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JERREY ROBERTS
Granby players Isabelle Sheperd, center, and Kate Sullivan, right, defend Molly Cleveland, of Athol, during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament semifinals Tuesday at Curry Hicks Cage.

Granby breaks through to finals, beats Athol 54-43 in Division 3 semis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Meghan Sullivan and the Granby girls basketball team played at the Curry Hicks Cage the past two seasons, but walked off the floor each time with a sectional semifinal loss. Facing an Athol team with four senior starters, Sullivan helped guide a Rams team with two sophomore and two freshman starters to the next level. With its typical strong defensive performance, Granby reached the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament final with a 54-43 victory Tuesday night. “This is incredible, it’s been my goal since the eighth grade,” Sullivan said. “I’ve been to the Cage now three straight years and it’s the first …

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, imposed their will on the interior and wore Turners Falls down in the second half …

Judith Houle will serve as interim school superintendent in Granby

Monday, March 2, 2015

GRANBY — The School Committee Monday night negotiated a contract with Judith Houle, the former superintendent of the Belchertown schools, who has been named interim superintendent. Houle will take over March 19 for Isabelina Rodriguez who announced earlier this year that she was leaving to take a job in Connecticut. The School Committee …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Smith Academy falls 70-42 to top-seeded Monson

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Smith Academy boys basketball team trailed by six points at halftime to top-seeded Monson in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 quarterfinal Thursday night. But the Falcons picked a bad time to go ice cold from the field, scoring only two points in the third quarter of the …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Turners Falls outlasts Granby, 56-49

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The last time Liam Ellis took the floor at the Curry Hicks Cage as a member of the Turners Falls boys basketball team, he was in eighth grade. Now a senior, Ellis and the third-seeded Indians will get a chance to return to the historic …

Division 2 Boys Basketball: Cam Earle (45 points) leads South Hadley to 77-73 quarterfinal comeback win over Shepherd Hill

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DUDLEY — With 0.7 seconds on the clock, South Hadley senior Cam Earle was at the line shooting two. He made the first and as the second shot fell, reality set in. The stands behind and across from the Tigers’ bench erupted while Shepherd Hill’s fan section went …

Division 3 Boys Basketball: Top-seeded Hampshire shuts down rival Easthampton to reach semifinals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — There were a number of motivational points for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team going into its Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinal against Easthampton Thursday night. With their 77-56 victory, the Raiders avenged last season’s postseason …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Hopkins Academy runs away from Hampden Charter, 80-48

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HADLEY — Once the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team took the lead, it never let it go, as it defeated No. 7 Hampden Charter 80-48 in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night. The No. 2 Golden Hawks (19-2) advanced to the semifinals to face …

Division 1 Boys Basketball: Devonte’ McCall, Amherst snack on Holyoke in 76-53 quarterfinal victory

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — During his first break from the game Thursday, Devonte’ McCall turned around on the bench and reached for a large bag of Skittles. The Amherst Regional junior ripped it open, grabbed a handful and tasted the rainbow with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third …

Wednesday prep roundup: Jake Ross scores 30 to power Williston boys hoop

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Northampton’s Jake Ross scored 30 points to lead the Williston boys basketball team to a 68-53 win at Westminster Wednesday. Ryan Richmond added 12 points for the Wildcats (18-3). Girls basketball Williston 57, Miss Porters 19 — Natalia Baum scored 15 points and Gracie Simpson (South Hadley) added …

Heather Whitley faces May trial on charges of embezzling deposits for failed condominium project in Easthampton

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of Heather P. Whitley, accused of embezzling funds that were intended as deposits on a condominium project she was pitching, will be held in May unless she and the prosecution reach a plea agreement earlier. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jayme Parent told Judge Mary-Lou …

Belchertown shut out by Wahconah in 3A hockey quarterfinals

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Belchertown hockey team had not been shut out in over two years and averaged well over four goals per game during the regular season. But the high-powered Orioles were thoroughly frustrated by Wahconah Regional …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Holyoke Catholic races past Franklin Tech in first-round win

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A slow start could not hold back No. 4 Holyoke Catholic as it knocked out No. 13 Franklin Tech, 39-22, Tuesday in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Girls Basketball Tournament at Holyoke Community College. With the win, the Gaels (14-7) will face …