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KEVIN GUTTING
Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey shut out by UConn in regular-season finale

Friday, February 27, 2015

The UMass hockey team will be the No. 12 seed in next week’s Hockey East playoffs. Friday’s 4-0 loss to Connecticut prevented any chance of moving up in the standings so they’ll play a best-of-three series at the No. 5 seed likely beginning Friday. The Minutemen are idle Saturday, but results from other games will determine which of five teams they end up …

Division 2 Girls Basketball: Belchertown breaks through to semis, beats Ludlow 52-35

Friday, February 27, 2015

LUDLOW — For three consecutive seasons, the Belchertown girls basketball team saw its season end in the quarterfinal round of the sectional tournament. With their seniors having one final shot to play at the Curry Hicks Cage, the Orioles put an emphatic stop to that trend Friday night. Belchertown utilized a suffocating zone defense to beat Ludlow 52-35 in the Western Massachusetts Division …

Area School Lunch Menus

Friday, February 27, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Crispy chicken sandwich, mixed fruit, carrot sticks, apple slices, baked Tater Tots TUESDAY: Baked potato bar, spinach salad, fresh orange, peach cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad with tomato, baby carrots and celery, peach cup, banana THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, February 27, 2015

To submit an item to Friends and Neighbors email newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Michal Goderez was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Emerson College, Boston. Goderez is majoring in directing narrative fiction. …

Veterans Voice

Friday, February 27, 2015

Announcements MEETING: DAV Chapter 92 will hold its next meeting March 12 at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post 8006 in Florence. Nominations for officers will take be held. All disabled veterans who would like to join are welcomed. FUND RAISER: The annual DAV Chapter 92 Forget-Me-Not Fundraiser …

Area volunteer opportunities

Friday, February 27, 2015

Historic Deerfield — Historic Deerfield will soon be interviewing candidates for the guiding proghram. Looking for people who enjoy working with the public, learning about history, art and museums, and have a flexible schedule. Contact Lill Miskinis, 775-7132. Franklin County Home Care Corporation — Volunteer open house Wednesday, …

The search for the best breakfast sandwich

Friday, February 27, 2015

On a recent frigid morning, I followed a series of footprints left in the freshly fallen snow up to the front door of the Loose Goose Cafe on East Pleasant Street in Amherst. I knew the cafe had …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s basketball team falls 69-60 to Dayton

Friday, February 27, 2015

The UMass women’s basketball team fell 69-60 at Dayton on Thursday. Rashida Timbilla had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Kim Pierre-Louis added 17 points and seven rebounds. Cierra Dillard chipped in with 14 points for the Minutewomen (10-17, 4-11 Atlantic 10). Westfield State 79, Framingham State 65 …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Smith Academy falls 70-42 to top-seeded Monson

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Smith Academy boys basketball team trailed by six points at halftime to top-seeded Monson in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 quarterfinal Thursday night. But the Falcons picked a bad time to go ice cold from the field, scoring only two points in the third quarter of the …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Turners Falls outlasts Granby, 56-49

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The last time Liam Ellis took the floor at the Curry Hicks Cage as a member of the Turners Falls boys basketball team, he was in eighth grade. Now a senior, Ellis and the third-seeded Indians will get a chance to return to the historic …

Division 2 Boys Basketball: Cam Earle (45 points) leads South Hadley to 77-73 quarterfinal comeback win over Shepherd Hill

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DUDLEY — With 0.7 seconds on the clock, South Hadley senior Cam Earle was at the line shooting two. He made the first and as the second shot fell, reality set in. The stands behind and across from the Tigers’ bench erupted while Shepherd Hill’s fan section went …

Division 3 Boys Basketball: Top-seeded Hampshire shuts down rival Easthampton to reach semifinals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — There were a number of motivational points for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team going into its Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinal against Easthampton Thursday night. With their 77-56 victory, the Raiders avenged last season’s postseason …