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JERREY ROBERTS
Luca Brashear, of Amherst Regional, does a forward 2.5 somersault during the Western Massachusetts diving championships Friday at Springfield College.

Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear wins WMass diving championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear was the 31st diver to step on the 1-meter board at the Western Massachusetts Championships on Friday. While he waited, the nerves kicked in as he prepared for his inward dive at Springfield College’s Art Linkletter Natatorium. Thirty divers later, Brashear faced the nerves and unleashed his first dive of the day that was worth a score of 20.5. It was the first of 11 that added up to 441.25 and a sectional championship title for the sophomore. “I was pretty nervous,” Brashear said. “Coming in I didn’t know if I would win or have an awful day. Diving …

Friday’s high school basketball: Hampshire girls avenge overtime loss to Granby, win 65-40

Friday, February 12, 2016

A strong third quarter helped the Hampshire Regional girls basketball team avenge an overtime loss to Granby. The Raiders outscored the Rams 20-6 after the break to take command en route to a 65-40 victory Friday in Westhampton. Chelsea Moussette had 15 points and 10 assists for the Raiders. Katy O’Connor scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Hampshire (15-2, 3-1 Central). …

Federal judge rules that Verizon may build cell phone tower in Belchertown, overturning Planning Board ruling

Friday, February 12, 2016

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Verizon Wireless in its lawsuit against the town of Belchertown, granting the telecommunications company permission to build a 140-foot cellphone tower on Aldrich Street. In his decision filed Tuesday, U.S. District Court judge Michael A. Ponsor granted Verizon the special permit needed to construct the cell tower, subject to a number of conditions. No lights …

Wednesday’s high school basketball: Granby boys edge Belchertown

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Granby boys basketball team held off rival Belchertown and is one step closer to the postseason. The Rams edged the Orioles, 60-59, in Belchertown Wednesday to move within one victory of qualifying for the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. Junior forward Zach Gorham led all scorers with …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby takes down Franklin Tech

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Granby wrestling team pinned down Franklin Tech, 47-28, Wednesday. Five grapplers earned pins for the Rams (11-3-3, 5-1-1 Suburban). Jack Kent (106 pounds), Phil Roberts (160), Jack Sarnacki (170), Clayton Yanosky (182) and Nolan Hodgins (220) guided …

Judge orders second suspect in UMass gun case to be released with GPS monitoring device

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — The second of two teenagers from Berkshire County accused of bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus Jan. 23 was granted release from custody Wednesday, but because no GPS monitoring ankle bracelets …

Belchertown twins Brittany, Breanne Moreau join UMass women’s soccer program

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Twins Brittany and Breanne Moreau have transferred from UConn and have joined the UMass women’s soccer team, the program announced Wednesday. The Belchertown natives decided that moving back home to western Massachusetts was in their best interest following …

More than half the homes in Easthampton without power after strong winds, rain Wednesday evening

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

More than half the homes in Easthampton were left without power Wednesday night after a “potent weather system” suddenly brought warm temperatures, rain and strong winds through the area. Some parts of the Valley experienced wind gusts of up to 35 mph Wednesday evening that brought down power …

Gazette Boys Cross Country Player of the Year: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY PLAYER OF THE YEAR Liam Sullivan, senior, Northampton Season highlights: Sullivan had a season for the books at Northampton. His regular season included five dual-meet victories as well as a first-place Division 1 …

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 …