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On the 50th anniversary of girls in Little League, Concord softball blazes a trail for New Hampshire
07-11-2024 3:41 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

As Tim LaTorra would sit watching Little League softball on TV over the summer, he noticed something.“You had Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, but never New Hampshire,” he said.He’d seen the impact the Concord Little League...

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Discussion of new Concord bike park to take place next week
07-19-2024 5:06 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

On Thursday, July 24, the Concord Parks and Recreation Department will host a meeting to discuss the potential addition of a bike park to the city. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the West Street Ward House.The Central New Hampshire New England...


Q&A: A new turf field, all-around excellence goals of Steve Largy, Concord High School’s new athletic director
07-18-2024 4:39 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Concord High School’s new athletic director Steve Largy is no stranger to the community. He went to high school at Concord Christian, played sports in Concord and Hopkinton and also coached against numerous CHS teams while working at Nashua North and...


Concord High School announces new athletic director
07-11-2024 10:05 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

After a long search, Concord High School has officially announced its new athletic director.Stephen Largy will replace Steve Mello, who recently retired after holding the position of director of physical education, health and sport for the last 16...


A State Am fixture since 1975, Concord’s Bob Mielcarz prepares to bid farewell to New Hampshire golf tournament
07-09-2024 4:54 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Few New Hampshire golfers are as synonymous with the annual State Amateur Championship as Concord’s Bob Mielcarz. He’s played in the State Am 43 times, beginning in 1975, and he won the championship nine times, most recently in 2000. But he’s decided...


Hometown Hero: Lenny O’Keefe is Bishop Brady’s ‘Guardian of the Road’
07-08-2024 8:01 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Asked what Lenny O’Keefe means to Bishop Brady High School, athletic director Annie Mattarazzo didn’t know where to begin.“He is just a gift,” she said. “Lenny is an incredible soul. He is such a big-hearted, just such a well-rounded human being, such...


Pembroke basketball coach Mike Donnell has cancer. He’s got a whole community behind him.
07-02-2024 1:01 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

On a mid-June Tuesday afternoon, the smothering odor of the Pembroke Academy weight room was a jarring transition from the crisp 70 degrees outside. Through the concoction of Axe body spray and sweat that floated through the air, the boys’ basketball...


On the softball diamond, ‘North Woods Law’ lives on
07-01-2024 1:45 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

On Saturday at Gill Stadium in Manchester, fans of the Animal Planet series “North Woods Law” were in heaven. They waited patiently in line to meet their favorite celebrities, and after receiving autographs and taking photos, they settled into their...


Biden’s debate performance stirs panic, while Trump’s falsehoods continue: NH political scientists react to Thursday’s debate
06-29-2024 3:54 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

At Thursday night’s presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, the current president did little to assuage concerns that at 81 years old, he’s still up to the rigors of the job, while the former president unleashed a barrage of lies and...


On second anniversary of the overturning of Roe, abortion remains a flashpoint across New Hampshire politics
06-24-2024 4:45 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

On Monday, the second anniversary of the Dobbs Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and resulted in abortion bans throughout the country, New Hampshire Republicans announced a six-figure spending campaign to argue that New Hampshire...


Softball season recap: A shocking upset, a program-best season and more
06-14-2024 8:55 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

While no area softball teams won state titles this spring, there was no shortage of noteworthy storylines. Concord was stunned by a double-digit seed in the first round of the playoffs, while Bow turned in its best season in program history and...


Baseball season recap: Bow claims D-II crown, Belmont, John Stark turn in strong 2024 campaigns
06-13-2024 9:36 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Bow High baseball headlined area teams this spring on the diamond, winning the state championship for Division II. It was also a strong spring season for Belmont and John Stark, both of which made deep playoff runs as well.Here is a recap of the area...


Boys’ lacrosse season recap: Bow reaches championship game, Hopkinton falls in semis, numerous others make big jumps
06-11-2024 11:23 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Numerous area teams turned in strong 2024 seasons in boys’ lacrosse. Bow reached the championship game in Division III, Hopkinton played in the D-III semifinals and Coe-Brown and Kearsarge each posted double-digit win numbers. Here’s a recap of each...


Girls’ lacrosse season recap: Bow, Hopkinton headline area teams in 2024
06-10-2024 10:25 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Like last season, Bow, Hopkinton and Merrimack Valley headlined area girls’ lacrosse teams. In Division III, the Falcons fell short in their quest for back-to-back state championships, losing to No. 3 Gilford in the semifinals. Hopkinton similarly saw...


Baseball: Bow bashes its way to a Division II state championship
06-08-2024 2:40 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

MANCHESTER — “Terrible” was the word Bow’s junior catcher Owen Webber used to describe how the No. 4 Falcons (16-5) started off the 2024 season. It was April 15, and Bow lost to rival Merrimack Valley, 4-3.But things progressed steadily from there....


Championship preview: A look at all four area teams competing in Saturday’s state championships
06-06-2024 4:37 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Four area teams will compete in championship games to close out the spring season on Saturday.At 10 a.m., No. 4 Bow baseball (15-5) will face off against No. 3 Souhegan (14-5) in the Division II state championship at Delta Dental Stadium, the home of...


Q&A: Steve Mello reflects on time as Concord High School athletic director ahead of retirement
06-06-2024 3:43 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Concord High School athletic director Steve Mello is retiring at the end of the current school year. After a 16-year run, he spoke with the Monitor about his time in the role, what his favorite parts were and what he hopes Concord student-athletes...


Baseball: No. 1 John Stark’s magic vanishes in Division II semifinal
06-06-2024 12:11 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONCORD — Perhaps it was fitting that as John Stark head coach Dennis Pelletier started to talk about his team’s season-ending 10-2 loss to Bow on Wednesday night, a fog descended over Memorial Field.For a team that had lost just once all season,...


Softball: Kylie Bieniek tosses a no-hitter, Coe-Brown punches ticket to D-II state championship
06-04-2024 10:54 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

PLYMOUTH — Coe-Brown sophomore Kylie Bieniek walked the first Bow hitter she faced on Tuesday night to start the Division II softball semifinal. Relatively inexperienced at the high school level, things could’ve gone south quickly from there. Instead,...


Gallery: Jake Reardon’s walkoff sends Bow baseball to the Division II semifinals
06-01-2024 9:32 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Facing No. 12 Hanover (9-9) in the Division II baseball quarterfinals on Saturday, No. 4 Bow found itself locked in another tight battle. The Falcons (14-5) had needed a late offensive outburst in the sixth inning of their first-round game against...


Girls’ lacrosse: Overtime loss to No. 3 Gilford ends No. 2 Bow’s championship quest
06-01-2024 7:24 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

LACONIA — Trailing by three goals in the fourth quarter was unfamiliar territory for No. 2 Bow on Saturday. For a team that had generally steamrolled its Division III competition all season, No. 3 Gilford (14-2) had the Falcons (16-3) on the ropes...

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