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Girls’ basketball: No. 1 Concord Christian one win away from third straight state championship after defeating No. 4 John Stark
03-07-2024 1:04 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

SALEM – After falling behind 13-2 less than three minutes into Wednesday night’s Division II semifinal, No. 4 John Stark (16-5) looked to be in deep trouble against No. 1 Concord Christian (19-1).The Kingsmen came out asserting their game, forcing...


Girls’ basketball: Pembroke withstands late surge from Laconia to punch its ticket to the Division II championship
03-07-2024 1:01 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

SALEM — Beating the No. 3 Pembroke Spartans (18-3) requires more than just slowing down their senior star Annelise Dexter. The Spartans have depth, they have versatility and most importantly, for this time of the season, they have poise. And in...


Boys’ basketball: No. 4 Coe-Brown pushes No. 1 Pelham to overtime, comes just short of reaching D-II championship game
03-06-2024 8:35 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

DURHAM – As Coe-Brown head coach Dave Smith stood outside the Bears’ locker room at Oyster River High School hugging his players one by one — virtually all with tears in their eyes — he exuded nothing but a sense of pride and appreciation.“The effort...


Boys’ basketball: Hanover grinds down Pembroke, ends the Spartans season in the D-II semifinals
03-06-2024 6:14 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

DURHAM – Entering Tuesday night’s Division II boys’ basketball semifinal, the No. 3 Pembroke Spartans (18-3) knew exactly what No. 2 Hanover (19-1) was going to do: run a remarkably methodical offense and play smart, disciplined defense. Pembroke knew...


Girls’ basketball: No. 4 John Stark gears up for the challenge of No. 1 Concord Christian
03-05-2024 1:22 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

If No. 4 John Stark is able to take down top-seeded Concord Christian in Wednesday night’s Division II girls’ basketball semifinal, it’ll be because of the Generals’ experience and composure. At least, that’s what head coach Tiffany Lewis is banking...


Boys’ basketball: As No. 4 Coe-Brown prepares for its D-II semifinal against No. 1 Pelham, a Q&A with head coach Dave Smith
03-04-2024 2:08 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

On Friday, No. 4 Coe-Brown (16-4) took down No. 12 Kennett, 69-41, in the Division II boys’ basketball quarterfinals. The Bears advanced to face No. 1 Pelham (18-1) in the semifinals at Oyster River High School on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.The Monitor...


Boys’ hockey: No. 11 Exeter stuns No. 3 Concord in overtime, knocks Crimson Tide out of the playoffs in the quarterfinals
03-02-2024 11:21 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONCORD – Concord keeled over in disbelief.It hadn’t yet been five seconds since a shot from Exeter’s Ryan Wallace found the back of the net at 12:03 of overtime to win the game for the Blue Hawks, 4-3. The stark reality already set in. The Tide...


Girls’ basketball: Pembroke off to the D-II semifinals after beating Bow for the third time this season
03-02-2024 10:02 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

PEMBROKE – Over the previous two seasons, no team has caused Pembroke girls’ basketball more disappointment than Bow. Each of the Spartans’ last two years ended with a loss to the Falcons in the playoffs. But Saturday was different.Pembroke was the...


Boys’ basketball: Joe Fitzgerald’s 26 points lift Pembroke over Merrimack Valley in D-II quarterfinal
03-01-2024 11:48 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

PEMBROKE – The No. 3 Spartans (18-2) had ample reason to feel concern, trailing No. 11 Merrimack Valley (9-11), 23-22, at halftime of Friday night’s Division II boys’ basketball quarterfinal.With the Pride having just come off an upset overtime win...


Boys’ hockey: Coming off back-to-back losses, Concord looks to right the ship in the playoffs
03-01-2024 9:50 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

It’s not too common to see Concord boys’ hockey lose back-to-back games. When it happened last week in losses to Keene (2-1) and Hanover (3-2), it was the first time the Crimson Tide program had dropped consecutive contests in seven...


Boys’ basketball: Familiar foes, Pembroke and MV prepare to do battle in the D-II quarterfinal Friday night
02-29-2024 12:35 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

When No. 11 Merrimack Valley (9-10) shows up to play No. 3 Pembroke Academy (17-2) on Friday night in the Division II quarterfinals, there won’t be much the two teams don’t already know about each other. They squared off twice during the regular...


Girls’ basketball: Bow throws a wrinkle at Merrimack Valley, advances to D-II quarterfinal
02-28-2024 11:45 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

BOW – The No. 6 Bow Falcons (14-5) had really only played man-to-man defense all season. But entering their Division II first round meeting with No. 11 Merrimack Valley (9-10), head coach Cassidy Emerson decided to employ a zone. The gamble worked in...


‘We learned a lot’: After 3-15 season, Tim LaTorra still optimistic about the future for Concord boys’ basketball
02-28-2024 11:41 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

The 2023-24 season for Concord boys’ basketball was supposed to be one of promise. In head coach Tim LaTorra’s first season last year, he’d taken a team that finished 2-16 the year before to 6-12, a tiebreaker away from reaching the playoffs.But the...


Boys’ basketball: Connor Bagnell’s 28-point night leads Coe-Brown into the quarterfinals
02-27-2024 11:16 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

NORTHWOOD – Tuesday night’s first-round Division II playoff matchup between No. 4 Coe-Brown (15-4) and No. 13 Kingswood (8-11) was the type of game any coach in Dave Smith’s position dreads: the third time playing a team you’ve already beaten...


Girls’ basketball: Six area teams qualify for Division II playoffs, led by Concord Christian
02-27-2024 1:35 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Area teams make up three of the top four seeds in this year’s Division II girls’ basketball playoffs, which begin on Wednesday.Concord Christian, playing in its only season in D-II before moving up to D-I next year, took the top seed after finishing...


Hockey: Concord and Bow boys, Concord girls enter playoffs on cold stretches
02-26-2024 12:02 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

It had been roughly three years since Concord High boys’ hockey last lost a regular-season game, but on Feb. 13, the long winning streak finally came to an end in a 4-1 defeat against Hanover. Previously 11-0-1 on the season, the Tide finished just...


Boys’ basketball: Pembroke, Coe-Brown and Bow lead the pack among D-II area playoff teams
02-26-2024 11:22 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Like last season, the Pembroke Spartans top the list among area teams to qualify for the Division II boys’ basketball playoffs. At 16-2, last year’s runner-up turned in another impressive season with a mostly new group of players.Returning senior Joe...


Girls’ basketball: Hopkinton’s title run falls short against Kearsarge; Cougars win first state title in 22 years
02-24-2024 11:03 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

In the Division III semifinals against Winnisquam, Hopkinton seemed to be able to score whenever it wanted. On Saturday, with a state championship on the line against No. 4 Kearsarge at Keene State, the Hawks’ offense mostly vanished.After taking a...


Girls’ basketball: Concord beats Dover on Senior Night to keep playoff hopes alive
02-24-2024 9:30 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONCORD – Friday night was a whirl of emotions in the Concord High School gymnasium.It was Senior Night, it was head coach Rob Darrell’s final game coaching in the gym and the Crimson Tide needed to beat Dover (11-7) to keep its playoff hopes...


Bow’s wrestling championship was a year in the making
02-23-2024 8:32 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

The preparation began the second the 2022-23 season ended. Bow’s wrestlers knew they could win a state championship, and they weren’t about to let the opportunity pass them by.The Falcons finished second in last year’s Division III state championships...

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