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Tuesday’s high school basketball: Kayla Henry hits for career-high 29 as Belchertown beats Minnechaug

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kayla Henry scored a career-high 29 points as the Belchertown girls basketball team held off Minnechaug for a 56-51 win in Wilbraham Tuesday night. The Orioles (11-3) held the lead throughout but had to fight off the Falcons (5-10) down the stretch. Cara McKenzie (six points) added 10 rebounds, while Samantha Birks had six points and nine rebounds in the win. Longmeadow 60, Northampton 56 — The Blue Devils (9-5, …

Northampton’s Charlie Denhart, Amherst’s Margaret O’Connell lead local finishers at PVIAC Alpine Ski Championships

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Charlemont — Mohawk Trail’s Dan Burke completed both of his runs in cutoff jean shorts and a white tank top. Team tables were filled with grills, chips and candy. A group of male skiers took a victory lap in their skivvies and sprayed each other with snow while stopping at the bottom of …

Gazette High School Football Player of the Year: Griffin Fitzell, South Hadley

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Gazette Player of the Year Griffin Fitzell, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: Fitzell was among the top running backs in western Massachusetts, and performed many other roles in helping South Hadley to a Division 4 postseason berth and its first winning season since 2012. Amassed 1,742 total yards and 18 …

Monday’s high school basketball: ‘Dumpster dog’ Justin Farrick leads Frontier’s dominant rebounding effort in win over Greenfield

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The advantage on the scoreboard mirrored the advantage on the backboards. The Frontier Regional boys basketball team outrebounded Greenfield 51-31 in a 62-40 victory Monday in Greenfield. “Our guys were very active on both ends of the glass,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said. Justin Farrick paved the way …

Weekend high schools: Hampshire Regional behind Katy O’Connor punches postseason ticket

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Hampshire Regional girls basketball team qualified for the postseason with a 62-48 victory over Monument Mountain, Saturday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase at Hoosac Valley in Cheshire. Katy O’Connor had 35 points and 19 rebounds to power the win. Chelsea Moussette added 16 points, 10 rebounds, …

Friday’s high school swimming: Easthampton and South Hadley split dual

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Easthampton and South Hadley split a swimming dual Friday in Easthampton. The Eagles girls team prevailed 100-75, while the Tigers boys team won 70-64. Sabrina Foster won the 50-yard freestyle (27.04 seconds) and 100 freestyle (57.86) for Easthampton (4-5, 4-0 Patriot). Eilis Hellyar prevailed in the 200 individual …

Friday’s high schools: Amherst basketball wins second straight game behind big nights from Devonte’ McCall and Meikkel Murray

Friday, January 22, 2016

The back and forth ended for the Amherst Regional boys basketball team Friday. The Hurricanes won a second consecutive game by beating Holyoke, 67-50, at home after alternating wins and losses through their first eight games. Double-doubles from key players lifted Amherst (6-4). Devonte’ McCall led the way …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst women’s basketball team extends home win streak to 117 games

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Amherst College women’s basketball team extended its home win streak to 117 games with its 78-48 rout of Bowdoin, Friday. Ali Doswell had 19 points, while Marley Giddins added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the third-ranked Lord Jeffs (17-0, 4-0 NESCAC). Hannah Hackley and Cheyenne Pritchard …

Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear dives into the competition

Friday, January 22, 2016

AMHERST — Despite the colorful balloons, decorative posters and mixed emotions that highlighted senior night Friday, Amherst Regional sophomore Luca Brashear still had a task at hand: dive. Brashear stood on the board, heels hanging off the end, looking down with a focused stare. As parents and fans …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Triple-doubles for Stephanie Start, Sydney Cyr give Smith Voke road win

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Two triple-doubles added up to one road win for the Smith Vocational girls basketball team on Thursday. The Vikings beat Dean Tech 58-42 in Holyoke. Stephanie Start had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals, while Sydney Cyr scored 18 points to go with 12 rebounds and 10 …

Thursday’s high school alpine skiing: Northampton’s Charlie Denhart, Frontier’s Alli Zera place third at Berkshire East

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Northampton brothers Charlie and Jack Denhart finished third and fifth, respectively, in giant slalom at the fourth PVIAC alpine race of the season, Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart finish in 25.52 seconds with Jack crossing the line in 25.54. Amherst was fifth overall in the …

Wednesday’s colleges: Kennedy Guest-Pritch, Lauren Bindo lead Smith past Mount Holyoke

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kennedy Guest-Pritch and Lauren Bondi would have tied Mount Holyoke on their own. Guest-Pritch scored 16 points, and Bondi had 15 points as the Smith College women’s basketball team beat the Lyons 80-31 Wednesday in Northampton. Thirteen Pioneers found the net in the win. Smith (7-9, 4-4 NEWMAC) …

Wednesday’s high schools: Easthampton cruises past Monson, nears postseason berth

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Easthampton boys basketball remained undefeated and moved one step closer to the postseason with a 76-44 victory over Monson on Wednesday. Senior guard Raphael Coleman and junior forward Zach Crisafulli each had 16 points for the Eagles (9-0, 7-0 Bi County). Senior guard Liam Healey added 11 …