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Father of Amherst baseball, Stan Ziomek, set for induction into WMass Baseball Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The influence of Stan Ziomek in Amherst is clear, but his work in the game of baseball extended beyond the town’s border. So when a Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame was established, Ziomek seemed a perfect fit. He’s one of six individuals and one team in the second class set to be inducted Thursday at 6 p.m. at Springfield’s La Quinta Inn & Suites. “It’s an honor, but you don’t need awards to do good things for kids,” Ziomek said. “My focus was that the kids were active and doing things the right way. I always did what I felt was the right thing …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her driveway. At the Northampton Department of Public Works facilities Monday, Towles filled up two buckets …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alex Laraja, Amherst Regional

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIRST TEAM Joe Afflitto, senior, Smith Academy Billy Aldrich, senior, Belchertown Isamu Bix, senior, Amherst Regional Jamie Blinder, senior, Frontier Regional Bryan Brasil, senior, Hampshire Regional Steve Bruscoe, senior, Smith Academy Brendan Bzdel, senior Hampshire Regional Connor Curtain, junior, Belchertown Evan Delaney, senior, Hopkins Academy Keith Dixon, senior, Amherst Regional Tom Heavren, senior, …

Monday’s high school basketball: Tim Hoar, Frontier Regional defense cap comeback over Drury

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Frontier Regional boys basketball team watched an 11-point lead against Drury turn into a three-point deficit with minutes remaining Monday. But defense and Tim Hoar’s driving layup with 7.7 seconds left gave Frontier a 43-42 comeback win …

Where to snowshoe?

Monday, January 19, 2015

“Put a pair of snowshoes on,” says Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center manager William Gabriel, “and you can go just about anywhere.” For those looking for more specific locations, however, here are a few popular local spots: DAR State Forest, 78 Cape St., Route 112, Goshen, 268-7098, …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Northampton tops Taconic

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Aidan Hirsch paced four players in double figures for the Northampton boys basketball team in a 72-59 home victory over Taconic Saturday. Hirsch scored a game-high 19 points for the Blue Devils (4-8). Michael Castillo and Elijah Davis each had 13, while Andrew Grygorcewicz added 10. Girls basketball …

Hilltown Voices: Defunct Grange chapter donates $500 to Plainfield Fire Department

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A donation of $500 from the defunct Plainfield Grange will help buy a new thermal imager for the Plainfield Fire Department. “About two weeks ago it was delivered to one of the offices of the Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association,” Assistant fire Chief David Alvord said of the donation. …

Friday’s high school basketball: Smith Academy girls knock off Commerce

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Smith Academy girls basketball team hit its free throws down the stretch to pull away from Commerce, 32-25, in the second annual Smith Academy Classic Friday night. Jenn Adamites made two free throws, while Katie Yagodzinski went 5 for 7 from the line as the pair helped …

Friday’s indoor track: Northampton boys, girls sweep to stay undefeated

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Northampton boys and girls indoor track teams swept Westfield and Agawam during the early session of the PVIAC’s third regular-season meet Friday. The Northampton girls beat Agawam 62.5-31.5 and Westfield 55-40. The boys won 73-22 and 74-20, respectively. Both teams improved to 7-0 with the two victories …

Friday’s high school swimming: Northampton, South Hadley girls stay perfect in league

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Northampton and South Hadley girls swimming & diving teams each maintained their perfect league records on Friday afternoon. The Blue Devils defeated East Longmeadow 126-55 at JFK Middle School. The Tigers topped Easthampton 54-40 at South Hadley Middle School. Maela Whitcomb and Erica Dean each won a …

Undefeated Granby beats Hampshire Regional at Hoophall, qualifies for postseason

Friday, January 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The Granby girls basketball qualified for the postseason in an atmosphere that resembles its year-end goal. The Rams beat Hampshire Regional, 54-48, to stay undefeated Friday at the Spalding Hoophall Classic at Springfield College’s Blake Arena. …

Thursday’s high school skiing: Charlie Denhart finishes fifth on giant slalom

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Two local boys skiers finished two-hundredths of a second apart Thursday afternoon in the PVIAC giant slalom race at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart of Northampton came in fifth overall with a time of 23.63 seconds. Gateway Regional’s Austin Herman was sixth in 23.65 as the Gators …

Amherst Regional storms back to ice Easthampton, 5-4

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The undefeated start by the Amherst Regional hockey team has shown the Hurricanes have the talent to beat anybody in western Massachusetts. A victory Wednesday night over Easthampton was a strong indication that Amherst also brings the necessary character and will to win. The Hurricanes scored …