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Hampshire Regional Drama Company to stage ‘Fools’ Friday through Sunday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — The Hampshire Regional High School Drama Company will stage a play this weekend about a Russian village that has been cursed with stupidity. Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools,” set in the late 19th-century, follows schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky as he tries to educate the townspeople and eventually falls for one of them, a woman named Sophia. About 30 students, grades 7 through 12, are in the cast and crew, according …

Wednesday’s high schools: Smith Academy boys soccer upends Holyoke

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tanner Natale scored the game-winning goal with 10 minutes left in regulation to lift the Smith Academy boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Division 1 Holyoke Wednesday afternoon in Hatfield. Quinn Rickert and Joe Afflitto added a goal each for the Falcons (13-3). Jack Dadmun and Julian Zapata had assists, while …

Hampshire falls to Monson 2-0, loses shot at Grieve title

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — With a league title on the line, the Hampshire Regional girls soccer team fell to Monson 2-0 on Wednesday in the frigid wind and rain. The last time these two teams met they finished to a 2-2 tie and this game proved to be another battle. It was the Raiders final regular season game, their senior night, and to top it …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Orioles blank Rams to seal postseason berth

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Belchertown girls soccer team clinched a tournament berth by winning a border battle against Granby, 2-0 at home Saturday evening. Kelsey Shea and Lauryn Parent each scored a goal for the Orioles (8-3-2). Téa Spellacy and Kayla Henry picked up an assist apiece for Belchertown, while Ashley …

Friday’s high school soccer: Amherst, Ludlow battle to 1-1 tie

Friday, October 10, 2014

One week later, the Amherst Regional and Ludlow boys soccer teams still couldn’t determine a winner on the field. The Hurricanes and Lions finished in a 1-1 tie Friday in Amherst. The game was Ludlow’s first since forfeiting nine games due to an ineligible player. Alex LaRaja scored …

Friday’s high schools: South Hadley senior Brian Bak ties for 8th at PVIAC Golf Championship

Friday, October 10, 2014

South Hadley senior Brian Bak finished tied for eighth to lead local golfers at the PVIAC Golf Championship at Franconia Golf Course on Friday. Bak shot a 5-over-par 76, while teammate Mike Miele finished tied for 11th with a 78. Noah Peterson, of East Longmeadow, successfully defended his …

Thursday’s high school golf: Shane Hollenbeck enters PVIAC championship on heels of 1-under 35 for Granby

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shane Hollenbeck is ready for Friday’s PVIAC Golf Championship. Hollenbeck shot a 1-under-par 35 at the Country Club of Greenfield to lead Granby to an 18-6 win over Smith Academy on Thursday. The PVIAC championship will start at 9 a.m. at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield. Other local …

Hampshire gymnasts finish third behind Minnechaug, Chicopee Comp in close meet

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — A subpar performance cost the Hampshire Regional gymnastics team what could have been two wins Thursday night. Minnechaug Regional pulled out a win over Hampshire and Chicopee Comp. The Falcons placed first with a score of …

What2Watch4 — A look into Week 6 of the high school football season

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Agawam at Northampton, 7 Friday This is a big game for the Blue Devils (1-3, 0-1 Suburban), who are coming off their first win and are just on the outside in the Division 4 playoff race. Hamp is …

Wednesday’s high schools: Granby beats Mahar for third straight boys soccer win

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Matt Bleakley netted two goals and added an assist for the Granby boys soccer team, which won its third straight game by beating Mahar 4-0 in Orange Wednesday. Joe Desormier (assist) and Conor O’Shea both added a goal for the Rams (4-3-4). Doug L’Abbee made two saves to …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Hampshire sweeps Granby, Monson in push for postseason

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The postseason hopes for the Hampshire Regional golf team got a major boost Wednesday afternoon, as the Raiders picked up a pair of victories. Sean Ryan posted a match-best 39 at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst to lead Hampshire over Granby 181/2-51/2 and Monson 16-8. In addition …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy rebounds, beats Granby in Bi-County East showdown

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

After losing its first meeting this season, the Hopkins Academy golf team rebounded to defeat Granby 151/2-81/2 Tuesday afternoon to move into a first-place tie in the Bi-County East. Caleb Farnham won his No. 2 match 4-0 for the Golden Hawks (11-3, 9-1). Joe Yusko, Justin Butterfield, Liam …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Holyoke Catholic girls take down Amherst Regional, Belchertown

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It had been nearly four years since the Amherst Regional girls cross country team lost a dual meet, but that streak was broken by unbeaten Holyoke Catholic on Tuesday afternoon. The Gaels (10-0) had four of the top …