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High school notebook: Amherst Invitational set to welcome 1,000 runners

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last year, 999 racers finished the Amherst Invitational. On Saturday, officials are expecting another 1,000 runners to take to the course in the annual high school cross country race. “We love doing it. Our girls love running it,” Amherst Regional girls coach Eric Nazar said. “It’s one of the highlights for our team to be able to host one of the top-notch races and to be able to compete in …

Week 3 edition of What2Watch4

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst Regional at South Hadley, 7 Thursday The Hurricanes let two winnable game slip away and will be looking to play a complete game. The Tigers have been blown out twice, but their offense came to life in the second half against Minnechaug. Can their defense slow Hurricane senior Taj-Amir Torres. Cathedral at …

Tuesday’s high school cross country:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Hampshire Regional boys and girls cross country teams each swept their quad meets Tuesday to open their Pioneer South schedules with two wins. Mike Sears placed first overall in 16 minutes, 44 seconds to pace the boys team on its 2.93-mile course in Westhampton. Hampshire beat Palmer, 19-44, and Gateway Regional, 22-39. Gateway topped Palmer 24-33. Sophia Prouty was first overall in …

Thursday’s high schools: Frontier Regional girls volleyball team spikes Chicopee Comp

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cassidy Ciesluk had 13 digs, 11 kills and five aces for the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team in a 3-0 road sweep over Chicopee Comp Thursday. The Red Hawks (4-0) remained perfect by game scores of 25-14, 25-22, 25-12. Rachel Cialek also had 11 kills in the win. …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Defending state champ Belchertown picks up first win

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Belchertown boys soccer team finally put a tick in the win column as the defending Division 3 state champions earned a 2-0 win over Westfield on Thursday. Oliver Hopkins and Nick Drost each scored, while Noah Lussier had an assist for the Orioles (1-1-2). Tanner Clark made …

Wednesday’s high schools: South Hadley field hockey beats Northampton, stays perfect

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Taylor Guertin scored three second-half goals as the South Hadley field hockey beat Northampton 3-1 at home Wednesday. The Tigers (4-0, 3-0 Central) stayed perfect ahead of their Thursday matchup with perennial power Longmeadow in South Hadley. Guertin has seven goals on the season to power South Hadley’s …

Wednesday’s high school soccer: Belchertown, Easthampton get revenge for 2013 postseason losses

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Belchertown and Easthampton girls soccer teams each had Wednesday circled on their schedules, and both made the long wait during the offseason worth it. Both the Orioles and Eagles won on the road to avenge heartbreaking postseason losses from a year ago. Belchertown 2, Pittsfield 1 — …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Brian Bak fires 2-under 33 to lead South Hadley to first win

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Brian Bak shot a 2-under-par 33 to lead the South Hadley golf team to its first win, a narrow 156-158 decision over Cathedral Wednesday at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield. Mike Miele just missed an even-par round with a 36 for the Tigers (1-2). South Hadley 156, Cathedral …

Tuesday’s girls cross country: Northampton opens with win over Ludlow

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Northampton girls cross country team opened its season with a 22-36 victory over Ludlow, Tuesday at Community Gardens in Northampton. Maggie Mahoney led a sweep of the top three spots for the Blue Devils. Mahoney finished the …

Tuesday’s boys cross country: Granby jumps out to 3-0 start

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Granby boys cross country team opened the season with a trio of victories on its 3.1-mile course at Dufresne Park in Granby. The Rams placed four runners in the top 10 as they beat Palmer, 20-39, Greenfield, …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Amherst cards second win in as many days

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Amherst Regional golf team made it two wins in as many days by defeating Chicopee Comp 195-224 Tuesday to even its record. Dani Miller-Grossman shot a 46 to lead Amherst, with Stephen McCudden firing a 47. Amherst 195, Chicopee Comp 224 at Chicopee CC, par 36 Amherst …

Tuesday’s high schools: Northampton girls soccer rallies for first win

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Northampton girls soccer team came from behind for its first win of the season, beating Westfield 3-2 on the road Tuesday afternoon. Charlotte Maurer put the Blue Devils (1-0-1) on the board in the 12th minute with a successful penalty kick. Sierra Loomis took a pass from …

Monday’s high school golf: Granby, Frontier Regional roll to opening wins

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Granby and Frontier Regional golf teams waited an extra week for their seasons to begin, and both enjoyed solid victories Monday afternoon. Granby beat Ware 211/2-21/2 at Cold Spring Country Club, while Frontier topped Turners Falls 151/2-81/2 at Cherry Hill. Medalist Shane Hollenbeck (45), Tristan Guzik and …