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2012 Year in Review - Teams

  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Khaila Ramirez of Northampton, left, takes the baton from Mia Toffoli in the 4x400-meter relay during the Western Mass. track and field finals Saturday at Westfield State University. They won the event.

    JERREY ROBERTS
    Khaila Ramirez of Northampton, left, takes the baton from Mia Toffoli in the 4x400-meter relay during the Western Mass. track and field finals Saturday at Westfield State University. They won the event. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>South Hadley hockey team

    JERREY ROBERTS
    South Hadley hockey team Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hampshire Regional Red Raiders' junior pitcher Ashlee McGan celebrates with her catcher Bri Weltlich after the Red Raiders defeated the Drury Blue Devils 11-1 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 championship game Saturday.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Hampshire Regional Red Raiders' junior pitcher Ashlee McGan celebrates with her catcher Bri Weltlich after the Red Raiders defeated the Drury Blue Devils 11-1 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 championship game Saturday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>South Hadley catcher Mike Croke, from left, shortstop Connor Sheridan, third baseman Mike Paleologopoulos, pitcher Jordan Page and second baseman Tom Spring celebrate at the end of their win against Plymouth North in the Division 2 State Championship Saturday at Fitton Field in Worcester.

    JERREY ROBERTS
    South Hadley catcher Mike Croke, from left, shortstop Connor Sheridan, third baseman Mike Paleologopoulos, pitcher Jordan Page and second baseman Tom Spring celebrate at the end of their win against Plymouth North in the Division 2 State Championship Saturday at Fitton Field in Worcester. Purchase photo reprints »

  • The Amherst team swarms goalie Curtis Barnes, in yellow, right, after defeating Ludlow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament final Sunday at Westfield State University. Amherst won by penalty kicks. Guilherme Costa of Ludlow, front, missed his shot to end the game.

    The Amherst team swarms goalie Curtis Barnes, in yellow, right, after defeating Ludlow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament final Sunday at Westfield State University. Amherst won by penalty kicks. Guilherme Costa of Ludlow, front, missed his shot to end the game. Purchase photo reprints »

  • The Hopkins Academy team celebrates their 3-1 win against Smith Academy in  the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament final Monday at Westfield State University.

    The Hopkins Academy team celebrates their 3-1 win against Smith Academy in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament final Monday at Westfield State University. Purchase photo reprints »

  • The Belchertown team celebrates with their trophy after defeating Monson in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final Sunday at Westfield State University. Belchertown won 4-0.

    The Belchertown team celebrates with their trophy after defeating Monson in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final Sunday at Westfield State University. Belchertown won 4-0. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Belchertown goalie Zach Parsons, left, and Nathan Fournier, center, hold the trophy as their team gathers to celebrate after winning the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final against Monument Mountain Sunday at Westfield State University. Belchertown won 1-0.

    Belchertown goalie Zach Parsons, left, and Nathan Fournier, center, hold the trophy as their team gathers to celebrate after winning the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final against Monument Mountain Sunday at Westfield State University. Belchertown won 1-0. Purchase photo reprints »

  • The Frontier Regional team celebrates their win against Mohawk Regional in  the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final Saturday at West Springfield High School. Frontier won 2-0.

    The Frontier Regional team celebrates their win against Mohawk Regional in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final Saturday at West Springfield High School. Frontier won 2-0. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS<br/>Umass lacrosse  after winning the championship game against Drexel Saturday night.

    CAROL LOLLIS
    Umass lacrosse after winning the championship game against Drexel Saturday night. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>UMASS head football coach Charlie Molnar leads his squad through the tunnel at Rentschler Field before their first game against UCONN Thursday night.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    UMASS head football coach Charlie Molnar leads his squad through the tunnel at Rentschler Field before their first game against UCONN Thursday night. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Amherst senior Conlan Brown, center, places second in the 55 dash at the PVIAC Indoor Track Championship held Friday at Smith College.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Amherst senior Conlan Brown, center, places second in the 55 dash at the PVIAC Indoor Track Championship held Friday at Smith College. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Frontier Regional's Courtney Newsome (center) gets her team excited before their match at Belchertown High School Friday night. Frontier prevailed 3-0.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS

    Frontier Regional's Courtney Newsome (center) gets her team excited before their match at Belchertown High School Friday night. Frontier prevailed 3-0.
    JOSH KUCKENS Purchase photo reprints »

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  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Khaila Ramirez of Northampton, left, takes the baton from Mia Toffoli in the 4x400-meter relay during the Western Mass. track and field finals Saturday at Westfield State University. They won the event.

    JERREY ROBERTS
    Khaila Ramirez of Northampton, left, takes the baton from Mia Toffoli in the 4x400-meter relay during the Western Mass. track and field finals Saturday at Westfield State University. They won the event. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Khaila Ramirez of Northampton, left, takes the baton from Mia Toffoli in the 4x400-meter relay during the Western Mass. track and field finals Saturday at Westfield State University. They won the event.
  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>South Hadley hockey team
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hampshire Regional Red Raiders' junior pitcher Ashlee McGan celebrates with her catcher Bri Weltlich after the Red Raiders defeated the Drury Blue Devils 11-1 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 championship game Saturday.
  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>South Hadley catcher Mike Croke, from left, shortstop Connor Sheridan, third baseman Mike Paleologopoulos, pitcher Jordan Page and second baseman Tom Spring celebrate at the end of their win against Plymouth North in the Division 2 State Championship Saturday at Fitton Field in Worcester.
  • The Amherst team swarms goalie Curtis Barnes, in yellow, right, after defeating Ludlow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament final Sunday at Westfield State University. Amherst won by penalty kicks. Guilherme Costa of Ludlow, front, missed his shot to end the game.
  • The Hopkins Academy team celebrates their 3-1 win against Smith Academy in  the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament final Monday at Westfield State University.
  • The Belchertown team celebrates with their trophy after defeating Monson in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final Sunday at Westfield State University. Belchertown won 4-0.
  • Belchertown goalie Zach Parsons, left, and Nathan Fournier, center, hold the trophy as their team gathers to celebrate after winning the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final against Monument Mountain Sunday at Westfield State University. Belchertown won 1-0.
  • The Frontier Regional team celebrates their win against Mohawk Regional in  the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final Saturday at West Springfield High School. Frontier won 2-0.
  • CAROL LOLLIS<br/>Umass lacrosse  after winning the championship game against Drexel Saturday night.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>UMASS head football coach Charlie Molnar leads his squad through the tunnel at Rentschler Field before their first game against UCONN Thursday night.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Amherst senior Conlan Brown, center, places second in the 55 dash at the PVIAC Indoor Track Championship held Friday at Smith College.
  • Frontier Regional's Courtney Newsome (center) gets her team excited before their match at Belchertown High School Friday night. Frontier prevailed 3-0.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS
  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Khaila Ramirez of Northampton, left, takes the baton from Mia Toffoli in the 4x400-meter relay during the Western Mass. track and field finals Saturday at Westfield State University. They won the event.

Amherst Regional

Boys cross country — Valley North champs.

Girls cross country — Valley North and WMass champs.

Boys indoor track — Pioneer League and PVIAC champs.

Boys outdoor track — Valley League and WMass champs.

4x100 boys outdoor track relay — Team of Devin Clarke, Tchuijo Nkamebo, Dylan Owens and Conlan Brown won the WMass title.

4x800 boys outdoor track relay — Team of Jesse Coull, Connor Evans, James Traester and Gabe Fishman won the WMass title.

Boys soccer — Won first WMass Division 1 championship.

Girls basketball — Suburban League co-champs.

Boys ultimate — Won its 20th straight state championship as well as its first Northeastern Championship.

Girls ultimate — Won its first Northeastern Championship.

Belchertown

Football — Undefeated Intercounty League champs fell in the Division 3 Super Bowl to Mount Greylock.

Boys basketball — Bi-County North co-champs.

Girls outdoor track — Pioneer League champs.

Girls swimming — Patriot League champs.

Girls soccer — Won the Kurty-Fielding Division and its third straight WMass Division 2 championship. Team was runner-up in the state tournament.

Boys soccer — Went undefeated during the regular season, won Holley Division and the WMass Division 2 title, but suffered its first loss in the state Division 2 semifinal round.

Girls lacrosse — Third-year program qualified for WMass tournament for the first time.

Easthampton

Football — Qualified for the postseason but fell in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs.

Girls basketball — Franklin South co-champs.

Frontier Regional

Baseball — Hampshire League champs.

Girls outdoor track — Suburban League champs.

Field hockey — North Division and WMass Division 2 champs.

Girls volleyball — Won the Northern League and its third straight state Division 3 championship.

Gateway Regional

Girls basketball — Won their third straight Tri-County League title.

Girls soccer — Reached its third WMass Division 3 title game in four years but lost to Lenox.

Granby

Golf — Bi-County East champs.

Boys basketball — Bi-County North co-champs.

Girls soccer — Won the Pioneer Division and had an undefeated regular season.

Hampshire Regional

Baseball — Bi-County League champs.

Softball — Won WMass Division 2 championship.

Boys outdoor track — Suburban League champs.

Wrestling — Finished 14-1 and placed second in the WMass Division 3 Tournament.

Holyoke Catholic

200 medley swim relay — Team of Amanda Konieczny, Meriza Werenski, Katherine Fontes and Delaney Dyjak won WMass championship.

Girls basketball — Bi-County West champs.

Girls cross country — Pioneer South champs.

Girls soccer — Qualified for Division 3 tournament for first time in eight years.

Hopkins Academy

Boys soccer — Won the McGrath South and the WMass Division 3 championship.

Girls basketball — Franklin South co-champs.

Northampton

Boys basketball — Suburban League champs.

Field hockey — Central Division champs.

4x400 girls indoor track relay — Team of Adrienne Pascucci, Alexandra Dibrindisi, Sophie Sharp and Mia Toffoli won the WMass and state Division 3 championship.

4x400 girls outdoor track relay — Team of Adrienne Pascucci, Mia Toffoli, Khaila Ramirez and Alexandra Dibrindisi won the WMass championship.

4x400 boys indoor track relay — Team of Marcus Neverson, Josh Hirschman, Ben Shulman-Reed and Avi Sheldon won the WMass championship.

4x400 boys outdoor track relay — Team of Marcus Neverson, Avi Sheldon, Avery Nortonsmith and Alex Sullivan won the WMass title.

Girls indoor track — Won the Pioneer League and placed second at the PVIAC championship and the state Division 3 meet.

Golf — Valley League champs.

Girls soccer — Won the Central Division title for the program’s first-ever league crown.

Smith Academy

Girls soccer — Won the Franklin County League with an 11-0 league mark.

Boys basketball — Hampshire West champs.

SMITH VOCATIONAL

Boys basketball — Tri-County champs.

South Hadley

Baseball — Won its first state Division 2 title.

Boys basketball — Reached the WMass Division 2 championship game for sixth time in the last nine years.

Ice hockey — Wright Division champs won its fourth straight WMass Division 3A championship.

Football — Advanced to the Division 2 Super Bowl but fell to Wahconah at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Boys lacrosse — Reached fourth consecutive WMass Division 2 championship game.

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts

Girls ultimate — Won its first state championship.

Williston

Field hockey — Won third straight Western New England Class B Cup.

Girls hockey — Reached first-ever NEPSAC tournament semifinal.

Girls lacrosse — Finished 13-1 and ranked No. 2 in NEPSAC.

Amherst College

Men’s Hockey — Program-record 24 wins, second conference championship in four years and first ever trip to the Frozen Four, where it fell to Oswego State in the national semifinals.

Women’s Basketball — Won its third NESCAC title in four years and extended its win streak to 50 games before falling in the Final Four — in its fourth-consecutive trip.

Men’s Basketball — Won its first conference title since 2006 and advanced to the Sweet 16.

Softball — Opened a program-best 12-0, hosted the NESCAC tournament as the top seed for the first time ever and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999, finishing with a program-best 36-6 record.

Women’s Tennis — Won conference championship then lost in the national semifinals.

Men’s Tennis — Won the NESCAC title before falling in the NCAA quarterfinals.

Men’s Soccer — Posted a 17-0-3 record, did not trail in a game and allowed three goals on the year. Won second-straight conference title, but fell to Williams in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.

Smith College

Basketball — Won first ever ECAC title and finished with a program-record 23 wins.

Lacrosse — Finished second in ECAC championship.

UMass

Field hockey — Atlantic 10 champs made 23rd NCAA tournament.

Women’s lacrosse — Won fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 tournament en route to the NCAA tournament.

Men’s basketball — Advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Men’s lacrosse — Won the CAA championship en route to 19th NCAA tournament appearance. Ranked No. 1 during the season.

Softball — Won 23rd Atlantic 10 title and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 21st time.

4x800 women’s relay — Team of Courtney Neves, Meghan Leahy, Claire Pettit and Katie Powers won New England outdoor championship.

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