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COURTESY BILAL ALI: Bilal Ali at the headquarters of Al Jazeera English in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Friday, January 30, 2015

ONCE IN A LIFETIME: A Hopkins Academy graduate is one of 10 students in the country selected for a year-long Qatar Exchange Fellowship through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Bilal Ali, 23, a 2011 Hopkins Academy grad who is a junior at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland is participating in a fellowship designed to strengthen American knowledge of the Middle East. The exchange began with a visit to Qatar from Nov. 28 to Dec. 6 that Ali described as a once in a lifetime experience. He said he is interested in the role Qatar plays in the Middle East. Qatar is a small country …

Gazette Boys Cross Country Player of the Year: Liam Sullivan, Northampton

Friday, January 30, 2015

Gazette Boys Cross Country All-Stars FIRST TEAM Kyle Bressette, senior, Gateway Regional Bill Carroll, freshman, Holyoke Catholic Dylan Cross, junior, Hampshire Regional Connor Evans, senior, Amherst Regional Tim Foldy-Porto, senior, Northampton Aidan Gilson, senior, Northampton Abe Herzog-Arbeitman, senior, Northampton Ben Hill, senior, Northampton Nevin Murray, junior, Amherst Regional Mike Sears, senior, Hampshire Regional …

Thursday’s high schools: Northampton, Belchertown, South Hadley qualify for WMass girls basketball tournament

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Three girls basketball teams assured their spot in the postseason with victories Thursday night. Northampton, Belchertown and South Hadley each earned their 10th wins. Northampton 49, Holyoke 39 — Lauraine Joensen (14 points, 10 rebounds) posted a double-double for the Blue Devils (10-3, 2-1 Valley) in the home win. Lily Glading-DiLorenzo had 12 points, Charlotte Maurer 10 and six assists, while Megan McCarthy …

CLOSED! Valley communities urge residents to stay home in response to storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Long before the first snowflakes fell Monday night, groundwork was laid to keep people safe from one end of Hampshire County to the other. With plenty of time to prepare for what has been predicted as a storm …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alex Laraja, Amherst Regional

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIRST TEAM Joe Afflitto, senior, Smith Academy Billy Aldrich, senior, Belchertown Isamu Bix, senior, Amherst Regional Jamie Blinder, senior, Frontier Regional Bryan Brasil, senior, Hampshire Regional Steve Bruscoe, senior, Smith Academy Brendan Bzdel, senior Hampshire Regional Connor Curtain, …

Weekend high schools recaps: Granby, Hampshire girls hoops pick up wins at Coaches vs. Cancer tournament

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kate Sarnacki filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, to lead the Granby girls basketball another win, topping Wahconah 60-51 at the Hoosac Valley Coaches vs. Cancer tournament on Sunday. With the win, the Rams (12-0) matched last season’s opening win-streak at 12 …

Snowstorm expected to dump 2 feet from Monday night on; winds likely to produce blizzard conditions

Saturday, January 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Pioneer Valley could see from 20 to 30 inches of snow beginning late Monday through Tuesday during what the National Weather Service predicts will be a “crippling” storm and “potentially historic blizzard.” The snow is …

Friday’s high schools: Mitch Ouimette, Hampshire Regional shoot down Easthampton in second half

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mitch Ouimette’s barrage from behind the arc led a game-deciding offensive explosion for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team Friday night. With the game tied at halftime, the junior guard knocked down five 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 17 points as the Raiders beat rival …

Zach Kelley, Hopkins Academy rally late to down Pioneer Regional

Friday, January 23, 2015

HADLEY — Zach Kelley and the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team could not find the basket through the first 28 minutes against Pioneer Regional. The Golden Hawks missed inside, outside and at the free-throw line. They also struggled …

Friday’s high school indoor track: South Hadley takes three against Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley indoor boys and girls track teams swept Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire Regional Friday night, in a PVIAC meet at Smith College. The girls beat Athol 85-10, Greenfield 89-6 and Hampshire 80-15, while the boys won 60-30, 53-42 and 58-35, respectively. Northampton swept Central as the …

Friday’s high school swimming: South Hadley beat Holyoke Catholic, stays unbeaten in Patriot League

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley girls swim team kept its perfect league record alive and remained in first place with a 92-52 victory over Holyoke Catholic Friday afternoon at Chicopee Comp. Shannon Mitchell won the 50 free and 100 free for the Tigers (11-1, 6-0 Patriot). Jade Thomas (100 back) …

Hadley gets double the expected revenue in meals tax earnings

Friday, January 23, 2015

HADLEY — Town Administrator David Nixon accepted a windfall earlier this month — about twice the amount of local meals tax revenue as he expected. Nixon said he was not sure whether that resulted from a trend of more people eating out in Hadley or whether there were …