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JERREY ROBERTS
Hannah Flink, right, of Belchertown, steals second base, beating a tag from Julie Chmura, of Ludlow, Wednesday in Belchertown.

Wednesday’s high schools: Kate Sarnacki strikes for 14 goals, 100th of career as Granby girls lacrosse rolls

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kate Sarnacki netted 14 goals, including the 100th of her career, to pace the Granby girls lacrosse team to a 22-10 win over St. Mary in Westfield Wednesday. The sophomore added two assists, while Jess Paturno had four goals for the Rams (8-4-1). Jenna Barthlow remained solid in the net for Granby with nine saves. Tantasqua 15, South Hadley 14 …

Rain takes down tree, wires in Amherst as storms move through region; scattered power outages

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hard rain Wednesday night from thunderstorms that moved through the region took down wires and a tree on two Amherst streets, though police said the roads remained open. Amherst Police Sgt. Gabriel Ting said police received two reports of wires down — one on Bay Road near Muddy Brook Farm and one near …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline meeting raises legal, technical consideration for municipal officials

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross western Massachusetts, a two-hour meeting Tuesday hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and others attending. Jeffrey Bernstein of Newton-based BCK Law told the gathering at Greenfield Community College that although the …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton rolls past Tantasqua

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kerry Fleming had five goals and assist on senior night to lead the Northampton girls lacrosse team to an 18-4 win over Tantasqua at home Friday. Classmate Emily Biggs added two goals and three assists, while fellow seniors Emily Poehlein (goal), Haley Subocz (two goals, one assists), Missie …

Friday’s high school tennis: Amherst girls down Longmeadow, claim Valley League outright

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team wrapped up its regular season on Friday, beating longtime rival Longmeadow, 4-1, for the second time this week. The Hurricanes (15-2, 7-1 Valley League) also won the league title outright. Allison McCann handed Suzanne Elfman a 6-0, 6-4 loss at first singles. …

New MIAA rule threatens middle school participation in high school sports

Friday, May 22, 2015

A week before a five-year softball starter at Hampshire Regional hit a career milestone, the MIAA approved a rule that would have prevented the feat from happening. On May 14, changes to the MIAA Handbook for 2015-2017 included …

Congressman James McGovern, attorneys for environmental groups criticize Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two letters released by federal officials this week — including one by Congressman James McGovern — chide the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for lack of transparency and misleading statements about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. In letters …

Thursday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy closes softball season with rout of Mahar

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Hopkins Academy softball team ended its season on a high note with a 20-6 victory over Mahar in 5 innings on senior day. Seniors Peyton Ring, Jasmine Roberson and Jailinne Ruiz each had at least a hit for the Golden Hawks (3-14, 2-11 Franklin). Ring earned the …

Thursday’s high school baseball: Frontier Regional keeps postseason hopes alive with tight win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brandon Bryant enjoyed a perfect day, going 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs as the Frontier Regional baseball team kept its postseason hopes alive with a 10-9 road win at South Hadley Thursday. Nolan Muzyka …

Thursday’s high school tennis: South Hadley qualifies for WMass boys tournament

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The South Hadley boys tennis team clinched a tournament berth by sweeping Holyoke, 5-0, Thursday afternoon at Mount Holyoke College. The Tigers (9-8) lost two or fewer games in nine of their 10 set victories. Boys tennis South Hadley 5, Holyoke 0 At Mount Holyoke First singles: Mikey …

Establishing trust funds one strategy for communities facing millions in unfunded liabilities for retirees’ benefits

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Predictions that unfunded health care expenses for municipal employees when they retire will total in the millions of dollars have prompted some communities to establish trust funds to begin setting aside money toward those costs. But the amounts …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst girls lacrosse rolls past Cathedral

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Clover Ulrich scored six goals with an assist in her final home game as the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team earned an 18-10 victory over Cathedral on senior night. Fellow seniors Anna Hayes had a goal and Chelby …

Wednesday’s high school tennis: Belchertown boys qualify for postseason

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team qualified for the postseason with a 3-2 win at East Longmeadow on Wednesday. Ryan Kearney beat Matt Donovan 6-3, 7-6 (3) at second singles for the lone singles point for the Orioles (9-7). The first doubles match went three sets as Dennis Lelic …