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Attendees of the Nipponzan Myohoji Sacred Ceremony at the New England Peace Pagoda's 30th anniversary celebration in Leverett, make offerings of incense during the ceremony Sunday, October4. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Many turn out to the 30th anniversary of the Peace Pagoda

Monday, October 5, 2015

LEVERETT — Prayers in chant and drums reverberated in the woods around the incongruous, gleaming white dome of the New England Peace Pagoda on Sunday in celebration of the site’s 30th anniversary. To Apple Ahearn and Don Ogden, the scene was a lot different from the first anniversary. Ahearn said work was still going on then, and it had rained …

Weekend high schools: Amherst girls volleyball tops Greylock

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Teya Nolan had 24 assists, 10 digs, eight aces and three blocks for the Amherst Regional girls volleyball team in a 3-1 independent home victory over Mount Greylock Saturday. Claire Basler-Chang had 24 digs, eight kills and five aces for the Hurricanes (6-4). Megan Rice posted 11 kills and 10 digs, while Jen Joy added 11 aces and six blocks. Girls soccer Smith …

Agawam runs over Amherst Regional, 59-6

Friday, October 2, 2015

AGAWAM — The Amherst Regional football team couldn’t stop Agawam’s running game and lost, 59-6, on a cold and rainy Friday night at Agawam High School. The Hurricanes (0-4) couldn’t do much defensively as the Brownies (4-0) scored on the first play of their first four drives. Chris Morassi (twice), Nick Scuderi and Troy Gallerani each scored on touchdown runs of at least …

Friday’s high school boys soccer: Harry George nets winner as Hampshire nips Frontier, 1-0

Friday, September 25, 2015

Harry George scored the game-winning goal with an assist by Anthony Nardi as the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team beat Frontier Regional, 1-0, in Westhampton on Friday. The Raiders (3-2-1) defense played well as Nick O’Hare earned the clean sheet with four saves. Dylan Husted finished with eight …

What to watch for: Week 3 high school football previews

Thursday, September 24, 2015

South Hadley at Chicopee Comp Friday, 7 The Tigers (1-1, 0-0 Suburban) are coming off a big win over three-time sectional champion Wahconah. After falling to rival Holyoke in Week 1, the Tigers get rival No. 2 in …

Thursday’s high school girls soccer: Gateway Regional edges Easthampton

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Samantha Belardo scored the eventual game-winning goal in the opening seconds of the second half to lift the unbeaten Gateway Regional girls soccer team to a 2-1 home win over Easthampton Thursday evening. Nina Iglesias converted an assist from Jessica Van Heynigen to tie the game for the …

Thursday’s high school golf/gymnastics: Amherst sinks Northampton in ‘Battle of the Bridge’ links version

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Two days before Amherst Regional and Northampton will play in three sports, the Hurricanes golf team claimed the “Battle of the Bridge” on the course with a 195-199 win Thursday at Hickory Ridge. Liam Kelly shot a match-best …

Thursday’s high school volleyball/field hockey: Frontier aces Medfield

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Emily Woodward had 26 of the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team’s 27 assists as the Red Hawks swept Medfield, 3-0, in South Deerfield on Thursday. Frontier (7-1) won 25-16, 25-13, 25-22. The Red Hawks collected 20 aces. Remi Quesnelle had nine kills, nine aces and 12 digs, while …

‘Battle of the Bridge’ changes directions for Amherst Regional, Northampton

Thursday, September 24, 2015

It will be a little warmer — and the stakes higher — when archrivals Amherst Regional and Northampton face each other on the gridiron this season. The “Battle of the Bridge” had been waged on Thanksgiving morning for the past 10 years. But the meeting has been moved …

Wednesday’s high school cross country/golf: Course records fall at Granby

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A pair of course records fell at Dufresne Park in Granby Wednesday. Palmer’s Henry Domnarski broke an eight-year-old mark by two seconds in winning the boys 3.1-mile race in 18 minutes, 13 seconds. Granby went 3-1 in the meet, beating Palmer, McCann Tech and Hopkins Academy. The Rams …

Wednesday’s high schools: Smith Vocational girls soccer nets win over Commerce

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A.J. Mitchell scored five goals as the Smith Vocational girls soccer team beat Commerce, 10-0, Wednesday in Springfield. Tasha Ding added two tallies, while Maddison Atkinson, Shannon Ryan and Gabby Petlock each had one for the Vikings (4-1-1, …

Tuesday’s high school boys cross country: Frontier Regional stays unbeaten

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Frontier Regional boys cross country team placed its five scoring runners in the first 11 and remained unbeaten with three victories at a quad meet at Mahar Regional in Orange Tuesday. Alex Smart (second, 17 minutes) was the top finisher for the Red Hawks (5-0, 4-0 Pioneer …

Tuesday’s high school soccer/field hockey: Ariana Sheehan’s hat trick sparks Smith Academy

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ariana Sheehan scored a hat trick Tuesday afternoon to lead the Smith Academy girls soccer team to a 5-0 home victory over Ware. Maggie Hession and Moira Pitrat had the other goals for the Falcons (4-1-1, 2-0 Pioneer …