared off twice during the regular...


Girls’ basketball: Bow throws a wrinkle at Merrimack Valley, advances to D-II quarterfinal

02-28-2024 11:45 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

BOW – The No. 6 Bow Falcons (14-5) had really only played man-to-man defense all season. But entering their Division II first round meeting with No. 11 Merrimack Valley (9-10), head coach Cassidy Emerson decided to employ a zone. The gamble worked in...


‘We learned a lot’: After 3-15 season, Tim LaTorra still optimistic about the future for Concord boys’ basketball

02-28-2024 11:41 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

The 2023-24 season for Concord boys’ basketball was supposed to be one of promise. In head coach Tim LaTorra’s first season last year, he’d taken a team that finished 2-16 the year before to 6-12, a tiebreaker away from reaching the playoffs.But the...


High schools: John Stark, Pembroke advance in D2 girls’ hoops, plus more tournament results

02-28-2024 11:38 PM

D-II Girls’ BasketballNo. 4 John Stark 61, No. 13 Milford 46Key players: John Stark – Eleanor Girardet (26 points, 14 rebounds), Avery Geaumont (13 points), Abby Duclos (12 points)Highlights: The Generals consistently put up points throughout the game...


Stacy Wakefield dies less than 5 months after her husband, Tim Wakefield

02-28-2024 4:28 PM

The Associated Press

Stacy Wakefield, the widow of former Boston Red Sox pitcher and two-time World Series champion Tim Wakefield, has died. Her family said in a statement released through the Red Sox that she died Wednesday at her Massachusetts home, less than five...


High schools: MV boys win on Simonds buzzer-beating 3 in OT, Pembroke also advances in D-II

02-28-2024 12:52 AM

D-II Boys’ BasketballNo. 11 Merrimack Valley 60, No. 6 Laconia 57, OTKey players: MV – Aiden Gray (16 points), Trevor Simonds (16 points), Andrew Suprenant (11 points); Laconia – Keaton Beck (20 points)Highlights: Simonds hit a buzzer-beating...


Boys’ basketball: Connor Bagnell’s 28-point night leads Coe-Brown into the quarterfinals

02-27-2024 11:16 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

NORTHWOOD – Tuesday night’s first-round Division II playoff matchup between No. 4 Coe-Brown (15-4) and No. 13 Kingswood (8-11) was the type of game any coach in Dave Smith’s position dreads: the third time playing a team you’ve already beaten...


Boys’ basketball: Bow controls fourth quarter to beat Souhegan in D-II prelims

02-27-2024 11:16 PM

By DAN ATTORRI

Not even three weeks ago the Sabers handed Bow a 32-point loss. The Falcons weren’t about to let that happen again. Not on their home court, not in the playoffs.Souhegan erased an 11-point deficit to lead by one point at halftime and by one heading...


Girls’ basketball: Six area teams qualify for Division II playoffs, led by Concord Christian

02-27-2024 1:35 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Area teams make up three of the top four seeds in this year’s Division II girls’ basketball playoffs, which begin on Wednesday.Concord Christian, playing in its only season in D-II before moving up to D-I next year, took the top seed after finishing...


Monitor Sports Podcast – Previewing the D-II basketball and D-I hockey playoffs

02-27-2024 12:27 PM

On this week’s episode, Eric Rynston-Lobel and Dan Attorri recap Saturday’s D-III girls’ basketball championship game win for Kearsarge over Hopkinton and the D-III boys’ semifinal loss for the Cougars, while also previewing the D-II boys’ and girls’...


Hockey: Concord and Bow boys, Concord girls enter playoffs on cold stretches

02-26-2024 12:02 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

It had been roughly three years since Concord High boys’ hockey last lost a regular-season game, but on Feb. 13, the long winning streak finally came to an end in a 4-1 defeat against Hanover. Previously 11-0-1 on the season, the Tide finished just...


Boys’ basketball: Pembroke, Coe-Brown and Bow lead the pack among D-II area playoff teams

02-26-2024 11:22 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Like last season, the Pembroke Spartans top the list among area teams to qualify for the Division II boys’ basketball playoffs. At 16-2, last year’s runner-up turned in another impressive season with a mostly new group of players.Returning senior Joe...



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