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Suffield Academy senior Hunter Newman, of Northampton, signs his National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Bucknell.

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I Bucknell. The Bison finished 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season. Their season ended in the conference tournament semifinal round. …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country championship. He finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds. “If you told …

Northampton places seventh, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley 10th, Taylor Blow 11th at state cross country meet

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — A top-10 finish in the state girls Division 1 cross country championship enabled Northampton to leave Stanley Park with a sense of accomplishment. The Blue Devils placed seventh overall, following up on PVIAC and Western Massachusetts team titles over the last month. A strong pack gave Northampton the depth it needed to place among the state’s elite teams. “They’re awesome,’’ coach …

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

IN THE NEWS Litter gatherers honored as ‘Heroes of the Ocean’ BOSTON — Volunteers who remove plastic bags, bottles and other litter from Massachusetts’ beaches are being honored this week as “Heroes of the Ocean.” The environmentalist group Women Working for Oceans and the Massachusetts Sierra Club, in …

WMass boys soccer: Frontier shocks 4-time defending champ Belchertown in the semifinals

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Chicopee — An early Frontier Regional counterattack knocked the crown off the Belchertown boys soccer team’s head. Red Hawks senior Connor Hamilton finished a ball from Andy Habel with 7 minutes, 4 seconds remaining in the first half …

Wmass girls volleyball: Belchertown pushes Chicopee to distance, but falls in Division 2 quarterfinals

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Chicopee and Belchertown were rather familiar with each other. Playing in the Southern League, the Pacers and the Orioles split during the regular season. Both teams earned their victories on the road as Belchertown won in four sets on Sept. 30. Chicopee then returned the favor …

Massachusetts releases PARCC exam data by school district

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the state determines what to do about standardized testing, data released Tuesday offers a look at how individual school districts performed on the spring 2015 PARCC exam. Overall, students in grades 3 through 8 who took the PARCC math and English exams last spring were …

Belchertown Select Board appoints nine-member committee to review police chief applicants

Monday, November 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Select Board on Monday named a nine-member search committee charged with reviewing applications for a new police chief. So far, 22 people have applied for the job, and the review process is expected to last at least until February. The town is seeking to replace …

WMass girls soccer: Granby, Gateway advance to semifinals; 4 local teams knocked out in quarters

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team walked off its home field for the final time Sunday with its unbeaten record still intact after a 4-0 victory over Athol in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals. Summer Molin scored twice, while the top-seeded Rams (17-0-2) were the beneficiaries of …

Belchertown comes up empty on late chance in 14-12 loss at Pioneer Regional

Sunday, November 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Belchertown football team was handed a golden opportunity to steal a non-tournament victory Saturday night. But Pioneer Regional survived a late Orioles’ surge and a questionable late fourth-quarter coaching decision to come away with an emotional, hard-fought 14-12 win under the lights in Northfield. “This …

Friday’s high school boys soccer: Granby rallies to down Mount Everett, reach Division 4 semifinals

Friday, November 6, 2015

Trailing at halftime, the Granby boys soccer team rallied to reach the semifinal round for the first time since 2010. The fourth-seeded Rams came back to beat No. 5 Mount Everett, 3-2, in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round, Friday in Granby. “They’re very excited,” coach …

Upcoming events for senior citizens

Friday, October 30, 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. The centers will be closed Wednesday in observance of Veteran’s Day. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk …

Bird Sightings

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Four red-headed woodpeckers were reported along the Bark Haul and West Road trails in the Longmeadow flats. A green-tailed towhee was seen briefly in …