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COURTESY JOHN LOOS
Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans and Kelzy Rodrigues pose after their third-place finish in the championship field of the 4x800-meter relay at New Balance Nationals, in New York. The group, along with alternate Aiden Foucault-Etheridge have been named the Daily Hampshire Gazette Boys Track & Field Players of the Year.

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 (junior Allen Vance, senior Rob Sailer, senior Connor Evans, junior Kelzy Rodrigues, freshman Aiden Foucault-Etheridge, alternate) Season highlights: This team excelled at every level at which it competed. The quartet won the title at the PVIAC championships (8 minutes, 37.99 seconds), the state Division 3 championships (meet record 8:05.01), the all-state championships …

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 (2 for 3) each had an RBI to power the offense. Emilie Baldwin was 3 …

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 the back. They formed the men’s Western Mass Distance Project running team. Christoph inquired about …

Tuesday’s high schools: South Hadley boys lacrosse rolls past East Longmeadow

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sam Duda used a nine-point afternoon to power the South Hadley boys lacrosse team to a 15-5 win in its season opener at East Longmeadow Tuesday. Duda scored seven goals and added two assists for the Tigers (1-0). …

Monday’s high school recaps: Amherst Regional girls track opens season with two wins

Monday, April 6, 2015

Amherst Regional girls track & field earned their first two wins of the season in a home tri-meet Monday, topping Agawam, 91-50, and Pittsfield, 91-34. Taylor Lesure, Meg Rhodes, and Frances Duncan led the way, each taking first in two events for the Hurricanes (2-0). Lesure took first …

Spring Preview: New coach takes different approach with Northampton boys tennis

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Northampton boys tennis team has a bunch of new faces, but the fresh talent isn’t altering the game plan. The Blue Devils are 15 deep and have a new coach in Chris Deszynski, but the additions have …

Friday high schools: Amherst boys lacrosse debuts with win over East Longmeadow

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ben Thompson and Declan Gray-Mullen each had a hat trick as the Amherst Regional boys lacrosse team opened its season Friday with a 10-8 road victory over East Longmeadow. Jonathan Traester scored twice for Amherst (1-0), while Alex LaRaja (assist) and Willy Wright added a tally apiece. Liam …

Hilltown Voices: Hike and talk for young people hosted by Hilltown Land Trust and local author

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Hilltown Land Trust is offering a program for girls and boys that takes them on an exploratory hike April 11, and gives them a chance to enjoy the coming of spring and to sharpen their senses in the outdoors. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn …

Spring Preivew: Hopkins Academy baseball focused on repeat

Friday, April 3, 2015

Despite disappointing offseason news, the defending Western Massachusetts Division 4 champion Hopkins Academy baseball team returns seven starting players and has its sights set on a repeat. After winning their first sectional championship since 1988 and reaching the …

Spring Preview: Amherst Regional boys lacrosse seeks a rebound campaign

Friday, April 3, 2015

Amherst Regional had established itself as a prime contender in Western Massachusetts boys lacrosse, but last season marked a significant step backward. The Hurricanes qualified for postseason from 2011-13 and reached the sectional semifinals two straight seasons, but …

Spring Preview: New but familiar coach to lead experienced Belchertown girls lacrosse

Friday, April 3, 2015

Former Belchertown girls lacrosse coach Ashley Ziemba turned the Orioles from a startup varsity program into a league champion in only two seasons. Ziemba took the head coaching job at Chicopee High as the Pacers start their own …

Spring Ppeview: Allison McCann is on the title hunt with Amherst Regional girls tennis

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional girls tennis team has made a name for itself in western Massachusetts — not just with team titles, but individual ones too. The Hurricanes are hoping their veteran roster will keep their winning …

Spring Preview: Belchertown boys volleyball wants playoff return

Friday, April 3, 2015

After reaching the postseason for the first time in seven years in 2014, the Belchertown boys volleyball team will look to qualify for the playoffs once again. The Orioles qualified at 15-5 but they fell in their first …