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JERREY ROBERTS
Granby players Isabelle Sheperd, center, and Kate Sullivan, right, defend Molly Cleveland, of Athol, during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament semifinals Tuesday at Curry Hicks Cage.

Granby breaks through to finals, beats Athol 54-43 in Division 3 semis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Meghan Sullivan and the Granby girls basketball team played at the Curry Hicks Cage the past two seasons, but walked off the floor each time with a sectional semifinal loss. Facing an Athol team with four senior starters, Sullivan helped guide a Rams team with two sophomore and two freshman starters to the next level. With its typical strong defensive performance, Granby reached the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament final with a 54-43 victory Tuesday night. “This is incredible, it’s been my goal since the eighth grade,” Sullivan said. “I’ve been to the Cage now three straight years and it’s the first …

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, imposed their will on the interior and wore Turners Falls down in the second half …

All-State Wrestling: Quartet qualifies for regionals

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Four local wrestlers qualified for the New England Tournament based on their performance over the weekend at the All-State meet in Salem, but only one wrestled for a title Saturday. Hampshire Regional’s Brandon Weyant came up a match short of an all-state championship, losing 9-2 in the 160-pound final to three-time champ Jon Viruet of Springfield Central. “He controlled me pretty much the …

Monday’s high schools: Granby inches closer to perfection with win over Amherst

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Granby girls basketball team moved within two games of a perfect regular season as it took down Division 1 Amherst Regional, 48-40, at home Monday. The Rams (18-0) jumped out to a 25-10 halftime lead and held on, despite the Hurricanes (1-18) making noise in the second …

Conor Cronin, Hampshire Regional pull away from Wahconah Regional

Monday, February 16, 2015

WESTHAMPTON —Conor Cronin’s value to the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team is immensurable. The 6-foot-4 senior forward is an intimidating presence in the paint. He rebounds on both ends, blocks and redirects shots on defense and is strong …

Hampshire’s Brendan Weir repeats as three others earn WMass wrestling titles

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN — Winning a western Mass Division III wrestling title is nothing new for Hampshire Regional’s Brendan Weir, although he did find a way to make the feat memorable. The two-time defending sectional champ and three-time defending state …

Weekend high school recaps: Hampshire boys hoops hand Monson first loss of season

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A big fourth quarter and three scorers in double digits led the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team over Monson, 66-60, at home Saturday. The game was tied 42-42 heading into the final frame, where the Raiders (15-4, 13-2 Bi-County) scored 24 points in 8 minutes to hand the …

Northampton places fifth at state Division 2 girls swimming & diving championship

Saturday, February 14, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — The legacy the seniors on the Northampton girls swimming & diving team will leave behind is one they can be proud of and something they will remember for the rest of their lives. A second place (2013), a third place (2014) and Saturday’s fifth place in …

Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, youngest ever to win Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club ice-fishing derby

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Every year the Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club sponsors an ice-fishing derby in February. A surprising first in the 22nd event Feb. 8 left many seasoned fishermen dumbfounded. Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, who landed the winning 3-pound …

Friday’s high school boys basketball: Granby, Smith Academy qualify for postseason

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A pair of boys basketball teams punched their ticket to the postseason Friday night with home victories. Smith Academy beat Frontier and Granby topped Palmer to earn their 10th wins. Smith Academy 56, Frontier Regional 42 — David Longstreeth poured in a game-high 21 points and grabbed 10 …

Friday’s high school girls basketball: Northampton upends West Springfield, moves into first in Valley League

Friday, February 13, 2015

Trailing by six in the fourth quarter, the Northampton girls basketball team rallied to move into first place in the Valley League with a 45-42 home win over West Springfield Friday night. Charlotte Maurer led the Blue Devils (14-4, 5-2 Valley League) with 12 points and 11 rebounds. …

Friday’s high school hockey: Amherst ices Easthampton in 6-0 win

Friday, February 13, 2015

Jake Balderston and Jordan Tetreault each scored twice and Ben Thompson notched a 22-save shutout as the Amherst Regional hockey team defeated Easthampton 6-0 Friday night at Orr Rink. Jack Rees and Nathan Masteralexis each had a goal …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton snaps 12-game slide with win over Frontier Regional

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Courtney Urban scored 19 points to power the Easthampton girls basketball team to a 30-28 win over Frontier Regional, snapping a 12-game skid. The Eagles (4-13, 1-6 Franklin North) led 21-16 at halftime and withstood a Red Hawk rally on senior night. Urban and Katie Parzych each had …