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COURTESY JOHN LOOS
Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans and Kelzy Rodrigues pose after their third-place finish in the championship field of the 4x800-meter relay at New Balance Nationals, in New York. The group, along with alternate Aiden Foucault-Etheridge have been named the Daily Hampshire Gazette Boys Track & Field Players of the Year.

Gazette Boys Indoor Track & Field Players of the Year: Amherst Regional’s 4x800 relay: Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans, Kelzy Rodrigues, Aiden Foucault-Etheridge

Monday, April 20, 2015

Player of the Year: Amherst 4x800 relay team (senior Allen Vance, senior Rob Sailer, senior Connor Evans, senior Kelzy Rodrigues, freshman Aiden Foucault-Etheridge, alternate) Season highlights: This team excelled at every level at which it competed. The quartet won the title at the PVIAC championships (8 minutes, 37.99 seconds), the state Division 3 championships (meet record 8:05.01), the all-state championships …

Former Amherst police officer Mike Kent completes 25th straight Boston Marathon

Monday, April 20, 2015

BOSTON — At the end of the day Monday, Mike Kent will have hung up a famed jacket in his closet. It was not Masters green or medical-coat white. Instead, it’s royal purple with orange detail, and Kent earned it by finishing the 119th Boston Marathon. The addition to Kent’s coat closet also …

Health Events:Local support groups, resourses

Monday, April 20, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING BREAST-FEEDING — The LaLeche League of Northampton meets on the first Friday of the month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Cradle on the third floor of Thornes Marketplace, Northampton. Call 586-5627 or contact Rosemary McNaughton at rosemarylll@mac.com. BREAST-FEEDING — The Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center offers a monthly breast feeding …

Four candidates for two Select Board seats in Belchertown

Saturday, April 4, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Four candidates, including five-term incumbent Ronald Aponte, are seeking two seats on the Select Board in the May 18 election. Kenneth Elstein, who has served on the board for two terms, is not seeking re-election. The three candidates joining Aponte on the ballot are newcomers to …

Friday high schools: Amherst boys lacrosse debuts with win over East Longmeadow

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ben Thompson and Declan Gray-Mullen each had a hat trick as the Amherst Regional boys lacrosse team opened its season Friday with a 10-8 road victory over East Longmeadow. Jonathan Traester scored twice for Amherst (1-0), while Alex LaRaja (assist) and Willy Wright added a tally apiece. Liam …

Spring Preivew: Hopkins Academy baseball focused on repeat

Friday, April 3, 2015

Despite disappointing offseason news, the defending Western Massachusetts Division 4 champion Hopkins Academy baseball team returns seven starting players and has its sights set on a repeat. After winning their first sectional championship since 1988 and reaching the …

Spring Preview: Amherst Regional boys lacrosse seeks a rebound campaign

Friday, April 3, 2015

Amherst Regional had established itself as a prime contender in Western Massachusetts boys lacrosse, but last season marked a significant step backward. The Hurricanes qualified for postseason from 2011-13 and reached the sectional semifinals two straight seasons, but …

Spring Preview: New but familiar coach to lead experienced Belchertown girls lacrosse

Friday, April 3, 2015

Former Belchertown girls lacrosse coach Ashley Ziemba turned the Orioles from a startup varsity program into a league champion in only two seasons. Ziemba took the head coaching job at Chicopee High as the Pacers start their own …

Spring Ppeview: Allison McCann is on the title hunt with Amherst Regional girls tennis

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional girls tennis team has made a name for itself in western Massachusetts — not just with team titles, but individual ones too. The Hurricanes are hoping their veteran roster will keep their winning …

Spring Preview: Belchertown boys volleyball wants playoff return

Friday, April 3, 2015

After reaching the postseason for the first time in seven years in 2014, the Belchertown boys volleyball team will look to qualify for the playoffs once again. The Orioles qualified at 15-5 but they fell in their first …

Spring Preview: New look, same goal for Amherst Regional girls ultimate

Friday, April 3, 2015

There’s a dynasty subtly being built at Amherst Regional High School. The Hurricanes girls ultimate team has established a tradition of dominance over the last half decade, having won six consecutive Amherst Invitational titles and four straight Northeastern …

Spring Preview: Double-digit returners has Amherst Regional boys ultimate confident

Friday, April 3, 2015

After posting a 25-8 record and finishing fourth at the state tournament in 2014, it is hard to believe that Amherst boys ultimate coach Joe Costello looked at the year as a rebuilding year. But in his eyes, …

Spring Preview: All-Americans take Amherst Regional track outdoors

Friday, April 3, 2015

Two of its relay teams are nationally ranked. It has seven All-Americans. It is fresh off a winter indoor track season that saw it place third in the state. What’s left for the Amherst Regional boys track and …