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The late Marilyn Higgins was a physical education teacher at the Swift River Elementary School for more than 25 years and had coached high school teams for 40 seasons.

Around Belchertown: School athletes to benefit from $7,000 donation in memory of Marilyn Higgins, longtime coach and physical education teacher

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kate Higgins-Shea presented the School Committee with a $7,000 check last week to benefit the town’s young athletes in memory of her mother Marilyn Higgins, a longtime Belchertown coach and physical education, who died in January 2012. The money was raised last June at the second annual Coach’s Challenge Golf Tournament at the Cold Spring Country Club. Higgins, who was …

Weedend high school recaps: Late goal give Hampshire boys soccer win over Blechertown

Sunday, September 21, 2014

With three minutes remaining in the game, Joe Larkin scored to the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team beat Belchertown, 2-1, on Saturday. Kyle Marek earned the assist on the game-winner for the Raiders (2-0-3). Nick O’Hare had 10 stops and was able to hold the Orioles (3-2-2) to just one goal, scored by Chris Noga on an assist from Ryan Kearney. Hampshire’s first …

Northampton cross country teams take third, win Crowley Cup at Amherst Invitational

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — The gun sounded. The crowd roared. Then they started running — first the athletes, the pack gone in a flash, then the spectators, hoping to catch a glance at the one- or two-mile mark. It was another installment — the 19th — of the Amherst Invitational. Twenty-eight teams competed in the high school cross country 5-kilometer race on the campus of …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Spencer Butterfield shots 38 as Hopkins Academy pulls away from Smith Academy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spencer Butterfield shot a 2-over-par 38 to earn medalist honors and lead Hopkins Academy to a 19-5 win over Smith Academy, Wednesday at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst. The Golden Hawks (5-2, 4-1 Bi-County East) won five of the six matches to clinch the victory. Justin Butterfield …

Belchertown Select Board votes to withdraw from Hampshire Council of Governments electricity aggregation program

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Select Board voted 2-1 Wednesday to withdraw from the Hampshire Council of Governments electricity aggregation program. The vote came two days ahead of a Sept. 19 deadline to respond to questions from the attorney general’s office about the town’s participation in the program under which …

High school notebook: Amherst Invitational set to welcome 1,000 runners

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last year, 999 racers finished the Amherst Invitational. On Saturday, officials are expecting another 1,000 runners to take to the course in the annual high school cross country race. “We love doing it. Our girls love running it,” …

Gazette Gridiron Gurus size up Week 3's early start

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst Regional at South Hadley, 7 Thursday The Hurricanes let two winnable game slip away and will be looking to play a complete game. The Tigers have been blown out twice, but their offense came to life in …

Tuesday’s high school cross country:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Hampshire Regional boys and girls cross country teams each swept their quad meets Tuesday to open their Pioneer South schedules with two wins. Mike Sears placed first overall in 16 minutes, 44 seconds to pace the boys team on its 2.93-mile course in Westhampton. Hampshire beat Palmer, …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Granby takes early showdown with Hopkins Academy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In an early season battle for first place in the Bi-County East, the Granby golf team defeated Hopkins Academy 171/2-61/2 Tuesday afternoon at Cold Spring Country Club in Belchertown. Shane Hollenbeck (match-best 38), Dominic Rosazza and Tyler Sullivan each won 4-0 for the Rams (4-0, 4-0). Joe Yusko …

Tuesday’s high schools: Sage DeChiara nets four goals as Amherst Regional wins season’s first

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sage DeChiara scored the first four goals of the game Tuesday as the Amherst Regional girls soccer team earned its first win of the season by shutting out Central 6-0 at home. DeChiara tallied three in the first half, while the fourth came 30 seconds into the second. …

Belchertown School Committee names Karol Coffin new superintendent

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — After a brief deliberation, the School Committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to name Karol Coffin, currently principal of the Wamsutta Middle School in Attleboro, the new superintendent. After the vote, committee Chairman Richard Fritsch telephoned Coffin …

Belchertown Select Board approves Surner Heating request to install underground propane tanks

Monday, September 15, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Select Board approved Monday night an application by the Surner Heating Co. to increase its fuel-storage capacity on land it owns on Route 9 near the intersection with North Street. The Planning Board must still …

Monday’s high school girls volleyball: Amherst falls in five to Ludlow for first loss

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team met its match, falling 3-2 to Ludlow to halt its undefeated run on Monday. The Hurricanes (4-1) dropped the final three sets (25-18, 25-16, 15-9) after narrowly winning the first two (25-22, 27-25). Justine Bohl had a career-best 42 assists and five …