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Wednesday’s high schools: Belchertown hockey qualifies with win over Chicopee

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nate Pachecho gave the Belchertown ice hockey team two points and a postseason spot Wednesday. He scored a goal in the first period as the Orioles beat Chicopee, 1-0, at Smead Arena in Springfield. Cam Cass and Ben Magarian added assists for Belchertown (8-4-2, 7-3-2 Fay-Wright). St. Mary 5, Easthampton 2 — Freshman goalie Brigitte Goeler-Slough made 34 but the Eagles (3-9-4, 3-8-4 Fay Wright) fell at Lossone Rink. Boys …

South Hadley rallies to tie Mahar for Tri-County League wrestling title

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

From a 37-16 hole, the South Hadley wrestling team rallied back. The Tigers won the final four matches of their dual Wednesday in South Hadley to force a 37-37 tie with Mahar and share the Tri-County League championship with the Senators. It came down to the final match for the Tigers, who trailed …

Wednesday’s preps: Williston boys basketball shuts down Choate

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A stingy defensive second half allowed the Williston Northampton boys basketball team to beat Choate Rosemary Hall, 68-46, on the road Wednesday. Williston (14-4) held Choate to 12 points through the first minutes of the second half after leading by seven at hafltime Jamaal David and Sam Geschecter led the team with 17 points each. Girls basketball Loomis 69, Williston 38 — Olivia …

Thursday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy boys basketball becomes last unbeaten boys hoops team

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Only one boys basketball team remains undefeated in western Massachusetts. Hopkins Academy beat Turners Falls 94-56 on Thursday in Hadley to earn that distinction. The Golden Hawks (16-0, 13-0 Hampshire) used strong defense and hot shooting to cruise past the Indians (6-8, 3-7). Jon Morrison made some defensive …

Williston Northampton School launches Williston Aquatics Club, a USA Swimming program

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Another USA Swimming Club program is headed to western Massachusetts. The Williston Northampton School on Thursday announced the creation of the Williston Aquatics Club, a USA Swimming program based on the school’s Easthampton campus. It will be a year-round team for all ages and will launch this spring. …

New Emily Williston Memorial Library director Nora Blake sees it as a place for knowledge, entertainment

Thursday, February 4, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Newly hired Emily Williston Memorial Library Director Nora Blake said when she was an undergraduate sociology student at Boston College, she discovered that she loved doing research. “I loved this idea that there was all this …

Wednesday’s high school basketball: Granby boys edge Belchertown

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Granby boys basketball team held off rival Belchertown and is one step closer to the postseason. The Rams edged the Orioles, 60-59, in Belchertown Wednesday to move within one victory of qualifying for the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. Junior forward Zach Gorham led all scorers with …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby takes down Franklin Tech

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Granby wrestling team pinned down Franklin Tech, 47-28, Wednesday. Five grapplers earned pins for the Rams (11-3-3, 5-1-1 Suburban). Jack Kent (106 pounds), Phil Roberts (160), Jack Sarnacki (170), Clayton Yanosky (182) and Nolan Hodgins (220) guided …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Williston girls ice Taft, 1-0

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tori Palumbo scored as the Williston Northampton girls hockey team edged Taft, 1-0, Wednesday at Lossone Rink in Easthampton. Goaltender Morgan Fisher earned her ninth shutout of the season for the Wildcats (13-2-1). Boys Basketball Williston 67, Pomfret 50 — The Wildcats (13-4) defense held Pomfret to six …

Easthampton City Council eyes online distribution of documents

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — A majority of city councilors agreed Wednesday that they favor a move to digital documentation for council meetings. No vote was taken at the meeting Wednesday after the councilors discussed the merits of receiving City Council documents via email, rather than in the current paper form. …

More than half the homes in Easthampton without power after strong winds, rain Wednesday evening

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

More than half the homes in Easthampton were left without power Wednesday night after a “potent weather system” suddenly brought warm temperatures, rain and strong winds through the area. Some parts of the Valley experienced wind gusts of up to 35 mph Wednesday evening that brought down power …

Gazette Boys Cross Country Player of the Year: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY PLAYER OF THE YEAR Liam Sullivan, senior, Northampton Season highlights: Sullivan had a season for the books at Northampton. His regular season included five dual-meet victories as well as a first-place Division 1 …

Williston signing day: Amherst resident Aaron James inks with 2014 men’s soccer NCAA champion Virginia

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Aaron James is heading back south. James, who moved from the Washington, D.C. area to Amherst in 2012 and currently attends Williston Northampton, signed with the Division I Virginia men’s soccer program. James, who will graduate …