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Allison McCann and the defending champion Amherst Regional girls tennis team enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed.

WMass team tennis tournament: Defending champ Amherst (Division 1), undefeated Belchertown (Division 3) earn top girls seeds

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team is confident headed into the postseason as the reigning Western Massachusetts Division 1 champions and top seed in this year’s tournament. “We’re happy to get rewarded with the top seed,” Hurricanes coach C.J. Holt said. “We feel we earned it.” Last season, the Hurricanes swept rival Longmeadow, 5-0, for the sectional title. They suffered …

WMass Baseball Tournament: Smith Academy No. 1, Hopkins Academy No. 2 in Division 4

Monday, June 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Smith Academy and Hopkins Academy baseball teams posted the best winning percentages in Division 4 and each claimed titles in leagues comprised primarily of D-3 programs. So there was no doubt one of those squads would be the top seed and the other No. 2 in the Western Massachusetts Division …

WMass softball tournament: Hampshire Regional grabs top seed in Division 2

Monday, June 1, 2015

The reigning Western Massachusetts Division 2 softball champions are in prime position to defend its title as Hampshire Regional received the top seed in the 2015 tournament on Monday at Northampton High School. “It’s nice to be the one sometimes, but numbers don’t mean anything. It’s how you play the game,” Raiders coach …

All-State Track & Field Championships to feature strong field

Monday, June 1, 2015

Expect a stronger field for the All-State Track & Field Championships on Saturday. There was a slight change in the qualifying standards for this year’s championship. What hasn’t changed is that the top four places from the West/Central …

PVPA girls ultimate tops Northampton for second consecutive state title

Sunday, May 31, 2015

PVPA’s Sophie Lewis-Nash has a knack for quickly getting open on the ultimate field, which led to the game-winning goal, 6-5, over Northampton in the championship game of Massachusetts Girls State Tournament in Devens on Saturday. “Sophie’s a very quick girl and she finds space really well,” PVPA …

West/Central D1 girls track: Juliana Brissette a double winner for third-place Amherst; Alex Dibrindisi leads Northampton to second

Sunday, May 31, 2015

FITCHBURG — For most of the race, Juliana Brissette played follow the leader. When she crossed the finish line following the mile run, Brissette left the rest of the field behind her. Brissette won two events, including the …

West/Central Division 1 boys track: St. John’s catches defending champ Amherst Regional

Sunday, May 31, 2015

FITCHBURG — The expressions on the faces of the Amherst Regional boys track & field athletes said it all – shock. Entering the 4x400-meter relay, the final event at the West/Central Division 1 Championship on Saturday, the Hurricanes …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton softball enters postseason on five-game win streak

Friday, May 29, 2015

With five games left in the regular season, the Northampton softball team had two ways of qualifying for the postseason — beat Chicopee on May 22, or win their last four games. The Blue Devils beat the Pacers …

Granby girls complete turnaround, seeded eighth in Division 2 lacrosse tournament

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Granby girls lacrosse team pulled a 180 in its second varsity season. After going winless a year ago, the Rams finished 9-4-1 and earned the eighth seed in the West/Central Division 2 Tournament. Seeds for the boys …

Local briefs: Easthampton High to hold charity softball game for Make A Wish

Friday, May 29, 2015

Easthampton High to hold charity softball game for Make A Wish The inaugural Hit & Run for a Wish charity softball game between the Easthampton High School softball teams and EHS faculty will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Williston Northampton softball fields. Proceeds to benefit …

Thursday’s high schools: Emergency JV sub plays key role as Northampton earns 6-5 extra-inning win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Northampton softball team got a little help from across the field in its 6-5 come-from-behind eight-inning win over South Hadley Thursday. While the Tigers scored the tying run in the seventh inning, shortstop Zoe Driscoll-Sbar was injured and had to leave the field. Stuck without a replacement …

MIAA votes to delay change to middle school eligibility rule

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association backpedaled on its recent rule change in regards to the eligibility of middle school students on high school teams. Earlier this month, the MIAA voted to change Rule 53 for the 2015-2017 handbook. Currently, middle school students are eligible for high school teams …

Wednesday’s high schools: Kate Sarnacki strikes for 14 goals, 100th of career as Granby girls lacrosse rolls

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kate Sarnacki netted 14 goals, including the 100th of her career, to pace the Granby girls lacrosse team to a 22-10 win over St. Mary in Westfield Wednesday. The sophomore added two assists, while Jess Paturno had four …