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Monday’s high schools: Belchertown spikes Easthampton to stay perfect

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team remained perfect by winning its league opener over Easthampton 3-0 at home Monday. The Orioles (6-0, 1-0 Southern) cruised to a home sweep, 27-25, 25-12, 25-18. Tatyana Ryan had 22 assists for Belchertown. Alexis Ryan had three aces, while Jacqueline Johnson won all of her service points. Kate Avard had five kills and a pair of aces for the Eagles (3-5, 0-1). Ruthenee Nhem added …

Monday’s high school soccer: Smith Vocational girls earn program’s first victory

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shannon Ryan figured in every goal for the Smith Vocational girls soccer team in the program’s first win, 9-1 over Commerce Monday in Springfield. Ryan scored six times and added three assists for the Vikings (1-3). Gabby Petlock had a hat trick and three assists, while Becka Lewis assisted twice and Kelsey Henshaw once. Maddisin Atkinsin stopped four shots in the victory. Easthampton …

Monday’s high school golf: Nate Patterson fires 1-over 37 to pace Frontier Regional past Sabis

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nate Patterson shot a 1-over-par 37 to lead Frontier Regional to a 23-1 win over Sabis, at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst on Monday. The Red Hawks (5-0) won 4-0 at five-of-six positions, just missing a shutout. Greenfield 191/2, Smith Academy 41/2 at CC of Greenfield, par 36 Medalist: Ben Westerman (G), 47 No. 1: Ben Westerman (G) def. Connor Fill, 3-1; …

Area police news

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amherst ■ Elizabeth Britney Caraker, 25, of 97 Logtown Road, was issued a citation for failure to use care in stopping after the vehicle she was driving on South East Street at 4:41 p.m. Sunday struck the rear end of a vehicle driven by Kekeletso P. Mohasi, 35, …

Jury finds Ryan Welch guilty of first-degree murder in Jessica Ann Pripstein slaying

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Moments after hearing a jury declare Ryan D. Welch guilty of first-degree murder, Rochelle Pripstein dried her eyes, stood up in court and described her daughter, Jessica Ann Pripstein, as a proud, beautiful woman who had …

Preps weekend recap: Williston football wins season opener over Westminster

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Williston football team opened the season with a close win, topping Westminster 35-28 on Saturday. Johnny Aylward led the Wildcats (1-0) to the victory, finishing 14-for-26 for 232 passing yards and four touchdowns. Nick Garofano led the rushing game with 90 yards and two touchdowns on 11 …

Weedend high school recaps: Late goal give Hampshire boys soccer win over Blechertown

Sunday, September 21, 2014

With three minutes remaining in the game, Joe Larkin scored to the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team beat Belchertown, 2-1, on Saturday. Kyle Marek earned the assist on the game-winner for the Raiders (2-0-3). Nick O’Hare had 10 stops and was able to hold the Orioles (3-2-2) to …

Northampton cross country teams take third, win Crowley Cup at Amherst Invitational

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — The gun sounded. The crowd roared. Then they started running — first the athletes, the pack gone in a flash, then the spectators, hoping to catch a glance at the one- or two-mile mark. It was another installment — the 19th — of the Amherst Invitational. …

Easthampton runs over Mahar for win, 38-12

Sunday, September 21, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — With just seconds to play in the first half, the Easthampton High School football team deviated from its regular routine Saturday afternoon against Mahar. A long pass play gave the normally run happy Eagles (2-0) a 14-0 lead right before halftime, and Easthampton finished the job …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton takes down Agawam in girls soccer

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alex Bertuch-Wallace scored twice as the Northampton girls soccer team knocked down Agawam, 4-0, Friday in Northampton. Abby Springfield and Lily Glading-DiLorenzo each had one goal for the Blue Devils (5-1-1, 3-1-1 Kurty-Fielding). Olivia Pruett had two assists, while Charlotte Maurer and Bailey Maurer each had one. Sydney …

Easthampton High, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and Mosier Elementary in South Hadley show improved MCAS rankings

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three area schools moved up in state rankings for meeting achievement gaps in Friday’s release of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test results. Meanwhile, most area school districts, including Amherst and Northampton, remained steady, and many either met or …

Area police news

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Elody Y. Ramirez Jr., 22, of Lawrence, was arrested at 1:42 a.m. Friday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and failure …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, September 19, 2014

∎■ Skinner State Park — Department of Conservation and Recreation sponsors free programs at Joseph Allen Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley: Sept. 20 and 21: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m., Summit House Tour (meet at Summit House); Sept. 22: 10 a.m., Advanced Hike for Seniors (meet at …