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Division 2 Girls Basketball: Belchertown breaks through to semis, beats Ludlow 52-35

Friday, February 27, 2015

LUDLOW — For three consecutive seasons, the Belchertown girls basketball team saw its season end in the quarterfinal round of the sectional tournament. With their seniors having one final shot to play at the Curry Hicks Cage, the Orioles put an emphatic stop to that trend Friday night. Belchertown utilized a suffocating zone defense to beat Ludlow 52-35 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 quarters. “I can’t believe it, I’m …

Strong second half boosts Hopkins Academy past Holyoke Catholic in D4 quarterfinals

Friday, February 27, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Hopkins Academy girls basketball team will return to the Curry Hicks Cage. The fifth-seeded Golden Hawks overcame a sluggish first half and pulled away from No. 4 Holyoke Catholic, 48-34, Friday at Chicopee Comp in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. “I would have liked to put a …

Division 3 Girls Basketball: Undefeated Granby gets past Monument, 64-56, in quarterfinals

Friday, February 27, 2015

GRANBY — The Granby girls basketball team’s undefeated season continues. The Rams defeated No. 7 Monument Mountain, 64-56, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night. No. 2 Granby (21-0) will face No. 6 Athol (18-4) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals at the Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst. “The kids are really excited to get there. I’ve already …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, February 20, 2015

Amherst Luke Aldrich was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota. Easthampton Haley K. Domina was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Endicott College in …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, February 20, 2015

Special Education Surrogate Volunteer — The Federation for Children with Special Needs offers volunteer training at Forbes Library in Northampton. Special Education Surrogate Parent Volunteers make educational decisions for students in Massachusetts whose parents are unknown or unavailable. They meet with their assigned student or observe them in …

Thursday’s high schools: Pair of locals top seeds for state wrestling tourneys

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior wrestler Brendan Weir takes aim this weekend at a career sweep of state titles. After winning his third consecutive sectional championship last Saturday, Weir seeks a fourth straight state crown. The feat would be a …

Judge dismisses embezzlement charges against Nancy Whitley, former partner in failed Easthampton condo project; suggests prosecution may have misled grand jury

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a seven-year ordeal, a judge this week dismissed charges against Northampton resident Nancy B. Whitley in connection with embezzled funds in a failed Easthampton condominium project, saying the prosecution may have misled the grand jury. …

Friends and neighbors

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Amherst Janet Fink, professor in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management, received the 2015 Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award from the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). The Zeigler Award is presented each year to …

Wednesday’s high schools: Mike Grise one shy of 100 goals after big game for Easthampton

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Missing the first four games of his final high school hockey season lessened the chances of Easthampton star forward Mike Grise reaching 100 career points. But a blistering pace of nearly three points per game following his return …

Smith Vocational qualifies for girls basketball tournament for first time in 26 years

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time in 26 years, the Smith Vocational girls basketball team has qualified for the postseason. With a 52-15 blowout win over Westfield Vocational on Wednesday, the Vikings clinched a share of second place in the league and berth to the Western Massachusetts Division …

Tuesday’s high schools: South Hadley 4x200 relay placed third at state Division 3 meet

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

After being delayed two days by snow, the South Hadley and Holyoke Catholic track teams took to the Division 5 state meet at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston on Tuesday. On the girls side, the Tigers finished 11th with 14 points, led by the 4x200 team …

Area police news

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Amherst ■ Kyle M. Chumsae, 21, of Winchendon, was arrested at 5:52 p.m. Monday on Triangle Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and committing a passing violation. Kyle Arthur Peralta, 19, of …

Monday’s high schools: Granby inches closer to perfection with win over Amherst

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Granby girls basketball team moved within two games of a perfect regular season as it took down Division 1 Amherst Regional, 48-40, at home Monday. The Rams (18-0) jumped out to a 25-10 halftime lead and held on, despite the Hurricanes (1-18) making noise in the second …