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Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand leads Belchertown boys lacrosse to win over Chicopee Comp

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Belchertown boys lacrosse team opened the season with a 10-8 win over Chicopee Comp on the road Wednesday. Alex Bachand poured in six goals and an assist, while Alex Wordsworth had four goals for the Orioles (1-0). Ben Magarian had two assists and Connor Hughes had one in the victory. Boys volleyball Belchertown 3, Holyoke 2 — The Orioles rallied for the victory, winning the fourth and fifth sets …

Local briefs: SMAC race series, cross country series opening soon

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SMAC Race Series opens with Rob Hebert 8-miler The 47th annual Ron Hebert Race will be held April 12th in Florence. The 8-mile race is one of the oldest in New England and kicks off the 2015 Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club Race Series. The race starts (10 a.m.) and finishes at JFK Middle School on Bridge Road. Entry fee is $25. To register …

Maple sugaring season comes at long last to Valley, as producers hope for best after long-delayed start

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Easy does it. Now that maple sap is flowing, sugarers hope spring continues to play hide-and-seek in the Valley to salvage a sluggish season. With night freezes and daytime thaws finally here, sugarers are making syrup, starting in earnest to boil at a time of year when they have sometimes been …

Thursday’s colleges: Longtime Springfield College coach Naomi Graves named to 2015 Atlantic 10 Legends Class

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Springfield College women’s basketball head coach Naomi Graves was named to the Atlantic 10 Legends Class of 2015. The Legends program was established in 2013 to recognize men’s and women’s basketball players and coaches who have impacted their …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing on legislative committee which issued report on climate change

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, said state Sen. Benjamin Downing, one of six members on the committee which drafted the …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …

Sports briefs: Locals shine at youth championships, spring and summer league registrations open

Monday, March 9, 2015

Local shines as Trinity College captures first NESCAC Championship The Trinity College women’s ice hockey team captured its first ever NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 overtime win against Middlebury College on Sunday. Jessie Stowell of Hadley had her shot tipped into the goal with 5 minutes, and 12 …

Northampton heavyweight Nick Day takes fifth at New Englands

Monday, March 9, 2015

Northampton heavyweight Nick Day placed fifth at the New England Championships at North Andover High School on Saturday. “It felt great to end my senior year and career on a victory and against such a high level of competition,” Day said. The senior took fifth by pinning Damon …

South Hadley topples Tantasqua, wins 7th WMass Division 2 title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel emerged from the locker room on Saturday with an unraveled tie draped around his neck. He was wearing a T-shirt that read “If not now” on the front and …

Belchertown beats Pittsfield in Division 2 girls final, wins school’s first basketball title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Belchertown girls basketball team had a six-point lead with 31.5 seconds left in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final when coach Jay Woodcock told sophomore Cara McKenzie she had made the play of the …

Hoosac ends Granby girls undefeated season in D3 final, 55-29

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It had been 367 days since the Granby girls basketball team last lost. On Saturday, the No. 2 Rams’ 22-game win streak was snapped by top-seeded Hoosac Valley, 55-29, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament …

In stunning turnaround, Hopkins wallops top-seeded Monson in D-4 championship

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team made a minor change to its defense at halftime. Sure, the Golden Hawks trailed top-seeded Monson by five, but their defense was working with the exception of Stephen O’Shea, who …