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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...

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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...


Staying loose and stepping up: With 10 wins, MV softball is geared up for the playoffs
05-22-2024 7:42 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

PENACOOK — Merrimack Valley softball coach Kevin O’Brien has three rules for his team: work hard, give effort and recognize that some days are better than others. It’s sounds overly simplistic. But it works.Wednesday’s 16-12 victory over...


President Biden, back in New Hampshire, touts progress on veteran healthcare
05-21-2024 5:34 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Master Sergeant Nicole Lyon of Hudson has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, South Korea and Africa, Germany and the United States.She said she was exposed to toxic burn pits, waste collection sites, sand, dust and other chemicals. As a result, she’s...


Girls’ lacrosse: Hopkinton passes final test before the playoffs begin
05-20-2024 7:23 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONTOOCOOK — Last season, when Hopkinton came up short in its first playoff game, it was really the first time all season the Hawks had to contend with running around in the heat.On Monday, they had a chance to play through some warmer temperatures in...


Concord softball’s senior class reflects on a dominant four-year run
05-17-2024 11:38 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONCORD — The Concord softball class of 2024 has basically known nothing but winning. They won the NHIAA Division I state championship last spring after finishing as runners-up the previous two seasons. Now 14-2 this year after a 1-0 walkoff win over...


Softball: An eight-inning no-hitter for Maddy Wachter and a walk-off RBI from Sarah Taylor highlight Tide’s Senior Night
05-17-2024 10:58 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONCORD – If you were going to pick a game Tide pitcher Maddy Wachter might be slightly less likely to throw a no-hitter, Friday against Spaulding probably would’ve been a smart pick.Wachter had already pitched a seven-inning, two-hit shutout on...


In the face of tragedy, Franklin softball seeks togetherness
05-17-2024 10:41 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

There was a lot riding on freshman Lily Cornell’s shoulders as she walked out to the circle for Franklin’s softball game against Newmarket on Thursday night at Odell Park. She entered the game just 10 strikeouts shy of reaching 500 for her varsity...


‘A little bit of kindness can go a long way’: Belmont continues honoring legacy of Jake Deware
05-16-2024 1:40 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Belmont baseball coach Matt LeBlanc looked up at the scoreboard and saw that his Red Raiders had scored 11 runs against Winnisquam. He felt a chill move up his spine.On May 6, the program had partnered with the Jake Deware Kindness Project to carry on...


Baseball: Undermanned, Belmont battles against one of the state’s top pitchers
05-13-2024 8:08 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

BELMONT — Going into a game with key starters out certainly wasn’t the most ideal scenario for head coach Matt LeBlanc as his Red Raiders (9-2) prepared to face Monadnock (12-2) in a battle between two of Division III’s top teams on Monday. And even...


Baseball: Three takeaways from Concord’s tight game against Goffstown
05-11-2024 9:46 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONCORD — In spite of Concord’s struggles this season, head coach Scott Owen’s never been disappointed with the effort from his group. That theme came up once again on Friday, when the Tide dropped a tight game against Goffstown, 3-2. Sophomore Alex...


How has Hopkinton, one of the smallest public schools in New Hampshire, become such a lacrosse powerhouse?
05-10-2024 9:04 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

At first glance, Hopkinton High School probably wouldn’t top a list of schools likely to have consistently strong lacrosse programs.With about 300 students, it’s the smallest public school in New Hampshire that has standalone teams for both boys’ and...


Softball: Professional and precise, Coe-Brown continues dominant start to title-defense season
05-08-2024 8:48 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

NORTHWOOD — Of all the ways Coe-Brown head coach Dave Allis can heap praise on his team, no adjective seems to capture the Bears better than professional. They take professional at bats, they play professional defense and they’re professional in how...


Boys’ lacrosse: Through the lumps, Concord coach thinks young team is ahead of schedule
05-07-2024 6:57 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONCORD — On the face of it, there aren’t many positives to expect a coach to derive from a 10-3 loss at home. Concord head coach Jeff Smith, though, continues to be encouraged by what he’s seen from a roster composed mostly of sophomores and...


Softball: Cassidy Emerson may have eight freshmen on her team, but the Falcons have glided to an 8-1 start
05-03-2024 7:43 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

BOW — Taking over a program with eight incoming freshmen sounded daunting to Cassidy Emerson as she geared up for her first season as the new Bow softball head coach. After Friday’s 9-0 win over Pelham (3-5), though, the Falcons are now 8-1, right...


Baseball: Merrimack Valley now 6-1 following wild game at Pembroke Academy
05-02-2024 9:21 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

PEMBROKE — Thursday evening’s 14-9 victory for Merrimack Valley (6-1) over Pembroke (3-4) was the type of game that neither team wants to dwell on much. Both suffered through sloppy defense and inconsistent pitching, complicated by a mid-game downpour...


Baseball: Pitching and defense key John Stark’s win over Bow, Generals move to 8-0
05-01-2024 8:23 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

WEARE — The offense has come and gone for head coach Dennis Pelletier’s team through the first three weeks of the 2024 season, but John Stark baseball’s pitching and defense have been more than stout.On Wednesday in a 2-0 win over Bow, junior Chase...


Girls’ lacrosse: Experience has Merrimack Valley near the top of Division II
04-29-2024 7:14 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

PENACOOK — Last year, after getting off to a 5-2 start, the Merrimack Valley girls’ lacrosse team dropped four of its last seven games and slid down to the No. 8 seed in Division II. Currently 5-1 after a 14-3 win over Kingswood on Monday, head coach...


Voice of the Pride: Merrimack Valley sophomore Nick Gelinas never misses a game
04-22-2024 5:23 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

If you’ve attended a sporting event at Merrimack Valley High School, the odds are high you’re familiar with the voice of Nick Gelinas.Perched atop the press box during the spring and fall sports seasons and in the bleachers of the MVHS gym in the...


‘We’re just kids’: As lawmakers debate transgender athlete ban, some youth fear a future on the sidelines
04-19-2024 2:05 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Maëlle Jacques has read the articles written about her.“Winner of NH Girls High Jump is Biological Male.”“Transgender girl blasted after dominating New Hampshire girls high jump.”“U.S. ‘Full of Failing Gutless Mothers and Fathers’: High School Boy...

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