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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 …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Hopkins Academy runs away from Hampden Charter, 80-48

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HADLEY — Once the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team took the lead, it never let it go, as it defeated No. 7 Hampden Charter 80-48 in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night. The No. 2 Golden Hawks (19-2) advanced to the semifinals to face …

Division 1 Boys Basketball: Devonte’ McCall, Amherst snack on Holyoke in 76-53 quarterfinal victory

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — During his first break from the game Thursday, Devonte’ McCall turned around on the bench and reached for a large bag of Skittles. The Amherst Regional junior ripped it open, grabbed a handful and tasted the rainbow with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third …

Wednesday prep roundup: Jake Ross scores 30 to power Williston boys hoop

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Northampton’s Jake Ross scored 30 points to lead the Williston boys basketball team to a 68-53 win at Westminster Wednesday. Ryan Richmond added 12 points for the Wildcats (18-3). Girls basketball Williston 57, Miss Porters 19 — Natalia Baum scored 15 points and Gracie Simpson (South Hadley) added …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Holyoke Catholic races past Franklin Tech in first-round win

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A slow start could not hold back No. 4 Holyoke Catholic as it knocked out No. 13 Franklin Tech, 39-22, Tuesday in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Girls Basketball Tournament at Holyoke Community College. With the win, the Gaels (14-7) will face …

Gateway Regional’s Austin Hermon finishes 10th on giant slalom at state alpine championship

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gateway Regional senior Austin Hermon had the lone top-10 finish at the state alpine championships, Tuesday at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton. Hermon placed 10th on the boys giant slalom in 51.77 seconds. Hermon’s time of 37.97 seconds in the slalom positioned him outside the top 10. Georgina von …

Division 4 boys basketball: Lenox eliminates Holyoke Catholic

Monday, February 23, 2015

LENOX — The Holyoke Catholic boys basketball team watched up-and-down season come to an end Monday as Lenox pulled away in the second half for an 82-67 win in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 tournament. “It’s tough, but everybody on this team gave everything …

Amherst Regional earns No. 3 seed for WMass Division 3A Hockey Tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Despite owning the best record in Western Massachusetts Division 3A hockey, Amherst Regional missed out in claiming one of two byes for the sectional tournament. With only six teams in the field, top-seeded Chicopee (13-5-2) and No. 2 Chicopee Comp (11-5-4) move right into the semifinal round. The …

Hampshire’s Brendan Weir, Brandon Weyant, Granby’s Nolan Hodgins place second at state Division 3 wrestling tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Brendan Weir had a perfect season and was one win shy of making history at the state Division 3 wrestling tournament, Saturday at Wakefield High School. Looking to become the 12th grappler statewide and the first from western Massachusetts to win four divisional titles, Weir …

4x800 leads Amherst Regional to third-place showing at All-States

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOSTON — Entering the final event of the day, the Amherst Regional boys indoor track team still had a title within its grasp. All the Hurricanes needed to do was overcome long odds to win the 4x400-meter relay and the All-State indoor track championship could have belonged to …

Undefeated Granby earns No. 2 seed in Western Massachusetts Division 3 Girls Basketball Tournament

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Coaches and players say it every year — regular season records don’t mean anything in the Western Massachusetts Tournament. The Granby girls basketball team finished the season undefeated for the second time in program history and …