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Penacook resident, MV alum Kristie Schoffield competes for a spot at Paris Olympic Games, finishes sixth in finals
06-25-2024 8:15 AM

By DAN ATTORRI

She was the last one to qualify for the semifinals. She was the last one to qualify for the finals. But in Monday night’s 800-meter race, competing against former national champions, world champions and Olympic medallists, Penacook’s Kristie...

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‘It’s kind of embarrassing’: Performing arts leaders ask district to expand CHS auditorium as part of middle school project
06-19-2024 4:37 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Every time Concord High puts on a concert, Gabe Cohen rents a U-Haul. The Christa McAuliffe Auditorium at the high school —  the district’s largest performance space — has 397 seats, just enough to seat one grade of its student body of 1,400....


Through perseverance, Concord 2024 grads take life ‘by the horns’
06-15-2024 5:25 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

When Alexavier Hildreth begins business classes at Southern New Hampshire University this fall, his mother Jillian Fox will also be enrolled. He’s the reason she’s there. “I didn’t get to do this,” Fox said, tears welling behind her sunglasses, as the...


John Stark High School teachers inspire graduating class of 2024
06-15-2024 2:21 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Graduation day at John Stark Regional High School showcased the profound impact teachers have on their students’ futures.For Mathew Wilson, graduating with the class of 2024, this couldn’t be truer.Having moved from Texas two years ago, Wilson is now...


Brothers graduate together from Bow High School
06-15-2024 8:49 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

For most graduates, the best part of high school is the friends and memories made along the way. But for Shannon McGrade, it was the food.“Pizza at the cafeteria,” Shannon McGrade said with a bright smile. This special needs student was beaming as he...


Monitor Sports recognizes Spring 2024 Players of the Season
06-14-2024 9:07 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL and DAN ATTORRI

From top-tier pitching and hitting to prolific scoring, stout defense and incredible athleticism, the Spring 2024 season saw numerous standout student-athletes in the Concord area.Here are the Monitor’s Players of the Season:BaseballAnthony Paolicelli...


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...


Softball: Concord’s Wachter wins Gatorade Player of the Year; Coe-Brown’s Bieniek (D-II) and Brady’s Bryson (D-III) also selected by NHSCA
06-11-2024 11:24 PM

By DAN ATTORRI

Concord High softball’s playoff run might have been cut short, but Maddy Wachter’s light still shined brightly in the circle this year.The Crimson Tide’s senior ace was absolutely dominant this season, earning Gatorade’s New Hampshire Softball Player...


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...


Track & field: Concord’s Reynolds wins New England title, Brady’s Gentchos breaks state record in 100 and joins Tide’s Twite on All-NE list
06-09-2024 11:50 PM

By DAN ATTORRI

DURHAM – Nick Reynolds’ rookie season has an extremely impressive resume. State champion. State record holder. Now, he can add New England champion to that list.Reynolds, a Concord High School senior, threw the javelin 193 feet, 5 inches on his second...


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...


Kearsarge graduation: ‘You feel like you’re more family than just classmates’
06-08-2024 4:12 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

A line of five-year-old future Kearsarge Regional High School graduates trotted slowly down the blue-carpet in the middle of the school’s football field. Rather than caps and gowns, the dozen or so students wore oversized white t-shirts emblazoned...


Merrimack Valley High School graduates credit friendship and community
06-08-2024 3:49 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

When Edward Amonor Jr. arrived at Merrimack Valley Middle School in 2019 from Ghana, he knew no one and spoke only broken English.At first, he sat alone at lunch. But then a boy named Abhi Karki introduced himself.“He was the first person I felt...


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...

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