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What2Watch4 — Week 8 high school football previews

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicopee Comp at Northampton Friday, 7 With two games left, it is highly unlikely the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3 Suburban) have enough to make a push for the postseason. Even with a victory over the third-rated and first-place Colts (3-3, 3-0), Hamp would need to jump over Chicopee and South Hadley for the fourth seed. Northampton has lost two straight. Amherst Regional at Chicopee Friday, Szot Park, 7 The Hurricanes (1-5, 1-3 Suburban) hit the road and will look to play spoiler to the fifth-rated Pacers (2-4, 1-3), who have an outside shot at catching South Hadley for the fourth seed in Division 4. Amherst’s …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton girls volleyball survives five sets with Sabis, qualifies for postseason

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For the second time in three days, the Easthampton girls volleyball team was one set away from postseason elimination. But after saving their season Tuesday, the Eagles once again came back from the brink Thursday and clinched a tournament berth by beating Sabis 3-2 in Springfield. Easthampton rallied to claim a 28-26, 19-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-8 victory. Ruthenee Nhem posted a team-high 14 …

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. ... …

Wednesday’s high schools: Granby beats Mahar for third straight boys soccer win

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Matt Bleakley netted two goals and added an assist for the Granby boys soccer team, which won its third straight game by beating Mahar 4-0 in Orange Wednesday. Joe Desormier (assist) and Conor O’Shea both added a goal for the Rams (4-3-4). Doug L’Abbee made two saves to …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Hampshire sweeps Granby, Monson in push for postseason

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The postseason hopes for the Hampshire Regional golf team got a major boost Wednesday afternoon, as the Raiders picked up a pair of victories. Sean Ryan posted a match-best 39 at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst to lead Hampshire over Granby 181/2-51/2 and Monson 16-8. In addition …

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 …