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Man killed by train in Belchertown Wednesday night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A 38-year-old man was struck and killed by a freight train on tracks near the Wilson Road bridge about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Police Chief Francis Fox Jr. The man’s name was not made public Wednesday night because relatives had not been notified of his death, Fox said. The southbound train was on tracks owned by New England Central Railroad. Fox said he did not know where …

Wednesday’s high school and preps: Amherst girls soccer shut out Cathedral, 3-0, on senior night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jamie Staples scored a goal and had two assists as the Amherst Regional girls soccer team enjoyed a successful senior night by beating Cathedral 3-0. Izzy Tripp and Sage DeChiara each added a goal, while senior Kailey Tobin earned an assist for the tournament-bound Hurricanes (6-9-3, 5-2-1 Central). April Weintraub and Antriese Suarez shared the shutout by making three saves apiece. Smith Academy …

Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol tries again to unseat state Rep. Denise Andrews

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Athol Select Board member Susannah Whipps Lee says she is challenging incumbent state Rep. Denise Andrews in Tuesdays’s election because she wants to put skills learned in helping run her family’s manufacturing business to work boosting the economic health of the 12-town 2nd Franklin House District. A seventh-generation Athol resident, the Republican challenger …

State Rep. Denise Andrews faces Republican challenger as she seeks third term from 2nd Franklin District

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seeking her third term representing the 2nd Franklin House District in Tuesday’s election, Denise Andrews maintains that she has been working to bring jobs back to the district and improve the economy “We have modest job growth and …

Tuesday’s high schools: League titles, tournament berth up for grabs as regular season nears its end

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Three local soccer teams earned a share of their respective league titles Tuesday, while two other squads clinched postseason berths. The Hopkins Academy and Frontier Regional boys each won on the road to become co-champions of the Schmid. The Granby girls defeated South Hadley to grab a share …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier aims for 10th straight sectional and 5th straight state title as No. 1 seed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team can accomplish a pair of milestone streaks this postseason. The Red Hawks are aiming for their 10th straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 title and their fifth consecutive state crown. But coach Sean …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier aims for 10th straight sectional and 5th straight state title as No. 1 seed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team can accomplish a pair of milestone streaks this postseason. The Red Hawks are aiming for their 10th straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 title and their fifth consecutive state crown. But coach Sean …

Belchertown falls 1-0 to West Springfield with Churchill title on the line

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The defending Division 3 boys soccer state champions felt defensive pressure from the reigning Division 1 state champs as Belchertown fell 1-0 to West Springfield in the regular season finale. It was the Orioles’ first loss …

Three candidates seek to succeed Gale Candaras as state senator in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

There are three candidates vying in Tuesday’s election to succeed Gale D. Candaras as state senator from the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District. They are Republican Debra Boronski, independent Michael Franco and Democrat Eric Lesser. The winner will …

Monday’s high schools: Caleb Farnham fires 89, finishes 22nd at state Division 3 tournament

Monday, October 27, 2014

A week after winning the Western Massachusetts golf championship, Caleb Farnham shot an 89 and finished 22nd in the state Division 3 tournament at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown on Monday. The Hopkins Academy sophomore did not see the course until a nine-hole practice round on Sunday. …

WMass Field hockey: Three teams battle in Division 2; Northampton, South Hadley eye Division 1 crown

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Western Massachusetts Field Hockey Tournament brackets were released Monday, officially opening postseason play. Of the 13 western Mass. programs in Division 2, just three qualified. Two of the 13 teams — South Hadley and Mahar — qualified, …

Weekend high schools: Keith Dixon powers undefeated Amherst boys soccer to regular season finale

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Keith Dixon scored twice and had an assist as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team beat Chicopee, 3-1, in nonleague action at Szot Park in Chicopee Saturday night. After a scoreless first half by both teams, the Hurricanes erupted in the second half. Alex Zyskowski had the other …

Friday night football: Turnovers sink Belchertown in 21-0 loss to Ludlow

Friday, October 24, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Belchertown football team suffered its second shutout of the season as turnovers burned the Orioles in a 21-0 loss to Ludlow on Friday night. “We put ourselves in some bad positions offensively and they were able to capitalized on some of those,” coach Chris Bourget …