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Weekend high school recaps: Amherst Regional boys soccer remain undefeated, shut out Northampton 3-0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three Hurricanes scored as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team knocked off crosstown rival Northampton, 3-0, at home on Saturday. Gabe Fontes, Alex Mangels, and Luke Webb each netted a goal in the victory that also kep the Hurricanes (13-0-2) undefeated. Jon Brodeur tallied 15 saves and allowed three goals for Northampton (3-10-1) while his counterpart George Holt made three stops in the shutout. Smith Academy 4, Palmer 0 — …

Weekend preps: Ostberg starts, propels Williston’s win over Wilbraham & Monson, 48-18

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Williston defeated Wilbraham & Monson, 48-18, on the road Saturday. The Wildcats (4-1) exploded for 34 points in the first half and never looked back. In his first start, sophomore quarterback Ian Ostberg (Florence) led Williston completing 9-12 for 198 yards and four touchdowns. Michael Dereus caught two touchdowns from Ostberg and returned a punt for a 53-yard touchdown, all in the …

Friday night football: Easthampton drops second straight as final drive comes up short in 34-28 loss at Turners Falls

Saturday, October 18, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With first place in the Intercounty League at stake Friday night, a pair of late-game injuries robbed the game and the Easthampton football team of a potentially memorable finish. The Eagles saw star running back Lucius Burrell and quarterback Nate LaPlante leave the field on their final possession, which came …

Easthampton, Southampton water departments report bacteria found in water

Thursday, October 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton Water Department officials say they have disinfected with chlorine and flushed a section of water mains in response to several tests in September that showed the presence of total coliform bacteria. After cleaning water mains …

Tamsen Conner of Austin, Texas to be new library director in Easthampton

Thursday, October 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — For the second time in four months, Emily Williston Memorial Library has a new director. Tamsen Conner of Austin, Texas was tapped by the library’s governing board to assume the post starting Nov. 17, according to …

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 …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Charley Mercier, Williston slip past Cheshire in boys soccer

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Charley Mercier (Granby) had a goal and assist to led the Williston Northampton boys soccer team to the 3-2 road win over Cheshire on Wednesday. Anthony Aquadro also scored for the Wildcats (2-6-1) and Davis Smith (Amherst) had an assist. Terry O’Brien made two stops for the Wildcats. …

Easthampton, Granby defenses shine in 0-0 girls soccer tie

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GRANBY — The best defensive team in western Massachusetts girls soccer was heavily challenged by the defending sectional champions Wednesday afternoon. Despite allowing more scoring chances than usual, Easthampton withstood Granby’s charge as each team put up its …

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 …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Pianist Scott Hall returns to Valley with ‘Hallapalooza’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Since his high school days, Scott Hall has been close to a piano — sometimes very close, like in the Northampton apartment he shared with a friend where he wedged the hulking instrument into his small bedroom. “The …

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 …