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Leverett, Obama on same page with high-speed Internet

Sunday, January 25, 2015

LEVERETT — President Obama’s call Tuesday for Internet expansion to “help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world,” had a special ring for people in this town. Obama’s State of the Union shout-out to the 21st-century businesses’ need for “the fastest Internet,” and his visit to Cedar Falls, Iowa, last week to spotlight that …

Weekend high schools recaps: Granby, Hampshire girls hoops pick up wins at Coaches vs. Cancer tournament

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kate Sarnacki filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, to lead the Granby girls basketball another win, topping Wahconah 60-51 at the Hoosac Valley Coaches vs. Cancer tournament on Sunday. With the win, the Rams (12-0) matched last season’s opening win-streak at 12 games. Meghan Sullivan scored a team-high 20 points, as well as grabbing seven rebounds, four …

Friday’s high schools: Mitch Ouimette, Hampshire Regional shoot down Easthampton in second half

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mitch Ouimette’s barrage from behind the arc led a game-deciding offensive explosion for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team Friday night. With the game tied at halftime, the junior guard knocked down five 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 17 points as the Raiders beat rival Easthampton 68-56 in Westhampton. Conor Cronin had 12 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst’s John Leonard scores 100th career point for Cathedral hockey

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cathedral junior forward and Amherst resident John Leonard reached and surpassed the career 100-point plateau Wednesday night in the Panthers’ 12-1 win over St. John’s Shrewsbury in Marlborough. “It feels really good,” Leonard said. “I probably should have …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby pins down Mahar

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Granby wrestling team recorded six straight pins to beat Mahar, 49-24, in Orange Wednesday night. The Rams got going when Victor Magalhaes pinned Dylan Castine in 1 minutes, 15 seconds at 132 pounds. Ben Rokowski (138), Collin Mick (145), Clayton Yanosky (152), Tyler Dudek (160) and Jack …

High school notebook: Taj-Amir Torres honored to play in Semper Fi All-American Bowl

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Most area high school football players have their careers end on Thanksgiving, while the fortunate ones are able to play in the postseason. But Amherst Regional star Taj-Amir Torres capped his career by playing one final game with …

Revenue squeeze likely to force layoffs in Amherst-Pelham Regional School District

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AMHERST — Facing a $930,000 budget gap, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District is looking to eliminate the equivalent of 17.5 full-time positions at the same time as school taxes rise in three of the district’s four towns, according to a budget report distributed at Tuesday’s committee meeting. The …

Tuesday’s boys basketball: Gateway Regional jumps on Pathfinder, cruises to win

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Peter Kowal paced four double-digit scorers for the Gateway Regional boys basketball team in a 72-46 road victory over Pathfinder Tuesday night. The junior forward poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Gators (2-5, 2-3 Tri-County). John Haskell had 17 points for Gateway, which scored 30 …

Tuesday’s girls basketball: Easthampton honors late coach Jay Fortier with pregame ceremony

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Eashampton girls basketball team will keep a seat open on its bench for the rest of the season. Before the Eagles tipped off against Monson, the Eagles honored their late coach Jay Fortier with a pregame ceremony. …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton sweeps Holyoke Catholic

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Easthampton girls swim team remained perfect in league action by beating Holyoke Catholic 94-68 Tuesday night at Williston Northampton. Sabrina Foster won both the 50 free and the 100 free for the Eagles (3-5, 3-0 Patriot). Kristyn …

Tuesday’s high school alpine skiing: Gateway Regional’s Austin Herman wins season’s first race

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The five-day delay in the start of the alpine skiing season apparently didn’t bother Austin Herman. The Gateway Regional senior earned the overall individual victory in the boys slalom Tuesday afternoon at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Herman posted a time of 32.54 seconds for the Gators, who finished …

Amherst Regional goes cold, drops first game in 60-47 loss to Putnam

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Isaac Siegel blew past his defender from the right wing and headed toward the basket. The senior forward had space in the paint so he took off and threw down a one-handed dunk. The slam was the first basket of the game and gave the Amherst …

Weekend high schools: Amherst boys nordic team finishes third at Prospect Mountain

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Amherst Regional returned to the trails Saturday for its second Berkshire Nordic Ski League meet of the season. The boys finished third, while the girls were fourth at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont. Willy Wright finished ninth overall in 27 minutes, 24 seconds to pace the boys squad, …