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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 …

Amherst Town Clerk rules that Select Board challenger Helen Berg fails to submit enough certified signatures

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Select Board challenger Helen Berg said Thursday that she will dispute the town clerk’s ruling blocking her name from being on the March 29 ballot. Town Clerk Sandra Burgess said Berg, of 273 Montague Road, Apt. 4, submitted her nomination papers by the 5 p.m. Tuesday …

Jones Library negotiates with Amherst Historical Society over acquiring land for expansion

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Jones Library and Amherst Historical Society officials are nearing an agreement for the library to acquire a portion of the neighboring ¾-acre property to accommodate a proposed expansion and renovation project. Library Director Sharon Sharry said in an email Wednesday that she anticipates a memorandum of …

Cold in forecast postpones Amherst WinterFest, but Black Liberation flag-raising still set for Saturday

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Forbiddingly cold temperatures are forcing the postponement of the annual WinterFest from Saturday to Feb. 20. Barbara Bilz, who oversees Cherry Hill for the town’s Leisure Services and Supplemental Education Department, said the decision was made with the WinterFest committee, made up of representatives of the …

Dean and two associates resign from UMass College of Education

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education are all resigning, and there has been no public explanation for their departures. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as associate deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have …

Wednesday’s high schools: Belchertown hockey qualifies with win over Chicopee

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nate Pachecho gave the Belchertown ice hockey team two points and a postseason spot Wednesday. He scored a goal in the first period as the Orioles beat Chicopee, 1-0, at Smead Arena in Springfield. Cam Cass and Ben Magarian added assists for Belchertown (8-4-2, 7-3-2 Fay-Wright). St. Mary …

South Hadley rallies to tie Mahar for Tri-County League wrestling title

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

From a 37-16 hole, the South Hadley wrestling team rallied back. The Tigers won the final four matches of their dual Wednesday in South Hadley to force a 37-37 tie with Mahar and share the Tri-County League championship …

UMass women’s lacrosse opens season with high standards

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The UMass women’s lacrosse team needs to have quite the season for coach Angela McMahon to keep up with the success standards in her own house. Her husband, Amherst College men’s soccer coach Justin Serpone, led Amherst to a Division III national championship in the fall. “It was …

Wednesday’s colleges: La Salle sinks UMass women’s basketball

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kymber Hill has 15 points and 12 rebounds but the UMass women’s basketball team fell, 66-57, to La Salle, Wednesday in Philadelphia. Maggie Mulligan added six points and seven rebounds for the Minutewomen (6-17, 0-11 Atlantic 10). Amy Griffin had 20 points for the Explorers (4-20, 1-10). Clark …

With nation’s best on deck, no time to adjust for UMass men’s lacrosse

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — The UMass men’s lacrosse team won’t have to wait long to see how it matches up with some of the nation’s best teams. To avoid the bitter cold predicted for Saturday, the Minutemen’s opener at Army was moved up to Friday at 12:30 p.m. at West …

UMass set to face different but difficult VCU, Thursday at Mullins Center

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — VCU still calls it Havoc. But it’s not quite the same thing. When Shaka Smart left VCU for Texas, he took his trademarked full-court, smothering pressure style with him. New coach Will Wade’s system hounds opponents in the half court instead of end to end. The …