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The Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings swim program made history this weekend when it captured the New England championship at MIT. It was the first time Holyoke won the title, which had been awarded to North Shore every year since 2000.

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 points across both genders and five age …

Hampshire Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hampshire Regional High School Second Semester First Honors GRADE 10 Lindsay Abel, Brody Dean, Amanda Labrie, Marlena Schlerman, Paige Sullivan GRADE 11 Alexander Kubosiak, Nicholas O’Hare, Alexandra Roessling, Samantha Tripp, Christopher Yarmesky GRADE 12 Daniel Baldwin, Maeve Ronan, Lilly Rubeck Second Honors GRADE 9 Amanda Adams, Elizabeth Barcomb, Grayson Bennett, Lillian Bigelow, Olivia Brennan, Brianna Brophy, John Carey, Abbegale Connelly Emma Donais, Collin …

Hilltown Voices: Unnamed donor boosts Plainfield Congregational Church scholarship fund

Saturday, March 14, 2015

For five years, Plainfield Congregational Church has offered scholarships to high school seniors looking ahead to college or vocational school. For two years running, the fund has received a strong boost from what scholarship program board member Alice Schertle called a “generous unnamed benefactor.” Schertle said that this is the second year that the person has promised to match the donations to the …

In stunning turnaround, Hopkins wallops top-seeded Monson in D-4 championship

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team made a minor change to its defense at halftime. Sure, the Golden Hawks trailed top-seeded Monson by five, but their defense was working with the exception of Stephen O’Shea, who …

Hilltown Voices: Agricultural Commission of Williamsburg hosts double feature at Meekins Library

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A series organized by the Agricultural Commission of Williamsburg will host two farm-related films at Meekins Library beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. Both movies focus on food production and the experiences of being a farmer. “Last Stand Farmer” is a documentary filmed in 1976 through four seasons of …

Weir, Weyant, Day and Hodgins advance to Day 2 of New England Wrestling Championships

Friday, March 6, 2015

All four local wrestlers survived the first day of action the New England Championship at North Andover High School on Friday. Hampshire Regional’s Brendan Weir picked up two wins as he looks to improve on last year’s third place finish. The senior beat Jean-Luc Lemieux of Londonbury, New …

Hopkins Academy, South Hadley vie for Western Massachusetts boys basketball titles

Friday, March 6, 2015

One thing the Hopkins Academy and South Hadley boys basketball teams have in common is the Curry Hicks Cage. The Golden Hawks and Tigers are very familiar with the UMass gym and they are both playing there Saturday. …

South Hadley books trip to WMass Division 2 finals with 62-50 win over Pittsfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The South Hadley boys basketball team couldn’t contain itself following its Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament semifinal against Pittsfield. The Tigers’ locker room went from a room full of teenagers to a collection of preschoolers singing …

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 …

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, …

All-State Wrestling: Quartet qualifies for regionals

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Four local wrestlers qualified for the New England Tournament based on their performance over the weekend at the All-State meet in Salem, but only one wrestled for a title Saturday. Hampshire Regional’s Brandon Weyant came up a match short of an all-state championship, losing 9-2 in the 160-pound …

Division 3 Girls Basketball: Marley Medina, No. 5 South Hadley sink No 4 Hampshire in overtime

Saturday, February 28, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — South Hadley sophomore Marley Medina didn’t let the pressure of the postseason get to her as the Tigers season hung in limbo. She and the Tigers had clawed their way to a lead only to watch the No. 4 Hampshire Regional girls basketball team force overtime. …

Division 2 Girls Basketball: Belchertown breaks through to semis, beats Ludlow 52-35

Friday, February 27, 2015

LUDLOW — For three consecutive seasons, the Belchertown girls basketball team saw its season end in the quarterfinal round of the sectional tournament. With their seniors having one final shot to play at the Curry Hicks Cage, the Orioles put an emphatic stop to that trend Friday night. …