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MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. Of the eight boys and …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Viennese music The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Violin and Piano Duo, with George Valtchev, violin, and Lora Tchekoratova, piano, will perform an all-Viennese concert Sunday at 3 p.m. in the music room of Memorial Hall, 8 Memorial St. in Old Deerfield. The performance is part of the “Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert” series. On the program: …

More classes, more choices at Gateway Regional

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HUNTINGTON — The Gateway Regional High School and Junior High School are entering their second academic year with a modified period model, under which the schools added two more periods to the former five-subject daily routines. Jason Finnie, who serves as principal for both schools, said the new scheduled proved successful last year. The extra periods offer a wider selection of electives for …

Area Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, July 10, 2015

Highland valley elder services ombudsmen — New ombudsmen needed to cover Hampshire County and Westfield facilities. Ombudsmen help ensure the quality of life for nursing and rest home residents. Volunteers are trained to assist residents with benefits, rights and entitlements guaranteed under federal, state and local laws. Three-day …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 10, 2015

Amherst Parker Cowls Jones has been named to the spring semester president’s list at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Jones’s major is mechanical engineering. Daniel Mendez graduated from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, with a master’s degree in philosophy. Belchertown Zachery Smith, an aviation meteorology major, earned a …

Local baseball: Northampton’s Connor McLindon no hits Holyoke in Mickey Mantle

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Connor McLindon tossed a five-inning no-hitter for Northampton as it dominated Holyoke, 10-0, Thursday in Mickey Mantle action at Northampton High School. Jesse Carlino-Threlfall had a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth that invoked the …

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley senior Sam Duda

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Sam Duda, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: The senior attack was one of five western Massachusetts players to be named an All-American by US Lacrosse. He joined Chris Menard, Evan Marcus and …

Local baseball: Max Wojcik homers in the 8th to lift Belchertown over Southampton in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Max Wojcik’s walk-off two-run home in the bottom of the eighth inning capped a classic in the final game of pool play in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament as Belchertown edged Southampton, 8-7. After the teams were tied 6-6 after six, neither team scored in the …

Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Kate Sarnacki, Granby

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kate Sarnacki, sophomore, Granby Season highlights: Sarnacki led all of western Massachusetts with 93 goals in helping lead the Rams to their first postseason appearance. She added 28 assists for a total of 121 points, which was tops …

Angel Villanueva, held in connection with Huntington break-in, arraigned on new charges related to death of toy poodle in Easthampton

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man who has been held since an alleged break into a Huntington home in October answered to new charges Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court related to two break-ins in Easthampton, including one that resulted in the death of the homeowners’ toy poodle. Angel Villanueva, …

Tuesday’s local baseball: Easthampton pitching staff combines for two-hitter in Mickey Mantle action

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hunter Brooks drove in four runs to back the Easthampton Mickey Mantle pitching staff’s two-hitter in a 12-1 win over South Hadley at Landers Field on Tuesday. Brooks went 3 for 4 and scored two runs, while Steve …

Monday’s summer baseball: Hamp Post 28 Legion beats South Hadley Pettengill

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Trailing by a pair after the first three innings, Northampton Post 28 scored five times in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth to roll 9-3 over host South Hadley Pettengill Insurance Monday in American Legion action. Ben O’Connor had two hits, scored twice and drove …

Gazette Boys Track & Field Player of the Year: Amherst Regional senior Taj-Amir Torres

Monday, July 6, 2015

Boys Track & Field Taj-Amir Torres, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: Torres finished his stellar career with victories in the 100-meter dash (10.69 seconds) and 200 (21.40) at the All-State meet. He also anchored the first-place 4x400 relay …