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JERREY ROBERTS
Maxie Esho, left, of UMass, drives past Eric Paschall, of Fordham, Saturday at the Mullins Center.

UMass notebook: Maxie Esho breaks out of slump with strong second half

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Seemingly for weeks, Maxie Esho has been looking to rediscover the magic that had made him UMass’ best player early in the season. In the first half of Saturday’s 82-74 win over Fordham, it looked like the senior big man’s slump was going to continue on his 24th birthday as he had just three points and no rebounds. But in the second half, he appeared to rediscover, at least temporarily, the player that shined early in the season. He played all 20 second-half minutes and had 14 points and eight rebounds. “I was feeling comfortable out there and confident. I was just playing,” …

Division 3A hockey: Amherst comeback falls short in 5-3 semifinal loss to Chicopee Comp

Saturday, February 28, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Suddenly, the Amherst Regional bench, which had been quiet as a church mouse for the first half of the game, came alive. A pair of goals in a span of 63 seconds and another with 18.5 seconds remaining in the second period turned what looked like a Chicopee Comp rout into a close game. Jake Balderston’s goal in the waning …

UMass snaps three-game skid, holds off Fordham 82-74

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Very little had gone right for UMass lately and very little Mandell Thomas attempted Saturday hadn’t gone in. So when the Fordham guard elevated for a 3-pointer from in front of the Rams’ bench with 24 seconds left and the Minutemen clinging to a three-point lead, the Mullins Center crowd of …

UMass falls to Saint Joseph’s, ending NCAA at-large bid hopes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — If UMass doesn’t hear its name called on Selection Sunday, and unless it wins next month’s Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brookyln it won’t, the Minutemen can look at their two losses to Saint Joseph’s as a …

Wednesday prep roundup: Jake Ross scores 30 to power Williston boys hoop

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Northampton’s Jake Ross scored 30 points to lead the Williston boys basketball team to a 68-53 win at Westminster Wednesday. Ryan Richmond added 12 points for the Wildcats (18-3). Girls basketball Williston 57, Miss Porters 19 — Natalia Baum scored 15 points and Gracie Simpson (South Hadley) added …

MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Four years into a campus initiative aimed at reducing textbook costs by making course material available for free online, University of Massachusetts students and staff are pushing for more faculty to use this option. While the Open Source Initiative has already saved an estimated $1 million …

Area police news

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Amherst ■ Todd Randle Matthews 54, who listed his address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 11:16 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion, 96 Amity St., on a charge of trespassing after refusing to leave the bar despite being asked to do so several times by …

UMass senior Thomas Donovan files civil rights lawsuit against Amherst Police in Blarney Blowout arrest

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts senior has filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court alleging that four or five Amherst police officers falsely arrested him, used excessive force in taking him into custody, and deprived him …

‘An American Idealist’ Biography of Amherst College President John William Ward shines light on tumultuous era

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kim Townsend might have the longest view of what’s transpired at Amherst College over the past half-century. At 79, the officially retired professor of English still leads a course each semester at the school, where he first started …

Sgt. Brian Daly named to supervise Amherst Police Department detective bureau

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Sgt. Brian Daly, a member of the Amherst Police Department for nearly 18 years, is the new supervisor for the detective bureau. Daly was recently named to the post by Police Chief Scott Livingstone. He takes over the job after the position was vacated by Lt. …

Amherst Regional hockey shuts out Mount Everett, advances to 3A semifinals

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Amherst Regional hockey team wasn’t pleased with its No. 3 seed for the Western Massachusetts Division 3A Tournament. The top two seeds received a bye into the semifinals. But for a team with no …

Families helping families: Volunteer night offers lessons for kids at the Food Bank in Hatfield

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As Lori Peters of Goshen packed a plastic bag with apples at The Food Bank in Hatfield on a recent Tuesday evening, she kept an eye on her son, Eldon, 7, and daughter, Desi, 3, who were filling …

To Do List: Events for children and families

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OnStage With the help of professional actor/directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre, Amherst Leisure Services Community Theatre will stage a full-scale musical production of “Aladdin,” featuring a local cast, in just one week. Auditions for students in grades kindergarten …