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Sydney Slattery, right, of Easthampton, steals second against Brooke Pashek, of Smith Academy, Friday in Easthampton.

Friday’s high schools: Northampton softball team rips Ludlow, 14-4

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Northampton softball team put together a big third inning to rip open a 14-4 win over Ludlow Friday afternoon. Zoey Driscoll-Sbar led off with a double as five consecutive Blue Devils (2-3) reached base before the first out was recorded. By the third out, six runs had crossed and Northampton was on top 7-3. They extended their lead with … 0

Belchertown couple plans to come ‘full circle’ on Boylston

Friday, April 18, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A 10-mile, pre-marathon run took Beverly Dwight across the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line with the clock overhead reading all zeros. Her husband, Peter Stefanyszyn, a TV pool videographer, was at his post on Photo Bridge overlooking the finish line as she ran through waving just after 8 a.m. This wasn’t … 0

Coming Up

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER CAREGIVER STRESS — Bruce Bradley-Gilmore, a counselor with the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Caregivers Support Group, will speak at the Senior Center, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. Bradley-Gilmore’s group was featured in “Caregivers” a new book by local author Nell Lake. Copies will be available for sale. Open to the public; to register call 259-3060. BELCHERTOWN COUNCIL ON AGING DEMENTIA SEMINAR … 0

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Amherst boys rally to beat East Longmeadow in overtime

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys lacrosse team showed its resilience in an 8-7 comeback victory in overtime over East Longmeadow Friday. Trailing by one goal with about three minutes left in regulation, junior Alex LaRaja scored his only goal of the game to force the extra session for the … 0

Friday’s high school baseball/softball: Pitchers deliver for Smith Voke, Granby

Friday, April 4, 2014

A trio of local pitchers posted complete-game victories in their teams’ season openers on Friday afternoon. Baseball Smith Vocational 9, Commerce 2 — Kevin Wackerbarth went the distance, allowing five hits and fanning six for the Vikings (1-0, 1-0 Tri-County) on the road. Shawn Wackerbarth led Smith Voke … 0

Friday’s high school boys tennis recaps: Belchertown tops Quaboag in opener

Friday, April 4, 2014

The winning tradition of the Belchertown boys soccer team has carried over to the spring. Seven members of the state champion soccer squad started for the tennis team Friday. The result was a 3-2 victory over Quaboag in the Orioles’ season opener at home. Ethan Smith (No. 1) … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, April 4, 2014

■∎ Invasive Plant Workshop — Franklin Land Trust sponsors morning presentation and field trip on April 5 at 10 a.m., Franklin Land Trust, 5 Mechanic St., Shelburne Falls. Free. Preregistration required; call 625-9151 or email jmorse@franklinlandtrust.org. ■∎ Woodcock Workshop and Bonfire — Franklin Land Trust sponsors evening exploration of wildlife … 0

School Lunch Menus

Friday, April 4, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Chicken tenders, black beans, oven-baked fries, pears, apple TUESDAY: Meatball sandwich, cream of tomato soup, pears, sweet potato fries, apple, peas WEDNESDAY: Homemade macaroni and cheese, green beans, blueberries, carrot sticks, banana THURSDAY: Crispy chicken sandwich, vegetarian beans, strawberry cup, apple, carrot sticks, romaine and cherry … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, April 4, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Alex R. Karpinski, a senior majoring in political science at the University of Rochester, was named … 0

Thursday’s high school recaps: Hopkins senior Andrew Omer no-hits Belchertown in season opener

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Andrew Omer made pitching to live batters seem overrated on Thursday. Without ever throwing batting practice during the preseason, the Hopkins Academy senior pitched a no-hitter as the Golden Hawks beat Belchertown 4-0 in Hadley. Omer, who had one outdoor bullpen session prior to the game, struck out … 0

High Schools: Amherst girls tennis too much for Agawam in opener

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The McCann sisters began the season as expected for the Amherst Regional girls tennis team, but the Hurricanes’ third singles player was nearly as impressive in a 4-1 win at Agawam Thursday. Nicole (No. 1) and Allison (No. … 0

Backstory: John Provost to decide Friday between Northampton and Belchertown superintendent offers

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The School Committee Thursday night voted 4-1 to offer the job of superintendent to John A. Provost, who already has an offer from Northampton for the same job. Provost, who lives in Easthampton, said he would … 0

South Hadley boys lacrosse wins season-opener on the road

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tom Crotty scored five goals and assisted twice as the South Hadley boys lacrosse team opened its season with a 13-8 road victory over Agawam. It was the first game back for Matt Benoit, who coached the Tigers from 2008-2011. Sam Duda had four tallies for the Tigers … 0