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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, 4-2-0 Pioneer South) need one point next week against either Holyoke Catholic or Ware to qualify for the postseason. Hanson scored from …

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 Colts (3-3, 3-0), Hamp would need to jump over Chicopee and South Hadley for the …

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 to claim a 28-26, 19-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-8 victory. Ruthenee Nhem posted a team-high 14 …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Chris Noga (three goals) leads Belchertown past Central

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chris Noga’s hat trick led an offensive onslaught for the Belchertown boys soccer team, which beat Central 8-2 at home Tuesday evening. Ben LaClair tallied twice for the Orioles (7-2-2), while Ryan Kearney (goal, two assists) and Noah Lussier (three assists) each posted three points. Nick Drost and …

Monday’s high school soccer recaps: Four local teams qualify for postseason

Monday, October 6, 2014

Four local soccer teams clinched postseason berths on Monday, including a pair of defending Western Massachusetts champions. The 2013 Division 3 champion Granby girls and the WMass Division 4 titlist Hopkins Academy boys officially punched their return trips to the postseason. Meanwhile, the Amherst Regional boys as well …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton senior Gina Whalen finishes second at Western Massachusetts Girls Individual Golf Championship

Friday, October 3, 2014

Northampton senior Gina Whalen shot an 82 and fell one shot short of a Western Massachusetts Girls Individual Golf Championship, Friday at Ludlow Country Club. Rachel Bechard, of Longmeadow, fired an 81 to win the title. Hampshire Regional’s Kyla Murphy shot a 97, while teammate Makenze Felt had …

Thursday’s high school golf/gymnastics: Northampton goes low to beat Central

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cam King shot a 1-over-par 37 as the Northampton golf team beat Central, 155-206, Thursday at Northampton Country Club. Chris Soderberg and Gina Whalen each shot a 39, while Colby Lander added 40 for the Blue Devils (5-7). Northampton 155, Central 206 at Northampton CC, par 36 Northampton …

Thursday’ high schools: Easthampton spikes Sabis

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kate Avard had 10 kills and an assist as the Easthampton girls volleyball team swept Sabis, 3-0, at home Thursday. Jordan Burt added four kills and three aces, while Nicole Lewandowski had four aces for the Eagles (5-6, 2-2 Central), who won 27-25, 25-20, 25-19. Minnechaug 3, Belchertown …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Granby rolls past Pioneer Regional

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Matt Bleakley (two goals, assist) and Bobby Cavette (two assists, goal) each had three points as the Granby boys soccer team beat Pioneer Regional, 5-0, on Thursday. Joe Desormier and DJ Menard each added a goal for the Rams (3-3-4). Doug L’Abbee and Zach Gorham spilt time in …

Wednesday’s high school golf/cross country: South Hadley fends off Belchetown

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brian Bak shot a 1-over-par 37 and Mike Miele added a 42 as the South Hadley boys golf team held off Belchertown, 173-180, at the Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley Wednesday. Ryan Chrabascz had a 40 to …

Wednesday’s high schools: Frontier Regional, Amherst Regional return from long road trips with victories

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Frontier Regional and Amherst Regional girls volleyball teams each travelled to a different county Wednesday evening, but returned home with 3-0 sweeps. The Red Hawks went to Berkshire County and took down Lee, while the Hurricanes went the other direction and earned a victory over Tantasqua in …

Wednesday’s high school soccer: Christiano Marconi nets lone goal as Holyoke Catholic beats Putnam for first win

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Christiano Marconi scored in the 44th minute as the Holyoke Catholic boys soccer team won for the first time, beating Putnam 1-0 Wednesday in Springfield. Collin Neffinger had the assist, while Tom Heavren made four saves for the Gaels (1-4-4). Amherst Regional 1, Agawam 0 — Alex LaRaja …

High school notebook: ‘Spike it for Life’ hits home for Frontier Regional girls volleyball team

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

As the leaves change, fundraising for breast cancer swings into full gear as October is the disease’s dedicated “awareness” month. Endless philanthropic events rally support — emotionally and financially — including from high school athletic charity nights. The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team will host Longmeadow at 6 …