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CAROL LOLLIS
Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court on opening day in his trial on a single count of murder in connection with the slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein in 2012 in Easthampton.

Jury finds Ryan Welch guilty of murdering Jessica Ann Pripstein

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A jury today found Ryan D. Welch guilty of first degree murder in connection with the slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein. The jury deliberated for about three hour before returning the guilty verdict, which Welch heard without expression. Pripstein’s famiy cried as the verdict finding Welch guilty of premeditated murder and cruelty was read aloud in Hampshrie Superior …

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 carries. On defense, Stephen Soldsmith had 13 tackles, two for loss. Zach Rouleau and Evan …

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 just one goal, scored by Chris Noga on an assist from Ryan Kearney. Hampshire’s first …

Thursday’s high schools: Danielle Easton nets three goals and Holyoke Catholic beats Hopkins Academy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Danielle Easton posted a hat trick Thursday afternoon to guide the Holyoke Catholic girls soccer team to a 3-1 home victory over Hopkins Academy. Julie Pirog assisted on Easton’s game winner with roughly 11 minutes left in regulation. Meg Goncalves also had an assist for the Gaels (3-3, …

Thursday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy sweeps aside Ware

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Four Hopkins Academy golfers swept their individual matches Thursday afternoon as the Golden Hawks breezed to a 20-4 victory over Ware at Hickory Ridge. Medalist Caleb Farnham shot a 40 to earn a 4-0 win at No. 2. Spencer Butterfield, Joe Yusko and Liam Higgins followed suit for …

Wednesday’s high schools: South Hadley knocks off Belchertown in girls soccer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gigi Thibault broke through traffic and converted a Morgan Harrington pass as the South Hadley girls soccer team knocked off Belchertown, 1-0, Wednesday in South Hadley. Sophie Gatzounas made eight saves for South Hadley (4-1), while Ashley Cavanaugh …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Spencer Butterfield shots 38 as Hopkins Academy pulls away from Smith Academy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spencer Butterfield shot a 2-over-par 38 to earn medalist honors and lead Hopkins Academy to a 19-5 win over Smith Academy, Wednesday at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst. The Golden Hawks (5-2, 4-1 Bi-County East) won five of the six matches to clinch the victory. Justin Butterfield …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Williston field hockey shuts out Miss Porter’s to open season

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tori Palumbo had two goals in the first half to help propel the Williston Northampton field hockey team to a 4-0 win over Miss Porters in Farmington, Connecticut, on Wednesday. Maddy Jerolman added a tally and an assist, while Delaney Balinskas notched a goal of her own. Morgan …

High school notebook: Amherst Invitational set to welcome 1,000 runners

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last year, 999 racers finished the Amherst Invitational. On Saturday, officials are expecting another 1,000 runners to take to the course in the annual high school cross country race. “We love doing it. Our girls love running it,” …

Gazette Gridiron Gurus size up Week 3's early start

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst Regional at South Hadley, 7 Thursday The Hurricanes let two winnable game slip away and will be looking to play a complete game. The Tigers have been blown out twice, but their offense came to life in …

Easthampton High School Class of 1944 will hold 70th reunion Saturday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When members of the Easthampton High School Class of 1944 wanted to get their senior yearbook to all of their classmates, it meant having to track down Army Post Office addresses for some of them. “It was a carefree time in your life, but a tough …

Tuesday’s high school cross country:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Hampshire Regional boys and girls cross country teams each swept their quad meets Tuesday to open their Pioneer South schedules with two wins. Mike Sears placed first overall in 16 minutes, 44 seconds to pace the boys team on its 2.93-mile course in Westhampton. Hampshire beat Palmer, …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Granby takes early showdown with Hopkins Academy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In an early season battle for first place in the Bi-County East, the Granby golf team defeated Hopkins Academy 171/2-61/2 Tuesday afternoon at Cold Spring Country Club in Belchertown. Shane Hollenbeck (match-best 38), Dominic Rosazza and Tyler Sullivan each won 4-0 for the Rams (4-0, 4-0). Joe Yusko …