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Regional officials stress collaboration to state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A 25-member panel of community leaders told the state’s top economic development official last week that collaboration is the single greatest strength Franklin County. They asked for his agencies to join the collaboration to address the region’s weaknesses. Among the weaknesses identified during a 90-minute meeting Friday convened by state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, is the lack of Internet access in many areas, the lack of basic infrastructure like …

Chicopee’s wing-T offense too much for Amherst Regional in 32-14 loss

Friday, October 9, 2015

AMHERST — The Chicopee football team executed a simple but effective game plan Friday night: run the ball. The Pacers ran their wing-T offense to perfection, amassing 352 yards rushing in a 32-14 win over Amherst Regional. Issaiah Jackson led Chicopee (1-3, 1-2 Suburban) with 14 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns, while Ramon Cruz carried the ball 14 times for 106 …

Friday’s high schools: Granby pulls away from South Hadley in girls soccer match

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team exploded in the second half and stayed unbeaten with a 4-2 win over South Hadley, Friday in Granby. The Rams (10-0, 4-0 Pioneer North) scored three second-half goals to pull away from a 1-1 halftime draw. Erin Mikalchus had three goals and one assist to power the Granby side. Kate Sarnacki had one goal, while Trystin Burger, Alicia …

Tuesday’s high school boys cross country: Andrew Hutchinson breaks tie as Granby beats Mahar

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Granby boys cross country team needed an extra runner to beat Mahar on Tuesday. Andrew Hutchinson finished 10th overall in 22 minutes, 1 second and broke a tie as the Rams beat the Senators, 38-41, in Orange. The meet was tied 28-28 after five runners finished for …

Monday’s high school soccer: Smith Academy girls coach Matt McCloghry wins No. 100

Monday, September 28, 2015

At roughly the midway point of his eighth season as Smith Academy girls soccer coach, Matt McCloghry celebrated the century milestone Monday. The Falcons shut out Mohawk 3-0 in Hatfield for McCloghry’s 100th win at the school. His overall record is now 100-32-13. “I’m really proud of all …

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

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Belchertown girls volleyball ball team kept its unbeaten streak going on the road by beating Easthampton 3-1 in each team’s league opener Monday. The game scores were 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18. Audra Hale had three kills and …

Monday’s high school golf: Granby rallies to chip Pathfinder

Monday, September 28, 2015

The bottom four players for the Granby golf team scored 15 of a possible 16 points in leading the Rams to a 16-8 victory over Pathfinder Monday at Cold Spring Country Club in Belchertown. Tyler Sullivan, Maddie Humphrey and Jack White each swept their individual matches, while EJ …

Weekend high schools: Northampton field hockey shuts out Amherst Regional

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Megan McCarthy and Georgie Lellman each scored as the Northampton field hockey team shut out Amherst Regional, 2-0, Saturday in Amherst. Kiana Matakanski and Ursa Heidinger each had one assist, while Danielle Parent was unchallenged in goal for the Blue Devils (5-1-1). Katherine Cornell made 25 saves for …

Northampton rolls past Amherst in ‘Battle of the Bridge’

Sunday, September 27, 2015

AMHERST — The Northampton football team didn’t need to wait the usual full year to gain revenge on archrival Amherst Regional for last season’s 32-point loss. And once the teams took the field Saturday night, the Blue Devils …

Friday’s high schools: Jordyn Roberts, Frontier Regional field hockey pull away from Southwick

Friday, September 25, 2015

Jordyn Roberts had a hand in both goals as the Frontier Regional field hockey team shut out Southwick, 2-0, on the road Friday. Tied at halftime, the Red Hawks (5-1) pulled away thanks to Roberts. Mackenzie Patterson scored off a Roberts assist, while Camille Alli assisted Roberts’ goal. …

Friday’s high school boys soccer: Harry George nets winner as Hampshire nips Frontier, 1-0

Friday, September 25, 2015

Harry George scored the game-winning goal with an assist by Anthony Nardi as the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team beat Frontier Regional, 1-0, in Westhampton on Friday. The Raiders (3-2-1) defense played well as Nick O’Hare earned the clean sheet with four saves. Dylan Husted finished with eight …

What to watch for: Week 3 high school football previews

Thursday, September 24, 2015

South Hadley at Chicopee Comp Friday, 7 The Tigers (1-1, 0-0 Suburban) are coming off a big win over three-time sectional champion Wahconah. After falling to rival Holyoke in Week 1, the Tigers get rival No. 2 in …

Thursday’s high school girls soccer: Gateway Regional edges Easthampton

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Samantha Belardo scored the eventual game-winning goal in the opening seconds of the second half to lift the unbeaten Gateway Regional girls soccer team to a 2-1 home win over Easthampton Thursday evening. Nina Iglesias converted an assist from Jessica Van Heynigen to tie the game for the …