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JERREY ROBERTS
Granby players Isabelle Sheperd, center, and Kate Sullivan, right, defend Molly Cleveland, of Athol, during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament semifinals Tuesday at Curry Hicks Cage.

Granby breaks through to finals, beats Athol 54-43 in Division 3 semis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Meghan Sullivan and the Granby girls basketball team played at the Curry Hicks Cage the past two seasons, but walked off the floor each time with a sectional semifinal loss. Facing an Athol team with four senior starters, Sullivan helped guide a Rams team with two sophomore and two freshman starters to the next level. With its typical strong defensive performance, Granby reached the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament final with a 54-43 victory Tuesday night. “This is incredible, it’s been my goal since the eighth grade,” Sullivan said. “I’ve been to the Cage now three straight years and it’s the first …

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, imposed their will on the interior and wore Turners Falls down in the second half …

Judith Houle will serve as interim school superintendent in Granby

Monday, March 2, 2015

GRANBY — The School Committee Monday night negotiated a contract with Judith Houle, the former superintendent of the Belchertown schools, who has been named interim superintendent. Houle will take over March 19 for Isabelina Rodriguez who announced earlier this year that she was leaving to take a job in Connecticut. The School Committee …

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 …

UMass student Matthew Schiek of New Jersey, high school hockey player, victim of Route 9 accident in Belchertown

Monday, February 16, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — A mechanical engineering student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who helped lead his high school hockey team to a championship on the New Jersey shore has been identified as the man killed while walking across Route 9 early Saturday morning. Matthew T. Schiek, 20, of …

The Death Cafe: Gatherings over tea and cake focus on death in order to enhance life

Monday, February 16, 2015

At a recent gathering in a second-story studio in downtown Northampton, Daniel Lombardo of Westhampton read a story about twin fetuses discussing life after birth. One thinks there will be life after delivery, related Lombardo, while the other …

Hampshire’s Brendan Weir repeats as three others earn WMass wrestling titles

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN — Winning a western Mass Division III wrestling title is nothing new for Hampshire Regional’s Brendan Weir, although he did find a way to make the feat memorable. The two-time defending sectional champ and three-time defending state …

Weekend high school recaps: Hampshire boys hoops hand Monson first loss of season

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A big fourth quarter and three scorers in double digits led the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team over Monson, 66-60, at home Saturday. The game was tied 42-42 heading into the final frame, where the Raiders (15-4, 13-2 Bi-County) scored 24 points in 8 minutes to hand the …

Northampton places fifth at state Division 2 girls swimming & diving championship

Saturday, February 14, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — The legacy the seniors on the Northampton girls swimming & diving team will leave behind is one they can be proud of and something they will remember for the rest of their lives. A second place (2013), a third place (2014) and Saturday’s fifth place in …

UPDATED: Man killed on Route 9 in Belchertown identified as Matthew T. Schiek, UMass student from New Jersey

Saturday, February 14, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Authorities Monday identified the man killed while walking on Route 9 in Belchertown as Matthew T. Schiek, 20, of Freehold, New Jersey. Schiek was a University of Massachusetts student, class of 2016 mechanical engineering major, according to UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski. “It’s terrible,” Blaguszewski said Monday …