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Amherst Regional shuts down Algonquin, 3-0, in state Division 1 boys soccer semifinals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOLTON ­— At the beginning of the season, the Amherst Regional boys soccer team was unsure of its back line as it was depleted by graduation. The Hurricanes’ plan to start a rotation of players to protect a freshman goalie has worked better than they could have guessed. As Amherst pushes toward the last possible day of high school soccer, there is no longer any uncertainty on defense. “We rotate …

Tensions between school board members, Amherst superintendent Maria Geryk emerge in emails

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — Accusations of lies and a potential breach of the superintendent’s contract, contained in a string of emails written by members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and Superintendent Maria Geryk, are raising the specter of discord in the relationship between some on the board and its top administrator. Three months after …

Amherst Regional, Belchertown set sights on state boys soccer semifinals

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Belchertown and Amherst Regional are set to make their trips to the state boys soccer tournament Tuesday night. The Orioles (14-3-4) will play Oakmont (13-3-4) in the Division 3 semifinals at 7 p.m. at Westfield State University. The Hurricanes (18-0-3) face Algonquin (19-1-1) in the Division 1 semifinals at 7 p.m. at …

Monday’s high schools: Smith Academy cruises into quarterfinals, shuts out Franklin Tech

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Smith Academy girls soccer team made a slight halftime adjustment and it powered the Falcons into the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. No. 7 Smith Academy exploded for four goals in 14 minutes early in the second half to beat No. 10 Franklin Tech, 5-0, …

Playoff matchups announced for high school football

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A trio of local football teams officially learned their postseason matchups on Sunday. Unlike Easthampton and Frontier Regional in Division 5, South Hadley avoided a trip to the Berkshires but must reverse its worst loss of the season. The Tigers (5-3) edged out Chicopee Comp for the No. …

Northampton girls dominate top 10 en route to PVIAC championship

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — No one was going to catch Agawam’s Megan Dustin and no one knew that better than Northampton’s Mariel Lutz. Dustin left the rest of the field in her dust, but Lutz had another goal in mind. …

Aidan Gilson, Northampton boys take cross country titles at PVIAC championship

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — With the finish line in sight, three cross country runners all had their eyes on the prize. Northampton’s Aidan Gilson trailed Connor Evans of Amherst and teammate Liam Sullivan when he heard a familiar voice calling …

Contrast in campaign donations to incumbent, challenger in 1st Franklin District

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Political campaigns, even local ones, cost a lot of money. But a close look at differences in campaign contributions in even the largely rural 1st Franklin District says a lot about money and contemporary state politics. The nature of their donors provides a striking contrast between 35-year-old Republican …

Friday night football: Late fumbles cost Amherst Regional in 24-21 loss Pittsfield

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST — With a victory well within its grasp, the Amherst Regional football team let one slip away Friday night against Pittsfield. The Hurricanes had an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter when a fumble set up the Generals with a chance to tie the game. Pittsfield quarterback …

WMass boys soccer: Amherst Regional earns top seed in Division 1

Friday, October 31, 2014

GRANBY — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team is going into the postseason tournament undefeated. That feat also got them the top seed in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament as seeds were announced Friday afternoon. With an …

WMass girls soccer: Navigating Division 3 field will be tough for Hampshire, Easthampton and defending champs Granby

Friday, October 31, 2014

In a banner season for local girls soccer, 12 of 13 high school programs qualified for postseason play and had their seeds announced Friday. And while those 12 are spread among three divisions, the best chance for a …

Division 2 girls volleyball: Amherst Regional sweeps Putnam, faces Longmeadow in quarterfinals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — The No. 5-seeded Amherst Regional girls volleyball team defeated No. 12 Putnam 3-0 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament Thursday. Amherst easily won the first set 25-5 and won the second and third sets by closer margins — 25-20 and 25-16. Shaya Shally Jenson led …

High school notebook: Lucius Burrell nears 4,000-yard rushing milestone as Easthampton looks to qualify for postseason

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lucius Burrell can join a very exclusive fraternity Friday night, but he’s more concerned about his team joining a group of four. The Easthampton senior running back sits just 82 yards from the career 4,000-yard mark, while the …