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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...


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Live video: Watch Boston parade to salute Celtics’ record 18th NBA championship

06-21-2024 12:06 PM

By KYLE HIGHTOWER

 The Celtics entered the season vowing to turn recent playoff heartbreaks into happiness.Eight months later, they will toast the franchise’s 18th championship in what has become standard Boston celebratory fair, joined Friday by a huge crowd for a...


Granite State Games championship rosters filled with athletes competing for the love of the game

06-20-2024 1:43 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

Concord local Alyssa Leppard planted her feet, clutched her bat and swung hard. She missed the yellow softball by several inches.Her coach, Jen Boyden, standing behind third base, met Leppard’s eye. They both laughed.It was the bottom of the fourth...


Celtics win 18th NBA championship with 106-88 Game 5 victory over Dallas Mavericks

06-18-2024 7:30 AM

By KYLE HIGHTOWER

Jayson Tatum put his hands behind his head, with TD Garden fans standing on their feet cheering around him, and took it all in.Walking to the bench, he wrapped both arms around Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla.The journey was complete.The Boston Celtics...


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...


Concord crew team rows its way to a national title

06-11-2024 3:08 PM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

Concord Crew might not be as large or exclusive as clubs from around the country that sent teams to the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships this weekend, but that didn’t stop two Concord rowers from walking away with a first-place finish.Head...


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...


Softball: Coe-Brown D-II championship streak ends in extra innings

06-09-2024 1:46 AM

By DAN ATTORRI

PLYMOUTH – All good things must come to an end, but while Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s defeat in Saturday’s Division II softball championship ended the Bears’ streak of consecutive titles, it also marked the dawn of a new era for the program.No. 1...


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...


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...


Baseball: No. 4 Falcons fly into state championship, beating No. 1 John Stark in D-II semifinals

06-06-2024 12:02 PM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

CONCORD — If you had asked Bow head coach Ben Forbes at the start of the season if his team could reach the Division II state championship game, he might’ve told you his group was a bit too inexperienced.“I probably would have said, ‘Maybe in a...


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