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The Hanover Golf team members surround their trophy after being announced the winner of the New Hampshire Division II golf championship at the Pease Golf Course in Portsmouth, N.H., on October 9, 2014. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Fore for Two

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Hampshire high school golf teams have the advantage of an entire summer to get their games tuned up for the fall season. Then it’s a one-month dash for a championship. Out of four NHIAA Divisions, Hanover and Newport owned two of them in October. The Marauders won the Division II team title for the third time in four years, …

Injuries, Miscues Doom Newport Bid for State Crown

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Durham, n.h. — The Newport High football team did virtually everything it wanted against anyone not named Campbell this season. Unfortunately for the Tigers, it was another dose of heartache against the Cougars on Saturday in the NHIAA Division III state championship game at the University of New Hampshire’s Cowell Stadium. Looking to …

Newport, Campbell Already Familiar Foes

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Newport — Last Saturday, when Newport was beating Gilford to advance to today’s NHIAA Division III football championship game, the scores of Campbell’s semifinal visit to Bow were gradually relayed to the Maryn Field crowd over the public-address system. Each time the crowd was told that the Cougars were winning, there was a …

It’s Hanover All Over: Marauders Return To N.H. D-II Girls Soccer Summit

Monday, November 10, 2014

Exeter, n.h. — As the Hanover and John Stark girls soccer teams warmed up on the Bill Ball Stadium turf prior to their Sunday afternoon NHIAA Division II title game, the sounds of an eclectic pregame playlist cascaded …

Brummett, Cougars Cut a Swath Through Engineers

Monday, November 10, 2014

Laconia, n.h. — During the moments before Sunday’s NHIAA Division IV girls soccer title game at Laconia High School, Woodsville High coach Ann Loud told her troops to “not play scared” against opposing Derryfield. Once the contest kicked …

Dynasty in the Making

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Can you say ‘Dynasty?’ If you are a member of the Lebanon High field hockey team you certainly can. With their triumph over No. 1 seed Windham in the N.H. Division II finals comfortably in the school trophy …

Newport Football Rumbles Past Mascoma

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Newport — As it has all season, the Newport High football team rode its tough defense to a 34-14 win over Mascoma in the New Hampshire Division III North Conference semifinals on Saturday. Going into the weekend, the …

Derryfield Ends Sunapee’s Reign

Friday, November 7, 2014

Laconia, n.h. — Derryfield defender Erika Wentz met Sunapee’s forward Taylor Usko at midfield. Usko was looking for a breakaway on a through ball, but Wentz stepped into the streaking forward. The two players collided and the ball …

Hanover Girls Storm Into D-II Final

Friday, November 7, 2014

Nashua, n.h. — As if answering a cue from some meteorological messenger, raindrops began to fall hard and heavy just as the Hanover High girls soccer team took to Stellos Stadium for their NHIAA Division II semifinal with Portsmouth on Thursday night. The Marauders made sure not to …

Undefeated Engineers Serve Up a Victory Over Colebrook

Friday, November 7, 2014

Laconia, n.h. — Just before an indirect kick in the second half of Thursday night’s NHIAA Division IV girls soccer semifinal against Colebrook Academy, Woodsville High coach Ann Loud nearly called for Paige Martin to move ahead for …

Pinkerton Eliminates Hanover Boys in PKs

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Exeter, n.h. — Nervous about his team’s chances entering penalty kicks at the end of Wednesday’s NHIAA Division II semifinal against Hanover, longtime Pinkerton Academy boys soccer coach Kerry Boles used a simple philosophy to find peace of …

Bow Stops Stevens Soccer in Semis

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Laconia, n.h. — Nearly knocking Bow from its two-year undefeated perch three weeks ago didn’t do the Stevens High girls soccer team any favors in Wednesday’s NHIAA Division III semifinals. The top-ranked Falcons took to the fourth-seeded Cardinals like a Doberman to a Delmonico, rolling to a 5-1 …

Sunapee Volleyball Denied by Undefeated Nute

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Holderness, n.h. — Nute High School entered Wednesday’s New Hampshire Division III volleyball semifinal with an undefeated record. The top-seeded Rams hadn’t lost a single set during the course of the state tournament. And they’d lost two sets over the course of the regular season. One of those …