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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 hours before returning the guilty verdict, which Welch heard without expression. Pripstein’s family and friends cried as the verdict finding Welch guilty of premeditated murder and “extreme cruelty and atrocity” was …

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 school golf: Corey Calkins, Brian Bak lead South Hadley past Chicopee

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Corey Calkins shot a career-low 38 on his home course at the Ledges Golf Club to help lead South Hadley over Chicopee, 164-172, on Thursday afternoon. Brian Bak finished with a 1-over-par 37 to earn medalist honors for …

Thursday’s high schools: Frontier Regional girls volleyball team spikes Chicopee Comp

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cassidy Ciesluk had 13 digs, 11 kills and five aces for the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team in a 3-0 road sweep over Chicopee Comp Thursday. The Red Hawks (4-0) remained perfect by game scores of 25-14, 25-22, 25-12. Rachel Cialek also had 11 kills in the win. …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Defending state champ Belchertown picks up first win

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Belchertown boys soccer team finally put a tick in the win column as the defending Division 3 state champions earned a 2-0 win over Westfield on Thursday. Oliver Hopkins and Nick Drost each scored, while Noah Lussier had an assist for the Orioles (1-1-2). Tanner Clark made …

Frontier Regional shuts out Easthampton in boys soccer

Thursday, September 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After battling to a scoreless halftime, the Frontier Regional boys soccer team picked up its first shutout with a 2-0 win over Easthampton at Nonotuck Park on Thursday afternoon. “It was a hard-earned win. Easthampton made us earn it totally,” Frontier coach Dale Totman said. “They …

Welch murder trial Day 1: Opening statements, jury hears 911 call night of Jessica Pripstein's death

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The first bit of evidence jurors heard in the Ryan D. Welch murder trial that started Thursday was the sobbing voice of Jessica Ann Pripstein in a recording of the 911 call the night of her …

Wednesday’s high schools: South Hadley field hockey beats Northampton, stays perfect

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Taylor Guertin scored three second-half goals as the South Hadley field hockey beat Northampton 3-1 at home Wednesday. The Tigers (4-0, 3-0 Central) stayed perfect ahead of their Thursday matchup with perennial power Longmeadow in South Hadley. Guertin has seven goals on the season to power South Hadley’s …

Wednesday’s high school soccer: Belchertown, Easthampton get revenge for 2013 postseason losses

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Belchertown and Easthampton girls soccer teams each had Wednesday circled on their schedules, and both made the long wait during the offseason worth it. Both the Orioles and Eagles won on the road to avenge heartbreaking postseason losses from a year ago. Belchertown 2, Pittsfield 1 — …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Brian Bak fires 2-under 33 to lead South Hadley to first win

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Brian Bak shot a 2-under-par 33 to lead the South Hadley golf team to its first win, a narrow 156-158 decision over Cathedral Wednesday at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield. Mike Miele just missed an even-par round with a 36 for the Tigers (1-2). South Hadley 156, Cathedral …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

At A.P.E. Gallery “Alter scape” is a collaborative exhibit with a unifying thread that connects the three artists works: use of concepts involving the manipulation of space — or the landscape. The artist are Jesse Connor, Thorsten Dennerline …

‘Malleability of meaning’: Collage exhibit showcases work of 10 diverse artists

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Michael Sjostedt, a collage artist, social media professional and event organizer who lives across the street from the Emily Williston Library in Easthampton, noticed a box of free National Geographic magazines one day two years ago and took …