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Nina Wolff Landau,of Amherst,  runs to catch  the Frisbee   during the Ultimate final game which Amherst won against Watchung Hills.

Amherst girls storm back to win 24th Amherst Ultimate Invitational

Sunday, May 3, 2015

AMHERST — For the ninth consecutive year, the Amherst Regional girls ultimate team won the Amherst Invitational with a 15-8 win over Watchung Hills of New Jersey. The Hurricanes had an early lead against Watchung Hills, only to see it dissipate into a 5-5 tie. But Amherst refocused and secured the victory in the Sunday afternoon at Amherst High School. …

UMass wins seventh straight A-10 women’s lacrosse title, will play Jacksonville in NCAA Tournament Friday

Sunday, May 3, 2015

For the UMass women’s lacrosse team, the only suspense Sunday was who it was going to play in the NCAA Tournament and where. The Minutewomen never trailed in the Atlantic 10 championship game and methodically pulled away for an 8-4 win over Richmond at George Washington to secure their seventh straight conference crown and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. UMass (18-1), which …

Late Towson goal sinks UMass in CAA men’s lacrosse championship

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — After losing its first five games, backing into the postseason, then knocking off top-seeded Fairfield, the UMass men’s lacrosse team fell on a late tiebreaking, highlight-reel worthy goal as Towson won the Colonial Athletic Association championship, 9-8, at Fairfield University on Saturday. With 1 minute, 50 seconds left in regulation, a scrum broke out on the crease in front of …

Gazette Alpine Skiing Player for the Year: Allison Zera, Frontier Regional

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Allison Zera, junior, Frontier Regional 2014-15 highlights: Zera was consistent. She placed 11th overall at the PVIAC Individual Alpine Ski Championship, finishing the giant slalom (12th) in 28.94 seconds and the slalom (12th) in 42.6. Zera placed 10th …

Judge hears arguments on joining cases of Justin King and Adam Liccardi, charged in connection with alleged UMass gang rape

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson said she will decide within 10 days whether to join the trials of Justin King and Adam Liccardi, two of the four men accused of gang-raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012. The question of whether any …

UMass trustees expected to choose president Friday from finalists UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Harvard Professor John Quelch

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts system may name a new president as early as Friday. A presidential search committee announced Thursday morning it had selected two finalists — Marty Meehan, chancellor of UMass Lowell, and John A. Quelch, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. UMass …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Larry Preston opens solo show at William Baczek and other art happenings

Thursday, April 30, 2015

At W. Baczek Fine Arts An exhibit of still life paintings by Larry Preston will be on view through June 6 at William Baczek Fine Arts, 36 Main St. in Northampton. An artist’s reception will be held Saturday …

Trio’s song finds way into blockbuster movie, ‘Unfriended’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It isn’t every day that a song recorded by a couple of local college students makes its way into a major motion picture. That’s precisely what has happened to members of The Bandshes, a trio that includes University …

Payback Time: New book examines Operation Nemesis, effort to avenge the Armenian genocide of 1915

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The 20th century began awash in blood, from violence in Europe’s African colonies, to a protracted guerilla war in the American-seized Philippines, to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5. There were two separate wars in the Balkans between 1912 …

Weekend Planner — Festival: Community Renaissance Festival in Amherst

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Events ranging from swordplay to concerts to falconry demonstrations to theatrical performances (“Love Stories: A Collection of Shakespeare’s Unconventional Love Scenes”) are on the agenda for Sunday’s 13th Annual Community Renaissance Festival, which takes place (mostly) outdoors at …

Krauthammer talks politics with UMass Republicans

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer won another honor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening — he became the first speaker for the school’s Republican Club in recent memory who did not inspire …

Minister to take her blessings on the road

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — A pastor known for offering blessings to passers-by on Amherst streets and leading a church that promotes social, economic and environmental justice through community outreach will be bringing healing to hot spots around the world during …

Amherst TM approves hiring of economic development director

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst’s first economic development director, a signature initiative in the town manager’s proposed budget, narrowly won support at the second session of annual Town Meeting Wednesday. By a 99-to-88 tally vote, and following more than an hour of debate, the full $6.48 million general government budget …