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Briefs: Northampton Little League to introduce Intermediate Division

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hamp Little League adds new division Northampton Little League announced this week that it will introduce a new Intermediate Division that will begin play in the 2015 season. The Intermediate Division will play on a 50/70 diamond (50 feet from the mound to home plate and 70 feet between the bases). The new division will provide players with a more natural transition from the 46/60 diamond used in the Majors …

Tuesday’s high schools: Northampton holds off Sabis in girls basketball opener

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The only returning starter for the Northampton girls basketball team joined a pair of newcomers in helping lead the Blue Devils to a season-opening 55-47 home victory over Sabis Tuesday night. Charlotte Maurer began her senior season with 14 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and five assists for Hamp (1-0). Lauraine Joensen just missed a double-double in her debut, scoring nine points with …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Amherst opens season with sweep of Central

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys and girls swimming & diving team each opened their season with solid victories at Central Tuesday afternoon. The Hurricane boys earned a 96-84 win and the girls dominated 108-65 in the coaching debut of Evan Maczka. Calvin Lin, Marc Klepacki, Samson Braun and Hunter Carkhuff each won two events for the boys (1-0). Luca Brashear took first in the …

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. …

Aidan Gilson, Northampton boys take cross country titles at PVIAC championship

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — With the finish line in sight, three cross country runners all had their eyes on the prize. Northampton’s Aidan Gilson trailed Connor Evans of Amherst and teammate Liam Sullivan when he heard a familiar voice calling …

Contrast in campaign donations to incumbent, challenger in 1st Franklin District

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Political campaigns, even local ones, cost a lot of money. But a close look at differences in campaign contributions in even the largely rural 1st Franklin District says a lot about money and contemporary state politics. The nature of their donors provides a striking contrast between 35-year-old Republican …

Friday night football: Late fumbles cost Amherst Regional in 24-21 loss Pittsfield

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST — With a victory well within its grasp, the Amherst Regional football team let one slip away Friday night against Pittsfield. The Hurricanes had an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter when a fumble set up the Generals with a chance to tie the game. Pittsfield quarterback …

WMass boys soccer: Amherst Regional earns top seed in Division 1

Friday, October 31, 2014

GRANBY — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team is going into the postseason tournament undefeated. That feat also got them the top seed in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament as seeds were announced Friday afternoon. With an …

WMass girls soccer: Navigating Division 3 field will be tough for Hampshire, Easthampton and defending champs Granby

Friday, October 31, 2014

In a banner season for local girls soccer, 12 of 13 high school programs qualified for postseason play and had their seeds announced Friday. And while those 12 are spread among three divisions, the best chance for a …

Division 2 girls volleyball: Amherst Regional sweeps Putnam, faces Longmeadow in quarterfinals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — The No. 5-seeded Amherst Regional girls volleyball team defeated No. 12 Putnam 3-0 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament Thursday. Amherst easily won the first set 25-5 and won the second and third sets by closer margins — 25-20 and 25-16. Shaya Shally Jenson led …

High school notebook: Lucius Burrell nears 4,000-yard rushing milestone as Easthampton looks to qualify for postseason

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lucius Burrell can join a very exclusive fraternity Friday night, but he’s more concerned about his team joining a group of four. The Easthampton senior running back sits just 82 yards from the career 4,000-yard mark, while the …

What2Watch4 — Week 9 high school football previews

Thursday, October 30, 2014

South Hadley vs. Commerce Friday, Springfield Central, 5 p.m. The Tigers (4-3, 3-1 Suburban) can clinch a Division 4 tournament berth with a victory over the Red Raiders (2-5, 2-3). If they fall, they will need help. South …

Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor that supporters say will generate much-need jobs and revenue. Opponents argue that …