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Friday’s high schools: Northampton takes down Agawam in girls soccer

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alex Bertuch-Wallace scored twice as the Northampton girls soccer team knocked down Agawam, 4-0, Friday in Northampton. Abby Springfield and Lily Glading-DiLorenzo each had one goal for the Blue Devils (5-1-1, 3-1-1 Kurty-Fielding). Olivia Pruett had two assists, while Charlotte Maurer and Bailey Maurer each had one. Sydney White had 13 saves for the Blue Devils. Holyoke 1, Amherst 1 — Shira Yeskel-Mednick scored unassisted for the Hurricanes (1-4-1, 1-1-1 …

Easthampton High, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and Mosier Elementary in South Hadley show improved MCAS rankings

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three area schools moved up in state rankings for meeting achievement gaps in Friday’s release of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test results. Meanwhile, most area school districts, including Amherst and Northampton, remained steady, and many either met or surpassed state averages for MCAS scores in some subject areas. Area school leaders have been …

Bird Sightings

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A short-billed dowitcher was found in the town of Washington. An upland sandpiper, a marsh wren, American pipits,and a Connecticut warbler were in Northampton. Over the last two days, more than 2,500 broad-winged hawks were seen migrating over Blueberry Hill in Granville. Three blue-winged teal, a great egret and …

Tuesday’s high school cross country:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Hampshire Regional boys and girls cross country teams each swept their quad meets Tuesday to open their Pioneer South schedules with two wins. Mike Sears placed first overall in 16 minutes, 44 seconds to pace the boys team on its 2.93-mile course in Westhampton. Hampshire beat Palmer, …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Granby takes early showdown with Hopkins Academy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In an early season battle for first place in the Bi-County East, the Granby golf team defeated Hopkins Academy 171/2-61/2 Tuesday afternoon at Cold Spring Country Club in Belchertown. Shane Hollenbeck (match-best 38), Dominic Rosazza and Tyler Sullivan each won 4-0 for the Rams (4-0, 4-0). Joe Yusko …

Tuesday’s high schools: Sage DeChiara nets four goals as Amherst Regional wins season’s first

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sage DeChiara scored the first four goals of the game Tuesday as the Amherst Regional girls soccer team earned its first win of the season by shutting out Central 6-0 at home. DeChiara tallied three in the first half, while the fourth came 30 seconds into the second. …

Monday’s high school girls volleyball: Amherst falls in five to Ludlow for first loss

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team met its match, falling 3-2 to Ludlow to halt its undefeated run on Monday. The Hurricanes (4-1) dropped the final three sets (25-18, 25-16, 15-9) after narrowly winning the first two (25-22, 27-25). Justine Bohl had a career-best 42 assists and five …

Monday’s high school field hockey: Northampton blows out Palmer

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kristina Ramsden, Reilly Griffin and Missie Maiewski each scored twice to lead the Northampton field hockey team to a 7-1 home win over Palmer on Monday. Ramsden and Griffin also had an assist apiece for the Blue Devils (2-1, 2-1 Central). Kerry Fleming added a tally, while Emily …

Monday’s high school soccer: Hampshire boys strike for first win

Monday, September 15, 2014

After opening the season with back-to-back scoreless ties, the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team’s offense woke up and shut out Palmer with an 8-0 win at home Monday. Bryan Brasil (two goals, assist) and Brendan Bzdel (two assists, goal) each collected three points in the blowout for the …

Monday’s golf: Granby rolls past Mahar, stays perfect

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shane Hollenbeck shot a match-best 38 and was one of five Granby golfers to earn individual sweeps in a 201/2-31/2 victory over Mahar Monday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol. Alex Joao, Tom Rezzani, Jesse Molin and Dominic Rosazza also won their matches 4-0 for the unbeaten Rams …

Weekend high schools/preps: Smith Academy boys soccer stays perfect with win over Hopkins

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Smith Academy boys soccer team scored a pair of goals in the second half off corner kicks to upend Hopkins Academy 2-1 Saturday in Hatfield. With 15 minutes remaining, Kevin Banas converted a Joe Afflitto feed to put the Falcons (4-0) ahead for good. About five minutes …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Turners Falls

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball swept Turners Falls 3-0 to give newly minted hall of fame coach Sean MacDonald another win Friday. The Red Hawks won 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Cassidy Ciesluk had 16 kills and 15 digs, while Rachel Cialek added …

Thursday’s high school golf: Corey Calkins, Brian Bak lead South Hadley past Chicopee

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Corey Calkins shot a career-low 38 on his home course at the Ledges Golf Club to help lead South Hadley over Chicopee, 164-172, on Thursday afternoon. Brian Bak finished with a 1-over-par 37 to earn medalist honors for …