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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 …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Téa Spellacy, Belchertown inch closer to postseason

Friday, January 23, 2015

Téa Spellacy scored a game-high 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, as the Belchertown girls basketball team beat Chicopee, 63-53, on the road Thursday to move within a win of qualifying for the postseason. Kayla Henry had eight points and nine assists for the Orioles (9-4, 2-1 Suburban), who …

Thursday’s high school alpine skiing: Denhart brothers pace Northampton

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Denhart brothers of the Northampton boys ski team each earned a top-10 finish on the slalom course in the fourth PVIAC race Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart came in fourth with a time of 31.42 seconds, while Jack Denhart was eighth at 33.34. The …

Hadley officials report lack of interest in Ciaglo Seven Sisters property on Route 9

Thursday, January 22, 2015

HADLEY — With less than two weeks until the foreclosure auction for the $1.7 million former Seven Sisters Market Bistro property at 270 Russell St. and two other properties owned by Paul Ciaglo, town officials have received no inquiries about them. “I’m surprised no one has come in,” …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst Regional beats Sabis, punches tournament ticket

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Isaac Siegel and Devonte’ McCall each posted a double-double as the Amherst boys basketball team clinched a tournament berth with a 69-53 road win over Sabis Wednesday night. Siegel scored a game-high 26 points with 10 rebounds, while McCall had 15 points and 12 boards. Will Cuffee and …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: South Hadley pins down Frontier Regional

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The South Hadley wrestling team collected three consecutive pins from Jack Greaney (132 pounds), Cyrus Larivee (138) and Sean O’Grady (145) which helped pave the way to a 38-30 win over Frontier Regional in South Hadley, Wednesday. Dean Tech 51, Hampshire Regional 20 at Hampshire Regional High School …

Hampshire Mosque poised to reopen at former Adventure Outfitters building on Route 9 in Hadley

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HADLEY — The town of Hadley may soon be the site of Hampshire County’s only mosque. Three weeks after the Hampshire Mosque had to leave the Carriage Shops in Amherst, which are under redevelopment, representatives of the organization came before the Hadley Planning Board and submitted a proposal …

Weekend Planner — Music: Da Camera Singers perform Friday in Hadley

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A musical setting of the Mass based on a hymn by St. Thomas Aquinas, the “Missa Pange Lingua” was written by the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez around 1515 and had a strong influence on later composers, including …

The sound of music: Hampshire Young People’s Chorus marks 15 years of youthful singing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First they shook their hands and feet and shoulders as the chorus director counted in Spanish. Then they did scales to piano accompaniment, singing the notes with the words, “I love to sing.” Once warmed up, they sang …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hampshire boys run away from Southwick

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Hampshire Regional boys basketball team had a 10-point halftime lead, but a huge third quarter resulted in a 70-43 road win over Southwick on Tuesday. The Raiders (8-3, 6-2 Bi-County) outscored the Rams (2-7, 2-5) 25-4 in the third quarter to break the game open. Conor Cronin …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Northampton girls swim past Amherst Regional to stay perfect

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maela Whitcomb was the only multiple-event winner as the Northampton girls swimming & diving team kept its perfect season going Tuesday afternoon by beating Amherst Regional 120-56 in Amherst. Whitcomb took first in both the 100 fly and …