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Holyoke Catholic goalie Julia Hiney, left, and Adelina Martins celebrate after their win against Hopkins Academy Tuesday at Hopkins.

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton spikes Chicopee, keeps postseason hopes alive

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With its postseason hopes riding on every point Tuesday night, the Easthampton girls volleyball team dug deep to win the final two sets and defeat Chicopee 3-2 on senior night. The Eagles earned all three of their set victories by the narrowest of margins, winning 26-24, 22-25, 19-25, 27-25, 15-13. Ruthenee Nhem had a team-best 17 assists for the Eagles …

Kick-starting development: Gov. Deval Patrick announces almost $5 million in MassWorks grants for Amherst, Easthampton, Hatfield

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A $1.5 million state grant designed to be a catalyst for continued economic development at the northern end of downtown Amherst was announced at Kendrick Park Tuesday by Gov. Deval Patrick. With the steel frame of the future Kendrick Place mixed-use building behind him, Patrick pointed to the 36-unit project as …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Hampshire Regional ends Holyoke Catholic’s 9-year reign in Pioneer South, claims league title with 27-30 win

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Hampshire Regional girls cross country team put a stop to a longtime win streak Tuesday. The Raiders handed Holyoke Catholic its first Pioneer South loss in 10 years and snapped the Gaels’ nine-year stranglehold on the league title with a 27-30 win at Mahar Regional’s 2.76-mile course in Orange. “We’ve been trying to beat (Catholic) for a while,” Hampshire coach Sue Tracy …

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, October 17, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Enoch Huang has been awarded a …

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 …

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 …

William Bower of Easthampton sentenced to seven years after admitting he tried to kill woman who offered assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in state prison after he admitted he strangled and threatened to kill a woman who offered him assistance on a sidewalk in October 2012. William Bower, 34, …

VIDEO Easthampton's Mountain Road before and after the microburst

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After producing a viral video featuring an aereal view of the devestation wrought by the Oct. 8 microburst in Easthampton, Patrick Brough is providing another angle on the natural disaster. Brough has created a timelapse video that gives viewers a side-by-side comparison of Mountain Road (Route 141) before …

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, named new library director in Easthampton

Thursday, October 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The Emily Williston Memorial Library has a new director for the second time in four months. Tamsen Conner of Austin, Texas, who grew up in Lenox, said she and her boyfriend, Sean Ryan, have rented an …

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 …