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Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg speaks to players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game against Tennessee in 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

With new contract, UMass men’s basketball coach Kellogg highest paid state employee

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — In a new contract released by the University of Massachusetts Friday, Minuteman men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg will become the highest-paid state employee in Massachusetts. Kellogg is guaranteed make $994,500 per season through the 2018-19 season, an among that could increase if he reaches bonuses based on the performances by players on the court and in the classroom. …

What2Watch4 — Week 8 high school football previews

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicopee Comp at Northampton Friday, 7 With two games left, it is highly unlikely the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3 Suburban) have enough to make a push for the postseason. Even with a victory over the third-rated and first-place Colts (3-3, 3-0), Hamp would need to jump over Chicopee and South Hadley for the …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton girls volleyball survives five sets with Sabis, qualifies for postseason

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For the second time in three days, the Easthampton girls volleyball team was one set away from postseason elimination. But after saving their season Tuesday, the Eagles once again came back from the brink Thursday and clinched a tournament berth by beating Sabis 3-2 in Springfield. Easthampton rallied to claim a 28-26, 19-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-8 victory. Ruthenee Nhem posted a team-high 14 …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Live, onstage “Live Art Magazine,” billed as “a contemporary art talent show,” will be presented Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Music, 274 Main St., in Northampton. Creative folks from around the Valley are making …

Action — and make it fast! — Northampton Community Television sponsors seven-day film competition

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The costumes consisted of hand-lettered shirts, one saying “Sport” and the other “Champ.” The props were a mixed bag: a medicine ball, a catcher’s mask, two hurleys (hurling sticks), a tennis racket and a hockey helmet, minus its …

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton spikes Chicopee, keeps postseason hopes alive

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With its postseason hopes riding on every point Tuesday night, the Easthampton girls volleyball team dug deep to win the final two sets and defeat Chicopee 3-2 on senior night. The Eagles earned all three of their set …

Amid resurgence, UMass football seniors wishing for more time

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — There are five seniors contributing to the UMass football team this season. Nose tackle Daniel Maynes sometimes wishes it was four. With the Minutemen in the midst of a two-game winning streak and playing their best …

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 …