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Thursday’s high schools: Emergency JV sub plays key role as Northampton earns 6-5 extra-inning win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Northampton softball team got a little help from across the field in its 6-5 come-from-behind eight-inning win over South Hadley Thursday. While the Tigers scored the tying run in the seventh inning, shortstop Zoe Driscoll-Sbar was injured and had to leave the field. Stuck without a replacement and having received an OK from the South Hadley side, Northampton coach Jim Hale pulled junior varsity sophomore Kiana Matakanski from her …

MIAA votes to delay change to middle school eligibility rule

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association backpedaled on its recent rule change in regards to the eligibility of middle school students on high school teams. Earlier this month, the MIAA voted to change Rule 53 for the 2015-2017 handbook. Currently, middle school students are eligible for high school teams if their school falls under the leadership of the high school principal. The MIAA elected …

Wednesday’s high schools: Kate Sarnacki strikes for 14 goals, 100th of career as Granby girls lacrosse rolls

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kate Sarnacki netted 14 goals, including the 100th of her career, to pace the Granby girls lacrosse team to a 22-10 win over St. Mary in Westfield Wednesday. The sophomore added two assists, while Jess Paturno had four goals for the Rams (8-4-1). Jenna Barthlow remained solid in the net for Granby with …

Frontier Regional wins District F&G Girls Track Championship

Friday, May 22, 2015

BUCKLAND — Track & field is usually a measure of individual success but on Friday night, the Frontier Regional girls team flexed its individual muscles, as well as that of the entire team. The Red Hawks had a …

Friday’s high school softball: Northampton walk-off clinches berth in postseason tournament

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lily Glading-DiLorenzo doubled to the gap in left-center field to dive in Allie Vanasse with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth as the Northampton softball team came from behind to beat Chicopee, 7-6, in a walk-off Friday. The win qualified the Blue Devils for the …

Friday’s high school baseball: Dalomba, Carey shine for Amherst in 10-inning win over Longmeadow

Friday, May 22, 2015

A pair of Amherst Regional baseball players won’t soon forget their senior night. Selah Dalomba hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th and Jamie Carey earned the complete-game victory as the Hurricanes topped Longmeadow 3-2 in 10 innings. “Selah smoked a line drive well …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton rolls past Tantasqua

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kerry Fleming had five goals and assist on senior night to lead the Northampton girls lacrosse team to an 18-4 win over Tantasqua at home Friday. Classmate Emily Biggs added two goals and three assists, while fellow seniors Emily Poehlein (goal), Haley Subocz (two goals, one assists), Missie …

Friday’s high school tennis: Amherst girls down Longmeadow, claim Valley League outright

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team wrapped up its regular season on Friday, beating longtime rival Longmeadow, 4-1, for the second time this week. The Hurricanes (15-2, 7-1 Valley League) also won the league title outright. Allison McCann handed Suzanne Elfman a 6-0, 6-4 loss at first singles. …

New MIAA rule threatens middle school participation in high school sports

Friday, May 22, 2015

A week before a five-year softball starter at Hampshire Regional hit a career milestone, the MIAA approved a rule that would have prevented the feat from happening. On May 14, changes to the MIAA Handbook for 2015-2017 included …

Orlando Rodriguez gets five to 10 years in prison after admitting to beating then-girlfriend, her daughter in Belchertown

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kimberly Gemme and her teenage daughter described in Hampshire Superior Court the terrifying night in February 2014 when Gemme’s then-boyfriend beat her unconscious in her bed, gave her daughter a concussion when she tried to intervene and threatened Gemme with a knife. Gemme told a judge …

Bird Sightings

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Clay-colored sparrows have been found singing in Hadley and on Mount Greylock. Three snowy egrets were seen in Savoy, and two brant and a …

Coming up

Friday, May 22, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Monday is Memorial Day and the senior centers will be closed. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk …

friends & neighbors

Friday, May 22, 2015

Amherst Aidan Shea was named to the Amherst Regional Middle School eight grade honor rolls. Belchertown Ryan Foley graduated from Nichols College in Dudley. An economics major, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Chesterfield Josiah …