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Friday night football: Belchertown stops Greenfield, 14-8, for first win of season

Friday, September 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Defense came through for the Belchertown football team as the Orioles earned their first win of the season Friday with a 14-8 victory over Greenfield. The Orioles dominated most of the first quarter, particularly defensively where the front four made life very difficult for Greenfield tailback Brayten Stack (25 carries, 61 yards). Belchertown opened the scoring on its third offensive play, when quarterback Jackson Leduc hit senior receiver …

Carr/Lamontagne family sweeps prizes in pumpkin contest at Belchertown Fair

Friday, September 19, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — For the record, the Carr/Lamontagne family won first, second and third prizes in this year’s pumpkin contest at the Belchertown Fair which kicked off Friday night. Then again they had the only entries. It seems potential rivals from years past had their pumpkins felled by blight or wild animals. “Usually we …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton takes down Agawam in girls soccer

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alex Bertuch-Wallace scored twice as the Northampton girls soccer team knocked down Agawam, 4-0, Friday in Northampton. Abby Springfield and Lily Glading-DiLorenzo each had one goal for the Blue Devils (5-1-1, 3-1-1 Kurty-Fielding). Olivia Pruett had two assists, while Charlotte Maurer and Bailey Maurer each had one. Sydney White had 13 saves for the Blue Devils. Holyoke 1, Amherst 1 — Shira Yeskel-Mednick …

Monday’s girls volleyball/field hockey: South Hadley beats West Springfield, stays perfect

Monday, September 8, 2014

Taylor Guertin had two goals with assists from Hannah Menard and Emily Florence as the South Hadley field hockey team remained perfect with a 4-1 road win over West Springfield Monday. Beau Kass and Ali Rondeau each scored once for the Tigers (3-0, 2-0 Central). Brittany Cote did …

Monday’s boys soccer: Amherst shuts out Northampton, 3-0

Monday, September 8, 2014

Six players registered a point and George Holt made five saves to lead Amherst Regional to the road shutout victory over Northampton, 3-0, on Monday. Alex Mangels, Justin Pina Lopes Sena and Alex LaRaja each scored a goal for the Hurricanes (2-0), while Ian Robson, Luke Webb and …

Monday’s girls soccer: South Hadley pulls away from Mahar

Monday, September 8, 2014

The South Hadley girls soccer team used two goals in the second half to break a halftime tie en route to a 3-1 win over Mahar Monday in South Hadley. Gigi Thibault gave the Tigers (2-1) the lead for good with an unassisted goal. Teammate Reilly Jodoin added …

Area police news

Monday, September 8, 2014

Amherst ∎ A Paige Street resident reported at 5:01 p.m. Sunday that $300 in cash was stolen from her home since Friday night when an intruder got in through a back window. Police are investigating. Belchertown ∎ Andrew M. Jennison, 20, Sean Timothy Kelly, 20, and Ryan O’Neil, …

Friday’s high school recaps: Frontier, Amherst stay perfect with five-set victories in girls volleyball

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Frontier Regional and Amherst Regional girls volleyball teams each needed five sets Friday to stay undefeated two matches into the season. The four-time state champion Red Hawks dropped a close fourth set, but rallied with a quick fifth to beat West Springfield 3-2. The Hurricanes let a …

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. schedules flyovers to check vegetation on transmission lines

Friday, September 5, 2014

Residents in more than two dozen communities served by Western Massachusetts Electric Co. may see aircraft flying above their homes Monday and Tuesday as the utility checks transmission lines for vegetation issues. The aerial survey, likely to be done by helicopters, is a routine and necessary part of …

Campaigns work to excite Valley voters about Tuesday’s state primary

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Political observers in the Valley say Tuesday’s primary offers one of the best crop of candidates for statewide offices in recent memory, although general interest has been lackluster through the dog days of summer. At stake …

Smarter than the gurus? What are your football picks? What to watch and what will happen

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Friday Wahconah at Northampton, 7 The Blue Devils open with the rival Warriors in the Route 9 Rumble. Hamp’s stable number of running backs will look to fill the shoes left by Malik Renner and John Grimaldi, who …

Thursday’s high school golf: New-look Hopkins Academy opens with road win

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Hopkins Academy golf team received victories from three of its new starters in a 141/2-91/2 season-opening win over Pathfinder Thursday afternoon at Mill Valley Golf Club. The defending WMass Division 3 champion Golden Hawks (1-0) needed to replace half of their starting lineup. Justin Butterfield and Molly …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Granby girls cruise in opener

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Granby girls soccer team scored six times in the second half to turn its season opener into an 8-0 home rout over Ware. Kate Desormier (two goals, one assist), Jessica Patruno (goal, two assists) and Summer Molin (goal, assist) each had multiple points as the Rams (1-0) …