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Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Emily Woodward, Frontier Regional

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gazette Girls Volleyball All-Stars FIRST TEAM Justine Bohl, senior, Amherst Regional Rachel Cialek, junior, Frontier Regional Cassidy Ciesluk, senior, Frontier Regional Remi Quesnelle, junior, Frontier Regional Erin Reed-Coates, senior, Belchertown Shaya Shally-Jensen, senior, Amherst Regional Shelby Telega, senior, Frontier Regional Emily Woodford, senior, Belchertown Emily Woodward, junior, Frontier Regional HONORABLE MENTION Sarah Conlisk, junior, Frontier Regional Chapin Duffy, senior, Amherst Regional Cara McKenzie, sophomore, Belchertown Reed Mitchell, senior, Amherst Regional Courtney Newsome, senior, Frontier Regional Ruthenee Nhem, senior, Easthampton Tatyana Ryan, junior, Belchertown …

Father of Amherst baseball, Stan Ziomek, set for induction into WMass Baseball Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The influence of Stan Ziomek in Amherst is clear, but his work in the game of baseball extended beyond the town’s border. So when a Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame was established, Ziomek seemed a perfect fit. He’s one of six individuals and one team in the second class set to be …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alex Laraja, Amherst Regional

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIRST TEAM Joe Afflitto, senior, Smith Academy Billy Aldrich, senior, Belchertown Isamu Bix, senior, Amherst Regional Jamie Blinder, senior, Frontier Regional Bryan Brasil, senior, Hampshire Regional Steve Bruscoe, senior, Smith Academy Brendan Bzdel, senior Hampshire Regional Connor Curtain, junior, Belchertown Evan Delaney, senior, Hopkins Academy Keith Dixon, senior, Amherst Regional Tom Heavren, senior, …

Leverett and Montague approve change in legal smoking age to 21, ban on most flavored tobacco

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Boards of Health in Leverett and Montague on Wednesday made them the first towns in Franklin County to raise the smoking age to 21 and ban most flavored tobacco. The changes take effect July 1. In Montague, the health board Wednesday night approved draft regulations banning sales …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hampshire boys run away from Southwick

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Hampshire Regional boys basketball team had a 10-point halftime lead, but a huge third quarter resulted in a 70-43 road win over Southwick on Tuesday. The Raiders (8-3, 6-2 Bi-County) outscored the Rams (2-7, 2-5) 25-4 in the third quarter to break the game open. Conor Cronin …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Northampton girls swim past Amherst Regional to stay perfect

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maela Whitcomb was the only multiple-event winner as the Northampton girls swimming & diving team kept its perfect season going Tuesday afternoon by beating Amherst Regional 120-56 in Amherst. Whitcomb took first in both the 100 fly and …

Monday’s high school basketball: Tim Hoar, Frontier Regional defense cap comeback over Drury

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Frontier Regional boys basketball team watched an 11-point lead against Drury turn into a three-point deficit with minutes remaining Monday. But defense and Tim Hoar’s driving layup with 7.7 seconds left gave Frontier a 43-42 comeback win …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Northampton tops Taconic

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Aidan Hirsch paced four players in double figures for the Northampton boys basketball team in a 72-59 home victory over Taconic Saturday. Hirsch scored a game-high 19 points for the Blue Devils (4-8). Michael Castillo and Elijah Davis each had 13, while Andrew Grygorcewicz added 10. Girls basketball …

Speaker Whitney Battle-Baptiste cites #ReclaimMLK hashtag at community breakfast honoring Rev. King scholarship recipients

Saturday, January 17, 2015

AMHERST — “I’m going to make a bold statement,” Whitney Battle-Baptiste said, leaning into the microphone. “If Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today, he would have a Twitter account.” Battle-Baptiste, guest speaker at Saturday’s Dr. Martin Luther …

Friday’s high school basketball: Smith Academy girls knock off Commerce

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Smith Academy girls basketball team hit its free throws down the stretch to pull away from Commerce, 32-25, in the second annual Smith Academy Classic Friday night. Jenn Adamites made two free throws, while Katie Yagodzinski went 5 for 7 from the line as the pair helped …

Friday’s indoor track: Northampton boys, girls sweep to stay undefeated

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Northampton boys and girls indoor track teams swept Westfield and Agawam during the early session of the PVIAC’s third regular-season meet Friday. The Northampton girls beat Agawam 62.5-31.5 and Westfield 55-40. The boys won 73-22 and 74-20, respectively. Both teams improved to 7-0 with the two victories …

Friday’s high school swimming: Northampton, South Hadley girls stay perfect in league

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Northampton and South Hadley girls swimming & diving teams each maintained their perfect league records on Friday afternoon. The Blue Devils defeated East Longmeadow 126-55 at JFK Middle School. The Tigers topped Easthampton 54-40 at South Hadley Middle School. Maela Whitcomb and Erica Dean each won a …

Amherst Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, January 16, 2015

Amherst Regional High School First Trimester Grade 9 Camryn Adams, Stratton Adams, Kale Allan, Hugo Ayala, Jenifer Ayala, Beatrix Barker, Claire Basler-Chang, Lukas Becker, Anya Benson, Isabel Bishop, Malcolm Blinder, Sadie Blumenfeld, Alvaro Borrell, Daniel Brennan, Lindsey Campbell, Eliza Carson, Anna Casagrande, Devan Chen, Peroum Chham, Celia Child, …