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left, Kim Robinson and John Higuera , put up Christmas decorations with other volunteers at the home of Shannon Whidden and her husband Jonathan at their home in Hatfield.

Community rallies to help Hatfield family decorate home for holidays

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HATFIELD — During every holiday season for as long as Shannon Whidden can remember, her husband and family have adorned their home on Depot Road with decorations that include illuminated reindeer, an igloo and a sculpture of Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster — the villain from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” But this year, the family found itself in need of …

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I Bucknell. The Bison finished 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season. Their season …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country championship. He finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds. “If you told …

Thursday’s high schools: Josiah Wilson nets two to keep Amherst unblemished in October

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Josiah Wilson scored twice to lead the Amherst Regional boys soccer team to a 2-1 win over Agawam at home Thursday. Both of his goals came in the second half. One was assisted by Sage Bailin and the other by Tim Felton. George Holt made six saves for …

Wednesday’s high schools: Granby, Gateway primed for undefeated girls soccer showdown

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A pair of former league and tournament rivals set up an unbeaten showdown in their regular-season finale with victories Wednesday. The Gateway Regional and Granby girls soccer teams won to remain undefeated. They will play Friday at 6 p.m. in Huntington in their first matchup since 2012. With …

What2Watch4: Week 8 high school football previews

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wahconah at Northampton Friday, 7 The Blue Devils open with the rival Warriors in the Route 9 Rumble. Hamp’s stable number of running backs will look to fill the shoes left by Malik Renner and John Grimaldi, who …

Tuesday’s high school girls cross country: Sophia Jacobs-Townsley wins for Northampton, but Amherst prevails as a team

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sophia Jacobs-Townsley won the individual race, but the Amherst Regional girls cross country team couldn’t keep up with Northampton. The Blue Devils prevailed 20-40 on Tuesday in Amherst despite Jacobs-Townsley’s winning time of 20 minutes, 6 seconds. Northampton …

Tuesday’s high school boys cross country: Amherst, Frontier finish season unbeaten

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

In a battle of unbeaten teams in the final stretch of the regular season, the Amherst Regional boys cross country team outpaced Northampton at home Tuesday. The Hurricanes won 23-32 despite Northampton’s Liam Sullivan crossing the line in …

Tuesday’s high schoolfield hockey/girls soccer: Smith Academy reaches postseason with a tie

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Karlie Guimond’s goal propelled the Smith Academy field hockey team to the postseason in a 1-1 tie with Mohawk on Tuesday in Hatfield. She scored unassisted with 12 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first half to help Smith Academy (8-7-2, 3-3-2 North) return to the postseason after …

Monday’s high school girls soccer: Hopkins, Belchertown keep postseason in sight

Monday, October 26, 2015

A pair of local girls soccer teams kept their tournament chances alive with wins Monday, while two others were victorious to remain unbeaten. Hopkins Academy and Belchertown remain in the postseason hunt. Granby and Gateway Regional are still unblemished. Hopkins Academy 2, Mohawk 1 — Marykate Farnham and …

Monday’s high schools: Hampshire, Belchertown, Granby, Amherst all win league titles

Monday, October 26, 2015

It was truly a banner day for four local boys soccer teams. Hampshire Regional (Holley), Belchertown (Churchill) and Granby (McGrath South) all clinched outright league titles with victories on Monday. Amherst Regional earned a share of the Smith crown by tying Minnechaug at home. Hampshire Regional 2, Palmer …

Monday’s high school girls volleyball/field hockey: Belchertown earns share of Southern League

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Belchertown girls volleyball team is assured of at least a share of the Southern League title after beating Sabis 3-1 in its regular-season finale Monday in Springfield. Cara McKenzie had a team-high seven kills and a pair of aces for Belchertown (15-3, 7-1 Southern). Sarah Woodford led …

Renaissance eliminates Smith Academy from boys soccer postseason contention

Monday, October 26, 2015

HATFIELD — The Smith Academy boys soccer team had plenty to play for on Monday afternoon. It was senior day for the Falcons as Kevin Banas, Ben Bruscoe, Jack Dadmun, Zach Lee, Gavin Watson, Jack Hession and Hunter Wojtowicz were all honored by coach Jason Duncan prior to …