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Tuesday’s high school cross country: South Hadley wins battle of unbeatens with Belchertown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In a battle of unbeaten girls cross country teams, Belchertown had the overall winner, but South Hadley placed the next four finishers in a 24-31 road win Tuesday. Carolyn Watkins (20 minutes, 38 seconds), Serena Sarage (21:11), Mackenzie Werenski (21:36) and Jackie Doyle (21:37) came in second through fifth, respectively, for the Tigers (4-0, 3-0). Tatyana Almore posted a meet-best time of 20:20 for the Orioles (4-1, 2-1 Valley South). …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy punches postseason ticket

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The defending Western Massachusetts champion Hopkins Academy golf team punched its return ticket to the Division 3 Tournament Tuesday afternoon with a 23-1 victory over Smith Academy. Caleb Farnham fired a match-best 37 to lead the Golden Hawks (8-3). Farnham, Spencer Butterfield and Joe Yusko each swept their individual matches 4-0. In other golf action, Easthampton earned its first win since the 2012 …

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton takes down Granby in Pioneer North showdown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Maddie Grabowski’s goal gave the Easthampton girls soccer team a 1-0 home victory over Granby Tuesday afternoon and a three-point lead in the highly competitive Pioneer North. Andi Hall set up Grabowski, whose tally kept the Eagles (7-0-1, 3-0-1) undefeated. Alyssa Fugiel made nine saves in the shutout. Brooklyn Baran stopped six shots for the Rams (7-2-1, 2-1). Gateway Regional 5, Ware 0 …

UMass notebook: QB Blake Frohnapfel shines in loss to Bowling Green

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — After UMass’ two most recent losses to Penn State and Vanderbilt, coach Mark Whipple called out his best players, including quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, specifically for not making enough plays. After Saturday’s 47-42 loss to Bowling Green, …

UMass’ return to McGuirk ends in 47-42 shootout loss to Bowling Green

Saturday, September 27, 2014

AMHERST — When the public address announcer told the crowd UMass freshman J.T. Blyden’s fumble, which Bowling Green recovered with 1 minute, 46 seconds left, was being reviewed, the Minutemen sideline was hushed. The players stood together, with …

Miraculous migrations in the insect world

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Now that summer is behind us, many Valley residents are making plans for trips to warmer climes during the colder months and students are migrating back to college. But we aren’t the only creatures traversing thousands of miles …

Friday night football: Late Amherst comeback falls short in 34-27 loss to Commerce

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Despite a late surge, the Amherst Regional football team lost to Commerce 34-27 Friday night. Down 34-20 late in the fourth quarter, Taj-Amir Torres returned a kickoff 55-yards and then caught a 40-yard score to get Amherst back in the game. “They made some good blocks …

Football’s return to UMass brought changes to McGuirk, rules and regulations

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Since UMass last played on campus in 2011, the Minutemen changed leagues, moved to the highest level of football and built two new buildings as part of the McGuirk Stadium complex. In addition to the big …

Ex-Minutemen share their favorite McGuirk Stadium memories

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — With the UMass football team returning to McGuirk Stadium Saturday for the first time since 2011, the Minutemen are hoping to create some new memorable games. But the stadium has hosted plenty of memorable contests from …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer falls in overtime to Harvard

Friday, September 26, 2014

Josh Schwartz and Mark Morris each scored, but the UMass men’s soccer team fell 3-2 in overtime to Harvard, Friday in Amherst. Ryan Buckingham made 17 saves for the Minutemen (1-6-0). Field hockey Richmond 1, UMass 0 — Sam Carlino made three saves but the Minutewomen (2-7, 0-1 …

Friday’s high schools: Smith Academy shuts out Mohawk, 4-0, in boys soccer

Friday, September 26, 2014

Quinn Rickert had two goals as the Smith Academy boys soccer team shut out Mohawk Trail, 4-0, in Buckland on Friday. Senior midfielder Quinn Rickert had a game-high two goals as the Falcons (6-1) earned the shutout on the road. Rickert’s first goal was unassisted, while the second …

Work on Pine Street in Amherst to start Monday and last through week

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Grading and compaction of Pine Street will begin at 7 a.m. Monday and last through the week. Lane Construction of Northampton will begin its work on the section of the road between the railroad crossing in Cushman and the intersection with East Pleasant Street. Detours will …

CHART Electricity rates to jump significantly in Valley this winter due to shortage of natural gas supplies

Friday, September 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Homeowners and businesses throughout the Valley should brace for significantly higher electricity bills this winter season as a result of a shortage of natural gas for generating plants. Two days after National Grid announced that its …