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Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alex Laraja, Amherst Regional

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIRST TEAM Joe Afflitto, senior, Smith Academy Billy Aldrich, senior, Belchertown Isamu Bix, senior, Amherst Regional Jamie Blinder, senior, Frontier Regional Bryan Brasil, senior, Hampshire Regional Steve Bruscoe, senior, Smith Academy Brendan Bzdel, senior Hampshire Regional Connor Curtain, junior, Belchertown Evan Delaney, senior, Hopkins Academy Keith Dixon, senior, Amherst Regional Tom Heavren, senior, Holyoke Catholic Jonathan Ingram, junior, Belchertown Zach …

Weekend high schools recaps: Granby, Hampshire girls hoops pick up wins at Coaches vs. Cancer tournament

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kate Sarnacki filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, to lead the Granby girls basketball another win, topping Wahconah 60-51 at the Hoosac Valley Coaches vs. Cancer tournament on Sunday. With the win, the Rams (12-0) matched last season’s opening win-streak at 12 games. Meghan Sullivan scored a team-high 20 points, as well as grabbing seven rebounds, four …

Friday’s high schools: Mitch Ouimette, Hampshire Regional shoot down Easthampton in second half

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mitch Ouimette’s barrage from behind the arc led a game-deciding offensive explosion for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team Friday night. With the game tied at halftime, the junior guard knocked down five 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 17 points as the Raiders beat rival Easthampton 68-56 in Westhampton. Conor Cronin had 12 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three …

Friday’s high school basketball: Smith Academy girls knock off Commerce

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Smith Academy girls basketball team hit its free throws down the stretch to pull away from Commerce, 32-25, in the second annual Smith Academy Classic Friday night. Jenn Adamites made two free throws, while Katie Yagodzinski went 5 for 7 from the line as the pair helped …

Friday’s indoor track: Northampton boys, girls sweep to stay undefeated

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Northampton boys and girls indoor track teams swept Westfield and Agawam during the early session of the PVIAC’s third regular-season meet Friday. The Northampton girls beat Agawam 62.5-31.5 and Westfield 55-40. The boys won 73-22 and 74-20, respectively. Both teams improved to 7-0 with the two victories …

Friday’s high school swimming: Northampton, South Hadley girls stay perfect in league

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Northampton and South Hadley girls swimming & diving teams each maintained their perfect league records on Friday afternoon. The Blue Devils defeated East Longmeadow 126-55 at JFK Middle School. The Tigers topped Easthampton 54-40 at South Hadley Middle School. Maela Whitcomb and Erica Dean each won a …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, January 16, 2015

Amherst-Pelham TUESDAY: Twin chicken soft tacos, black beans, apple, romaine lettuce, sliced peaches, sweet red pepper strips WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Beef burger, cheeseburger, vegetarian baked beans, carrot sticks, diced pears, banana FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, spinach salad, …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, January 16, 2015

Amherst Zoe X. Tessler, daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler, has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York. Chesterfield Keith Cotnoir was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Springfield College. Florence Allie Grace Martinea was placed on the …

Thursday’s high school skiing: Charlie Denhart finishes fifth on giant slalom

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Two local boys skiers finished two-hundredths of a second apart Thursday afternoon in the PVIAC giant slalom race at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart of Northampton came in fifth overall with a time of 23.63 seconds. Gateway Regional’s Austin Herman was sixth in 23.65 as the Gators …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst’s John Leonard scores 100th career point for Cathedral hockey

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cathedral junior forward and Amherst resident John Leonard reached and surpassed the career 100-point plateau Wednesday night in the Panthers’ 12-1 win over St. John’s Shrewsbury in Marlborough. “It feels really good,” Leonard said. “I probably should have …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby pins down Mahar

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Granby wrestling team recorded six straight pins to beat Mahar, 49-24, in Orange Wednesday night. The Rams got going when Victor Magalhaes pinned Dylan Castine in 1 minutes, 15 seconds at 132 pounds. Ben Rokowski (138), Collin Mick (145), Clayton Yanosky (152), Tyler Dudek (160) and Jack …

High school notebook: Taj-Amir Torres honored to play in Semper Fi All-American Bowl

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Most area high school football players have their careers end on Thanksgiving, while the fortunate ones are able to play in the postseason. But Amherst Regional star Taj-Amir Torres capped his career by playing one final game with …

Tuesday’s boys basketball: Gateway Regional jumps on Pathfinder, cruises to win

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Peter Kowal paced four double-digit scorers for the Gateway Regional boys basketball team in a 72-46 road victory over Pathfinder Tuesday night. The junior forward poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Gators (2-5, 2-3 Tri-County). John Haskell had 17 points for Gateway, which scored 30 …