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Weekend high schools: Sophie Gatzounas, South Hadley hold off Wahconah in overtime

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sophie Gatzounas had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as the South Hadley girls basketball team held off Wahconah, 61-55, in overtime Saturday in Dalton. Marley Medina had nine points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Lexi Gawron added 11 points and four assists for the Tigers (2-1). Shepherd Hill 59, Northampton 51 — The Blue Devils (2-1) were within one with 47 seconds left, but Kayla Phillips hit …

Weekend high school wrestling: Granby wrestling places third at Eagles Holiday Bash

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jack Sarnacki won the 170-pound weight class and Nolan Hodgins took first at 220 as the Granby wrestling team finished third at the Eagles Holiday Bash, Saturday at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Clayton Yanosky (152) and Nick Roberts (182) were second, while Tre Demers (195) was third for the Rams. Jack Kent (106), Nate Fernandes (120) and Collin Mick (145) each placed …

Weekend colleges: UMass women drop second straight in Georgia State Basketball Tournament

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team dropped it second straight game in the Georgia State Tournament Saturday. Rashida Timbilla had 10 points and 12 rebounds but the Minutewomen fell 59-52 to Ohio. Kim Pierre-Louis added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Cierra Dillard had nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Emily Mital added eight points for UMass (5-6). …

Area police news

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amherst ■ A resident of an East Pleasant Street home reported at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday that the word “molly” was spray-painted on the side of the building. The resident told police the vandalism may be linked to a disturbance Dec. 5 in downtown Amherst. Easthampton ■ Shawn M. …

Robert Caret resigns from UMass presidency to become chancellor of University System of Maryland

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret has resigned to return to the University System of Maryland, where he will become chancellor. The University System of Maryland late Wednesday afternoon announced Caret’s hiring, effective July 1. …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

First Night volunteers Northampton Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers to help First Night Northampton run smoothly. It’s a commitment of several hours on Wednesday, Dec. 31, for one of three shifts: 1 to 5 p.m., 4:30 …

HitPoint Studios, successful gaming company, leaves Amherst for Springfield

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — With its move to Springfield next week, an Amherst company that has developed online video games for Facebook and smartphones is poised to launch its own channel from which gamers can select the new content they wish to play. The relocation of HitPoint Studios is prompted …

Tuesday’s high schools: Northampton holds off Sabis in girls basketball opener

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The only returning starter for the Northampton girls basketball team joined a pair of newcomers in helping lead the Blue Devils to a season-opening 55-47 home victory over Sabis Tuesday night. Charlotte Maurer began her senior season with 14 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and five assists for …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Amherst opens season with sweep of Central

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys and girls swimming & diving team each opened their season with solid victories at Central Tuesday afternoon. The Hurricane boys earned a 96-84 win and the girls dominated 108-65 in the coaching debut of Evan Maczka. Calvin Lin, Marc Klepacki, Samson Braun and Hunter …

Northeastern ices UMass 8-3 as Brandon Montour debuts for Minutemen

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — If Brandon Montour lives up to the stardom that’s been predicted for him, the 1,080 UMass fans in the Mullins Center Tuesday will be able to say they witnessed his first college game. There isn’t likely …

Without dwelling on mistakes, Demetrius Dyson focuses on helping UMass

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — In the first half of the UMass men’s basketball team’s second game of the season, Demetrius Dyson caught the ball behind the 3-point line, turned and threw a not-crisp-enough pass toward left corner. As Boston College’s …

Average residential tax bill to increase by nearly 2 percent in Amherst

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — When residents receive their next tax bills that are due Feb. 1, most will see increases in their property taxes as well as the surcharge associated with funding the Community Preservation Act. The Select Board on Monday unanimously adopted a recommendation from the Board of Assessors …

Area police news

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amherst ■ A resident of Aspen Chase, 615 Main St., reported at 11:27 a.m. Monday a break-in to an apartment. There was no additional information about whether there was forced entry or whether anything was stolen. Northampton ■ The resident of an apartment on Main Street in Florence …