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State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college campuses. But Downing, who will be leaving his post come January, says other important issues remain, from demographic divisions in the state’s …

Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen finished with seven points for the Falcons (7-9, 2-4 Franklin South). Senior Ashley Higgins had …

Gazette Field Hockey Player of the Year: Jordyn Roberts, Frontier Regional

Friday, February 5, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY Player of the Year Jordyn Roberts, senior, Frontier Regional 2015-16 season highlights: Roberts, who finished with 17 goals and 10 assists, scored in 15 of Frontier’s 21 games. She had at least a point in both of the Red Hawks’ postseason wins. Her three points in the Western Massachusetts …

Northampton girls claim Pioneer North indoor track championship

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Backed by three first-place performances by senior Sierra Loomis, the Northampton girls indoor track & field team secured wins over Longmeadow and East Longmeadow Friday, capping a perfect regular season and Pioneer North championship. The Blue Devils beat Longmeadow, 67-28, and East Longmeadow, 50.5-44.5, during the …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Triple-doubles for Stephanie Start, Sydney Cyr give Smith Voke road win

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Two triple-doubles added up to one road win for the Smith Vocational girls basketball team on Thursday. The Vikings beat Dean Tech 58-42 in Holyoke. Stephanie Start had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals, while Sydney Cyr scored 18 points to go with 12 rebounds and 10 …

Thursday’s high school alpine skiing: Northampton’s Charlie Denhart, Frontier’s Alli Zera place third at Berkshire East

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Northampton brothers Charlie and Jack Denhart finished third and fifth, respectively, in giant slalom at the fourth PVIAC alpine race of the season, Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart finish in 25.52 seconds with Jack crossing the line in 25.54. Amherst was fifth overall in the …

Wednesday’s colleges: Kennedy Guest-Pritch, Lauren Bindo lead Smith past Mount Holyoke

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kennedy Guest-Pritch and Lauren Bondi would have tied Mount Holyoke on their own. Guest-Pritch scored 16 points, and Bondi had 15 points as the Smith College women’s basketball team beat the Lyons 80-31 Wednesday in Northampton. Thirteen Pioneers found the net in the win. Smith (7-9, 4-4 NEWMAC) …

Wednesday’s high schools: Easthampton cruises past Monson, nears postseason berth

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Easthampton boys basketball remained undefeated and moved one step closer to the postseason with a 76-44 victory over Monson on Wednesday. Senior guard Raphael Coleman and junior forward Zach Crisafulli each had 16 points for the Eagles (9-0, 7-0 Bi County). Senior guard Liam Healey added 11 …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: South Hadley edges Frontier without Isaiah Cardenales

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The benefit of three forfeits helped the South Hadley wrestling team edge Frontier Regional on Wednesday in South Deerfield. The Tigers won 42-27 without star 106-pounder Isaiah Cardenales. Frontier’s Emirhan Yildaz pinned his replacement, Ahi Lopez, in 30 seconds. There were nine pins out of the 11 matches …

Tuesday’s high schools: Late comeback falls short for Northampton boys basketball team

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A late comeback attempt by the Northampton boys basketball team came up short at home against Holyoke on Tuesday. Down by 21 in the fourth quarter, Northampton cut the lead to three with a minute to play but Holyoke made its free throws to win 72-66 at home. …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton girls win third dual in a row

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Abby Tobin won two events and helped lead the Easthampton girls swim team to its third consecutive dual victory, beating Pope Francis 120-40 Tuesday. She took first in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.28 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.95 while contributing to two winning freestyle relays. Victoria …

Tuesday’s high school indoor track: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan sets PVIAC record in 2-mile

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Liam Sullivan ran another record for the Northampton boys indoor track team. The senior set a PVIAC mark in the 2-mile with a time of 9 minutes, 27.99 seconds, Tuesday at Smith College. He broke his cousin Aidan …

Weekend high schools: Greenfield, South Hadley skate to a draw

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Smith Academy sophomore Evan Simmons gave Greenfield a lead in the first period, but Sean Doherty tied it for South Hadley in the second as the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield Saturday. Greenfield’s Clay Richardson and South Hadley’s Andrew Brunelle each had …