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Friday’s high schools: Mitch Ouimette, Hampshire Regional shoot down Easthampton in second half

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mitch Ouimette’s barrage from behind the arc led a game-deciding offensive explosion for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team Friday night. With the game tied at halftime, the junior guard knocked down five 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 17 points as the Raiders beat rival Easthampton 68-56 in Westhampton. Conor Cronin had 12 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three blocks for Hampshire (9-3, 7-2 Bi-County). Kyle …

Friday’s high school indoor track: South Hadley takes three against Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley indoor boys and girls track teams swept Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire Regional Friday night, in a PVIAC meet at Smith College. The girls beat Athol 85-10, Greenfield 89-6 and Hampshire 80-15, while the boys won 60-30, 53-42 and 58-35, respectively. Northampton swept Central as the girls won, 56-35, and the boys finished on top, 69-26. Holyoke Catholic beat Pioneer Regional …

Friday’s high school swimming: South Hadley beat Holyoke Catholic, stays unbeaten in Patriot League

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley girls swim team kept its perfect league record alive and remained in first place with a 92-52 victory over Holyoke Catholic Friday afternoon at Chicopee Comp. Shannon Mitchell won the 50 free and 100 free for the Tigers (11-1, 6-0 Patriot). Jade Thomas (100 back) and Ellis Hellyar (100 breast) each took first in one event. Kristyn Popowski earned victories …

Tuesday’s girls basketball: Easthampton honors late coach Jay Fortier with pregame ceremony

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Eashampton girls basketball team will keep a seat open on its bench for the rest of the season. Before the Eagles tipped off against Monson, the Eagles honored their late coach Jay Fortier with a pregame ceremony. …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton sweeps Holyoke Catholic

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Easthampton girls swim team remained perfect in league action by beating Holyoke Catholic 94-68 Tuesday night at Williston Northampton. Sabrina Foster won both the 50 free and the 100 free for the Eagles (3-5, 3-0 Patriot). Kristyn …

Tuesday’s high school alpine skiing: Gateway Regional’s Austin Herman wins season’s first race

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The five-day delay in the start of the alpine skiing season apparently didn’t bother Austin Herman. The Gateway Regional senior earned the overall individual victory in the boys slalom Tuesday afternoon at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Herman posted a time of 32.54 seconds for the Gators, who finished …

Weekend high schools: Amherst boys nordic team finishes third at Prospect Mountain

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Amherst Regional returned to the trails Saturday for its second Berkshire Nordic Ski League meet of the season. The boys finished third, while the girls were fourth at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont. Willy Wright finished ninth overall in 27 minutes, 24 seconds to pace the boys squad, …

Weekend wrestling: Hampshire Regional junior Brandon Weyant records 100th career win

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hampshire Regional junior Brandon Weyant recorded his 100th career win Saturday at the Eagle Super Quads at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Weyant pinned Pat McGranaghan in 1:26 at 160 pounds to hit the milestone and pace the Raiders to a 49-24 win over Frontier Regional. Weyant defeated …

Friday’s high school swimming: Belchertown boys stay perfect with win over Northampton

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Belchertown boys swim team snuck past Northampton, 87-76, to remained undefeated on the season. Ben LaClair and Matt Quinney each won two individual events and were apart of two winning relays for the 6-0 Orioles. LaClair won the 200 free and 50 free, and helped lead the …

Northampton boys take midseason indoor track showdown with rival Amherst Regional

Saturday, January 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton boys indoor track and field team was eager to see how it matched up against three-time defending PVIAC champion Amherst Regional. Despite the Hurricanes not operating at full strength, the Blue Devils displayed why …

Friday’s high schools: Athol snaps South Hadley’s home win streak at 17

Friday, January 9, 2015

The South Hadley girls basketball team’s home win streak was snapped at 17 games as Athol had four double-digit scorers in a 60-44 win on Friday. The Red Raiders (10-0) held Tigers’ leading scorer Sophie Gatzounas to 12 points. Gatzounas, who pulled down 14 rebounds, was averaging 24.4 …

Valley Views: Path of Hope

Friday, January 9, 2015

PATH OF HOPE Route 9, Belchertown Text and photo by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown It was cold as I walked my dog through the woods one morning last January. We maneuvered along the well-travelled path. The air was still …

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, January 9, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are listed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 SALT COUNCIL — Seniors And Law Enforcement Together group meets …