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KEVIN GUTTING
Northampton senior Johnny Williams wins the 100-yard butterfly in 50.4 seconds at the WMass Boys Swimming & Diving Championships held in the Art Linkletter Natatorium at Springfield College on Saturday.

Northampton, Belchertown break records during WMass boys swimming championship

Sunday, February 14, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Bob Hagberg can call himself a state record holder for at least another week. Northampton senior Johnny Williams failed to beat the South Hadley native’s 30-year-old 100-yard butterfly mark of 49.14 seconds in his first opportunity at Saturday’s Western Massachusetts Boys Swimming Championships. He still won the sectional title in 50.4 seconds, edging his closest competitor by more …

Northampton can’t catch Longmeadow at WMass girls swimming championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Last season at the Western Massachusetts Girls Swimming championships, Northampton defeated Longmeadow in a thrilling, down-to-the-wire event, winning by 11/2 points. Northampton entered Saturday’s meet as the defending champ, but Longmeadow, with better depth and senior Jerrica Li, was the favorite. At the Art Linkletter Natatorium at Springfield College, Li won the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, and spearheaded …

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 …

Jury convicts Patrick Durocher of raping UMass Amherst student on lawn outside Campus Center in 2013

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom Friday afternoon as a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student was found guilty of raping and assaulting a female classmate on the lawn outside the Campus …

Amherst has contests for Select Board and School Committee, and 20 candidates seek seats on charter commission

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — While the town election ballot next month will feature stiff competition for nine charter commission seats, voters will also decide three-way races for a pair of three-year seats on both the Select Board and School Committee. The deadline was 5 p.m. Tuesday for submitting the signatures …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Kayla Henry hits for career-high 29 as Belchertown beats Minnechaug

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kayla Henry scored a career-high 29 points as the Belchertown girls basketball team held off Minnechaug for a 56-51 win in Wilbraham Tuesday night. The Orioles (11-3) held the lead throughout but had to fight off the Falcons (5-10) down the stretch. Cara McKenzie (six points) added 10 …

Local political activists assess wins by Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump in NH

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Patty Healey, a member of National Nurses United, was up in New Hampshire all day Tuesday, but she did not get to stick around to see the results. “All I did was work,” she said. That …

Extravaganja organizers meet with Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton to discuss event at fairgrounds

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Organizers of the annual Extravaganja event, a large marijuana legalization event formerly held in Amherst, received commendation from some members of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association as they seek to hold the event at the Three County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are private property, so the association …

UMass snaps 9-game losing streak with 4-3 OT win over AIC

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — The UMass coaches and players couldn’t decide if there was more relief or celebration in their locker room following Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win over American International at the MassMutual Center. After over a month of frustration, any combination of both was plenty welcome for the Minutemen, …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst skates past Salem State

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Nine players found the net as the Amherst College women’s ice hockey team blew past Salem State, 10-0, at Orr Rink Tuesday. Erin Martin had two goals and three assists for AC (16-1-3). Caitlyn Ryan, Camille Herzog, Brenna Sullivan, Alex Toupal, Eileen Harris, Molly Connolly, Emma Griese and …

Area police news

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amherst • A 20-year-old Amherst man will be summoned to court on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a two-car accident at the intersection of Main and Triangle streets at 6:40 p.m. Monday. The crash was one of seven police responded to during the …

Northampton’s Charlie Denhart, Amherst’s Margaret O’Connell lead local finishers at PVIAC Alpine Ski Championships

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Charlemont — Mohawk Trail’s Dan Burke completed both of his runs in cutoff jean shorts and a white tank top. Team tables were filled with grills, chips and candy. A group of male skiers took a victory lap …

Gazette High School Football Player of the Year: Griffin Fitzell, South Hadley

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Gazette Player of the Year Griffin Fitzell, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: Fitzell was among the top running backs in western Massachusetts, and performed many other roles in helping South Hadley to a Division 4 …