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Hilltown Voices: Goshen Meltdown ends, organizer to take frigid plunge into Hammond Pond

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The 11th annual Goshen Meltdown is over, but organizer Bob Labrie has one last thing to do before officially wrapping things up for this year. This Sunday, Labrie, a captain in the Goshen Fire Department, will live up to his spur-of the-moment challenge to hurl himself into the frigid waters of Hammond Pond. The Meltdown has become Goshen’s popular harbinger of spring in which people place bets on when the ice on Hammond Pond will give way to a 69-pound cement block. Bets list dates and times, and the closest one without going over wins. Labrie said that he issued his rather hasty challenge in order to boost ticket sales, and to convince people who …

Friday’s high school tennis/track: Belchertown sweeps Chicopee for second win

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team grabbed its second win of the season with a 5-0 sweep of Chicopee in Szot Park on Friday. The Orioles (2-5, 2-2 Valley Wheel) didn’t surrender more then three games in a set, as Trent Zulkiewicz led the way at first singles with 6-3, 6-3 win over Brian Turnball. Alex Morgado and Ryan Stinson paced the doubles teams …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton shuts out Belchertown

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sophie Melcher scored three goals with one assist to lead the Northampton girls lacrosse team over Belchertown, 12-0, on the road. Abby Baldwin scored three goals, while Grace Goodwin-Boyd added two goals and two assists for the Blue Devils (5-1). Kerry Fleming, Morgan Moffett, Emily Biggs (two assists) and Missie Maiewski (two assists) each scored a goal. Bridget Harrington had one save in …

Gazette Ice Hockey Player of the Year: John Leonard, Cathedral

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

John Leonard, junior, forward, Cathedral Season highlights: The Amherst resident led all Division 1 players in the state with 47 goals and 75 points. He helped guide the Panthers to an undefeated regular season and a second straight …

Tuesday’s high school softball/baseball: Frontier Regional explodes in win over Mahar

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Frontier Regional softball team scored 11 times in the first and third innings as it cruised past Mahar 24-2 in a mercy-rule shortened five-inning game Tuesday afternoon in South Deerfield. Highlighted by a grand slam, Mae Fydenkevez had three hits, scored four runs and drove in eight …

Tuesday’s high school lacrosse: Belchertown boys hold off West Springfield

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Alex Bachand scored five goals and Alex Wordsworth posted six points as the Belchertown boys lacrosse team continued its strong start with an 11-9 road victory over West Springfield Tuesday. Wordsworth had four goals and two assists. Ben Magarian (two assists) and Adam Mercer added a tally each, …

Tuesday’s high school track: Frontier laps Franklin Tech

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A quartet of athletes earned two wins apiece for the Frontier Regional boys track & field team, which defeated Franklin Tech 93-49 Tuesday in Turners Falls. Saul Soto won the shot put and the javelin for the Red Hawks (2-0, 1-0 Intercounty). Oliver Fox took first in the …

Tuesday’s high school tennis: Northampton boys sweep doubleheader with Ludlow

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Northampton boys tennis team picked up two wins by sweeping a doubleheader with Ludlow, 5-0 and 5-0, at JFK Middle School on Tuesday. Alex Zimbalist was a double winner for the Blue Devils (4-1). He earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Alex Kalesnik at second singles in …

‘Last few inches’ of digital divide prove taxing for towns

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

After years of pushing for the state to build out the “middle mile” and help with building the “last mile” to bring broadband Internet service to the most rural unserved and underserved towns, communities are confronting a grim …

Gazette Boys Indoor Track & Field Players of the Year: Amherst Regional’s 4x800 relay: Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans, Kelzy Rodrigues, Aiden Foucault-Etheridge

Monday, April 20, 2015

Player of the Year: Amherst 4x800 relay team (senior Allen Vance, senior Rob Sailer, senior Connor Evans, senior Kelzy Rodrigues, freshman Aiden Foucault-Etheridge, alternate) Season highlights: This team excelled at every level at which it competed. The quartet …

Weekend high schools: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional mow down Northampton

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Alexis Ferris’ perfect ERA is no more, but the Hampshire Regional softball team is still rolling. Ferris allowed her first run of the season Sunday, but she walked none and struck out 10 as the Raiders beat Northampton 4-1 Sunday in Westhampton. Chelsea Moussette (hit) and Taylor Boutwell …

Western Mass Distance Project ready to take on Boston Marathon

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At an Elks cross country road race in Holyoke three years ago, Laura Christoph spotted a group of guys in singlets that had a picture of Massachusetts on the front and the words “Western Mass” on …

Friday’s high school softball: Hampshire’s Brian McGan named MIAA coach of year as Raiders stay perfect

Friday, April 17, 2015

The MIAA announced its 2014-15 coaches of the year and awarded Hampshire Regional softball coach Brian McGan with his sport’s honor on Friday. “I’m very humbled by it. It’s a great honor,” McGan said. “The kids from my past teams have obviously helped me get there. They made …