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What2Watch4 — Week 8 high school football previews

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicopee Comp at Northampton Friday, 7 With two games left, it is highly unlikely the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3 Suburban) have enough to make a push for the postseason. Even with a victory over the third-rated and first-place Colts (3-3, 3-0), Hamp would need to jump over Chicopee and South Hadley for the fourth seed. Northampton has lost two straight. Amherst Regional at Chicopee Friday, Szot Park, 7 The Hurricanes (1-5, 1-3 Suburban) hit the road and will look to play spoiler to the fifth-rated Pacers (2-4, 1-3), who have an outside shot at catching South Hadley for the fourth seed in Division 4. Amherst’s …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton girls volleyball survives five sets with Sabis, qualifies for postseason

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For the second time in three days, the Easthampton girls volleyball team was one set away from postseason elimination. But after saving their season Tuesday, the Eagles once again came back from the brink Thursday and clinched a tournament berth by beating Sabis 3-2 in Springfield. Easthampton rallied to claim a 28-26, 19-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-8 victory. Ruthenee Nhem posted a team-high 14 …

Wednesday’s high schools: Smith Academy boys soccer upends Holyoke

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tanner Natale scored the game-winning goal with 10 minutes left in regulation to lift the Smith Academy boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Division 1 Holyoke Wednesday afternoon in Hatfield. Quinn Rickert and Joe Afflitto added a goal each for the Falcons (13-3). Jack Dadmun and Julian Zapata had assists, while …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Holyoke Catholic girls take down Amherst Regional, Belchertown

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It had been nearly four years since the Amherst Regional girls cross country team lost a dual meet, but that streak was broken by unbeaten Holyoke Catholic on Tuesday afternoon. The Gaels (10-0) had four of the top …

Tuesday’s high schools: Amherst Regional, Frontier Regional earns sweeps during ‘Spike It For Life’ fundraiser

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On “Spike It For Life” nights in Amherst and South Deerfield, the home teams delivered good efforts as they raised money for good causes. The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team qualified for the postseason with a sweep of Belchertown. The Hurricanes (9-4) won 25-13, 26-24, 25-17. They were …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Chris Noga (three goals) leads Belchertown past Central

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chris Noga’s hat trick led an offensive onslaught for the Belchertown boys soccer team, which beat Central 8-2 at home Tuesday evening. Ben LaClair tallied twice for the Orioles (7-2-2), while Ryan Kearney (goal, two assists) and Noah Lussier (three assists) each posted three points. Nick Drost and …

Monday’s high school soccer recaps: Four local teams qualify for postseason

Monday, October 6, 2014

Four local soccer teams clinched postseason berths on Monday, including a pair of defending Western Massachusetts champions. The 2013 Division 3 champion Granby girls and the WMass Division 4 titlist Hopkins Academy boys officially punched their return trips to the postseason. Meanwhile, the Amherst Regional boys as well …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton senior Gina Whalen finishes second at Western Massachusetts Girls Individual Golf Championship

Friday, October 3, 2014

Northampton senior Gina Whalen shot an 82 and fell one shot short of a Western Massachusetts Girls Individual Golf Championship, Friday at Ludlow Country Club. Rachel Bechard, of Longmeadow, fired an 81 to win the title. Hampshire Regional’s Kyla Murphy shot a 97, while teammate Makenze Felt had …

Naming the Baby

Friday, October 3, 2014

ETHIER — Maggie Ann, daughter of Kelly and Craig Ethier of Huntington, was born Aug. 27 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Karl and Colleen Wickland of Chesterfield. The paternal grandparents are Debra Burgen of Westfield and William Ethier of Chicopee. The maternal great-grandmother is …

Thursday’s high school golf/gymnastics: Northampton goes low to beat Central

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cam King shot a 1-over-par 37 as the Northampton golf team beat Central, 155-206, Thursday at Northampton Country Club. Chris Soderberg and Gina Whalen each shot a 39, while Colby Lander added 40 for the Blue Devils (5-7). Northampton 155, Central 206 at Northampton CC, par 36 Northampton …

Thursday’ high schools: Easthampton spikes Sabis

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kate Avard had 10 kills and an assist as the Easthampton girls volleyball team swept Sabis, 3-0, at home Thursday. Jordan Burt added four kills and three aces, while Nicole Lewandowski had four aces for the Eagles (5-6, 2-2 Central), who won 27-25, 25-20, 25-19. Minnechaug 3, Belchertown …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Granby rolls past Pioneer Regional

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Matt Bleakley (two goals, assist) and Bobby Cavette (two assists, goal) each had three points as the Granby boys soccer team beat Pioneer Regional, 5-0, on Thursday. Joe Desormier and DJ Menard each added a goal for the Rams (3-3-4). Doug L’Abbee and Zach Gorham spilt time in …

Wednesday’s high school golf/cross country: South Hadley fends off Belchetown

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brian Bak shot a 1-over-par 37 and Mike Miele added a 42 as the South Hadley boys golf team held off Belchertown, 173-180, at the Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley Wednesday. Ryan Chrabascz had a 40 to …