Merrimack Sports

Hovan, Damata lead Tomahawks into championship mode

MERRIMACK — Coach Tim McMahon let his Merrimack High wrestlers know exactly what kind of team returns this winter. He challenged them, urged them to pay their dues and get the offseason work accomplished, just so they could reap the benefits this winter. If seniors Julien Hovan and Dom ...

Merrimack’s Coffey shines

Here’s a look at what some local athletes are doing at their respective schools: Three locals playing women’s soccer at Simmons College were named to the All-GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) team. Former Bishop Guertin standout Liz Donovan, a defender, was named to the ...

Goodspeed has blossomed in four-year college career

NASHUA – Playing goal is never an easy position in the sport of soccer. But playing goal for the Rivier University women’s soccer team has certainly kept Merrimack’s Laura Goodspeed on her toes, in the air, and often diving to the ground. “It stressful, but I love it,” Goodspeed ...

The story of pie

AMHERST – Pies in nearly every variety – apple, blueberry, cherry, pumpkin, pecan, strawberry-rhubarb, custard, peach, cherry and cranberry – were sliced up and served to an audience at the Amherst Town Library, whose appetites had been whetted by the evening program. But none of them ...

Devanna steps up

Football and all sports for that matter test character and will. Football at Merrimack High School this fall tested a friendship. Put an “A+” on the permanent records of Ryan Devanna and Ben Eichman for handling this one. Devanna, a junior, and Eichman, a sophomore, were presented with the ...

Silver Knights success on and off field

NASHUA – It was a banner 2017 season for the Nashua Silver Knights. On and off the field. You wonder just how much better things can get for the local Futures Collegiate League entry. With the two extra playoff games, which drew about a combined 3,500-plus, the team ended up drawing close to ...

Tomahawk football rolling with 2-0 start

Led by four combined touchdowns involving the Eichman brothers, Merrimack easily outpaced Bishop Guertin at home on Friday night, 42-19. The game’s first touchdown involved both brothers, with junior Ben hooking up with senior Joe on a 44-yard completion on Merrimack’s third play from ...

With Stellos Stadium occupied, BG truly home for Sept. 23 game

The Bishop Guertin High School varsity football team is coming home. They’ve been away for a long time, at least three decades, perhaps longer. But for the first time in that span, since the Cardinals hosted a makeup of a postponed game with Exeter, Guertin will play a varsity football game ...

Soucy excited to take over Tomahawks program

Merrimack High School principal Ken Johnson said the Tomahawks would have a new athletic director during the month of September, and he wasn’t kidding. Johnson and school officials wasted no time after the resignation of former AD Eric Sabean in naming Mike Soucy, a counselor at the school, ...

Tomahawks hoping to rebuild quickly after strong season

MERRIMACK – The look on Merrimack High School football coach Kip Jackson’s face when asked about numerous positions on his 2017 team told it all. “Not sure yet,” the answer would often be. And that, folks, is what they call rebuilding. Jackson and the Tomahawks had the luxury of a ...

Merrimack AD Sabean resigns after five years

The school athletic year has barely begun, but already there’s been a major surprise as Merrimack High School athletic director Eric Sabean has decided to step down. Sabean, 47, made his decision known to Merrimack principal Ken Johnson in the last week, stunning Johnson and the Tomahawk ...

Depth of experience breeding optimism for Cavs

HOLLIS – A year ago, coach Chris Lones cringed when an athlete went down to injury, any athlete on his Hollis Brookline football team. Yes, the Cavaliers were talented in 2016, but depth – a lack of it – was certainly an issue. No coach wants injuries, but at least Lones will have some ...

Tomahawks fall team previews

GOLF COACH: Don Chisholm (third year) LAST SEASON: 3-17. RETURNING PLAYERS: Nick Edgeworth, sr.; Owen Plossen, sr.; Travis Brody, sr.; Ryan Carey, jr.; Dan Differ, sr.; Ryan Maine, sr. COACHES COMMENTS: “We’re looking for the returnees to lead us this year,” Chisholm said. BOYS ...

Sedlar will try to defend title

At just 19 years old, Chelsea Sedlar will be defending her title at the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship on July 31-August 2 at Eastman Golf Links in Grantham. Fifty-seven of NH’s top women golfers will compete in this 54-hole stroke play event. The field has such ...

Merrimack forced out of Legion tournament early

MANCHESTER – Grant Coy felt it when he tried to advance on an errant throw to third and then slide home. The ankle. An injury suffered late in the season caught up with him, and his pitches in the fifth and six inning of Saturday morning’s State Legion Tournament elimination game with ...

Martel wins 2nd State Am in 5 years

KEENE – It wasn’t easy, but making history rarely is. Nashua Country Club’s Mike Martel held off Concord Country Club’s Matt Paradis for a 2 and 1 victory in the 36-hole title match of the 114th New Hampshire Amateur Championship on Saturday at Bretwood Golf Course. The triumph marks ...

Merrimack battles for American Legion state tourney berth

MERRIMACK – It’s the home stretch for the local senior American Legion baseball season as teams jockey for tournament position or fight just to get in . Now if only Mother Nature would cooperate. Merrimack Post 98 and Exeter Post 32 were deadlocked at 2 in the top of the fourth inning at ...

Grassini named MVP, West takes 25-14 CHaD win

MANCHESTER – Merrimack’s Justin Grassini received the Bo Dickson Most Valuable Player award for the West’s 25-14 win over the East in the Sunday resumption of the sixth annual CHaD All-Star Football Game at Manchester Memorial High School. But what about the Most Valuable Play? That may ...

McKillop, fellow Tomahawks gear up for 1 more game

BEDFORD – Danny McKillop had a great multi-sport athletic career at Merrimack High School. As he moves on to Virginia Tech to study aerospace engineering, he knows that Friday’s annual CHaD East-West All-Star Football Game at Saint Anselm College starting at 7 p.m. will be probably his last ...

5 former Nashua Silver Knights selected in MLB draft

NASHUA – It was a big day on Wednesday for former Nashua Silver Knights. Five former Nashua players were drafted, while two who were expected to go didn’t get a call. Merrimack’s Mickey Gasper, a junior catcher at Bryant University who was last year’s Futures League Player of the Year, ...