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Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand nets 100th point for Belchertown hockey team

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For Alex Bachand and the Belchertown hockey team, Wednesday afternoon’s game against South Hadley was about the numbers on the scoreboard rather than those on the score sheet. But once they secured a 7-5 victory at Fitzpatrick Rink in Holyoke, the Orioles celebrated a milestone for its senior forward and leading scorer. Bachand scored twice with an assist to surpass 100 points in his career. “It was a big game …

Wednesday’s high school swimming: Records fall as Longmeadow sweeps Northampton

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two JFK Middle School pool records were taken down as the Northampton swim teams fell to Longmeadow on Wednesday. On the girls side, the Lancers won 95-90 as they lowered the 400 free relay pool record to 3:42.72 to close the meet. Kerry Fleming pick up two individual wins for the Blue Devils (8-1, 5-1 Minuteman) in the 100 and 200 frees. On …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Smith Voke takes down Northampton in first match since splitting program

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In their first matchup as separate programs, Smith Vocational got the best of Northampton Wednesday night. The Vikings, who before this season were part of a cooperative program with the Blue Devils, won 28-21. Jake Erali had the lone pin for the Smith Voke, while Nye Winston-Corradino earned a key 14-2 decision. Andrew Tacy, Ben Murphy and Nick Day each had pins, with …

Tuesday’s girls basketball: Easthampton honors late coach Jay Fortier with pregame ceremony

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Eashampton girls basketball team will keep a seat open on its bench for the rest of the season. Before the Eagles tipped off against Monson, the Eagles honored their late coach Jay Fortier with a pregame ceremony. …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton sweeps Holyoke Catholic

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Easthampton girls swim team remained perfect in league action by beating Holyoke Catholic 94-68 Tuesday night at Williston Northampton. Sabrina Foster won both the 50 free and the 100 free for the Eagles (3-5, 3-0 Patriot). Kristyn …

Tuesday’s high school alpine skiing: Gateway Regional’s Austin Herman wins season’s first race

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The five-day delay in the start of the alpine skiing season apparently didn’t bother Austin Herman. The Gateway Regional senior earned the overall individual victory in the boys slalom Tuesday afternoon at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Herman posted a time of 32.54 seconds for the Gators, who finished …

MassDevelopment issues $17 million tax-exempt bond for group homes, including four in Hampshire County

Monday, January 12, 2015

The state’s finance and development agency has issued a $17 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of a Massachusetts real estate company that is building 20 licensed group homes statewide, including four in Hampshire County. CIL Realty of Massachusetts intends to use the money from the bonds issued by …

Judge rules Cara Lee Rintala can travel throughout western Massachusetts while awaiting third murder trial

Monday, January 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As a possible third murder trial for Cara Lee Rintala awaits a higher court ruling, a Hampshire Superior Court judge expanded the areas to which the 47-year-old Ludlow woman can travel as part of her bail conditions. Rintala is accused in the slaying of her wife, …

Area police news

Monday, January 12, 2015

Amherst ∎ Electronics, including a television set and an Xbox game system, were reported stolen from a residence at Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., at 1:21 a.m. Monday. ∎ A 22-year-old Billerica man will be summoned to court on a charge of breaking and entering a motor vehicle …

Weekend high schools: Amherst boys nordic team finishes third at Prospect Mountain

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Amherst Regional returned to the trails Saturday for its second Berkshire Nordic Ski League meet of the season. The boys finished third, while the girls were fourth at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont. Willy Wright finished ninth overall in 27 minutes, 24 seconds to pace the boys squad, …

Weekend wrestling: Hampshire Regional junior Brandon Weyant records 100th career win

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hampshire Regional junior Brandon Weyant recorded his 100th career win Saturday at the Eagle Super Quads at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Weyant pinned Pat McGranaghan in 1:26 at 160 pounds to hit the milestone and pace the Raiders to a 49-24 win over Frontier Regional. Weyant defeated …

Friday’s high school swimming: Belchertown boys stay perfect with win over Northampton

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Belchertown boys swim team snuck past Northampton, 87-76, to remained undefeated on the season. Ben LaClair and Matt Quinney each won two individual events and were apart of two winning relays for the 6-0 Orioles. LaClair won the 200 free and 50 free, and helped lead the …

Northampton boys take midseason indoor track showdown with rival Amherst Regional

Saturday, January 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton boys indoor track and field team was eager to see how it matched up against three-time defending PVIAC champion Amherst Regional. Despite the Hurricanes not operating at full strength, the Blue Devils displayed why …