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Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country championship. He finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds. “If you told me at the start of the season …

Northampton places seventh, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley 10th, Taylor Blow 11th at state cross country meet

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — A top-10 finish in the state girls Division 1 cross country championship enabled Northampton to leave Stanley Park with a sense of accomplishment. The Blue Devils placed seventh overall, following up on PVIAC and Western Massachusetts team titles over the last month. A strong pack gave Northampton the depth it needed to place among the state’s elite teams. “They’re awesome,’’ coach …

Leverett Zoning Board of Appeals delays to Dec. 3 decision on proposed 500-kilowatt solar farm

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

LEVERETT — Development of a proposed 500-kilowatt solar farm in North Leverett will hinge on a decision next month by the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Board members Monday heard testimony for two hours related to the proposal by Barry Oberpriller of 11 North Leverett Road to install the photovoltaics in an open field next to his North Leverett home, but put off …

Tuesday’s high schoolfield hockey/girls soccer: Smith Academy reaches postseason with a tie

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Karlie Guimond’s goal propelled the Smith Academy field hockey team to the postseason in a 1-1 tie with Mohawk on Tuesday in Hatfield. She scored unassisted with 12 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first half to help Smith Academy (8-7-2, 3-3-2 North) return to the postseason after …

Monday’s high school girls soccer: Hopkins, Belchertown keep postseason in sight

Monday, October 26, 2015

A pair of local girls soccer teams kept their tournament chances alive with wins Monday, while two others were victorious to remain unbeaten. Hopkins Academy and Belchertown remain in the postseason hunt. Granby and Gateway Regional are still unblemished. Hopkins Academy 2, Mohawk 1 — Marykate Farnham and …

Amherst parents, officials debate school changes

Monday, October 26, 2015

AMHERST — As the date for a School Committee vote on Amherst’s elementary grade reconfiguration approaches, some parents remain unconvinced that switching from three elementary schools to two is the right way to go. The committee will vote …

Monday’s high schools: Hampshire, Belchertown, Granby, Amherst all win league titles

Monday, October 26, 2015

It was truly a banner day for four local boys soccer teams. Hampshire Regional (Holley), Belchertown (Churchill) and Granby (McGrath South) all clinched outright league titles with victories on Monday. Amherst Regional earned a share of the Smith crown by tying Minnechaug at home. Hampshire Regional 2, Palmer …

Monday’s high school girls volleyball/field hockey: Belchertown earns share of Southern League

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Belchertown girls volleyball team is assured of at least a share of the Southern League title after beating Sabis 3-1 in its regular-season finale Monday in Springfield. Cara McKenzie had a team-high seven kills and a pair of aces for Belchertown (15-3, 7-1 Southern). Sarah Woodford led …

Amherst nears decision time on reconfiguration of elementary schools

Sunday, October 25, 2015

AMHERST — Superintendent Maria Geryk has recommmended a school building plan to the School Committee, which will weigh that recommendation against feedback from parents in its decision Nov. 3. Geryk said Tuesday she and her administrative team support a reconfiguration from three K-6 schools — Crocker Farm, Fort …

Friday’s high school football: Belchertown picks up first win in overtime

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Athol and Belchertown football teams went into Friday night’s contest winless in the Intercounty League. In an overtime thriller, the Orioles prevailed over the Red Raiders, 34-28 in Belchertown. Tied at 28 after regulation, the Orioles (1-6, 1-6) won the coin toss and started with ball at …

Friday high school girls volleyball/field hockey: Frontier rallies to top Hopkinton

Friday, October 23, 2015

Remi Quesnelle, Rachel Cialek and Sarah Conlisk combined for 45 kills as the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 win over Hopkinton Friday. Quesnelle had 20 kills, Cialek added 15 and Conlisk had 10 in the 23-25, 22-25, 25-11, 25-16, 15-10 win that pushed the …

Friday’s high school soccer: Northampton girls beat Longmeadow, keep league title hopes alive

Friday, October 23, 2015

Emma Tanner scored from Hannah Finn-Erb with 12 minutes left as the Northampton girls soccer team beat Longmeadow, 3-2, and kept its quest for a Kurty-Fielding Division title alive Friday. Olivia Pruett scored twice and Sydney White made nine saves in the win. Tanner had two assists for …

Thursday’s high schools: Local teams nail down league titles, tournament berths

Thursday, October 22, 2015

League titles and postseason berths were dished out Thursday to several local teams. Smith Academy clinched at least a share of the Pioneer South girls soccer title with a 1-1 tie against Gateway Regional. The Frontier Regional field …