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State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college campuses. But Downing, who will be leaving his post come January, says other important issues remain, from demographic divisions in the state’s …

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 …

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 …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Belchertown’s Ben LeClair breaks 23-year-old school record in 50 freestyle

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Belchertown sophomore Ben LaClair had two individual wins and anchored two winning relays in an 87-79 boys swimming & diving victory over Westfield Tuesday. And that wasn’t the most impressive thing he did at Chestnut Hill Community School. LaClair broke a 23-year-old school record in the 50-yard freestyle. …

Dave Grills, Wayne Granger to be inducted into WMass Baseball Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Williamsburg High School dealt Wayne Granger the only loss of his stellar senior baseball season in 1962. The eventual Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame inductee and two-time MLB Fireman of the Year didn’t start, but entered the game …

Retiring state Sen. Benjamin Downing says energy reform a priority during final year

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing said among the priorities in his final year in the Legislature is reforming state energy policies. Downing on Monday announced that he will not seek re-election to a sixth term this year. In …

Monday’s high school basketball: ‘Dumpster dog’ Justin Farrick leads Frontier’s dominant rebounding effort in win over Greenfield

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The advantage on the scoreboard mirrored the advantage on the backboards. The Frontier Regional boys basketball team outrebounded Greenfield 51-31 in a 62-40 victory Monday in Greenfield. “Our guys were very active on both ends of the glass,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said. Justin Farrick paved the way …

Health events: Support groups and resources

Monday, January 25, 2016

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF EMPTY ARMS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT — A circle of support for families grieving the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or in the early days or months of life meets the fourth Wednesday of each month …

Weekend high schools: Hampshire Regional behind Katy O’Connor punches postseason ticket

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Hampshire Regional girls basketball team qualified for the postseason with a 62-48 victory over Monument Mountain, Saturday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase at Hoosac Valley in Cheshire. Katy O’Connor had 35 points and 19 rebounds to power the win. Chelsea Moussette added 16 points, 10 rebounds, …

Friday’s high school swimming: Easthampton and South Hadley split dual

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Easthampton and South Hadley split a swimming dual Friday in Easthampton. The Eagles girls team prevailed 100-75, while the Tigers boys team won 70-64. Sabrina Foster won the 50-yard freestyle (27.04 seconds) and 100 freestyle (57.86) for Easthampton (4-5, 4-0 Patriot). Eilis Hellyar prevailed in the 200 individual …

Friday’s high schools: Amherst basketball wins second straight game behind big nights from Devonte’ McCall and Meikkel Murray

Friday, January 22, 2016

The back and forth ended for the Amherst Regional boys basketball team Friday. The Hurricanes won a second consecutive game by beating Holyoke, 67-50, at home after alternating wins and losses through their first eight games. Double-doubles from key players lifted Amherst (6-4). Devonte’ McCall led the way …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst women’s basketball team extends home win streak to 117 games

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Amherst College women’s basketball team extended its home win streak to 117 games with its 78-48 rout of Bowdoin, Friday. Ali Doswell had 19 points, while Marley Giddins added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the third-ranked Lord Jeffs (17-0, 4-0 NESCAC). Hannah Hackley and Cheyenne Pritchard …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, January 22, 2016

Amherst Amherst students named to the dean’s list at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, include Tyler Hayes, a graduate of Amherst Regional High School and a member of the Denison class of 2019, and Lillian Maiolatesi, a graduate …