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Belchertown, Frontier Regional, South Hadley aim to snap Thanksgiving losing streaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Belchertown, Frontier Regional and South Hadley football teams will all have something in common on Thanksgiving — and it’s not likely poor field conditions. The three squads will all look to snap turkey day losing streaks. “If the kids can’t get up for this game, they should check the reasons why they’re playing,” South Hadley coach Scott Taylor said. The Tigers lead their series with Chicopee Comp 10-4, but …

Monson too strong, beats Gateway Regional 2-0 in WMass Division 4 girls soccer final

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — The Gateway Regional girls soccer team entered Sunday’s Western Massachusetts Division 4 title game with a 13-game unbeaten streak, and the Gators hadn’t lost to a divisional opponent all season. But Monson is not a typical D-4 team, as Gateway experienced for the second consecutive season. The top-seeded Mustangs scored twice …

Northampton boys fifth, girls seventh at state cross country championship

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time this season, neither the Northampton boys or girls cross country teams finished first in a non-invitational meet. But this was no ordinary meet and neither team was expected to win. It was the state Division 1 championship and the competition was fierce. The Blue Devil boys finished in fifth place at Franklin Park. The girls took seventh. …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier aims for 10th straight sectional and 5th straight state title as No. 1 seed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team can accomplish a pair of milestone streaks this postseason. The Red Hawks are aiming for their 10th straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 title and their fifth consecutive state crown. But coach Sean …

Gateway Regional boys soccer rallies for second time to beat Smith Academy, 2-1

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HATFIELD — The Gateway Regional boys soccer team overcame a one-goal halftime deficit to defeat Smith Academy 2-1 Tuesday. Nicholas McClafflin and Brennan Foley each scored in the second half as the Gators rallied past the Falcons for the second time this season. In their first meeting on …

Monday’s high schools: Caleb Farnham fires 89, finishes 22nd at state Division 3 tournament

Monday, October 27, 2014

A week after winning the Western Massachusetts golf championship, Caleb Farnham shot an 89 and finished 22nd in the state Division 3 tournament at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown on Monday. The Hopkins Academy sophomore did not see the course until a nine-hole practice round on Sunday. …

WMass Field hockey: Three teams battle in Division 2; Northampton, South Hadley eye Division 1 crown

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Western Massachusetts Field Hockey Tournament brackets were released Monday, officially opening postseason play. Of the 13 western Mass. programs in Division 2, just three qualified. Two of the 13 teams — South Hadley and Mahar — qualified, …

Weekend high schools: Keith Dixon powers undefeated Amherst boys soccer to regular season finale

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Keith Dixon scored twice and had an assist as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team beat Chicopee, 3-1, in nonleague action at Szot Park in Chicopee Saturday night. After a scoreless first half by both teams, the Hurricanes erupted in the second half. Alex Zyskowski had the other …

Friday’s high schools: Smith Academy girls soccer beats Hopkins Academy, nears tournament berth

Friday, October 24, 2014

The present and the future collided in Hatfield Friday. Seniors Olivia Hanson and McKenzie Wilson hooked up on the first goal, and middle schoolers Carrie Ellis and Maggie Hession connected on the second goal as the Smith academy girls soccer team beat Hopkins Academy, 3-1. The Falcons (8-7-1, …

What2Watch4 — Week 8 high school football previews

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicopee Comp at Northampton Friday, 7 With two games left, it is highly unlikely the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3 Suburban) have enough to make a push for the postseason. Even with a victory over the third-rated and first-place …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton girls volleyball survives five sets with Sabis, qualifies for postseason

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For the second time in three days, the Easthampton girls volleyball team was one set away from postseason elimination. But after saving their season Tuesday, the Eagles once again came back from the brink Thursday and clinched a tournament berth by beating Sabis 3-2 in Springfield. Easthampton rallied …

Wednesday’s high schools: Smith Academy boys soccer upends Holyoke

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tanner Natale scored the game-winning goal with 10 minutes left in regulation to lift the Smith Academy boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Division 1 Holyoke Wednesday afternoon in Hatfield. Quinn Rickert and Joe Afflitto added …

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton spikes Chicopee, keeps postseason hopes alive

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With its postseason hopes riding on every point Tuesday night, the Easthampton girls volleyball team dug deep to win the final two sets and defeat Chicopee 3-2 on senior night. The Eagles earned all three of their set …