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Tuesday’s high school basketball: Kayla Henry hits for career-high 29 as Belchertown beats Minnechaug

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kayla Henry scored a career-high 29 points as the Belchertown girls basketball team held off Minnechaug for a 56-51 win in Wilbraham Tuesday night. The Orioles (11-3) held the lead throughout but had to fight off the Falcons (5-10) down the stretch. Cara McKenzie (six points) added 10 rebounds, while Samantha Birks had six points and nine rebounds in the win. Longmeadow 60, Northampton 56 — The Blue Devils (9-5, …

Northampton’s Charlie Denhart, Amherst’s Margaret O’Connell lead local finishers at PVIAC Alpine Ski Championships

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Charlemont — Mohawk Trail’s Dan Burke completed both of his runs in cutoff jean shorts and a white tank top. Team tables were filled with grills, chips and candy. A group of male skiers took a victory lap in their skivvies and sprayed each other with snow while stopping at the bottom of …

Gazette High School Football Player of the Year: Griffin Fitzell, South Hadley

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Gazette Player of the Year Griffin Fitzell, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: Fitzell was among the top running backs in western Massachusetts, and performed many other roles in helping South Hadley to a Division 4 postseason berth and its first winning season since 2012. Amassed 1,742 total yards and 18 …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Dylan Husted, Frontier Regional

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOYS SOCCER GAZETTE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dylan Husted, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Made 78 saves and posted 10 shutouts for the Red Hawks, who finished 15-4-2 and 7-0-1 in the Schmid. Made two saves in the …

Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Remi Quesnelle, Frontier Regional

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Player of the Year Remi Quesnelle, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Quesnelle led Frontier with 306 kills, 265 digs and 98 aces while playing in all six rotations. The Red Hawks won their sixth Division 3 …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college …

Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen …

Gazette Field Hockey Player of the Year: Jordyn Roberts, Frontier Regional

Friday, February 5, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY Player of the Year Jordyn Roberts, senior, Frontier Regional 2015-16 season highlights: Roberts, who finished with 17 goals and 10 assists, scored in 15 of Frontier’s 21 games. She had at least a point …

Thursday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy boys basketball becomes last unbeaten boys hoops team

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Only one boys basketball team remains undefeated in western Massachusetts. Hopkins Academy beat Turners Falls 94-56 on Thursday in Hadley to earn that distinction. The Golden Hawks (16-0, 13-0 Hampshire) used strong defense and hot shooting to cruise past the Indians (6-8, 3-7). Jon Morrison made some defensive …

Adam Hinds to seek state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Adam Hinds announced his candidacy Wednesday for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield. The announcement came one day after Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said that he would not seek the Senate post …

Wednesday’s high school basketball: Granby boys edge Belchertown

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Granby boys basketball team held off rival Belchertown and is one step closer to the postseason. The Rams edged the Orioles, 60-59, in Belchertown Wednesday to move within one victory of qualifying for the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. Junior forward Zach Gorham led all scorers with …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby takes down Franklin Tech

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Granby wrestling team pinned down Franklin Tech, 47-28, Wednesday. Five grapplers earned pins for the Rams (11-3-3, 5-1-1 Suburban). Jack Kent (106 pounds), Phil Roberts (160), Jack Sarnacki (170), Clayton Yanosky (182) and Nolan Hodgins (220) guided …

Gazette Boys Cross Country Player of the Year: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY PLAYER OF THE YEAR Liam Sullivan, senior, Northampton Season highlights: Sullivan had a season for the books at Northampton. His regular season included five dual-meet victories as well as a first-place Division 1 …