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Ian Robson, right, of Amherst Regional, passes ahead of Allen Gariepy, of Belchertown, during a regular season game. Amherst earned the top seed in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament, while the Orioles are No. 2 in Division 3.

WMass boys soccer: Amherst Regional earns top seed in Division 1

Friday, October 31, 2014

GRANBY — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team is going into the postseason tournament undefeated. That feat also got them the top seed in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament as seeds were announced Friday afternoon. With an eight-team tournament, the No. 1 seed doesn’t get a bye. The Hurricanes (15-0-3) will host No. 8 Renaissance (13-3-2) in the quarterfinals …

WMass girls soccer: Navigating Division 3 field will be tough for Hampshire, Easthampton and defending champs Granby

Friday, October 31, 2014

In a banner season for local girls soccer, 12 of 13 high school programs qualified for postseason play and had their seeds announced Friday. And while those 12 are spread among three divisions, the best chance for a championship appears to be in Division 3 with three of the top six seeds. However, …

Volunteers needed

Friday, October 31, 2014

habitat for humanity — Construction and office workers needed. Building Habitat homes now in Northampton and Easthampton. Skilled construction volunteers especially needed at our Women Build house in Easthampton. One-hour orientation the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., and the third Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m., at the Habitat office, 140 Pine St., Florence. volunteer@pvhabitat.org or 586-5430 kitchen table travel/ Cross-Cultural …

Thursday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Division 2 state champ Mansfield

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team continued its season domination, taking down the reigning Division 2 state champion Mansfield on the road, 3-1, 25-12, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23 Thursday. The Red Hawks (16-1) combined for 128 digs, with 28 coming from Rachel Cialek (15 kills). Shelby Telega had 27 …

Rising cost of electricity fuels debate over need for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, October 16, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will increase electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers have their bills jump by more than one-third beginning next month because of rising fuel costs to generate that power, but …

High school notebook: Hopkins Academy, Granby eye Division 3 golf titles

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Hopkins Academy golf team has been on a title defense all season. On Monday, the Golden Hawks will take to Franconia Golf Course with notes from a practice round to hopefully shoot their lowest scores of the …

Frontier Regional, Union 38 districts seek state grant to plan consolidation of town services into unused school space

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 School Districts have applied for a $43,500 grant to develop a plan for consolidating town services into unused school space. The decision to pursue the grant resulted from a series of roundtable meetings between members of each town’s Select Boards, …

Wednesday’s high schools: Gateway Regional girls soccer secures Pioneer South league title

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen’s hat trick led the Gateway Regional girls soccer team to the Pioneer South title as it remained undefeated in league play behind in a 6-1 win over Ware on Wednesday. Smith Academy’s win over Holyoke Catholic gave the Gators (10-3, 7-0) the championship with one …

Hampshire Regional qualifies for postseason with victory over St. Mary’s in final golf match

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — The Hampshire Regional golf team faced off against St. Mary’s in a win-or-go-home match at Beaver Brook Golf Course Wednesday. It was raining and the pressure was on for Sean Ryan and the Raiders, who needed to win to qualify for the postseason. Ryan carded a …

What2Watch4 — Week 7 high school football previews

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Northampton at Commerce Thursday, at Springfield Central, 7 The Blue Devils (1-4, 0-2 Suburban) are still alive but they have a lot of work to do and it starts with the Red Raiders (1-4, 1-2). Hamp, which is …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Granby rallies to beat Pathfinder, earn share of Bi-County East title

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On a day it received just a half-point from the top two matches, the Granby golf team relied on its other four players to beat Pathfinder 151/2-81/2 in the regular-season finale and gain a share of the Bi-County East title. Tristan Guzik, Alex Joao and R.J. Rosazza each …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Amherst boys power past Minnechaug

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys soccer team scored four goals in the final 20 minutes, including three off set pieces, as the Hurricanes beat Minnechaug 4-1 to gain sole possession of first place in the Smith League. Keith Dixon scored from Andy Zyskowski to tie the game for Amherst …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Northampton boys, girls sweep Amherst Regional

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Northampton cross country program stated its case as the best in western Massachusetts on Tuesday. The Blue Devils won’t be able to officially do it, however, until Nov. 8, the date of the Western Massachusetts Championships. On Tuesday, the boys and girls teams swept the reigning sectional …