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Suffield Academy senior Hunter Newman, of Northampton, signs his National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Bucknell.

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I Bucknell. The Bison finished 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season. Their season ended in the conference tournament semifinal round. …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country championship. He finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds. “If you told …

Northampton places seventh, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley 10th, Taylor Blow 11th at state cross country meet

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — A top-10 finish in the state girls Division 1 cross country championship enabled Northampton to leave Stanley Park with a sense of accomplishment. The Blue Devils placed seventh overall, following up on PVIAC and Western Massachusetts team titles over the last month. A strong pack gave Northampton the depth it needed to place among the state’s elite teams. “They’re awesome,’’ coach …

WMass girls cross country: Northampton reigns again; Sophia Jacobs-Townsley, Taylor Blow take top individual honors

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WESTFIELD — The bus taking the Northampton High School girls cross country team to Stanley Park was filled with laughter, singing and words of encouragement. Coach Ashley Krause told the Blue Devils to “run a race that will …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan, Frontier Regional make history at WMass cross country championships

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WESTFIELD — Northampton senior Liam Sullivan joined an elite list Saturday, while Frontier Regional made history at the Western Massachusetts Boys Cross Country championships. Sullivan became just the seventh runner since 1963 to win back-to-back Division 1 individual …

What2Watch4: Week 10 football previews

Friday, November 13, 2015

Northampton at Putnam Friday, 7 The Blue Devils (4-5) will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they face the Beavers (3-6) out of the AA Conference. Putnam has dropped five straight. Hamp will look to contain …

WMass girls soccer: Lenox downs Gateway Regional on PKs in Division 4 semifinal

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Dominant for most of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal but trailing for an even larger portion, the Gateway Regional girls soccer team earned an opportunity to extend its season in extra time. The Gators maintained their control over two 10-minute overtime sessions, but after they …

Massachusetts releases PARCC exam data by school district

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the state determines what to do about standardized testing, data released Tuesday offers a look at how individual school districts performed on the spring 2015 PARCC exam. Overall, students in grades 3 through 8 who took the PARCC math and English exams last spring were …

WMass girls soccer: Granby, Gateway advance to semifinals; 4 local teams knocked out in quarters

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team walked off its home field for the final time Sunday with its unbeaten record still intact after a 4-0 victory over Athol in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals. Summer Molin scored twice, while the top-seeded Rams (17-0-2) were the beneficiaries of …

Friday’s high school boys soccer: Granby rallies to down Mount Everett, reach Division 4 semifinals

Friday, November 6, 2015

Trailing at halftime, the Granby boys soccer team rallied to reach the semifinal round for the first time since 2010. The fourth-seeded Rams came back to beat No. 5 Mount Everett, 3-2, in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round, Friday in Granby. “They’re very excited,” coach …

What2Watch4: South Hadley, Frontier Regional open Week 9 with playoff football

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chicopee Comp at South Hadley Friday, 7 This is the second of three meetings this season between the rivals, but it’s certainly the most significant as the winner advances to the WMass Division 4 championship. The No. 2 …

WMass boys soccer: Alex Auclair, Brady Parker clinch victory for Gateway in penalty kicks

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Huntington — Gateway Regional keeper Brady Parker stood on the goal line, awaiting the 10th round of the penalty shootout in the late autumn mist. Eighty minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of sudden victory couldn’t separate the …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier assumes familiar No. 1 seed

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Frontier Regional girls volleyball coach Sean MacDonald will have to do some heavy scouting in preparation for the postseason, at least in looking ahead to the first couple matches. The Red Hawks received the top seed Tuesday for …