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Division 2 Girls Basketball: Belchertown breaks through to semis, beats Ludlow 52-35

Friday, February 27, 2015

LUDLOW — For three consecutive seasons, the Belchertown girls basketball team saw its season end in the quarterfinal round of the sectional tournament. With their seniors having one final shot to play at the Curry Hicks Cage, the Orioles put an emphatic stop to that trend Friday night. Belchertown utilized a suffocating zone defense to beat Ludlow 52-35 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 quarters. “I can’t believe it, I’m …

Strong second half boosts Hopkins Academy past Holyoke Catholic in D4 quarterfinals

Friday, February 27, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Hopkins Academy girls basketball team will return to the Curry Hicks Cage. The fifth-seeded Golden Hawks overcame a sluggish first half and pulled away from No. 4 Holyoke Catholic, 48-34, Friday at Chicopee Comp in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. “I would have liked to put a …

Division 3 Girls Basketball: Undefeated Granby gets past Monument, 64-56, in quarterfinals

Friday, February 27, 2015

GRANBY — The Granby girls basketball team’s undefeated season continues. The Rams defeated No. 7 Monument Mountain, 64-56, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night. No. 2 Granby (21-0) will face No. 6 Athol (18-4) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals at the Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst. “The kids are really excited to get there. I’ve already …

The Death Cafe: Gatherings over tea and cake focus on death in order to enhance life

Monday, February 16, 2015

At a recent gathering in a second-story studio in downtown Northampton, Daniel Lombardo of Westhampton read a story about twin fetuses discussing life after birth. One thinks there will be life after delivery, related Lombardo, while the other …

Hampshire’s Brendan Weir repeats as three others earn WMass wrestling titles

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN — Winning a western Mass Division III wrestling title is nothing new for Hampshire Regional’s Brendan Weir, although he did find a way to make the feat memorable. The two-time defending sectional champ and three-time defending state …

Weekend high school recaps: Hampshire boys hoops hand Monson first loss of season

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A big fourth quarter and three scorers in double digits led the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team over Monson, 66-60, at home Saturday. The game was tied 42-42 heading into the final frame, where the Raiders (15-4, 13-2 Bi-County) scored 24 points in 8 minutes to hand the …

Northampton places fifth at state Division 2 girls swimming & diving championship

Saturday, February 14, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — The legacy the seniors on the Northampton girls swimming & diving team will leave behind is one they can be proud of and something they will remember for the rest of their lives. A second place (2013), a third place (2014) and Saturday’s fifth place in …

Friday’s high school boys basketball: Granby, Smith Academy qualify for postseason

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A pair of boys basketball teams punched their ticket to the postseason Friday night with home victories. Smith Academy beat Frontier and Granby topped Palmer to earn their 10th wins. Smith Academy 56, Frontier Regional 42 — David Longstreeth poured in a game-high 21 points and grabbed 10 …

Friday’s high school girls basketball: Northampton upends West Springfield, moves into first in Valley League

Friday, February 13, 2015

Trailing by six in the fourth quarter, the Northampton girls basketball team rallied to move into first place in the Valley League with a 45-42 home win over West Springfield Friday night. Charlotte Maurer led the Blue Devils (14-4, 5-2 Valley League) with 12 points and 11 rebounds. …

Friday’s high school hockey: Amherst ices Easthampton in 6-0 win

Friday, February 13, 2015

Jake Balderston and Jordan Tetreault each scored twice and Ben Thompson notched a 22-save shutout as the Amherst Regional hockey team defeated Easthampton 6-0 Friday night at Orr Rink. Jack Rees and Nathan Masteralexis each had a goal …

Bird sightings in the area

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. The clay-colored sparrow has returned to a feeder in Belchertown. A fox sparrow is also coming to the feeder. A pine warbler is coming …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, February 13, 2015

Amherst Janet Fink, professor in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management, received the 2015 Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award from the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). The Zeigler Award is presented each year to …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton snaps 12-game slide with win over Frontier Regional

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Courtney Urban scored 19 points to power the Easthampton girls basketball team to a 30-28 win over Frontier Regional, snapping a 12-game skid. The Eagles (4-13, 1-6 Franklin North) led 21-16 at halftime and withstood a Red Hawk rally on senior night. Urban and Katie Parzych each had …