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High school notebook: New Amherst Regional girls basketball coach Dustin James eager to start season

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls basketball team will be under new leadership for the second time in three years when Dustin James takes over the program this winter. James is filling the void left by Liz Kay’s departure for the head girls basketball position at Wahconah High School. After five years of coaching at the boys junior varsity level — the last two at Ludlow — this will be his first …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst falls 1-0 to Connecticut College in women’s soccer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Amherst College women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to Connecticut College, Wednesday in New London, Connecticut. Holly Burwick made 10 saves, but Annie Higgins notched the winning goal in the 53rd minute for the Camels. Amherst (11-3, 7-2 NESCAC) out more corners (7-5) but couldn’t get any of its nine shots past Bryanna Montalvo (five saves). Women’s volleyball Westfield Sate 3, MCLA 1 …

Notebook: Josh Bruns, Matt Sparks center of attention for UMass football team

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Josh Bruns didn’t know he’d be moving to center when Matt Sparks went down. The UMass junior, who started the first six games of the season at right guard, thought he’d move to left guard with Fabian Hoeller, who played some center last year, sliding into the middle. But, after Sparks …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke field hockey beats WPI in overtime

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sophie Perekslis redirected a shot by Kirsten Kilburn to score the winning overtime goal as the Mount Holyoke field hockey team beat WPI 1-0 in Worcester, Tuesday. Liz DiCesare made two saves for the Lyons (11-2, 5-1 NEWMAC). Women’s soccer WPI 1, Smith College 1 (2OT) — Jackie …

Kick-starting development: Gov. Deval Patrick announces almost $5 million in MassWorks grants for Amherst, Easthampton, Hatfield

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A $1.5 million state grant designed to be a catalyst for continued economic development at the northern end of downtown Amherst was announced at Kendrick Park Tuesday by Gov. Deval Patrick. With the steel frame of …

Notebook: UMass offering free admission to men’s basketball exhibition against AIC

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass men’s basketball team’s lone exhibition game will be free. Unlike in previous years, the Minutemen aren’t charging admission for their Oct. 30 game against American International at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center. It will be the first time for fans to see several …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Hampshire Regional ends Holyoke Catholic’s 9-year reign in Pioneer South, claims league title with 27-30 win

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Hampshire Regional girls cross country team put a stop to a longtime win streak Tuesday. The Raiders handed Holyoke Catholic its first Pioneer South loss in 10 years and snapped the Gaels’ nine-year stranglehold on the league title with a 27-30 win at Mahar Regional’s 2.76-mile course …

MAC agrees to backup deal with Detroit-based bowl

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Mid-Amercian Conference has agreed to a six-year deal with the new Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit to be the game’s back league if the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference cannot fill one of its spots. The first Quick Lane Bowl will be played …

Ronnie Vinson of Springfield denies fraudulent use of credit card

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday related to the unauthorized use of a credit card that a woman reported losing in Amherst in 2013. Ronnie Vinson, 28, pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card under …

Dog that bit Amherst children killed

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A pit bull terrier that bit two children on the playground at Crocker Farm School in August was killed last week after officials determined the animal could not be safely released from the town pound. Police …

Kyle Kielbasa of Belchertown arrested after car rolls over in Amherst, shears utility pole

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A Belchertown man whose vehicle went off Bay Road, rolled over and sheared a utility pole was arrested by police Monday. Kyle Kielbasa, 28, of 66 Canal Drive, was arrested at 4:36 p.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, …

Amherst Regional High School African Scholars substitute fundraiser for exchange trip

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — An exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia planned by members of the Amherst Regional High School African Scholars has been postponed due to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. However, the students are channeling their disappointment into action by holding a West African take-out fundraiser …

Amherst Select Board supports increase in CPA surcharge; opposes fluoride testing

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — The Select Board on Monday voted to support an increase on the surcharge on residential tax bills, and opposed more rigorous testing of the fluoride that has been put in the town’s drinking water supply since …