Merrimack Sports

Trio lays it on line for T’hawks

MERRIMACK - So, you want to be a football lineman? Just talk to the nucleus of the Merrimack High School line, both on offense and defense, and they’ll show you the ropes. Three mainstays are junior Eric Griffin, plus seniors Colin Keefe and Joey Peters. “They’ve been pretty ...

Tomahawks hit field as preseason gets off to very wet start

A late start to the year and daily rain could curdle the outlook of even the most positive coach around. Or maybe it can’t. Merrimack High football coach Kip Jackson has too much work on his agenda to worry about things he can’t control. And right now, in the first week of the ...

Pfeifer finds his swing for Merrimack Legion Post 98

MERRIMACK – The high school season was a blur for Cody Pfeifer, a painful blur. Thankfully for the Merrimack High School senior-to-be, there is American Legion baseball. Playing third base, Pfeifer has been nothing short of sensational for Post 98, which is 6-4, hunting for a District B ...

Merrimack’s Grassini makes tough decision, sticks to baseball

When an athlete the caliber of Justin Grassini, yes that Justin Grassini (record 45 TD passes as a senior at Merrimack High) gives up football, you know the choice wasn’t easy. In fact, it was excruciating. And it might get a little tougher before it gets better. “It was a hard ...

Merrimack’s Gasper selected by Yankees in 20th round of draft

The wait was excruciating for Merrimack’s Mickey Gasper – again. But in the end, it was well worth it, as Gasper’s favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees, took him Wednesday in the 20thround of this week’s annual Major League Amateur Draft. “I grew up a Yankees fan, and ...

’Hawks tracksters reach New Englands

MERRIMACK – Most track and field athletes around the Granite State have called it a season Only the elite remain in competition. And when the best of the best hit the track at the University of New Hampshire in the New England Interscholastic Championships, Merrimack High School will be ...

Merrimack’s Schaller having major playoff impact for B’s

The TD Garden crowd roared. Merrimack’s Tim Schaller was on the ice, pummeling Toronto’s Ron Hainsey in the first period of Saturday night’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 2 7-3 destruction of the Maple Leafs. It was his second altercation of the game, as he also had taken on ...

Tomahawk baseball still after first victory of young season

Baseball Nashua North 8, Merrimack 0 The Titans move to 2-0 on the season after a shut down win, while Merrimack drops to 0-3. Joe Berman threw a complete game shut out allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out eight. Casey Lane, Trevor Kelly, and Will Brooks had multi hit games ...

Bernardini finds coaching home at Rivier

It’s been almost a year now. Yes, about 11 months since that historic night at Historic Holman Stadium. It was the last athletic event ever for Daniel Webster College, a single nine inning baseball game vs. local rival Rivier University. The Eagles rallied for a dramatic win, the two ...

Changes coming for hockey

There will be some changes next year in high school hockey, mainly in Division I with the additions of Windham (OK, most sports) and Bow (really?). But here’s hoping that both Alvirne and Milford urge the NHIAA to somehow avoid placing their co-op team in Division I just because it’s where ...

Damata, Hovan off to New Englands

NASHUA – Together, Merrimack High seniors Julien Hovan and Dom Damata have accomplished so much on the wrestling mat the past four seasons. The two aren’t done yet. Each has qualified for the New England Championships this weekend in Providence. The survivors punched their tickets here ...

Giant ice surface takes toll on Tomahawks in playoff defeat

DURHAM – The tank was on ‘E’. It wasn’t the 10 a.m.start that did the Merrimack High School boys hockey team in on Wednesday in its 5-2 Division II prelim loss to Oyster River. No, it was the Whittemore Center’s Olympic sheet of ice. Its length has claimed many a visiting high ...

Grover takes fourth in state

By HECTOR LONGO Staff Writer RAYMOND — At one point in his Final Four ladder match with Goffstown’s Ryan Gentes, Merrimack sophomore Mike Grover started to believe that it could be his day. The righty, seeded eighth coming into Saturday’s NHIAA Bowling State Championships, had ...

Tomahawks senior reaches career plateau

MERRIMACK – Needing just one point to become the eighth Merrimack High School member of the 1,000-point club, Ian Cummings let visiting Salem know early just exactly to whom this night belonged. Even if he had no idea. Cummings swished a three from the top-left with his first shot of the ...

Eichman signs on to play football at UNH

MERRIMACK – The University of New Hampshire football program has certainly gone national, recruiting from all over the nation. One of the things that makes coach Sean McDonnell’s program so special is that it continues to keep the Granite State’s top talent at home. Wednesday on ...

Koroma wins dash title

Merrimack’s Johanna Koroma lived up to her all-state placing with a win in the 55 meters with a sizzling 7.52 clocking. The Bedford girls took fifth overall with 38 points. Bailey Carrillo was third in the 1000 meters at 3:10.96. Sophomore Melanie Hutchinson took fourth in the 300 with a ...

Merrimack matmen hit The Big Apple

The Lowell (Mass.) Holiday Tournament is a premiere event, one that wrestling programs from all over the Northeast flock to in the days after Christmas. Different strokes for different folks, right? Merrimack coach Tim McMahon chose a bit of a more elaborate plan for his holiday break as ...

Eyes on No. 1

Just about a semester remains in the school year for the Merrimack High Class of 2018. Sara Wozniak, the current leader in the race to Valedictorian won’t guarantee that she holds on to the top spot. But Wozniak is certain, nobody is going to outwork her. “I’m not naturally smart, ...

Merrimack boys back in title hunt

Nashua North head coach Steve Lane could lament what might have been, what with the transfer of Adelphi-bound guard Ronnie Silva to Bradford (Mass.) Christian, the shift of outrageously athletic, all-Division I big man Alonzo Linton to Lynn (Mass.) English and the move by shifty point guard ...

Hovan, Kennedy victorious at Milford

MILFORD — In a fight, one that for the best of the region’s high school wrestlers could last over three months, there is nothing like landing the first punch. Two Merrimack High matmen accomplished that Saturday, taking home titles at the 26th Milford-Souhegan Invitational Championship ...