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Monday’s high school soccer: Smith Vocational girls earn program’s first victory

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shannon Ryan figured in every goal for the Smith Vocational girls soccer team in the program’s first win, 9-1 over Commerce Monday in Springfield. Ryan scored six times and added three assists for the Vikings (1-2). Gabby Petlock had a hat trick and three assists, while Becka Lewis assisted twice and Kelsey Henshaw once. Maddisin Atkinsin stopped four shots in the victory. Easthampton 3, Frontier Regional 1 — Maddie Grabowski …

Monday’s high school golf: Nate Patterson fires 1-over 37 to pace Frontier Regional past Sabis

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nate Patterson shot a 1-over-par 37 to lead Frontier Regional to a 23-1 win over Sabis, at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst on Monday. The Red Hawks (5-0) won 4-0 at five-of-six positions, just missing a shutout. Greenfield 191/2, Smith Academy 41/2 at CC of Greenfield, par 36 Medalist: Ben Westerman (G), 47 No. 1: Ben Westerman (G) def. Connor Fill, 3-1; …

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 …

Belchertown rejects solar artisan village on State School property

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BECHERTOWN — The five-member Belchertown Economic Development Industrial Corp. voted unanimously Wednesday not to continue with a proposed BelArts Solar Artisan Village on the site of the former Belchertown State School. “We have decided to move on,” BEDIC Chairman William Terry said. The committee was formed with a …

Wednesday’s high schools: South Hadley knocks off Belchertown in girls soccer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gigi Thibault broke through traffic and converted a Morgan Harrington pass as the South Hadley girls soccer team knocked off Belchertown, 1-0, Wednesday in South Hadley. Sophie Gatzounas made eight saves for South Hadley (4-1), while Ashley Cavanaugh …

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 …