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Shirley swimmer one NH lake away from goal

Umbagog Lake isn’t very deep, averaging a depth of 10 feet. In fact, Umbagog is said to come from the Abenaki word for “shallow water.” But it is long — 10.4 miles long, in fact — as a 63-year-old Shirley man will find out this summer. Swimming the length of the lake, which sits between Errol, N.H., and Upton, Maine, won’t be easy, but Mike Welsch rarely backs down from a challenge. → Read More

Up close and personal with greatness

Due to the generosity of two local men and PGA Tour superstar Rory McIlroy, 95 tickets to the U.S. Open — mainly for the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday practice rounds — were distributed to 12 high s… → Read More

Business is booming for Wicked Cornhole as popularity of lawn game rises

TEWKSBURY — The difference in his two careers is stark. “I spent 25 years making people unhappy,” Bruce Taylor said. “I’ve spent the last eight years making people happy.” → Read More

Morgan Smith storms to championship

Morgan Smith didn’t just win her first New England Women’s Amateur championship Wednesday. That would have been impressive enough. The rising 18-year-old star from Westford dominated the field, turning in one of the great performances in the event’s 66-year history. → Read More

On 50th anniversary of Title IX, Julie Chen reflects on how gender equity law shaped her career

LOWELL — To this day, eight days before she takes over as UMass Lowell’s chancellor, the second woman to hold that title, Julie Chen often thinks back to 1982-86. → Read More

River Hawks high on newcomers

LOWELL — There are no crystal balls in Norm Bazin’s Tsongas Center office. He can’t predict the future, but he feels good about the 12 new players who will don UMass Lowell hockey jerseys for the 2… → Read More

Herrick wins playoff with clutch birdie

LOWELL — There was incredible golf played in Massachusetts over the weekend. And the guys in Brookline weren’t bad, either. It took the fourth playoff hole, and a clutch 20-foot birdie putt in near… → Read More

Lowell City Golf Tournament: Golfers gear up for Round 2

LOWELL — Co-leaders Trevor Drew of Long Meadow and John DeVito of Vesper will tee off in the final group during the second round of the Lowell City Golf Tournament. Friday’s round will be held at L… → Read More

Lowell City Golf Tournament: Youth rules opening round

TYNGSBORO — From tee to green, three teens made the scene Wednesday during the opening round of the 98th annual Lowell City Golf Tournament. Showing no signs of nerves, either at the prospect of pl… → Read More

Lowell City Golf Tournament set to tee off

LOWELL — Brandon Gillis of Nashua, N.H., and Nabnasset Lake Country Club will be back to defend his title when the 98th annual Lowell City Golf Tournament tees off this week. The opening round will… → Read More

Local Notebook: Pendenza, Everblades claim Kelly Cup

Hoisting the Kelly Cup before the deafening roar of a standing-room-only crowd of 7,674 in Estero, Fla., was kind of an out-of-body experience for Joe Pendenza. “It was breathtaking, really. You ki… → Read More

Known for his days slinging hot dogs at LeLacheur Park, the Dogman retires

LOWELL — Loud and proud, the Dogman remains a hit. Even in retirement. → Read More

‘My greatest golf achievement’: Tyngsboro man earns gold medal at Special Olympics

Tyler Lagasse finally had his golden moment. The 35-year-old Tyngsboro resident captured the Level 5 golf championship at the Special Olympics USA Games on Thursday in Orlando, then received his gold medal at an awards ceremony Friday. → Read More

River Hawks released 2022-23 schedule

LOWELL — UMass Lowell hockey fans won’t have to wait long to see the 2022-23 team hit the ice. The River Hawks will open the season Oct. 1 by hosting St. Lawrence, the earliest the program will hav… → Read More

After spinal cord injury, he received help – now, Jake Trottier wants to give back

TYNGSBORO — A 2013 snowboarding accident left him with a serious spinal injury and paralyzed from the chest down. Jack Trottier’s life changed that day. But it did not end. → Read More

Becker set to take ice with UML

LOWELL — A commitment from a 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman wraps up what is expected to be a strong incoming freshman class for the UMass Lowell hockey team. Mitchell Becker, a native of Rogers, M… → Read More

Micky Ward reflects on historic first bout with Arturo Gatti 20 years later

LOWELL — As he was slugging it out in the ring at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Micky Ward wasn’t thinking about making history. → Read More

A comeback made for film: Son makes documentary of father’s recovery from brain injury

Aug. 31, 2011 was the day Tod O’Donnell’s life changed in an instant. → Read More

‘The Colored Museum’ examines America’s racial legacy, violence still relevant today

CONCORD — Director Pascale Florestal was overseeing the technical rehearsal of “The Colored Museum,” a play which takes a serious — and satirical — look at what it means to be Black in America. → Read More

Tewksbury’s Fowler lifts Clark Cup – Lowell Sun

Lifting the Clark Cup above his head is a moment Owen Fowler will never forget. The Tewksbury native became a United States Hockey League playoff champion Saturday night in Madison, Wisc., when his… → Read More