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Monday’s high schools: Belchertown spikes Easthampton to stay perfect

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team remained perfect by winning its league opener over Easthampton 3-0 at home Monday. The Orioles (6-0, 1-0 Southern) cruised to a home sweep, 27-25, 25-12, 25-18. Tatyana Ryan had 22 assists for Belchertown. Alexis Ryan had three aces, while Jacqueline Johnson won all of her service points. Kate Avard had five kills and a pair of aces for the Eagles (3-5, 0-1). Ruthenee Nhem added …

Monday’s high school soccer: Smith Vocational girls earn program’s first victory

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shannon Ryan figured in every goal for the Smith Vocational girls soccer team in the program’s first win, 9-1 over Commerce Monday in Springfield. Ryan scored six times and added three assists for the Vikings (1-3). Gabby Petlock had a hat trick and three assists, while Becka Lewis assisted twice and Kelsey Henshaw once. Maddisin Atkinsin stopped four shots in the victory. Easthampton …

Monday’s high school golf: Nate Patterson fires 1-over 37 to pace Frontier Regional past Sabis

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nate Patterson shot a 1-over-par 37 to lead Frontier Regional to a 23-1 win over Sabis, at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst on Monday. The Red Hawks (5-0) won 4-0 at five-of-six positions, just missing a shutout. Greenfield 191/2, Smith Academy 41/2 at CC of Greenfield, par 36 Medalist: Ben Westerman (G), 47 No. 1: Ben Westerman (G) def. Connor Fill, 3-1; …

Area briefs

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Amherst SEPT. 11 MEMORIAL: A ceremony to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be held at the Central Fire Station at 9 a.m. Thursday. Town Manager John Musante said the brief event will feature remarks by Fire Department Chaplain Bruce Arbour. Members of the …

Monday’s high school golf: Granby, Frontier Regional roll to opening wins

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Granby and Frontier Regional golf teams waited an extra week for their seasons to begin, and both enjoyed solid victories Monday afternoon. Granby beat Ware 211/2-21/2 at Cold Spring Country Club, while Frontier topped Turners Falls 151/2-81/2 at Cherry Hill. Medalist Shane Hollenbeck (45), Tristan Guzik and …

Monday’s girls volleyball/field hockey: South Hadley beats West Springfield, stays perfect

Monday, September 8, 2014

Taylor Guertin had two goals with assists from Hannah Menard and Emily Florence as the South Hadley field hockey team remained perfect with a 4-1 road win over West Springfield Monday. Beau Kass and Ali Rondeau each scored once for the Tigers (3-0, 2-0 Central). Brittany Cote did …

Monday’s boys soccer: Amherst shuts out Northampton, 3-0

Monday, September 8, 2014

Six players registered a point and George Holt made five saves to lead Amherst Regional to the road shutout victory over Northampton, 3-0, on Monday. Alex Mangels, Justin Pina Lopes Sena and Alex LaRaja each scored a goal for the Hurricanes (2-0), while Ian Robson, Luke Webb and …

Monday’s girls soccer: South Hadley pulls away from Mahar

Monday, September 8, 2014

The South Hadley girls soccer team used two goals in the second half to break a halftime tie en route to a 3-1 win over Mahar Monday in South Hadley. Gigi Thibault gave the Tigers (2-1) the lead for good with an unassisted goal. Teammate Reilly Jodoin added …

High school football: Mistakes cost Amherst Regional in season opening loss to Westfield

Saturday, September 6, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional high school football team acknowledged that several costly mistakes, mental errors and key penalties were the deciding factor in the team’s season-opening loss Saturday afternoon. The Hurricanes suffered a hard-fought 21-14 defeat against the Westfield Bombers on a hot day. “We beat ourselves …

Friday’s high school recaps: Frontier, Amherst stay perfect with five-set victories in girls volleyball

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Frontier Regional and Amherst Regional girls volleyball teams each needed five sets Friday to stay undefeated two matches into the season. The four-time state champion Red Hawks dropped a close fourth set, but rallied with a quick fifth to beat West Springfield 3-2. The Hurricanes let a …

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. schedules flyovers to check vegetation on transmission lines

Friday, September 5, 2014

Residents in more than two dozen communities served by Western Massachusetts Electric Co. may see aircraft flying above their homes Monday and Tuesday as the utility checks transmission lines for vegetation issues. The aerial survey, likely to be done by helicopters, is a routine and necessary part of …

Smarter than the gurus? What are your football picks? What to watch and what will happen

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Friday Wahconah at Northampton, 7 The Blue Devils open with the rival Warriors in the Route 9 Rumble. Hamp’s stable number of running backs will look to fill the shoes left by Malik Renner and John Grimaldi, who …

Thursday’s high school golf: New-look Hopkins Academy opens with road win

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Hopkins Academy golf team received victories from three of its new starters in a 141/2-91/2 season-opening win over Pathfinder Thursday afternoon at Mill Valley Golf Club. The defending WMass Division 3 champion Golden Hawks (1-0) needed to replace half of their starting lineup. Justin Butterfield and Molly …