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Northampton senior Johnny Williams wins the 100-yard butterfly in 50.4 seconds at the WMass Boys Swimming & Diving Championships held in the Art Linkletter Natatorium at Springfield College on Saturday.

Northampton, Belchertown break records during WMass boys swimming championship

Sunday, February 14, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Bob Hagberg can call himself a state record holder for at least another week. Northampton senior Johnny Williams failed to beat the South Hadley native’s 30-year-old 100-yard butterfly mark of 49.14 seconds in his first opportunity at Saturday’s Western Massachusetts Boys Swimming Championships. He still won the sectional title in 50.4 seconds, edging his closest competitor by more …

Northampton can’t catch Longmeadow at WMass girls swimming championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Last season at the Western Massachusetts Girls Swimming championships, Northampton defeated Longmeadow in a thrilling, down-to-the-wire event, winning by 11/2 points. Northampton entered Saturday’s meet as the defending champ, but Longmeadow, with better depth and senior Jerrica Li, was the favorite. At the Art Linkletter Natatorium at Springfield College, Li won the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, and spearheaded …

Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear wins WMass diving championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear was the 31st diver to step on the 1-meter board at the Western Massachusetts Championships on Friday. While he waited, the nerves kicked in as he prepared for his inward dive at Springfield College’s Art Linkletter Natatorium. Thirty divers later, Brashear faced the nerves and unleashed his …

Tuesday’s high schools: Mitch Ouimette hits game-winning basket, makes steal to pace Hampshire Regional boys basketball

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mitch Ouimette nailed a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to give the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team a 59-58 overtime win at Wahconah Tuesday night. On Wahconah’s ensuing possession, Ouimette came up with a steal to preserve the win. A mid-range jumper by Jake Bihler (18 points) sent …

Hampshire Regional’s Katy O’Connor joins 1,000-point club on assist from sister

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Westhampton — The 23 points Hampshire Regional junior Katy O’Connor needed to reach 1,000 in her career seemed attainable Tuesday. Not easy by any measure against Monson, even if she had been averaging more than 26 points per …

Tuesday’s high school skiing: Northampton’s Charlie Denhart returns to familiar position

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The last time Charlie Denhart took on the slalom at Berkshire East, he had an atypical run. One week ago, the Northampton senior finished 38th with an unusual time of 44.88 seconds. On Tuesday, Denhart was back in a familiar position. He finished second in 31.35 seconds during …

Gazette High School Girls Cross Country Player of the Year: Taylor Blow, Hampshire Regional

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY PLAYER OF THE YEAR Taylor Blow, senior, Hampshire Regional Season highlights: Blow had only one dual-meet victory but it kick-started a tremendous postseason. Blow finished first in a season-ending six-team meet at Springfield’s …

Monday’s high schools: Frontier boys basketball falls in triple overtime to Pioneer Regional

Monday, February 1, 2016

In a wild triple-overtime battle, the Frontier Regional boys basketball team lost 99-98 on a buzzer-beater. Three Red Hawks were in double figures Monday in South Deerfield. Senior Justin Farrick led the way with 30 points for Frontier (5-8, 5-6 Hampshire). Senior Evan Bourque added 17 points, while …

Gazette High School Golf Player of the Year: Ryan Chrabascz, Belchertown

Monday, February 1, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ryan Chrabascz, sophomore, Belchertown Season highlights: Chrabascz won the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament individual title by shooting a 6-over-par 75 at Cranwell Golf Club in Lenox, leading the Orioles to …

South Hadley edges Granby, 57-52, in memorable girls basketball showdown

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Two star players turned into a memorable showdown in a battle of Central Division heavyweights, Friday in South Hadley. South Hadley held off Granby 57-52, to stay undefeated in league play. Sophie Gatzounas had 35 points for the Tigers (11-1, 2-0) while Mikhaila Edge added 10. Kate Sullivan …

Sierra Loomis helps Northampton girls to second at PVIAC indoor track championships

Friday, January 29, 2016

Northampton — East Longmeadow won the PVIAC indoor girl’s track championship Friday at Smith College with 59 total points, edging out Northampton, who came in second with 55, in a vital last 4X400 relay. South Hadley came in …

Pittsfield state representative will not seek open Senate seat

Friday, January 29, 2016

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvoir of Pittsfield said Thursday she plans to forgo a bid to replace Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, and instead seek re-election to her House seat. That leaves state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, as the key hopeful considering a run for the Senate seat representing …

Two House members in Berkshire County may seek Senate seat now held by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Two Berkshire County Democrats say that the announcement by state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing that he will not seek a sixth term this year not only is a tremendous loss for his western Massachusetts constituents but also a possible opportunity for their own careers. “I’m very sad to …