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Wednesday’s high schools: Belchertown hockey qualifies with win over Chicopee

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nate Pachecho gave the Belchertown ice hockey team two points and a postseason spot Wednesday. He scored a goal in the first period as the Orioles beat Chicopee, 1-0, at Smead Arena in Springfield. Cam Cass and Ben Magarian added assists for Belchertown (8-4-2, 7-3-2 Fay-Wright). St. Mary 5, Easthampton 2 — Freshman goalie Brigitte Goeler-Slough made 34 but the Eagles (3-9-4, 3-8-4 Fay Wright) fell at Lossone Rink. Boys …

South Hadley rallies to tie Mahar for Tri-County League wrestling title

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

From a 37-16 hole, the South Hadley wrestling team rallied back. The Tigers won the final four matches of their dual Wednesday in South Hadley to force a 37-37 tie with Mahar and share the Tri-County League championship with the Senators. It came down to the final match for the Tigers, who trailed …

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, …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst hockey skates past Greenfield and into postseason

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Junior Max Hopley scored three goals and dished out two assists as the Amherst Regional ice hockey team beat Greenfield, 8-2, at Orr Rink Wednesday. The Hurricanes (9-1-3, 8-1-1 Fay-Wright), who scored five goals in the third to break a 2-2 tie, qualified for the postseason with the …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire beats Gateway in battle of undermanned teams

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Two undermanned wrestling teams met at Gateway Regional High School on Wednesday. Hampshire Regional proved the stronger of the two, defeating the Gators 40-15 with just 10 of the 14 weight classes featuring competitors. Brandon Daniels and Dylan Berthume picked up Gateway’s two pin victories against Max Abel …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Stephanie Start’s triple-double powers Smith Voke

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Stephanie Start’s triple-double paved the way as the Smith Vocational girls basketball team cruised past Westfield Tech, 54-9, in Westfield Tuesday. Start had 27 points, including 25 in the first half, 12 rebounds and 10 steals as the Vikings (6-6, 3-1 Tri-County South) took control early and ran …

Tuesday’s alpine skiing: Frontier Regional duo races girls to second

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Alli Zera and Coriann Delaney are helping the Frontier Regional girls skiing team knock on the winner’s door. The Red Hawks finished second in the South Division at the fifth PVIAC alpine ski race of the season, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Zera took fourth place on …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Belchertown’s Ben LeClair breaks 23-year-old school record in 50 freestyle

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Belchertown sophomore Ben LaClair had two individual wins and anchored two winning relays in an 87-79 boys swimming & diving victory over Westfield Tuesday. And that wasn’t the most impressive thing he did at Chestnut Hill Community School. LaClair broke a 23-year-old school record in the 50-yard freestyle. …

Dave Grills, Wayne Granger to be inducted into WMass Baseball Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Williamsburg High School dealt Wayne Granger the only loss of his stellar senior baseball season in 1962. The eventual Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame inductee and two-time MLB Fireman of the Year didn’t start, but entered the game …

Retiring state Sen. Benjamin Downing says energy reform a priority during final year

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing said among the priorities in his final year in the Legislature is reforming state energy policies. Downing on Monday announced that he will not seek re-election to a sixth term this year. In …

Monday’s high school basketball: ‘Dumpster dog’ Justin Farrick leads Frontier’s dominant rebounding effort in win over Greenfield

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The advantage on the scoreboard mirrored the advantage on the backboards. The Frontier Regional boys basketball team outrebounded Greenfield 51-31 in a 62-40 victory Monday in Greenfield. “Our guys were very active on both ends of the glass,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said. Justin Farrick paved the way …

Weekend high schools: Hampshire Regional behind Katy O’Connor punches postseason ticket

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Hampshire Regional girls basketball team qualified for the postseason with a 62-48 victory over Monument Mountain, Saturday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase at Hoosac Valley in Cheshire. Katy O’Connor had 35 points and 19 rebounds to power the win. Chelsea Moussette added 16 points, 10 rebounds, …

Friday’s high school swimming: Easthampton and South Hadley split dual

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Easthampton and South Hadley split a swimming dual Friday in Easthampton. The Eagles girls team prevailed 100-75, while the Tigers boys team won 70-64. Sabrina Foster won the 50-yard freestyle (27.04 seconds) and 100 freestyle (57.86) for Easthampton (4-5, 4-0 Patriot). Eilis Hellyar prevailed in the 200 individual …