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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 …

Wednesday’s high schools: Frontier Regional, Amherst Regional return from long road trips with victories

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Frontier Regional and Amherst Regional girls volleyball teams each travelled to a different county Wednesday evening, but returned home with 3-0 sweeps. The Red Hawks went to Berkshire County and took down Lee, while the Hurricanes went the other direction and earned a victory over Tantasqua in …

Wednesday’s high school soccer: Christiano Marconi nets lone goal as Holyoke Catholic beats Putnam for first win

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Christiano Marconi scored in the 44th minute as the Holyoke Catholic boys soccer team won for the first time, beating Putnam 1-0 Wednesday in Springfield. Collin Neffinger had the assist, while Tom Heavren made four saves for the Gaels (1-4-4). Amherst Regional 1, Agawam 0 — Alex LaRaja …

High school notebook: ‘Spike it for Life’ hits home for Frontier Regional girls volleyball team

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

As the leaves change, fundraising for breast cancer swings into full gear as October is the disease’s dedicated “awareness” month. Endless philanthropic events rally support — emotionally and financially — including from high school athletic charity nights. The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team will host Longmeadow at 6 …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: South Hadley wins battle of unbeatens with Belchertown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In a battle of unbeaten girls cross country teams, Belchertown had the overall winner, but South Hadley placed the next four finishers in a 24-31 road win Tuesday. Carolyn Watkins (20 minutes, 38 seconds), Serena Sarage (21:11), Mackenzie Werenski (21:36) and Jackie Doyle (21:37) came in second through …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy punches postseason ticket

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The defending Western Massachusetts champion Hopkins Academy golf team punched its return ticket to the Division 3 Tournament Tuesday afternoon with a 23-1 victory over Smith Academy. Caleb Farnham fired a match-best 37 to lead the Golden Hawks (8-3). Farnham, Spencer Butterfield and Joe Yusko each swept their …

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton takes down Granby in Pioneer North showdown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Maddie Grabowski’s goal gave the Easthampton girls soccer team a 1-0 home victory over Granby Tuesday afternoon and a three-point lead in the highly competitive Pioneer North. Andi Hall set up Grabowski, whose tally kept the Eagles (7-0-1, 3-0-1) undefeated. Alyssa Fugiel made nine saves in the shutout. …

Monday’s high school recaps: South Hadley field hockey shuts out Smith Academy

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hannah Menard scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation as the South Hadley field hockey team defeated Smith Academy 2-0 at home Monday. Brittany Cote only needed to make two stops for the Tigers (7-3-1) in …

Weekend high schools: Smith Academy shuts out rival Hopkins Academy in girls soccer

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Freshman Hannah Rickert put the game away on a pass from Moira Pitrat with six minutes to play as the Smith Academy girls soccer team blanked Hopkins Academy, 2-0, Saturday in Hadley. Mia Ellis scored in the 19th minute and Brooke Pashek made seven saves for the Falcons …

Friday’s high schools: Smith Academy shuts out Mohawk, 4-0, in boys soccer

Friday, September 26, 2014

Quinn Rickert had two goals as the Smith Academy boys soccer team shut out Mohawk Trail, 4-0, in Buckland on Friday. Senior midfielder Quinn Rickert had a game-high two goals as the Falcons (6-1) earned the shutout on the road. Rickert’s first goal was unassisted, while the second …

Thursday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy sweeps Pathfinder, 24-0

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Spencer Butterfield shot an even-par 36 at Hickory Ridge Golf Club as Hopkins Academy swept Pathfinder, 24-0, on Thursday. The Golden Hawks (7-3, 6-1 Bi-County East) won each individual match 4-0. Easthampton 12, Westfield Voke 12 at Pine Grove GC, par 36 Medalist: Matt King (WV), 39 No. …