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Boys’ hockey: Tide stunned in overtime loss to Bedford, ending championship reign
03-09-2023 4:28 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

MANCHESTER – A feeling of emptiness permeated out of the Concord High boys’ hockey team’s locker room at JFK Coliseum on Wednesday night. There were surely other feelings, too: sadness, anger, frustration, disbelief, shock, exhaustion.Losing 3-2 in...


Girls’ basketball: Bow survives...and advances to Sunday’s D-II championship
03-09-2023 12:40 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

KINGSTON – No. 1 Bow (20-0) found itself in unfamiliar territory midway through the first period of Wednesday night’s Division II semifinal at Sanborn High School: trailing by multiple possessions.No. 5 Laconia (14-5) opened up a 7-0 lead to start the...


Girls’ basketball: Bow ‘does Bow things’ in quarterfinal win over Pembroke
03-05-2023 2:41 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

BOW – Beating the No. 1 Bow Falcons (19-0) is hard enough; beating them after digging yourself a 16-2 hole makes it virtually impossible. Such was the case on Saturday night for No. 8 Pembroke (14-6) in the Division II quarterfinal that saw the...


Boys’ basketball: Pembroke rolls into D-II semifinal after complete effort against Kennett
03-04-2023 11:22 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

PEMBROKE – Mike Strazzeri had just knocked down a free throw to complete an and-one with about 25 seconds to play in the second quarter against No. 10 Kennett. Moments later, he poked the ball free and raced back to the basket for a layup. Then after...


Girls’ hockey: Bishop Brady-Trinity-Londonderry skates past Concord and into the semifinals
03-04-2023 11:20 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

MANCHESTER – Bishop Brady-Trinity-Londonderry head coach Dan Earley doesn’t exactly have a deep roster to work with. In fact, his roster’s so small (11 players) that he’s able to stand along the boards with them during games instead of standing behind...


Bow girls’ basketball, the ‘least basketball-minded team in the state,’ prepares to tip off the D-II playoffs as the top seed
03-03-2023 2:55 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

A Thursday 9 a.m. practice during February break doesn’t sound like much fun, especially on a dreary, chilly, rainy morning.But the Bow High girls’ basketball team stands in a semicircle around head coach Phil Davis and assistant coach Joe Evans...


‘The kids are having a ball’: Pembroke boys’ basketball just loves spending time together – and winning
03-03-2023 9:43 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Early in the season, Pembroke head coach Mike Donnell emailed the team parents asking if one of the families would be kind enough to host a team dinner. Little did he anticipate the response.“We had seven straight weeks of team dinners,” said Donnell....


Boys’ basketball: Coe-Brown steps on the gas early, pulls away late for playoff win over Bow
03-02-2023 12:42 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

NORTHWOOD – No. 6 Coe-Brown (14-5) started fast and ended fast in Wednesday night’s Division II first round playoff matchup against No. 11 Bow (9-10). The Bears opened up a 23-8 lead in the first quarter en route to a 70-50 win over a shorthanded...


Bishop Brady-Trinity-Londonderry girls’ hockey prepares to take on rival Concord in quarterfinals
03-02-2023 12:31 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Not much separated Bishop Brady-Trinity-Londonderry (13-4-0) from Concord (13-5-0) in the standings this season. In their lone matchup in mid-January, the Tide emerged victorious, 4-1. But both teams have evolved since that meeting: Brady won nine of...


Group of Seven: How Concord Christian girls’ basketball became champions with small roster
02-28-2023 7:12 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Watch the Concord Christian girls’ basketball team play and you might assume they have a couple players out sick, with just two girls on the bench. But that’s the whole team at full strength.There are no players out with illness or injury; no one is...


‘They’re both tough kids’: Despite minimal wrestling experience, Griffin Norwalt and Noah Blake shine for Concord when it matters most
02-28-2023 9:09 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Inside the gym at Londonderry High School on Feb. 18, Concord wrestling experienced both expected and unexpected success at the Division I wrestling championships.Junior Griffin Norwalt, the top seed in the 120-pound weight class, and senior Noah...


Boys’ basketball: Coe-Brown close to where it wants to be, gearing up for playoff run
02-27-2023 8:18 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Dave Smith and the Bears still feel the sting of last year’s 43-42 loss to Laconia in the Division II playoffs preliminary round. As often is the case with close losses in big games, that defeat has remained front of mind as Coe-Brown gears up for...


Girls’ basketball: Hopkinton’s season comes to an end to top-ranked Conant, but there’s ‘nothing to hang their heads about’
02-25-2023 1:23 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

BOW – One thing Hopkinton head coach Pat Roye never had to worry about with his team this year? Effort.Even in the No. 5 Hawks season-ending 46-31 loss to No. 1 Conant (19-1) in the Division III semifinals at Bow High School on Friday night, they...


Boys’ basketball: Hopkinton runs out of steam in D-III semifinal loss to unbeaten Gilford
02-23-2023 10:37 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

GOFFSTOWN – Hopkinton head coach Matt Miller prepared his team for Wednesday night’s semifinal against undefeated Gilford as if they were about to hit the slot machines in Vegas.They were the team without much experience. They were not supposed to be...


Girls’ basketball: Concord receives ‘a slap in the face’ from Salem on senior night
02-22-2023 12:30 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONCORD – Everything had been running smoothly for the Tide – the team had won five in a row, positioned itself well for the playoffs and started to build confidence that was lacking earlier in the year. But Tuesday night’s 59-34 loss to Salem on the...


‘He was a class act’: Hopkinton athletics community remembers Rusty Wightman
02-20-2023 10:55 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Rusty Wightman had poured nearly five years into the Hopkinton girls’ soccer program and wouldn’t let a grim cancer diagnosis keep him away. He was the girls’ JV coach from 2018 through 2021, then had to step away from coaching. But he still attended...


Wrestling: Concord places fourth in D-I, Noah Blake and Griffin Norwalt win state titles in their weight classes
02-19-2023 10:56 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

LONDONDERRY – Amid the musty air in the gymnasium at Londonderry High School on Saturday, the Concord wrestling team represented itself admirably, placing fourth in the Division I wrestling championships. The Tide finished with 161 points, 0.5 behind...


Girls’ basketball: What to watch as D-I and D-II playoffs near
02-18-2023 10:12 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

In yesterday’s paper, I broke down all you need to know on the boys’ side of Division I and II basketball as the playoffs near. Today, I’ll look at where the girls’ teams stand with a few days left in the regular season.BowBow girls’ basketball has...


Boys’ basketball: What to watch as D-I and D-II playoffs near
02-17-2023 10:14 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

With less than a week remaining in the regular season, area D-I and D-II basketball teams will begin looking ahead to the playoffs.Some will sneak in as 14th or 15th seeds. Others will snag top spots with hopes of winning a championship.Pembroke...


Swimming: Bow’s Ryan Powers headlines area school performers at 2023 NHIAA swimming championships
02-15-2023 6:40 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

DURHAM – Despite a power outage that postponed part of the D-I and the entire D-II swimming championships from Saturday to Sunday at the University of New Hampshire, five schools — Concord, Bow, Coe-Brown, Kearsarge and Belmont — were among the area...

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