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Remi Quesnelle, of Frontier Regional, has been named the Daily Hampshire Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Remi Quesnelle, Frontier Regional

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Player of the Year Remi Quesnelle, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Quesnelle led Frontier with 306 kills, 265 digs and 98 aces while playing in all six rotations. The Red Hawks won their sixth Division 3 state championship and 11th Western Massachusetts championship in a row. Quesnelle had a season-high 25 kills in the team’s state semifinal win …

Prosecutor reveals details of alleged attack on mother in dangerousness hearing of autistic Belchertown man

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — By the time the police arrived at the Belchertown home last September, the mother — covered in her own blood — was standing outside with her youngest son. Joann Holmes’ face, stomach, back, wrists and neck were all slashed, according to the prosecutor’s account in court. Two knives used in the …

Adam Mattingly strikes late as Belchertown skates past South Hadley

Friday, February 5, 2016

AMHERST — One team cheered wildly in celebration, the other went to the locker room wondering if a last-second goal should have counted. A goal by Adam Mattingly counted in the scorebook and the Belchertown ice hockey team beat South Hadley, 3-2, Friday night at the Mullins Center Practice Rink. “It came down …

Tuesday’s high schools: Mitch Ouimette hits game-winning basket, makes steal to pace Hampshire Regional boys basketball

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mitch Ouimette nailed a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to give the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team a 59-58 overtime win at Wahconah Tuesday night. On Wahconah’s ensuing possession, Ouimette came up with a steal to preserve the win. A mid-range jumper by Jake Bihler (18 points) sent …

Tuesday’s high school skiing: Northampton’s Charlie Denhart returns to familiar position

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The last time Charlie Denhart took on the slalom at Berkshire East, he had an atypical run. One week ago, the Northampton senior finished 38th with an unusual time of 44.88 seconds. On Tuesday, Denhart was back in a familiar position. He finished second in 31.35 seconds during …

Gazette High School Girls Cross Country Player of the Year: Taylor Blow, Hampshire Regional

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY PLAYER OF THE YEAR Taylor Blow, senior, Hampshire Regional Season highlights: Blow had only one dual-meet victory but it kick-started a tremendous postseason. Blow finished first in a season-ending six-team meet at Springfield’s …

Monday’s high schools: Frontier boys basketball falls in triple overtime to Pioneer Regional

Monday, February 1, 2016

In a wild triple-overtime battle, the Frontier Regional boys basketball team lost 99-98 on a buzzer-beater. Three Red Hawks were in double figures Monday in South Deerfield. Senior Justin Farrick led the way with 30 points for Frontier (5-8, 5-6 Hampshire). Senior Evan Bourque added 17 points, while …

Gazette High School Golf Player of the Year: Ryan Chrabascz, Belchertown

Monday, February 1, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ryan Chrabascz, sophomore, Belchertown Season highlights: Chrabascz won the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament individual title by shooting a 6-over-par 75 at Cranwell Golf Club in Lenox, leading the Orioles to …

Weekend high schools: Granby’s Nolan Hodgins, Hampshire’s Brandon remain undefeated after Mountie Invitational wrestling tournament

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Granby wrestler Nolan Hodgins remained undefeated, reaching 18-0. He pinned Matt Carrier of Hampshire in 1 minute, 40 seconds in 220-pound final at the 2016 Mountie Invite on Saturday in Williamstown. Brandon Weyant of Hampshire improved to 16-0 on the season when he defeated Devin Pelletier of Mount …

South Hadley edges Granby, 57-52, in memorable girls basketball showdown

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Two star players turned into a memorable showdown in a battle of Central Division heavyweights, Friday in South Hadley. South Hadley held off Granby 57-52, to stay undefeated in league play. Sophie Gatzounas had 35 points for the Tigers (11-1, 2-0) while Mikhaila Edge added 10. Kate Sullivan …

Employee who brought gun into Chestnut Hill Community School in Belchertown no longer works there

Friday, January 29, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — An employee at the Chestnut Hill Community School who brought an unloaded handgun into the building to ask a colleague for advice on how to clean it has been let go, according to an email sent Friday by Superintendent Karol Coffin. School Committee Chairman Richard Fritsch …

Berkshire County teen released on bail after allegedly bringing gun on UMass Amherst campus

Friday, January 29, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — One of two teenagers from Berkshire County accused of bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus last weekend was released from custody Friday on $5,000 bail, with the condition that he wear …

Valley Views

Friday, January 29, 2016

Snow Shadows East Hawley Road, Hawley Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse of Belchertown I was in Hawley Sunday on property I own enjoying the snow cover, which, while not deep, blanketed the entire ground. I leave part …