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Hilltown Voices: Large turnouts in Chesterfield and Goshen approve WiredWest broadband fiber-optic network

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In two of the best-attended special Town Meetings in recent memory, Chesterfield and Goshen this week each overwhelmingly approved spending more than $1 million to help create a regional state-of-the-art broadband fiber-optic network. The project will be built and operated by WiredWest, a cooperative seeking to provide broadband to 32 towns in western Massachusetts. On Monday, Goshen voters unanimously approved $1.4 million as the town’s share of the project, and …

Friday’s summer baseball: Amherst Little Leaguers blank Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

Four players had two hits apiece and Will Luschen-Miskovsky tossed a two-hit shutout as the Amherst Little League 11-and-12 All-Stars topped Easthampton 10-0 in four innings in District 2 tournament pool play Friday evening at Mill River Park in Amherst. Luschen-Miskovsky struck out eight and walked three in the victory for Amherst (2-2). …

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Frontier Regional junior Katherine Miner

Friday, July 3, 2015

Player of the Year Katherine Miner, junior, Frontier Season highlights: When the postseason came around, no one performed quite like Miner. She clearned 5-feet, 73/4 inches in the high jump to place seventh in the championship division at New Balance Nationals. Jumped a school record 5-9 to win the All-State championship and New …

Monday’s WMass baseball: Hopkins Academy shuts down Lenox in quarterfinals

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jon Morrison held Lenox in check and John Jacques closed the door on the Millionaires as the Hopkins Academy baseball team advanced to the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinal round following a 2-1 win in Hadley Monday. …

Division 2 Baseball: Hampshire Regional knocks off No. 2 Southwick in quarterfinals

Monday, June 8, 2015

SOUTHWICK — When the final out settled into second baseman Noah Batchelder’s glove in short-right field, Daniel Baldwin held his arms in the air like a victorious boxer. The Hampshire Regional pitcher’s reaction was appropriate. He and Southwick southpaw Bob Hamel traded scoreless frames for six innings, before …

Monday’s WMass Tennis: Undefeated Belchertown rolls past Lee and into girls Division 3 semifinal round

Monday, June 8, 2015

The undefeated and top-seeded Belchertown girls tennis team advanced to the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament semifinal round with a 4-1 win over No. 6 Lee, Monday in Belchertown. Belchertown (20-0) will host No. 5 Monument (14-2) at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Wildcats finished 11-6. The Orioles advanced …

Local briefs: South Hadley football coach Scott Taylor to run player safety clinic for local coaches

Monday, June 8, 2015

Player safety clinic for local football coaches Scott Taylor, the defensive coordinator for the South Hadley High School football team and a USA Football Master Trainer, will hold a clinic for youth and high school football coaches that will focus on player safety. The clinic is a part …

Division 2 Girls Lacrosse: Belchertown, Granby fall in quarterfinals

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Belchertown girls lacrosse team nearly pulled off another upset in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament. The 11th-seeded Orioles put a scare into No. 3 Littleton Saturday, but the Tigers held on for an 11-8 win at home in the quarterfinal round. Belchertown (9-9) trailed 5-3 at …

Division 2 Softball: Hampshire slugs Easthampton, advances to semifinal round

Sunday, June 7, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — All it took was a picnic to help the Hampshire Regional High School softball team focus during its quest for a second consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 2 title. The Raiders beat Easthampton, 17-1 in five innings, in the quarterfinal round on Sunday. After a couple bad …

Amherst’s Taj-Amir Torres burns up All-State meet for two sprint titles; Frontier’s Kat Miner wins high jump

Sunday, June 7, 2015

FITCHBURG — Knowing Saturday’s All-State championships would be his last high school track & field meet, Amherst Regional senior Taj-Amir Torres made sure to put on one more electrifying show. But even with all he’s accomplished in his …

Hampshire Regional High School class of 2015 graduates told to ‘choose you’ in next life chapter

Saturday, June 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the Hampshire Regional High School class of 2015 celebrated commencement, the 119 “family” members were remembered for their unwavering school spirit throughout the six years they spent together under the school roof. “I believe our …

Friday’s WMass Tournaments: South Hadley holds off Lenox to reach Division 3 boys tennis semifinal round

Friday, June 5, 2015

The South Hadley boys tennis team needed a little bit extra to beat Lenox Friday in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinal round. The third-seeded Tigers played four tiebreakers, while second singles went three sets in a 4-1 victory over No. 6 Lenox at Mount Holyoke. South …

Wednesday’s WMass Baseball Tournaments: Hampshire squeezes past Hoosac in Division 3

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Hampshire Regional baseball team squeezed itself into the quarterfinal round of the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament. Senior Dan Baldwin laid down an eighth-inning bunt that scored freshman Matt York with the winning run in a 3-2 walk-off victory over Hoosac Valley, Wednesday in Westhampton. York led …