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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Belchertown's Ryan Kearney, left, celebrates with Billy Aldrich following their victory over Oakmont in the state Division 3 semifinal, Tuesday at Westfield State. Following a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime, the Orioles won 4-2 on penalty kicks.

Different Belchertown team on state title defense

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It took a combined 200 minutes of play and 17 rounds of penalty kicks, but the Belchertown boys soccer team is in position to defend what the program earned last season. Within a span of just over 48 hours, the Orioles needed PKs to win the Western Massachusetts Division 3 final Sunday and Tuesday night’s state semifinal. Belchertown (15-3-4) will …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Holiday bash at ECA+ and other arts events this week in the Valley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Black-and-white bash The “Light Up the Arts Holiday Bash,” an evening that includes a small works show, an auction and awards announcements, will take place Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 43 Main St., Easthampton. There also will be food and drinks provided by Myer’s Catering, Black …

Second brother from Springfield sentenced to probation in Belchertown sex assault case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after accepting a plea agreement and avoiding a trial on child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Robert D. Edwards Jr. pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing unnatural and lascivious acts with a child under 16. The sentence comes a day after Edwards’ older brother, Michael R. …

Belchertown navigates penalty kicks again, beats Oakmont to reach state final

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTFIELD — In Sunday’s sectional title game, the Belchertown boys soccer team survived through a scoreless regulation and 12 rounds of penalty kicks. In Tuesday night’s state Division 3 semifinal, a dominant but desperate Orioles squad needed a …

Springfield man sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing unnatural act with a child

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man was sentenced to probation when he accepted a plea agreement Tuesday and avoided a trial on charges including child rape. Michael R. Edwards, 27, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing an unnatural act with a child under 16 between 2002 and …

Amherst Regional, Belchertown set sights on state boys soccer semifinals

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Belchertown and Amherst Regional are set to make their trips to the state boys soccer tournament Tuesday night. The Orioles (14-3-4) will play Oakmont (13-3-4) in the Division 3 semifinals at 7 p.m. at Westfield State University. …

Belchertown prevails in penalty kicks, wins 4th straight boys soccer sectional title

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — In his first varsity season, junior goalie Connor Curtin led the Belchertown boys soccer team to its fourth consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 3 title, but not without working for it. The Orioles survived 100 minutes of …

Northampton boys fifth, girls seventh at state cross country championship

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time this season, neither the Northampton boys or girls cross country teams finished first in a non-invitational meet. But this was no ordinary meet and neither team was expected to win. It was the state Division 1 championship and the competition was fierce. …

Friday night football: Belchertown responds, beats Ware 28-22

Friday, November 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — It’s been a season of adversity for the Belchertown football team, but Friday proved to be a night of character for the Orioles. Belchertown allowed a touchdown on its first defensive play and then surrendered the lead late in the fourth quarter, but rebounded to claim …

Valley Views: Prayer flags in autumn

Friday, November 14, 2014

Prayer Flags and Autumn Colors Springfield Road, Belchertown Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown Although I am not a Buddhist, I like the idea of the flags sending prayers for peace into the world whenever the wind …

school lunch menus

Friday, November 14, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, pineapple cups, fresh apple TUESDAY: Twin chicken soft tacos, black beans, fresh apple, romaine lettuce, sliced peaches, sweet red pepper strips WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Roast turkey breast with gravy, …

Veterans Voice

Friday, November 14, 2014

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Oct. 30 and Nov. 13. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. John F. Murphy Jr., 87, Milton, formerly Northampton, d. Oct. 25; he enlisted in the …

What2Watch4: Week 11 high school football previews

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Amherst Regional at Putnam Thursday, at Springfield Central, 7 The Hurricanes (1-8) will look to build off Brandon Rivera’s monster performance (14 carries, 186 yards, four touchdowns) when they try to take down the Beavers (2-7), who have …