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Friday’s high school softball: Hampshire’s Brian McGan named MIAA coach of year as Raiders stay perfect

Friday, April 17, 2015

The MIAA announced its 2014-15 coaches of the year and awarded Hampshire Regional softball coach Brian McGan with his sport’s honor on Friday. “I’m very humbled by it. It’s a great honor,” McGan said. “The kids from my past teams have obviously helped me get there. They made Hampshire what Hampshire is. I’ve just tried to guide them to the right point.” McGan is in his ninth year with the …

Friday’s high schools: Belchertown boys lacrosse routs Monson

Friday, April 17, 2015

Alex Wordsworth’s seven goals and an assist powered the Belchertown boys lacrosse team to a 14-1 home blowout over Monson Friday afternoon. Ben Magarian (four goals, assist) and Grant Irving (two goals, three assists) each posted five points for the Orioles (4-1, 3-0 Suburban). Jack Medina picked up four assists, Jack Kenney added his first career varsity tally, and Connor Hughes and Adam …

Friday’s high school baseball: Freshman Jonathan Morrison fans 17 in one-hitter for Hopkins Academy

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jonathan Morrison gave the Hopkins Academy baseball team two outstanding outings in its run to the state final last season. On Friday Morrison dominated in his first start as a permanent member of the rotation. The freshman struck out 17 in a one-hit shutout as the Golden Hawks defeated Pioneer Regional 16-0 Friday afternoon in Northfield. John Jacques was 4 for 4 with …

Friday high schools: Amherst boys lacrosse debuts with win over East Longmeadow

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ben Thompson and Declan Gray-Mullen each had a hat trick as the Amherst Regional boys lacrosse team opened its season Friday with a 10-8 road victory over East Longmeadow. Jonathan Traester scored twice for Amherst (1-0), while Alex LaRaja (assist) and Willy Wright added a tally apiece. Liam …

Spring Preivew: Hopkins Academy baseball focused on repeat

Friday, April 3, 2015

Despite disappointing offseason news, the defending Western Massachusetts Division 4 champion Hopkins Academy baseball team returns seven starting players and has its sights set on a repeat. After winning their first sectional championship since 1988 and reaching the …

Spring Preview: Amherst Regional boys lacrosse seeks a rebound campaign

Friday, April 3, 2015

Amherst Regional had established itself as a prime contender in Western Massachusetts boys lacrosse, but last season marked a significant step backward. The Hurricanes qualified for postseason from 2011-13 and reached the sectional semifinals two straight seasons, but …

Spring Preview: Double-digit returners has Amherst Regional boys ultimate confident

Friday, April 3, 2015

After posting a 25-8 record and finishing fourth at the state tournament in 2014, it is hard to believe that Amherst boys ultimate coach Joe Costello looked at the year as a rebuilding year. But in his eyes, …

Spring Preview: New but familiar coach to lead experienced Belchertown girls lacrosse

Friday, April 3, 2015

Former Belchertown girls lacrosse coach Ashley Ziemba turned the Orioles from a startup varsity program into a league champion in only two seasons. Ziemba took the head coaching job at Chicopee High as the Pacers start their own …

Spring Ppeview: Allison McCann is on the title hunt with Amherst Regional girls tennis

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional girls tennis team has made a name for itself in western Massachusetts — not just with team titles, but individual ones too. The Hurricanes are hoping their veteran roster will keep their winning …

Spring Preview: Belchertown boys volleyball wants playoff return

Friday, April 3, 2015

After reaching the postseason for the first time in seven years in 2014, the Belchertown boys volleyball team will look to qualify for the playoffs once again. The Orioles qualified at 15-5 but they fell in their first …

Spring Preview: New look, same goal for Amherst Regional girls ultimate

Friday, April 3, 2015

There’s a dynasty subtly being built at Amherst Regional High School. The Hurricanes girls ultimate team has established a tradition of dominance over the last half decade, having won six consecutive Amherst Invitational titles and four straight Northeastern …

Spring Preview: All-Americans take Amherst Regional track outdoors

Friday, April 3, 2015

Two of its relay teams are nationally ranked. It has seven All-Americans. It is fresh off a winter indoor track season that saw it place third in the state. What’s left for the Amherst Regional boys track and …

Spring Preview: Hampshire Regional softball relying on experience, defense in title quest

Friday, April 3, 2015

Every year, the Hampshire Regional softball team seems to be packed with veterans. This season is no different. The Raiders, who return all but two players from the 2014 Division 2 Western Massachusetts champion team, are hungry for …