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Amherst Regional boys soccer pulls out 1-1 draw with West Springfield

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team isn’t used to coming from behind this season, but to remain undefeated, it had to fight for a soggy 1-1 tie with West Springfield on Wednesday night. “It’s always a little surprising when we go down one, because our defense is so strong,” Amherst’s Alex LaRaja said. “We’re not use to coming from behind. ... It was an ugly game. It really …

Wednesday’s high schools: Smith Academy boys soccer upends Holyoke

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tanner Natale scored the game-winning goal with 10 minutes left in regulation to lift the Smith Academy boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Division 1 Holyoke Wednesday afternoon in Hatfield. Quinn Rickert and Joe Afflitto added a goal each for the Falcons (13-3). Jack Dadmun and Julian Zapata had assists, while …

High school notebook: New Amherst Regional girls basketball coach Dustin James eager to start season

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls basketball team will be under new leadership for the second time in three years when Dustin James takes over the program this winter. James is filling the void left by Liz Kay’s departure for the head girls basketball position at Wahconah High School. After five years of coaching at the boys junior varsity level — the last two at …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy rebounds, beats Granby in Bi-County East showdown

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

After losing its first meeting this season, the Hopkins Academy golf team rebounded to defeat Granby 151/2-81/2 Tuesday afternoon to move into a first-place tie in the Bi-County East. Caleb Farnham won his No. 2 match 4-0 for the Golden Hawks (11-3, 9-1). Joe Yusko, Justin Butterfield, Liam …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Holyoke Catholic girls take down Amherst Regional, Belchertown

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It had been nearly four years since the Amherst Regional girls cross country team lost a dual meet, but that streak was broken by unbeaten Holyoke Catholic on Tuesday afternoon. The Gaels (10-0) had four of the top …

Tuesday’s high schools: Amherst Regional, Frontier Regional earns sweeps during ‘Spike It For Life’ fundraiser

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On “Spike It For Life” nights in Amherst and South Deerfield, the home teams delivered good efforts as they raised money for good causes. The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team qualified for the postseason with a sweep of Belchertown. The Hurricanes (9-4) won 25-13, 26-24, 25-17. They were …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Chris Noga (three goals) leads Belchertown past Central

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chris Noga’s hat trick led an offensive onslaught for the Belchertown boys soccer team, which beat Central 8-2 at home Tuesday evening. Ben LaClair tallied twice for the Orioles (7-2-2), while Ryan Kearney (goal, two assists) and Noah Lussier (three assists) each posted three points. Nick Drost and …

Monday’s high school soccer recaps: Four local teams qualify for postseason

Monday, October 6, 2014

Four local soccer teams clinched postseason berths on Monday, including a pair of defending Western Massachusetts champions. The 2013 Division 3 champion Granby girls and the WMass Division 4 titlist Hopkins Academy boys officially punched their return trips to the postseason. Meanwhile, the Amherst Regional boys as well …

Weekend high school cross country: Northampton boys, girls place second at MSTCA Bay State Invitational

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Northampton boys and girls cross country teams each finished second at the MSTCA Bay State Invitational Saturday. The Blue Devils took second, third and seventh in the boys race to finish with 80 points at Franklin Park. Saint John’s won with 65. Hamp took seventh and 10th …

Friday night football: Big plays give Amherst Regional 38-28 win over Agawam

Friday, October 3, 2014

AGAWAM — Taj-Amir Torres scored several different ways for the Amherst Regional football team against Agawam Friday night. The myriad touchdown plays were pivotal in securing Amherst’s first win of the season as the Hurricanes defeated the Brownies 38-28. Torres scored on a 45-yard punt return and on …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton senior Gina Whalen finishes second at Western Massachusetts Girls Individual Golf Championship

Friday, October 3, 2014

Northampton senior Gina Whalen shot an 82 and fell one shot short of a Western Massachusetts Girls Individual Golf Championship, Friday at Ludlow Country Club. Rachel Bechard, of Longmeadow, fired an 81 to win the title. Hampshire Regional’s Kyla Murphy shot a 97, while teammate Makenze Felt had …

Boys soccer tilt between Amherst Regional, Ludlow ends in scoreless draw

Friday, October 3, 2014

LUDLOW — The fans piled into Lusitano Stadium for the highly anticipated matchup between Amherst Regional and Ludlow, two premiere boys soccer teams. This was the first matchup on the season between the programs, which have combined for six out of the last seven Western Massachusetts Division 1 …

Thursday’s high school golf/gymnastics: Northampton goes low to beat Central

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cam King shot a 1-over-par 37 as the Northampton golf team beat Central, 155-206, Thursday at Northampton Country Club. Chris Soderberg and Gina Whalen each shot a 39, while Colby Lander added 40 for the Blue Devils (5-7). Northampton 155, Central 206 at Northampton CC, par 36 Northampton …