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Luca Brashear, of Amherst Regional, does a forward 2.5 somersault during the Western Massachusetts diving championships Friday at Springfield College.

Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear wins WMass diving championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear was the 31st diver to step on the 1-meter board at the Western Massachusetts Championships on Friday. While he waited, the nerves kicked in as he prepared for his inward dive at Springfield College’s Art Linkletter Natatorium. Thirty divers later, Brashear faced the nerves and unleashed his first dive of the day that was worth a score of 20.5. It was the first of 11 that added up to 441.25 and a sectional championship title for the sophomore. “I was pretty nervous,” Brashear said. “Coming in I didn’t know if I would win or have an awful day. Diving …

Friday’s high school basketball: Hampshire girls avenge overtime loss to Granby, win 65-40

Friday, February 12, 2016

A strong third quarter helped the Hampshire Regional girls basketball team avenge an overtime loss to Granby. The Raiders outscored the Rams 20-6 after the break to take command en route to a 65-40 victory Friday in Westhampton. Chelsea Moussette had 15 points and 10 assists for the Raiders. Katy O’Connor scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Hampshire (15-2, 3-1 Central). …

Friday’s colleges: UMass opens women’s lacrosse season with 16-5 rout of Holy Cross

Friday, February 12, 2016

The UMass women’s lacrosse team opened its season with a 16-5 win over Holy Cross, Friday at Garber Field. UMass led 2-1 when five straight goals, including back-to-back tallies by Nicole Troost, put the game out of reach. Troost finished with five goals, while Hannah Murphy had four and Holly Turner three. Erika Eipp had four assists. Sam Walters (three saves) and Aileen …

Alyssia Bailey’s midlife curiosity opens gates to nearly 300 years of family history, bringing her to Hampshire County

Friday, February 12, 2016

HATFIELD — For most of her life, 43-year-old Alyssia J. Bailey knew nothing about her biological parents, her family’s roots or, it turns out, its extraordinary past. A foster child who was adopted with her brother James at …

Predicted weekend wind chill of 32-below zero prompts opening of Northampton warming center; Easthampton WinterFest still on

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Wind gusts coupled with frigid temperatures will make it feel as cold as 32 degrees below zero this weekend, prompting Northampton to open a warming center and area homeless shelters to offer increased capacity and hours. The high temperature Saturday will reach 14 degrees and fall …

UMass looking to carry over success on the road, visits Duquesne Sunday

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — After producing its best win of the year on Thursday, UMass will try to bring the momentum with it on the road when the Minutemen play at Duquesne, Sunday at 3 p.m. They took Friday off and were scheduled to fly to Pittsburgh Saturday morning, leaving …

Northampton, Amherst shine at state divisional indoor track meets

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Northampton boys and girls indoor track teams stood tall on the podium at the state Division 4 championships, Friday at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center. Liam Sullivan won the boys mile in 4 minutes, 25.86 seconds, while Sierra Loomis took the girls long jump in …

Area police news

Friday, February 12, 2016

Amherst • Robert Nicholas Wilson, 20, of Easton, Connecticut, was arrested at 1:21 a.m. Friday on Fearing Street on charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct after police said he repeatedly banged on a door to a home. Northampton • Serena G. Desantis, 35, who lists her …

Lawsuit filed by longtime activist and self-described ‘citizen attorney general’ proceeds against Amherst Police

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — A man describing himself as a “citizen attorney general” with a history of dozens of arrests and lawsuits against the government over environmental issues now claims that Amherst Police roughed him up while he was being served a trespass notice in 2012. And last month Hampshire …

Get Growing: Amaryllis: Not a one-shot wonder

Friday, February 12, 2016

There’s no flower in the houseplant kingdom more majestic than the amaryllis. The gnarly bulbs are potted up in the fall or winter, and within seven to 10 weeks produce regal bell-shaped blossoms, as big as 10 inches …

Coming up

Friday, February 12, 2016

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. The centers will be closed on Monday in observance of President’s Day. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood …

Heading outdoors

Friday, February 12, 2016

∎ Snowshoeing for Seniors — All Out Adventures offers guided beginner and intermediate group snowshoeing for ages 60 and up, Wednesdays. Rotating locations in the Pioneer Valley. $5. 584-2052, info@alloutadventures. ∎ Winter Tracking Workshop — Franklin Land Trust sponsors workshop …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, February 12, 2016

Community Action Tax Assistance Program — Voluneer tax preparers needed to help ensure low-income families receive their full refund. Training provided; no prior tax experience needed. Volunteers are needed evenings, from now to April, in Greenfield and Northampton. Saturday shifts also available. Holly Kosisky at 376-1179 or hkosisky@communityaction.us …