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Baseball: Belmont’s quest for a championship falls short at the hands of Monadnock

06-09-2024 12:32 AM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

MANCHESTER – Usually teams with only one senior don’t expect to make it to the championship game. But Belmont baseball was an exception.After a thrilling victory over No. 1 Conant on Tuesday, No. 4 Belmont (17-3) had the chance to play for a state...


Boys’ lacrosse: Bow drops intense battle with Campbell, finishes as D-II runner up

06-08-2024 10:42 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

LACONIA – Bow and Campbell were locked in a wrestling match. Aggressive defense firing on all cylinders for both teams, it wasn’t until eight minutes into the first quarter that Gavin McCabe scored. The Falcon senior took advantage of a minutes-long...


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...


Boys’ lacrosse: No. 3 Hopkinton stymied by No. 2 Campbell in D-III semifinals

06-06-2024 1:44 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

LACONIA — Deacon Blue’s white T-shirt had “Hawks Alumni” written across it in green. The head coach of Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse was a player on this team not too long ago. Now he closes out his 12th  season at the helm of the program with a run into...


Boys’ lacrosse: No. 5 Bow upsets top-seeded Pelham, moves on to state championship

06-06-2024 1:10 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

LACONIA — It took nearly seven minutes for something to happen in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s Division III boys’ lacrosse semifinal, but when it did, it was worth the wait. Bow senior Billy Smethurst catapulted the ball from deep and sent...


Baseball: No. 4 Falcons fly into state championship, beating No. 1 John Stark in D-II semifinals

06-06-2024 12:02 PM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

CONCORD — If you had asked Bow head coach Ben Forbes at the start of the season if his team could reach the Division II state championship game, he might’ve told you his group was a bit too inexperienced.“I probably would have said, ‘Maybe in a...


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,...


Baseball: Five-run outburst leads No. 4 Belmont to victory over No. 1 Conant in Division III Semifinals

06-05-2024 12:37 AM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

LACONIA — Trailing 1-0 to Conant in the top of the sixth inning, Belmont was hungry. Aside from a walk that was promptly erased by a double play, the Red Raiders’ offense had been shut down at the plate. They were in desperate need of a run.They...


Softball: Bow’s best season in program history ends in semifinal loss to Coe-Brown

06-05-2024 12:09 AM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

PLYMOUTH — Lillian Wright fell into her mom’s arms. Her eye black smeared under tears — not for the loss of a game, but for the goodbye she suddenly had to say to Bow softball.Tuesday night, No. 4 Bow took on No. 1 Coe-Brown on Chase Field at Plymouth...


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,...


High schools: Kearsarge’s West and Miller advance to doubles final four; Hopkinton softball and Concord boys’ lax lose

06-04-2024 12:37 AM

TennisBoys’ doubles state championshipKey players: Kearsarge – Graham West and Liam Miller (advanced to semifinals); Bow – Aaron Barrieau and Patrik Jurcins (reached second round), Milo Cocola and Ben Rondeau (lost in first round)Highlights: West and...


Track: Bishop Brady’s Gentchos sweeps sprints; Concord’s Twite, Reynolds and Goulas win state titles at Meet of Champions

06-03-2024 5:57 AM

By DAN ATTORRI

DURHAM — One week after making an impression on Division III, Bishop Brady senior Josh Gentchos made one on the entire state, nearly tying the state record in the 100-meter dash and also winning the 200 meters, highlighting area performances at the...


High schools: Underhill leads Belmont baseball, Bow softball rallies on busy quarterfinal Saturday

06-02-2024 3:02 AM

D-III BaseballNo. 4 Belmont 11, No. 5 White Mountains 1, 5 inn.Key players: Belmont – Anakin Underhill (5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs, walk), Michael Collette(1-for-2, walk, 2 RBI), Jaxson Embree, (1-for-3, RBI), Owen Waldron...


Boys’ lacrosse: Puc scores game-winning goal with 23 seconds left, Hopkinton holds off Coe-Brown comeback to reach semifinals

06-01-2024 11:52 PM

By DAN ATTORRI

Things always seem to come together for the Hawks when it matters the most. With the game tied with just 23 seconds left in the game, senior captain Soren Puc scored the game-winning goal on a high bouncer, junior midfielder Ozzie Rosenholm scored an...


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...


Girls’ lacrosse: No. 1 St. Thomas overpowers No. 4 Hopkinton in D-III semifinal

06-01-2024 7:03 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

LACONIA — Saturday just wasn’t the Hopkinton Hawks’ day. They simply ran into a buzzsaw. Facing off against top-seeded St. Thomas (16-0) in the Division III girls’ lacrosse semifinals, the Hawks struggled to slow down the Saints’ attack. The game...


Kendall Murray, the youngest of four sisters, prepares to follow in their footsteps on the lacrosse field

05-31-2024 10:07 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

There was unlikely ever a time in Kendall Murray’s life when playing lacrosse wasn’t her calling — even if she didn’t realize it right away.Her three older sisters, Amanda (26), Shannon (23) and Makayla (21), all played in youth leagues growing up, as...


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