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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 …

Weekend high schools: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional mow down Northampton

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Alexis Ferris’ perfect ERA is no more, but the Hampshire Regional softball team is still rolling. Ferris allowed her first run of the season Sunday, but she walked none and struck out 10 as the Raiders beat Northampton 4-1 Sunday in Westhampton. Chelsea Moussette (hit) and Taylor Boutwell (2 for 3) each had an RBI to power the offense. Emilie Baldwin was 3 …

Western Mass Distance Project ready to take on Boston Marathon

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At an Elks cross country road race in Holyoke three years ago, Laura Christoph spotted a group of guys in singlets that had a picture of Massachusetts on the front and the words “Western Mass” on the back. They formed the men’s Western Mass Distance Project running team. Christoph inquired about …

Monday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton girls continue strong start to 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Northampton girls lacrosse team continued its early season assault on the opponent’s net Monday afternoon by beating Westfield 22-12 on the road. Kerry Fleming (three goals, three assists) and Missie Maiewski (five goals, assists) each had six points for the Blue Devils (3-0), who have scored 55 …

Monday’s high school baseball: Alex Dragon throws no-hitter in debut for South Hadley

Monday, April 13, 2015

In his first career varsity baseball game, South Hadley pitcher Alex Dragon took the mound Monday afternoon for the season-opening start. The junior delivered a debut to remember, no-hitting Mahar Regional in a 10-0 home victory for the Tigers. Dragon struck out nine and walked one. He faced …

Monday’s high school softball: Freshmen pace Northampton past Holyoke

Monday, April 13, 2015

A freshman debuted at pitcher and catcher as the Northampton softball team opened its season against Holyoke Monday. With classmate Abby Pelis behind the plate, Anna Kerwood struck out eight and allowed three hits as the Blue Devils beat Holyoke, 14-2, in sixth innings in Northampton. Kerwood and …

Weekend colleges: Jeffs baseball sweeps Williams

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team brought booming bats and strong arms to Williamstown this weekend and swept rival Williams three straight to remain perfect in league play. The Jeffs won 11-4 and 17-3 in Saturday’s doubleheader, then claimed a 6-4 victory Sunday. Eric West went 7 for 12 …

Weekend high schools: Amherst pitcher Selah Dalomba delivers season-opening win over Hamp

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Selah Dalomba fired a complete-game four-hitter with 10 strikeouts as the Amherst Regional baseball team went on the road to defeat rival Northampton 6-1 Saturday in each team’s season opener. Jamie Carey (two runs) and Ethan Young each went 2 for 3 for the Hurricanes (1-0). Isaac Siegel …

Hilltown Voices: Robert Aeschback challenges incumbent Dennis Mimitz for seat on Plainfield Select Board

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At this year’s annual town election, Plainfield voters will have two choices on the ballot for one, three-year term on the Select Board. Robert Aeschback is challenging incumbent Dennis Mimitz who has served on the Select Board for six years and works as the maintenance supervisor for the …

Friday’s high schools: South Hadley cuts down West Springfield in boys lacrosse

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sam Duda scored seven goals with three assists as the South Hadley boys lacrosse team beat West Springfield, 17-5, in South Hadley Friday. Marcus Larrier added three goals, while Griffin Fitzell and Jason Fernandes scored two each. Pat …

Area baseball, softball teams ready to get outside, play ball

Friday, April 10, 2015

Four weeks after preseason workouts began March 16, the high school baseball and softball seasons should get underway in full force Monday afternoon. Many of this past week’s games had already been postponed due to poor field conditions. …

Thursday’s high schools: Northampton girls lacrosse hammers West Springfield

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Northampton girls lacrosse team opened the season with a 21-6 blowout at West Springfield Thursday afternoon. Megan McCarthy and Missie Maiewski (assist) each scored four goals, while Kerry Fleming (assist) added three for the Blue Devils (1-0). Ursa Heidinger and Sophie Melcher had two tallies apiece, while …

Wednesday’s high schools: Kat Minor paces Frontier track past Belchertown

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kat Miner won three individual events and two of her teammates each won a pair as the Frontier Regional girls track & field team opened the season by beating Belchertown 133-12 Wednesday in South Deerfield. Miner earned victories …