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Allison McCann and the defending champion Amherst Regional girls tennis team enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed.

WMass team tennis tournament: Defending champ Amherst (Division 1), undefeated Belchertown (Division 3) earn top girls seeds

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team is confident headed into the postseason as the reigning Western Massachusetts Division 1 champions and top seed in this year’s tournament. “We’re happy to get rewarded with the top seed,” Hurricanes coach C.J. Holt said. “We feel we earned it.” Last season, the Hurricanes swept rival Longmeadow, 5-0, for the sectional title. They suffered …

WMass Baseball Tournament: Smith Academy No. 1, Hopkins Academy No. 2 in Division 4

Monday, June 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Smith Academy and Hopkins Academy baseball teams posted the best winning percentages in Division 4 and each claimed titles in leagues comprised primarily of D-3 programs. So there was no doubt one of those squads would be the top seed and the other No. 2 in the Western Massachusetts Division …

WMass softball tournament: Hampshire Regional grabs top seed in Division 2

Monday, June 1, 2015

The reigning Western Massachusetts Division 2 softball champions are in prime position to defend its title as Hampshire Regional received the top seed in the 2015 tournament on Monday at Northampton High School. “It’s nice to be the one sometimes, but numbers don’t mean anything. It’s how you play the game,” Raiders coach …

New MIAA rule threatens middle school participation in high school sports

Friday, May 22, 2015

A week before a five-year softball starter at Hampshire Regional hit a career milestone, the MIAA approved a rule that would have prevented the feat from happening. On May 14, changes to the MIAA Handbook for 2015-2017 included …

Cam Niemiec delivers as Holyoke Catholic downs Granby for key win

Friday, May 22, 2015

GRANBY — It wasn’t a must-win scenario, but the Holyoke Catholic baseball team understood the difference between winning and losing. The Gaels finish the regular season next week with games on consecutive days. A victory Friday meant they …

Third trial for Cara Rintala, accused of murdering wife, moves forward after Supreme Judicial Court denies motion

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A decision by a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court justice has cleared the way for a third trial for Cara Rintala, the Granby woman accused of killing her wife in 2010. No date has been set for …

Thursday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy closes softball season with rout of Mahar

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Hopkins Academy softball team ended its season on a high note with a 20-6 victory over Mahar in 5 innings on senior day. Seniors Peyton Ring, Jasmine Roberson and Jailinne Ruiz each had at least a hit for the Golden Hawks (3-14, 2-11 Franklin). Ring earned the …

Thursday’s high school baseball: Frontier Regional keeps postseason hopes alive with tight win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brandon Bryant enjoyed a perfect day, going 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs as the Frontier Regional baseball team kept its postseason hopes alive with a 10-9 road win at South Hadley Thursday. Nolan Muzyka …

Thursday’s high school tennis: South Hadley qualifies for WMass boys tournament

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The South Hadley boys tennis team clinched a tournament berth by sweeping Holyoke, 5-0, Thursday afternoon at Mount Holyoke College. The Tigers (9-8) lost two or fewer games in nine of their 10 set victories. Boys tennis South Hadley 5, Holyoke 0 At Mount Holyoke First singles: Mikey …

Area police news

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Amherst ∎ Brian James Knox, 38, of 464 Bay Road, was arrested at 1:51 a.m. Thursday on South East Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (second offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked …

Chemical reaction at Dickinson Farm in Granby draws response from regional hazardous materials team

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GRANBY — A reaction between two chemicals used to clean irrigation lines in a greenhouse at Dickinson Farms Thursday morning sent one worker to a hospital for observation and drew a response from the regional hazardous materials team. Granby Fire Capt. George Randall said the worker was not …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst girls lacrosse rolls past Cathedral

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Clover Ulrich scored six goals with an assist in her final home game as the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team earned an 18-10 victory over Cathedral on senior night. Fellow seniors Anna Hayes had a goal and Chelby …

Wednesday’s high school tennis: Belchertown boys qualify for postseason

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team qualified for the postseason with a 3-2 win at East Longmeadow on Wednesday. Ryan Kearney beat Matt Donovan 6-3, 7-6 (3) at second singles for the lone singles point for the Orioles (9-7). The first doubles match went three sets as Dennis Lelic …