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The Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings swim program made history this weekend when it captured the New England championship at MIT. It was the first time Holyoke won the title, which had been awarded to North Shore every year since 2000.

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 points across both genders and five age …

First-ever western Massachusetts chapter of American Gold Star Mothers established during ceremony at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke

Saturday, March 14, 2015

HOLYOKE — Paula Bouffard knows the pain of having a son in the military killed during war. With the creation of the first-ever western Massachusetts chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers, Bouffard expects it will be easier for her to share her feelings with others who have experienced that pain. “Another Gold …

Sarah Moomaw: Saying goodbye isn’t so tough with a bright future ahead

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The high school basketball season is coming to an end and a majority of teams have said goodbye to their seniors. Watching 1,000-point scorers and multi-year starters depart isn’t easy for coaches, underclassmen or their fans. Even for the media it means new names, numbers and player attributes to learn. This year’s outgoing …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing on legislative committee which issued report on climate change

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, said state Sen. Benjamin Downing, one of six members on the committee which drafted the …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …

Sports briefs: Locals shine at youth championships, spring and summer league registrations open

Monday, March 9, 2015

Local shines as Trinity College captures first NESCAC Championship The Trinity College women’s ice hockey team captured its first ever NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 overtime win against Middlebury College on Sunday. Jessie Stowell of Hadley had her shot tipped into the goal with 5 minutes, and 12 …

South Hadley topples Tantasqua, wins 7th WMass Division 2 title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel emerged from the locker room on Saturday with an unraveled tie draped around his neck. He was wearing a T-shirt that read “If not now” on the front and …

Belchertown beats Pittsfield in Division 2 girls final, wins school’s first basketball title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Belchertown girls basketball team had a six-point lead with 31.5 seconds left in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final when coach Jay Woodcock told sophomore Cara McKenzie she had made the play of the …

Hoosac ends Granby girls undefeated season in D3 final, 55-29

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It had been 367 days since the Granby girls basketball team last lost. On Saturday, the No. 2 Rams’ 22-game win streak was snapped by top-seeded Hoosac Valley, 55-29, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament …

In stunning turnaround, Hopkins wallops top-seeded Monson in D-4 championship

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team made a minor change to its defense at halftime. Sure, the Golden Hawks trailed top-seeded Monson by five, but their defense was working with the exception of Stephen O’Shea, who …

Hopkins Academy, South Hadley vie for Western Massachusetts boys basketball titles

Friday, March 6, 2015

One thing the Hopkins Academy and South Hadley boys basketball teams have in common is the Curry Hicks Cage. The Golden Hawks and Tigers are very familiar with the UMass gym and they are both playing there Saturday. …

South Hadley books trip to WMass Division 2 finals with 62-50 win over Pittsfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The South Hadley boys basketball team couldn’t contain itself following its Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament semifinal against Pittsfield. The Tigers’ locker room went from a room full of teenagers to a collection of preschoolers singing …