Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Lsno/fog
16°
Lsno/fog
Hi 22° | Lo 11°

Goshen

KEVIN GUTTING
Angel Bou brings a snowplow blade in from the Northampton Department of Public Works yard Monday afternoon to attach to a bucket loader for the winter storm.

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 of sand and salt mixture. “I have …

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, …

Weekend high schools recaps: Granby, Hampshire girls hoops pick up wins at Coaches vs. Cancer tournament

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kate Sarnacki filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, to lead the Granby girls basketball another win, topping Wahconah 60-51 at the Hoosac Valley Coaches vs. Cancer tournament on Sunday. With the win, the Rams (12-0) matched last season’s opening win-streak at 12 games. Meghan Sullivan scored a team-high 20 points, as well as grabbing seven rebounds, four …

Northampton boys take midseason indoor track showdown with rival Amherst Regional

Saturday, January 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton boys indoor track and field team was eager to see how it matched up against three-time defending PVIAC champion Amherst Regional. Despite the Hurricanes not operating at full strength, the Blue Devils displayed why …

Friday’s high schools: Athol snaps South Hadley’s home win streak at 17

Friday, January 9, 2015

The South Hadley girls basketball team’s home win streak was snapped at 17 games as Athol had four double-digit scorers in a 60-44 win on Friday. The Red Raiders (10-0) held Tigers’ leading scorer Sophie Gatzounas to 12 points. Gatzounas, who pulled down 14 rebounds, was averaging 24.4 …

Hampshire Regional, Easthampton remember late coach Jay Fortier

Friday, January 9, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — When former Hampshire Regional athletic director Denny Nolan hired Jay Fortier ahead of the 2000-2001 girls basketball season, he had one requirement — no technicals. Sure enough, just over a minute into Fortier’s first game for …

Amherst’s John Leonard nears 100 points for powerhouse Cathedral hockey

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cathedral junior forward John Leonard increased his Western Massachusetts leads in both goals and points, while inching closer to a career milestone Thursday night. The Amherst resident scored two goals in a 6-1 victory over Bridgewater-Raynham at The …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby honors Nolan Hodgins’ milestone, cruises past Gateway Regional

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

After earning his 100th career win Saturday, Granby wrestler Nolan Hodgins could sit back and relax on Wednesday night, along with nine of his teammates. Ten Rams won by forfeit in a 72-12 home victory over Gateway Regional. …

Wednesday’s high schools: Easthampton ices undefeated Chicopee Comp for second straight win

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Make that two wins in a row for the Easthampton hockey team. Jon Brodeur and Mike Grise each notched two points as the Eagles handed Chicopee Comp its first loss with a 4-2 win, Wednesday at Lossone Rink in Easthampton. Brodeur had a goal and an assist, while …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hopkins Academy boys storm past South Hadley

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team continued its torrid start to the season Tuesday night with perhaps its most impressive win to date. The Division 4 Golden Hawks went on the road to D-2 South Hadley and emerged …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton girls beat Agawam for first win

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Easthampton girls swimming team had one goal for Tuesday and that was to play water polo on Wednesday. To achieve the goal, the Eagles had to win their first meet of the season and they did just that. Behind a high school personal-best split of 1 minute, …

Western Massachusetts basketball community mourns the loss of Jay Fortier, 61

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Last year, Jay Fortier coached the Easthampton girls basketball season while battling throat cancer. With his life motto of “go big or go home,” Fortier wanted to do it again this year. Days before the current season opened, …

Highway superintendents warn of ‘black ice’ after accidents Monday morning in Northampton

Monday, January 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Icy roads caused several accidents in the higher elevations of Northampton Monday morning, and local highway bosses said drivers should continue to be cautious this week as cold weather could mean patches of melted snow turning …