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Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen finished with seven points for the Falcons (7-9, 2-4 Franklin South). Senior Ashley Higgins had a game-high 21 points, while sophomore Hannah …

Gazette Field Hockey Player of the Year: Jordyn Roberts, Frontier Regional

Friday, February 5, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY Player of the Year Jordyn Roberts, senior, Frontier Regional 2015-16 season highlights: Roberts, who finished with 17 goals and 10 assists, scored in 15 of Frontier’s 21 games. She had at least a point in both of the Red Hawks’ postseason wins. Her three points in the Western Massachusetts …

Thursday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy boys basketball becomes last unbeaten boys hoops team

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Only one boys basketball team remains undefeated in western Massachusetts. Hopkins Academy beat Turners Falls 94-56 on Thursday in Hadley to earn that distinction. The Golden Hawks (16-0, 13-0 Hampshire) used strong defense and hot shooting to cruise past the Indians (6-8, 3-7). Jon Morrison made some defensive adjustments and held Turners’ Josh Obochowski (11 points) scoreless in the second half. Sami Roe …

Wednesday’s high schools: Easthampton cruises past Monson, nears postseason berth

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Easthampton boys basketball remained undefeated and moved one step closer to the postseason with a 76-44 victory over Monson on Wednesday. Senior guard Raphael Coleman and junior forward Zach Crisafulli each had 16 points for the Eagles (9-0, 7-0 Bi County). Senior guard Liam Healey added 11 …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: South Hadley edges Frontier without Isaiah Cardenales

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The benefit of three forfeits helped the South Hadley wrestling team edge Frontier Regional on Wednesday in South Deerfield. The Tigers won 42-27 without star 106-pounder Isaiah Cardenales. Frontier’s Emirhan Yildaz pinned his replacement, Ahi Lopez, in 30 seconds. There were nine pins out of the 11 matches …

Big snowstorm expected to hit mid-Atlantic; Massachusetts forecast unclear

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The National Weather Service forecasts heavy, “perhaps crippling” snow across the northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, probably beginning Friday. Will western Massachusetts also take a hit? That’s less certain. Meteorologist Matthew Belk of the National …

Tuesday’s high schools: Late comeback falls short for Northampton boys basketball team

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A late comeback attempt by the Northampton boys basketball team came up short at home against Holyoke on Tuesday. Down by 21 in the fourth quarter, Northampton cut the lead to three with a minute to play but Holyoke made its free throws to win 72-66 at home. …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton girls win third dual in a row

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Abby Tobin won two events and helped lead the Easthampton girls swim team to its third consecutive dual victory, beating Pope Francis 120-40 Tuesday. She took first in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.28 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.95 while contributing to two winning freestyle relays. Victoria …

Tuesday’s high school indoor track: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan sets PVIAC record in 2-mile

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Liam Sullivan ran another record for the Northampton boys indoor track team. The senior set a PVIAC mark in the 2-mile with a time of 9 minutes, 27.99 seconds, Tuesday at Smith College. He broke his cousin Aidan …

Weekend high schools: Greenfield, South Hadley skate to a draw

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Smith Academy sophomore Evan Simmons gave Greenfield a lead in the first period, but Sean Doherty tied it for South Hadley in the second as the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield Saturday. Greenfield’s Clay Richardson and South Hadley’s Andrew Brunelle each had …

Weekend high school wrestling: Granby’s Nolan Hodgins picks up 150th career win at Granby Duals

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Senior wrestler Nolan Hodgins earned his 150th career win during the Granby Duals Saturday. Hodgins pinned Belchertown resident and Pathfinder student Matt Monast in 59 seconds at 220 pounds. The Rams (7-2-1) went 3-0 with wins over Frontier Regional, 68-18, South Hadley, 51-27, and Pathfinder, 51-18. Granby 68, …

Friday’s high schools: Career highs all around for push Belchertown girls basketball past Amherst Regional

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Belchertown girls basketball team got career-high scoring performances from Kayla Henry, Emma Jopson and Cara McKenzie as they overcame 10 3-pointers by the Amherst Regional to win, 68-51, on the road Friday. Henry struck for 24 points, Jopson had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and McKenzie had …

Friday’s indoor track: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan sets PVIAC indoor mile record in 4:22.5

Friday, January 15, 2016

The PVIAC indoor track record for the boys mile is staying within the family. Northampton senior Liam Sullivan set a new mark in the event with a time of 4 minutes, 22.5 seconds during Friday’s early session at Smith College. Sullivan’s cousin, Aidan Gilson, held the old mark …