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Weekend high schools: Amherst Regional shuts down West Springfield

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Trailing by four entering the second quarter, the Amherst Regional boys basketball team shut down West Springfield en route to a 66-54 win in Amherst on Saturday. The Hurricanes outscored the Terriers 14-4 in the second to pull ahead. Devonte’ McCall finished with 19 points, Isaac Siegel had 13 and Meikkel Murray added 10 for the Hurricanes (13-1, 6-0 Valley Wheel). Girls basketball Holyoke Catholic 50, Turners Falls 28 — …

Friday’s high school recaps: Hopkins Academy boys hoops runs over Smith Academy on the road

Friday, January 30, 2015

A big third quarter gave Hopkins Academy a 64-41 road win over Smith Academy in boys basketball on Friday night. The Golden Eagles (14-1, 11-1 Hampshire) outscored the Falcons (7-7, 6-5) 16-3 to open the second half. Zach Kelley and Brett Morrison led Hopkins with 16 points apiece, while Spencer Butterfield and Sami …

Friday’s high school track recaps: Northampton, South Hadley girls finish undefeated

Friday, January 30, 2015

The South Hadley and Northampton girls indoor track teams finished their seasons undefeated Friday. The Tigers defeated Mahar, 76-19, for their final win of the season, finishing at 9-0. Blue Devils took down East Longmeadow, 48-46, and Longmeadow, 64-31, for a perfect 10-0 record. The Northampton boys defeated East Longmeadow, 78-15, but fell to Longmeadow, 51-44. The South Hadley boys picked up a …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst’s John Leonard scores 100th career point for Cathedral hockey

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cathedral junior forward and Amherst resident John Leonard reached and surpassed the career 100-point plateau Wednesday night in the Panthers’ 12-1 win over St. John’s Shrewsbury in Marlborough. “It feels really good,” Leonard said. “I probably should have …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby pins down Mahar

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Granby wrestling team recorded six straight pins to beat Mahar, 49-24, in Orange Wednesday night. The Rams got going when Victor Magalhaes pinned Dylan Castine in 1 minutes, 15 seconds at 132 pounds. Ben Rokowski (138), Collin Mick (145), Clayton Yanosky (152), Tyler Dudek (160) and Jack …

High school notebook: Taj-Amir Torres honored to play in Semper Fi All-American Bowl

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Most area high school football players have their careers end on Thanksgiving, while the fortunate ones are able to play in the postseason. But Amherst Regional star Taj-Amir Torres capped his career by playing one final game with …

Northampton wins $550,000 state grant to fight opiate abuse in Hampshire County

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County has landed a $550,000 grant for a new coalition to combat the epidemic of painkiller addiction that in recent years has taken a tragic toll in western Massachusetts. Northampton announced Wednesday that it had …

Navy Tep of Northampton indicted on charges of aggravated rape of three children

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city man accused of raping three children in Northampton and Belchertown was indicted Tuesday by a Hampshire County grand jury. Navy Tep, 28, of 178 Florence Road, Apt. 3, will face charges in Hampshire Superior Court of three counts of aggravated rape and abuse of …

State Police seize loaded handgun, arrest two after traffic stop in Belchertown

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Massachusetts State Police seized a loaded handgun during a traffic stop on Route 202 in Belchertown early Tuesday, leading to the arrests of two men on firearms charges. State Trooper Ryan Fogerty of the State Police …

Tuesday’s boys basketball: Gateway Regional jumps on Pathfinder, cruises to win

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Peter Kowal paced four double-digit scorers for the Gateway Regional boys basketball team in a 72-46 road victory over Pathfinder Tuesday night. The junior forward poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Gators (2-5, 2-3 Tri-County). John Haskell had 17 points for Gateway, which scored 30 …

Tuesday’s girls basketball: Easthampton honors late coach Jay Fortier with pregame ceremony

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Eashampton girls basketball team will keep a seat open on its bench for the rest of the season. Before the Eagles tipped off against Monson, the Eagles honored their late coach Jay Fortier with a pregame ceremony. …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton sweeps Holyoke Catholic

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Easthampton girls swim team remained perfect in league action by beating Holyoke Catholic 94-68 Tuesday night at Williston Northampton. Sabrina Foster won both the 50 free and the 100 free for the Eagles (3-5, 3-0 Patriot). Kristyn …

Tuesday’s high school alpine skiing: Gateway Regional’s Austin Herman wins season’s first race

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The five-day delay in the start of the alpine skiing season apparently didn’t bother Austin Herman. The Gateway Regional senior earned the overall individual victory in the boys slalom Tuesday afternoon at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Herman posted a time of 32.54 seconds for the Gators, who finished …