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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 …

Behind top seeds Brendan Weir and Brandon Weyant, Hampshire Regional looks to make noise at WMass Division 3 Wrestling Tournament

Thursday, February 12, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — When the Hampshire Regional wrestling team finished an up-and-down regular season Wednesday, they turned their eyes to the postseason. Despite having a small team loaded with young wrestlers, including middle schoolers, Hampshire head coach Todd Bryant …

Amherst, Northampton eye state boys indoor track championships

Thursday, February 12, 2015

At last Friday’s PVIAC boys indoor track & field championships, Amherst Regional and Northampton left the other teams in their dust. However, only one could win the title. But based on the way the teams line up at …

Wednesday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy rolls past Frontier Regional

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jon Morrison had 20 points as the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team rolled past Frontier Regional, 64-44, Wednesday in South Deerfield. Morrison’s brother Brett and Sami Roe (10 rebounds) each had 12 points for the Golden Hawks (17-2, 13-2 Hampshire). Zach Kelley added 11 points in the win. …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire trio caps regular season with pins

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hampshire Regional three 100-win wrestlers entered the postseason on a high note Wednesday. Brendan Weir (138 pounds), Nick Hoskin (145) and Brandon Weyant (160) each recorded pins during the Raiders’ 45-24 loss to Sabis. The trio will lead …

Tuesday’s high schools: Northampton overcomes Amherst’s long-distance shooting in 65-45 win

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In a battle of inside dominance against outside shooting, the short game won out Tuesday night. Amherst Regional drained a season-high 10 3-pointers at home, but Northampton earned a 65-45 win without a single long ball. Charlotte Maurer …

Tuesday’s high school boys basketball: South Hadley takes down Suburban leader Longmeadow

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cam Earle hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to give him a game-high 20 points and the South Hadley boys basketball team a 53-52 home victory over first-place Longmeadow Tuesday night. The Tigers (11-5, 8-3 Suburban) featured a well-balanced attack as eight different players …

Northampton’s Charlie Denhart ties for fourth, Amherst Regional’s Margaret O’Connell eighth at PVIAC Alpine championships

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A trio of local skiers placed in the top 10 at the PVIAC Alpine Skiing Championships, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Amherst Regional freshman Margaret O’Connell finished eighth overall with a time of 70.49 seconds in the …

Weekend high schools: Kass, Day reach century-mark milestones (plus wrestling/nordic results)

Monday, February 9, 2015

South Hadley forward Beau Kass was a freshman when previous 100-point scorers Chris Menard, Doug Sattler and Spencer Nawrocki played their final season with the South Hadley hockey team. Kass joined the club Saturday afternoon by picking up his 100th career point in the Tigers’ 8-2 loss to …

Northampton’s depth pays off with third straight WMass girls swimming championship

Sunday, February 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD ­— Math has been known to cause some anxiety, especially on the pool deck of a swim meet. Northampton girls swimming & diving coach Jim Hirtle thought he’d figured out how to win the program’s third straight …

Four swimming wins power Belchertown to third place at WMass championships; Amherst’s Marc Klepacki takes two

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Amherst’s Klepacki wins pair of individual WMass titles SPRINGFIELD — Behind the strong swimming of Benjamin LaClair and Matthew Quinney, the Belchertown boys swimming and diving team placed third at the Western Massachusetts championships, held Saturday at Springfield …