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Local briefs: Easthampton High to hold charity softball game for Make A Wish

Friday, May 29, 2015

Easthampton High to hold charity softball game for Make A Wish The inaugural Hit & Run for a Wish charity softball game between the Easthampton High School softball teams and EHS faculty will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Williston Northampton softball fields. Proceeds to benefit Make A Wish Massachusetts-Rhode Island. Western Mass FC to hold tryouts at Smith Voke The Northampton-based Western Mass FC will hold soccer …

Thursday’s high schools: Emergency JV sub plays key role as Northampton earns 6-5 extra-inning win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Northampton softball team got a little help from across the field in its 6-5 come-from-behind eight-inning win over South Hadley Thursday. While the Tigers scored the tying run in the seventh inning, shortstop Zoe Driscoll-Sbar was injured and had to leave the field. Stuck without a replacement and having received an OK from the South Hadley side, Northampton coach Jim Hale pulled …

MIAA votes to delay change to middle school eligibility rule

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association backpedaled on its recent rule change in regards to the eligibility of middle school students on high school teams. Earlier this month, the MIAA voted to change Rule 53 for the 2015-2017 handbook. Currently, middle school students are eligible for high school teams if their school falls under the leadership of the high school principal. The MIAA elected …

Eric Bertrand committed for mental health treatment, delaying proceedings on charges of arson at Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper at Hadley shoppers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Court cases against Eric Bertrand, the former Easthampton man accused of lighting a fire at Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper on Whole Foods shoppers, will be delayed after he was committed to a Worcester hospital for one year. There is a chance the court case …

Area police news

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating two minor accidents Monday night involving the same vehicle operated by a possibly intoxicated driver. At 8 p.m., a resident at Ann Whalen Apartments, 33 Kellogg Ave., reported that a 2014 Ford Mustang struck a tree, causing no damage, before leaving. About 45 …

Monday’s high school tennis/track: Belchertown edges South Hadley, 3-2

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team picked up a key Valley Wheel win with a 3-2 decision at South Hadley on Monday. Jon Vinagre put the Orioles (8-7, 5-2) on the board with a 6-0, 6-0 dismissal of Matt Loughrey at third singles. The Tigers (7-7, 4-3 Valley Wheel) …

Monday’s high school lacrosse: South Hadley beats Amherst Regional, qualifies for postseason

Monday, May 18, 2015

Three players posted six points apiece as the South Hadley boys lacrosse team qualified for the postseason with an 18-4 home victory over Amherst Regional Monday night. Sam Duda scored six goals, Griffin Fitzell had five with an assist, and Jason Fernandes added three of each for the …

Monday’s high school baseball/volleyball: Devin Kellogg delivers walk-off as Northampton downs Holyoke

Monday, May 18, 2015

Devin Kellogg delivered a walk-off single as the Northampton baseball team beat Holyoke, 2-1, at home Monday. Kellogg had two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Charlie Ferrera added an RBI single for the Blue Devils (4-11, 3-7 Valley Wheel). Hunter Salem struck out 13 in the …

Monday’s high school softball: Hampshire senior Savannah Waters inches closer to 150 career hits

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Savannah Waters moved closer to 150 softball hits in her career with two singles in a 3-1 win at Chicopee Comp on Monday. Waters (three stolen bases) singled in the first and third, flied out to center field in the fourth and reached on an …

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, May 18, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Benefits for seniors Northampton Senior Services and Senior Center has received a three-year grant for a pilot program to assist elders in acquiring benefits that will help them remain independent. The program, called Benefits Counseling, relies on community members to work one-on-one with …

Fatherhood journey: For a nice surprise, leave playtime to the kids

Monday, May 18, 2015

Something is brewing in our backyard. It’s called the Potion Club. It started last summer. By autumn our yard looked like the town recycling center, after a tornado. My wife, Lori, and I informed our 5-year old Adam and 8-year old Zoe — along with their posse of …

Williston senior Gabby Thomas wins three events at NEPSAC Division 2 Track & Field Championship

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Gabby Thomas wrapped up her track & field career at Williston Northampton in winning fashion at the NEPSAC Division 2 Championship Meet, held Saturday in Easthampton. The Northampton native led the Wildcats to a third-place finish with victories in the 100-meter dash, the 200 and triple jump. Thayer …

Weekend high schools: Amherst baseball holds off Northampton

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Amherst Regional baseball team withstood a three-run seventh-inning rally by Northampton and held on for an 8-7 win in Amherst on Saturday. Selah Dalomba (run) went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, while Jamie Carey (two runs, RBI) and Isaac Siegel (two RBIs, run) each had two …