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Thursday’s high schools: Emergency JV sub plays key role as Northampton earns 6-5 extra-inning win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Northampton softball team got a little help from across the field in its 6-5 come-from-behind eight-inning win over South Hadley Thursday. While the Tigers scored the tying run in the seventh inning, shortstop Zoe Driscoll-Sbar was injured and had to leave the field. Stuck without a replacement and having received an OK from the South Hadley side, Northampton coach Jim Hale pulled junior varsity sophomore Kiana Matakanski from her …

MIAA votes to delay change to middle school eligibility rule

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association backpedaled on its recent rule change in regards to the eligibility of middle school students on high school teams. Earlier this month, the MIAA voted to change Rule 53 for the 2015-2017 handbook. Currently, middle school students are eligible for high school teams if their school falls under the leadership of the high school principal. The MIAA elected …

Wednesday’s high schools: Kate Sarnacki strikes for 14 goals, 100th of career as Granby girls lacrosse rolls

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kate Sarnacki netted 14 goals, including the 100th of her career, to pace the Granby girls lacrosse team to a 22-10 win over St. Mary in Westfield Wednesday. The sophomore added two assists, while Jess Paturno had four goals for the Rams (8-4-1). Jenna Barthlow remained solid in the net for Granby with …

Friday’s high school baseball: Granby tops Holyoke Catholic, inches closer to postseason

Friday, May 15, 2015

Brett Sullivan struck out 10 as the Granby baseball team beat Holyoke Catholic, 5-2, in Chicopee and inch closer to qualifying for the postseason. The Rams (8-6, 6-1 Bi-County North) need to win two of their final five games. Matt Bleakley (two hits, two runs, RBI) pulled off …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Slysz sisters power South Hadley

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Slysz sisters each scored four goals as the South Hadley girls lacrosse team romped to a 16-5 victory over West Springfield Friday night on the road. Emma Slysz had four goals and two assists, while Olivia Slysz added four tallies for South Hadley (4-9). Gabrielle Schwalm notched …

Friday’s high school softball: Easthampton, Smith Vocational qualify for postseason

Friday, May 15, 2015

Kate Avard had three hits, an RBI and scored twice to propel the Easthampton softball team to a postseason-clinching 16-3 win in five innings over McCann at Nonotuck Park Friday. Gabbie Downer added two hits, two RBIs and two runs (9-5, 7-2 Bi-County West). Smith Vocational 29, Westfield …

Friday’s high school tennis: South Hadley takes care of Central

Friday, May 15, 2015

The South Hadley girls tennis team breezed to a 5-0 swept of Central at home Friday. Tigers coach Eric Cestero said that all the matches were off the courts in roughly a half hour as South Hadley (8-7) only dropped five games. Julia Gange beat Louisa Klose without …

Belchertown captures first boys lacrosse league championship

Friday, May 15, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — As the epitome of a successful startup program, the Belchertown boys lacrosse team took another step in its ascension Friday afternoon. The Orioles defeated Granby 14-4 to clinch the first Suburban League title for the sixth-year …

High school notebook: Northampton set to host Pioneer Valley Ultimate Invitational

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Northampton ultimate teams are set to host the second annual Pioneer Valley Invitational at the Oxbow Fields in Northampton on Saturday and Sunday. “The goal for this year is to continue everything that we started last year …

Thursday’s high schools: Belchertown girls lacrosse slipes past Amherst Regional

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Katarina Lowe scored four goals and had two assists in leading the Belchertown girls lacrosse team to a 14-8 victory at Amherst Regional Thursday. Emma Jopson scored a hat trick with an assist, while Alaina Swift (assist) and …

Thursday’s high school tennis: Amherst Regional girls take down Minnechaug

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team had an answer for Minnechaug on Thursday. The Hurricanes swept singles to beat the Falcons, 3-2, in Wilbraham. Minnechaug won 3-2 on April 23. Allison McCann, the top seed in the Western Massachusetts individual tournament that begins Saturday at Smith College, cruised …

W.D. Cowls officials warn illegal activity could force curtailed access to land now open for public use

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AMHERST — W.D. Cowls Inc., the Amherst-based company that owns thousands of acres of forests throughout western Massachusetts, is warning against increased illegal activity that might prompt company officials to make some of its property off-limits to the …

Wednesday’s high school track/tennis: Hampshire boys track remains unbeaten in Suburban League

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dylan Cross and Lucius Burrell each claimed a pair of individual victories for the Hampshire Regional boys track & field team in an 811/2-611/2 home win over Palmer Wednesday. Cross took first in the triple jump and the 400 meters, while Burrell won the long jump and 200 …