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Sydney Slattery, right, of Easthampton, steals second against Brooke Pashek, of Smith Academy, Friday in Easthampton.

Friday’s high schools: Northampton softball team rips Ludlow, 14-4

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Northampton softball team put together a big third inning to rip open a 14-4 win over Ludlow Friday afternoon. Zoey Driscoll-Sbar led off with a double as five consecutive Blue Devils (2-3) reached base before the first out was recorded. By the third out, six runs had crossed and Northampton was on top 7-3. They extended their lead with … 0

Thursday’s high schools: Amherst softball rallies to beat Chicopee Comp

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ali McIntire’s two-run single in the top of the seventh capped a three-run rally for the Amherst Regional softball team, which defeated Chicopee Comp 8-7 on the road Thursday. Trailing 7-5 entering the seventh, Mikah McNamara (hit, three runs) walked with one out. Justine Bohl and Mathena Morrissey followed with singles to load the bases, then Jada Glasgow was hit by a pitch … 0

Thursday’s high school tennis: Northampton sweeps Chicopee

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Northampton girls tennis team swept Chicopee 5-0 without any match dropping more than two games on the road Thursday. Sophomore Phoebe Gelbard led the charge defeating Lilly Roberst 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Adele Fantasia and Serina Hahn won at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, 6-0, 6-1. Girls Tennis … 0

WMass boys basketball tournament preview, capsules, brackets

Saturday, February 22, 2014

If the Smith Academy boys basketball team is going to defend its championship, it will do so without a key member. South Hadley, meanwhile, starts its defense on the road against a team that has never played in … 0

Friday’s high school recaps: Smith Academy seniors power Greenfield hockey in regular-season finale

Friday, February 21, 2014

A pair of Smith Academy students will have little trouble remembering their hockey senior night. Cam Woodward had a hat trick and an assist, while Zack Langlois scored twice with an assist as Greenfield finished its regular season with a 7-3 home win over Mount Everett. Jake Elwell … 0

Thurday’s high school recaps: Orioles outlast Colts in 2OT on senior night

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A deep 3-pointer at the buzzer denied the Belchertown girls basketball team a win in regulation, but the Orioles persevered to beat Chicopee Comp 53-49 in double overtime on senior night. Jill Cavanaugh, Belchertown’s lone senior, scored four … 0

Wednesday’s high school recaps: Hampshire can’t rally past Palmer in boys basketball

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A rough first quarter cost the Hampshire boys basketball team a victory on senior night as Palmer walked away with the 48-44 win, Wednesday in Westhampton. It was also Raiders coach Claud Salomão’s first attempt at his 200th career win. Mitch Ouimette led Hampshire (11-9, 10-6 Bi-County) with … 0

Monday’s high school recaps: Smith Academy boys clinch Hampshire League title

Monday, February 17, 2014

On senior night for the Frontier Regional boys basketball team, it was a pair of Smith Academy seniors that won the game and the Hampshire League title for the Falcons. Keith Natale and Derek McMahon combined for 35 … 0

Erin Voss wins two state swimming titles to pace third-place Northampton

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Northampton girls swimming and diving team had a strong start and strong finish to the state Division 2 championship. In between, Erin Voss won two individual events as the Blue Devils placed third with 229 points at … 0

Weekend high school recaps: Hampshire holds off Monson in boys basketball

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Hampshire Regional boys basketball team held a two-point lead late when Matt Labrie stole the ball and converted the layup to seal the Raiders’ 66-62 win over Monson, Saturday in Westhampton. Conor Cronin (16 rebounds, four blocks) scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Raiders (11-7). … 0

Locals shine at Western Massachusetts Div. 3 Wrestling Tournament

Sunday, February 16, 2014

HOLYOKE — Hampshire Regional’s John Lachowicz and Brendan Weir took home sectional titles at the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Wrestling Tournament on Saturday. In front of hundreds of wrestling fans in the John ‘Jinx’ O’Connor gymnasium at Holyoke … 0

Friday’s high school recaps: Keith Natale hits game-winning 3 as Smith Academy beats Mahar

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Keith Natale hit a game-winning three-pointer with less than four seconds left in overtime to lift the Smith Academy boys basketball team to a 55-54 home win over Mahar Friday night. Natale finished with a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Falcons (16-3, 13-2 Hampshire). … 0

Dakin animal shelter takes steps to right wrong after mistakenly euthanizing Northampton woman’s cat

Friday, February 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Elizabeth Nett of Northampton brought her cat Bella to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society shelter in Springfield Dec. 12 because Bella wasn’t getting along with her other cats. She asked staff to call her if … 5