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A late-night fire Monday damaged the Platinum Pony nightclub on Cottage Street in Easthampton.

Late-night fire causes damage estimated at $80,000 to $90,000 to Platinum Pony in Easthampton

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A late-night fire Monday damaged the Platinum Pony bar and nightclub at 30-32 Cottage St. Easthampton Fire Chief David Mottor said his preliminary damage estimate is between $80,000 and $90,000. The business was closed and no one was in the building when the fire was reported at 11:26 p.m., Mottor said. Two other nearby businesses — Platterpus Records …

Monday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy wins Bi-County East championship

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Hopkins Academy golf team clinched its third straight Bi-County East title Monday afternoon by beating Mahar 191/2-41/2 at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol. Spencer Butterfield shot a match-best 40 to lead the Golden Hawks (13-0, 10-0). Butterfield, Jack Ter Doest, Justin Butterfield and Liam Higgins each swept their individual matches. Hopkins Academy 191/2, Mahar 41/2 at Ellinwood, par 35 Medalist: Spencer Butterfield …

Monday’s high school soccer: Granby girls, Belchertown boys qualify for postseason

Monday, October 5, 2015

Of pair of local soccer teams punched their tickets to the postseason Monday. Summer Molin scored three times as the Granby girls beat Athol, 6-1, and qualified for the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament. Ryan Kearney tallied the lone goal in Belchertown’s 1-0 boys win over Longmeadow, ensuring the Orioles of the opportunity to defend their Division 3 sectional championship. Girls Soccer Granby …

High school girls volleyball/field hockey: Amherst Regional pushes Frontier to five sets, but state champs hold on

Monday, October 5, 2015

Amherst Regional backed the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team into a corner. Rachel Cialek and Remi Quesnelle came out swinging for the five-time defending state champions. The Red Hawks trailed 2-0 on Monday in Amherst before ripping off three consecutive set wins to prevail 3-2 (20-25, 22-25, 25-13, …

Area schools explore keeping narcotic overdose-reversal Narcan on hand

Monday, October 5, 2015

With increasing awareness of a heroin epidemic facing the region, Valley schools are exploring the possibility of keeping Narcan, an antidote to narcotic overdose, on hand in the nurse’s office. Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said he …

Weekend prep schools: Ostberg, Williston football earns first win

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ian Ostberg of Florence threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in guiding the Williston Northampton football team to a 38-7 win over Rye Country Day Saturday in Easthampton. Ostberg completed 24 of 39 passes for 311 yards. He also opened the scoring by kicking a 28-yard …

Weekend high schools: Amherst girls volleyball tops Greylock

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Teya Nolan had 24 assists, 10 digs, eight aces and three blocks for the Amherst Regional girls volleyball team in a 3-1 independent home victory over Mount Greylock Saturday. Claire Basler-Chang had 24 digs, eight kills and five aces for the Hurricanes (6-4). Megan Rice posted 11 kills …

Easthampton rallies, cruises past Athol 29-12

Friday, October 2, 2015

ATHOL — Easthampton staked Athol a 12-point lead on Friday night, but a couple of big plays by the Eagles and miscues by the Red Raiders led to 29 unanswered points as the Eagles went on to a 29-12 Intercounty League victory at O’Brien Field. The Red Raiders …

Friday’s high schools: Smith Vocational beats Sci-Tech for first girls volleyball win

Friday, October 2, 2015

Three games into Friday’s match with Sci-Tech, it looked like the Smith Vocational girls volleyball team, which entered the game without a win in its three varsity seasons, was headed for yet another loss. The Vikings trailed two games to one after being blown out in the third …

Area police news

Friday, October 2, 2015

Easthampton ∎ A 17-year-old was arrested on a warrant at 4:06 p.m. Thursday at Family Dollar at 90 Union St. …

Frontier Regional’s Nate Patterson finishes fourth at PVIAC Boys Golf Individual Championship

Friday, October 2, 2015

WESTFIELD — Caleb Farnham just wanted to break 80. So did Nate Patterson. It was mission accomplished for the duo. Patterson, of Frontier Regional, fired a 5-over-par 76 to finish fourth and Farnham, of Hopkins Academy, tied for seventh with a 77 at Friday’s Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic …

Thursday’s high school golf/gymnastics: Hamp’s Caitlyn Richmond places 6th at WMass girls individual tournament

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Northampton junior Caitlyn Richmond had the highest finish among local players at the Western Massachusetts Girls Golf Individual Championship, held at Chicopee Country Club on Thursday. Richmond placed sixth with a 92 on the par-71 course. Agawam’s Alia Godek won the title with an 8-over 79. Anna Casagrande, …

Thursday’s high school girls volleyball/field hockey: Frontier deals Minnechaug first loss

Thursday, October 1, 2015

After splitting the first two games, the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team claimed the final two easily to defeat previously unbeaten Minnechaug, 3-1, Thursday evening in South Deerfield. The 10-time Western Massachusetts Division 3 champion Red Hawks clinched a postseason berth with the 25-23, 17-25, 25-14, 25-13 victory. …