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Thursday’s high school skiing: Austin Herman, Gateway Regional take South Division lead

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Austin Herman’s winning performance led the Gateway Regional boys ski team to the top of the PVIAC South Division for the first time Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Herman finished first overall in the boys slalom at 33.14 seconds as the Gators edged out St. Mary by less than eight seconds. Charlie Denhart (33.42) came in fifth overall for Northampton. Amherst Regional’s Margaret O’Connell (11th, 27.34) topped eight local …

Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand nets 100th point for Belchertown hockey team

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For Alex Bachand and the Belchertown hockey team, Wednesday afternoon’s game against South Hadley was about the numbers on the scoreboard rather than those on the score sheet. But once they secured a 7-5 victory at Fitzpatrick Rink in Holyoke, the Orioles celebrated a milestone for its senior forward and leading scorer. Bachand scored twice with an assist to surpass 100 points in …

Wednesday’s high school swimming: Records fall as Longmeadow sweeps Northampton

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two JFK Middle School pool records were taken down as the Northampton swim teams fell to Longmeadow on Wednesday. On the girls side, the Lancers won 95-90 as they lowered the 400 free relay pool record to 3:42.72 to close the meet. Kerry Fleming pick up two individual wins for the Blue Devils (8-1, 5-1 Minuteman) in the 100 and 200 frees. On …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton sweeps Holyoke Catholic

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Easthampton girls swim team remained perfect in league action by beating Holyoke Catholic 94-68 Tuesday night at Williston Northampton. Sabrina Foster won both the 50 free and the 100 free for the Eagles (3-5, 3-0 Patriot). Kristyn …

Tuesday’s high school alpine skiing: Gateway Regional’s Austin Herman wins season’s first race

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The five-day delay in the start of the alpine skiing season apparently didn’t bother Austin Herman. The Gateway Regional senior earned the overall individual victory in the boys slalom Tuesday afternoon at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Herman posted a time of 32.54 seconds for the Gators, who finished …

Weekend high schools: Amherst boys nordic team finishes third at Prospect Mountain

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Amherst Regional returned to the trails Saturday for its second Berkshire Nordic Ski League meet of the season. The boys finished third, while the girls were fourth at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont. Willy Wright finished ninth overall in 27 minutes, 24 seconds to pace the boys squad, …

Weekend wrestling: Hampshire Regional junior Brandon Weyant records 100th career win

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hampshire Regional junior Brandon Weyant recorded his 100th career win Saturday at the Eagle Super Quads at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Weyant pinned Pat McGranaghan in 1:26 at 160 pounds to hit the milestone and pace the Raiders to a 49-24 win over Frontier Regional. Weyant defeated …

Haydenville Congregational Church sponsors anti-racism workshop, followed by Martin Luther King service

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A longtime supporter of human rights and inclusivity, the Haydenville Congregational Church is offering a workshop entitled “Dismantling Racism: The Role of Allies as Agents of Change.” The workshop has been offered for more than 10 years. The Rev. Andrea Ayvazian said it is “absolutely timely” this year …

Friday’s high school swimming: Belchertown boys stay perfect with win over Northampton

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Belchertown boys swim team snuck past Northampton, 87-76, to remained undefeated on the season. Ben LaClair and Matt Quinney each won two individual events and were apart of two winning relays for the 6-0 Orioles. LaClair won the 200 free and 50 free, and helped lead the …

Northampton boys take midseason indoor track showdown with rival Amherst Regional

Saturday, January 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton boys indoor track and field team was eager to see how it matched up against three-time defending PVIAC champion Amherst Regional. Despite the Hurricanes not operating at full strength, the Blue Devils displayed why …

Friday’s high schools: Athol snaps South Hadley’s home win streak at 17

Friday, January 9, 2015

The South Hadley girls basketball team’s home win streak was snapped at 17 games as Athol had four double-digit scorers in a 60-44 win on Friday. The Red Raiders (10-0) held Tigers’ leading scorer Sophie Gatzounas to 12 points. Gatzounas, who pulled down 14 rebounds, was averaging 24.4 …

Hampshire Regional, Easthampton remember late coach Jay Fortier

Friday, January 9, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — When former Hampshire Regional athletic director Denny Nolan hired Jay Fortier ahead of the 2000-2001 girls basketball season, he had one requirement — no technicals. Sure enough, just over a minute into Fortier’s first game for …

Amherst’s John Leonard nears 100 points for powerhouse Cathedral hockey

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cathedral junior forward John Leonard increased his Western Massachusetts leads in both goals and points, while inching closer to a career milestone Thursday night. The Amherst resident scored two goals in a 6-1 victory over Bridgewater-Raynham at The …