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Monday’s high school basketball: Northampton’s Max Walder, Smith Academy’s David Longstreeth hit game-winning buzzer beaters

Monday, December 22, 2014

Max Walder and David Longstreeth sent their respective teams into the holidays happy as their respective buzzer-beaters gave Northampton and Smith Academy wins Monday night. Greenfield tied it with around four minutes remaining after Smith led for most of the game. The teams went back and forth down the stretch before Longstreeth’s jumper to the right of the free throw line gave Smith a 58-56 road victory. Longstreeth led Smith …

Monday’s high school swimming: Northampton sweeps Easthampton as Johnny Williams sets school record in 100 fly

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Northampton swimming & diving teams each enjoyed solid victories over Easthampton Monday afternoon at JFK Middle School. The boys won 117-36, the girls 120-56. Johnny Williams and Gabe Lyons-Sosa earned two individual wins apiece for the boys (2-1), who won every event. Williams broke his own pool and school record in the …

Weekend high schools: Sophie Gatzounas, South Hadley hold off Wahconah in overtime

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sophie Gatzounas had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as the South Hadley girls basketball team held off Wahconah, 61-55, in overtime Saturday in Dalton. Marley Medina had nine points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Lexi Gawron added 11 points and four assists for the Tigers (2-1). Shepherd Hill 59, Northampton 51 — The Blue Devils (2-1) were within one with …

Weekend high schools: Hampshire shuts out Monument, reaches Division 3 semifinals

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sienna Caron and Vissi Rizos each scored in the first half as the Hampshire Regional girls soccer beat Monument Mountain, 2-0, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinal round, Saturday in Westhampton. The second-seeded Raiders (10-2-5) earned a semifinals rematch with No. 6 Granby (14-4-2), Wednesday at …

Hampshire Regional finishes third at WMass, punches ticket to girls cross country state meet

Saturday, November 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Hampshire Regional girls cross country team kept its season alive with a third-place finish in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Championships at Northfield Recreation Center on Saturday. “We really thought we had a pretty good …

Northampton sweeps WMass Division 1 cross country championships; Amherst second

Saturday, November 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Northampton boys cross country coach Brandon Palmer was getting tired of waiting. He spent his first two seasons continually hearing, “Wait until next year.” That year is this year. For the second week in a row, …

Friday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy holds off Gateway in Division 4 boys soccer quarterfinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Hopkins Academy boys soccer ran into Gateway Regional for the second straight year in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. And much like last season, the Golden Hawks held on for a one-goal win. The second-seeded Golden Hawks jumped out to a three-goal lead and held on …

Thursday night football: West Springfield rallies, holds off Amherst Regional 40-38

Thursday, November 6, 2014

AMHERST — Brandon Rivera had the best game of his career for the Amherst Regional football team against West Springfield Thursday night. Unfortunately for Rivera and the Hurricanes, it was in a 40-38 loss on a rainy and cold night. The senior running back rushed for 175 yards …

Non-binding questions on political corruption, legalizing marijuana approved Tuesday

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Non-binding ballot questions on strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and moving toward legalizing marijuana were approved Tuesday in two local legislative districts. Question 5 in most of the Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District represented by state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, instructed him to support legislation to “prohibit state …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik easily wins re-election in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, easily won re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, his …

Monday’s high schools: Smith Academy cruises into quarterfinals, shuts out Franklin Tech

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Smith Academy girls soccer team made a slight halftime adjustment and it powered the Falcons into the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. No. 7 Smith Academy exploded for four goals in 14 minutes early in the second half to beat No. 10 Franklin Tech, 5-0, …

Playoff matchups announced for high school football

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A trio of local football teams officially learned their postseason matchups on Sunday. Unlike Easthampton and Frontier Regional in Division 5, South Hadley avoided a trip to the Berkshires but must reverse its worst loss of the season. The Tigers (5-3) edged out Chicopee Comp for the No. …

Northampton girls dominate top 10 en route to PVIAC championship

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — No one was going to catch Agawam’s Megan Dustin and no one knew that better than Northampton’s Mariel Lutz. Dustin left the rest of the field in her dust, but Lutz had another goal in mind. …