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Friday’s high school softball: Hampshire’s Brian McGan named MIAA coach of year as Raiders stay perfect

Friday, April 17, 2015

The MIAA announced its 2014-15 coaches of the year and awarded Hampshire Regional softball coach Brian McGan with his sport’s honor on Friday. “I’m very humbled by it. It’s a great honor,” McGan said. “The kids from my past teams have obviously helped me get there. They made Hampshire what Hampshire is. I’ve just tried to guide them to the right point.” McGan is in his ninth year with the …

Friday’s high schools: Belchertown boys lacrosse routs Monson

Friday, April 17, 2015

Alex Wordsworth’s seven goals and an assist powered the Belchertown boys lacrosse team to a 14-1 home blowout over Monson Friday afternoon. Ben Magarian (four goals, assist) and Grant Irving (two goals, three assists) each posted five points for the Orioles (4-1, 3-0 Suburban). Jack Medina picked up four assists, Jack Kenney added his first career varsity tally, and Connor Hughes and Adam …

Friday’s high school baseball: Freshman Jonathan Morrison fans 17 in one-hitter for Hopkins Academy

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jonathan Morrison gave the Hopkins Academy baseball team two outstanding outings in its run to the state final last season. On Friday Morrison dominated in his first start as a permanent member of the rotation. The freshman struck out 17 in a one-hit shutout as the Golden Hawks defeated Pioneer Regional 16-0 Friday afternoon in Northfield. John Jacques was 4 for 4 with …

Spring Preview: Hampshire Regional softball relying on experience, defense in title quest

Friday, April 3, 2015

Every year, the Hampshire Regional softball team seems to be packed with veterans. This season is no different. The Raiders, who return all but two players from the 2014 Division 2 Western Massachusetts champion team, are hungry for …

Thursday’s high schools: Alex Wordsworth net winner as Belchertown sinks East Longmeadow

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Alex Wordsworth scored his second goal in the final minute of regulation as the Belchertown boys lacrosse team defeated East Longmeadow 10-9 on the road Thursday. Adam Mercer and Jason Krasinkiewicz each put in three goals, with Connor Hughes and Alex Bachand adding a tally apiece for Belchertown …

Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand leads Belchertown boys lacrosse to win over Chicopee Comp

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Belchertown boys lacrosse team opened the season with a 10-8 win over Chicopee Comp on the road Wednesday. Alex Bachand poured in six goals and an assist, while Alex Wordsworth had four goals for the Orioles (1-0). Ben Magarian had two assists and Connor Hughes had one …

Local briefs: SMAC race series, cross country series opening soon

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SMAC Race Series opens with Rob Hebert 8-miler The 47th annual Ron Hebert Race will be held April 12th in Florence. The 8-mile race is one of the oldest in New England and kicks off the 2015 Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club Race Series. The race starts (10 a.m.) …

Maple sugaring season comes at long last to Valley, as producers hope for best after long-delayed start

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Easy does it. Now that maple sap is flowing, sugarers hope spring continues to play hide-and-seek in the Valley to salvage a sluggish season. With night freezes and daytime thaws finally here, sugarers are making syrup, …

No contested races in Granby town election May 18

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

GRANBY — There are no contested races now that the deadline has passed for candidates to file papers to have their name placed on the May 18 ballot. And with last-minute filings for vacant spots on the Planning …

Area churches announce Holy Week, Easter services

Monday, March 30, 2015

The following is the schedule of Holy Week services in the area provided by churches that responded to a Gazette request for listings: AMHERST First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. March 29, 10:30 a.m., Palm/Passion Sunday, worship with communion April 1, 7 p.m., A service of foot washing …

Minh Sullivan named Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Easthampton at 50th competition

Sunday, March 29, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Wearing a slightly bemused expression and clutching several certificates she won for her talents, Minh Sullivan, 16, walked across the stage at the Easthampton High School auditorium to have a medallion draped around her neck naming …

Hilltown Voices: Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association buys new thermal imager

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association has purchased a new thermal imaging camera for the Plainfield Fire Department. The new Argus Mi-Thermal Imaging Camera cost the association $9,500. The Fire Department’s previous imaging camera had been purchased with funds …

National Grid to lower rates May 1

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current …