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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...

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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...


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...


Baseball: Dominant pitching, a bunt and timely hitting lead Bow to first-round playoff win
05-30-2024 7:10 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

BOW — Falcons senior Colby Smith can lay down a bunt about as well as any high school baseball player. Maybe better.A lanky left-handed hitter, he’s perfected both the placement and the force with which to contact the ball. That skill proved decisive...


Gallery: No. 3 Concord softball stunned by No. 14 Portsmouth in first round of Division I playoffs
05-30-2024 9:25 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Even if Concord softball (15-4) wasn’t going to be able to defend its state championship title, few expected the journey to end so soon. After a loss to Salem to close the regular season dropped the Tide out of having a first-round bye, Concord had to...


Softball: In a nailbiter, Bishop Brady escapes
05-29-2024 8:02 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONCORD — With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the seventh inning, Bishop Brady relief pitcher Payton Bryson had little margin for error. The No. 5 Giants (13-4) led their first-round playoff matchup with No. 12 Conant (7-10) on Wednesday,...


Girls’ lacrosse: Alyssa Brodeur scores her 100th goal, Merrimack Valley rolls into D-II quarterfinal
05-28-2024 8:19 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

PENACOOK — In case dominating its first round playoff game wasn’t enough cause for celebration, junior Alyssa Brodeur made sure to give Merrimack Valley even more reason for jubilation during the Pride’s meeting with Manchester Central on Tuesday.In...


The largest arcade in the world marches on
05-25-2024 9:04 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Classic arcade games, pinball, bowling, birthday parties, skee ball, mini golf. You name it, Funspot has it.Located in Weirs Beach in Laconia, it was recognized as the world’s largest arcade by Guinness World Records in 2008. The 60,000-square foot...


A deep dive into John Stark baseball, the program Dennis Pelletier’s built
05-24-2024 9:06 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Brett Patnode is always asked the same question: How does John Stark baseball produce so many college baseball players?Patnode’s currently a senior playing at New England College in Henniker with three of his former John Stark teammates: Brady...


Girls’ lacrosse: Against D-I Londonderry, D-III Bow faces one of its most difficult tests of the season
05-23-2024 6:59 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

BOW — The Falcons’ girls’ lacrosse team entered Thursday’s matchup against Division I’s Londonderry at 14-2 on the season. Bow, a D-III program, saw its two losses come to D-II Hollis-Brookline and D-I Portsmouth. Overall, the Falcons were outscoring...

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