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Wednesday’s high schools: Katie Yagodzinski powers Smith Academy to win over Gateway

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Katie Yagodzinski scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half to help Smith Academy cruise to a 42-25 win over Gateway in Hatfield on Wednesday. Yagodzinski added seven rebounds, three steals and a block. Mary Whalen recorded her first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons (1-1). Hannah Rickert (four points) had 10 rebounds and five steals in the win. Jessie Walton led the Gators …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire pins Granby in dual-meet opener

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Hampshire Regional wrestling team opened its dual-meet season with a take down of Granby, 39-36, in Westhampton on Wednesday Six Raiders earned pins on the night. DJ Willard (132 pounds), Brendan Weir (138) and Jacob Gray (152) each took down their opponent in less than 2 minutes. Nick Hoskin (145), Brandon Weyant (170) and Matt Carrer (285) also recorded pins. Nolan Hodgins …

Briefs: Northampton Little League to introduce Intermediate Division

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hamp Little League adds new division Northampton Little League announced this week that it will introduce a new Intermediate Division that will begin play in the 2015 season. The Intermediate Division will play on a 50/70 diamond (50 feet from the mound to home plate and 70 feet between the bases). The new division will provide players with a more natural transition from …

Monday’s high schools: Smith Academy cruises into quarterfinals, shuts out Franklin Tech

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Smith Academy girls soccer team made a slight halftime adjustment and it powered the Falcons into the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. No. 7 Smith Academy exploded for four goals in 14 minutes early in the second half to beat No. 10 Franklin Tech, 5-0, …

Playoff matchups announced for high school football

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A trio of local football teams officially learned their postseason matchups on Sunday. Unlike Easthampton and Frontier Regional in Division 5, South Hadley avoided a trip to the Berkshires but must reverse its worst loss of the season. The Tigers (5-3) edged out Chicopee Comp for the No. …

Northampton girls dominate top 10 en route to PVIAC championship

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — No one was going to catch Agawam’s Megan Dustin and no one knew that better than Northampton’s Mariel Lutz. Dustin left the rest of the field in her dust, but Lutz had another goal in mind. …

Aidan Gilson, Northampton boys take cross country titles at PVIAC championship

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — With the finish line in sight, three cross country runners all had their eyes on the prize. Northampton’s Aidan Gilson trailed Connor Evans of Amherst and teammate Liam Sullivan when he heard a familiar voice calling …

Contrast in campaign donations to incumbent, challenger in 1st Franklin District

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Political campaigns, even local ones, cost a lot of money. But a close look at differences in campaign contributions in even the largely rural 1st Franklin District says a lot about money and contemporary state politics. The nature of their donors provides a striking contrast between 35-year-old Republican …

WMass boys soccer: Amherst Regional earns top seed in Division 1

Friday, October 31, 2014

GRANBY — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team is going into the postseason tournament undefeated. That feat also got them the top seed in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament as seeds were announced Friday afternoon. With an …

WMass girls soccer: Navigating Division 3 field will be tough for Hampshire, Easthampton and defending champs Granby

Friday, October 31, 2014

In a banner season for local girls soccer, 12 of 13 high school programs qualified for postseason play and had their seeds announced Friday. And while those 12 are spread among three divisions, the best chance for a …

High school notebook: Lucius Burrell nears 4,000-yard rushing milestone as Easthampton looks to qualify for postseason

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lucius Burrell can join a very exclusive fraternity Friday night, but he’s more concerned about his team joining a group of four. The Easthampton senior running back sits just 82 yards from the career 4,000-yard mark, while the …

What2Watch4 — Week 9 high school football previews

Thursday, October 30, 2014

South Hadley vs. Commerce Friday, Springfield Central, 5 p.m. The Tigers (4-3, 3-1 Suburban) can clinch a Division 4 tournament berth with a victory over the Red Raiders (2-5, 2-3). If they fall, they will need help. South …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik cites his emphasis on ‘rural issues’ in bid for re-election from 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eleven-term incumbent state Rep. Stephen Kulik, who is seeking re-election to his 1st Franklin District seat in Tuesday’s election, maintains that even though he has risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “Small town and rural values …