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Ian Robson, right, of Amherst Regional, passes ahead of Allen Gariepy, of Belchertown, during a regular season game. Amherst earned the top seed in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament, while the Orioles are No. 2 in Division 3.

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 eight-team tournament, the No. 1 seed doesn’t get a bye. The Hurricanes (15-0-3) will host No. 8 Renaissance (13-3-2) in the quarterfinals …

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 championship appears to be in Division 3 with three of the top six seeds. However, …

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 Eagles need to win at Ludlow to secure a Western Massachusetts Division 5 postseason berth. …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy rebounds, beats Granby in Bi-County East showdown

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

After losing its first meeting this season, the Hopkins Academy golf team rebounded to defeat Granby 151/2-81/2 Tuesday afternoon to move into a first-place tie in the Bi-County East. Caleb Farnham won his No. 2 match 4-0 for the Golden Hawks (11-3, 9-1). Joe Yusko, Justin Butterfield, Liam …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Holyoke Catholic girls take down Amherst Regional, Belchertown

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It had been nearly four years since the Amherst Regional girls cross country team lost a dual meet, but that streak was broken by unbeaten Holyoke Catholic on Tuesday afternoon. The Gaels (10-0) had four of the top …

Tuesday’s high schools: Amherst Regional, Frontier Regional earns sweeps during ‘Spike It For Life’ fundraiser

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On “Spike It For Life” nights in Amherst and South Deerfield, the home teams delivered good efforts as they raised money for good causes. The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team qualified for the postseason with a sweep of Belchertown. The Hurricanes (9-4) won 25-13, 26-24, 25-17. They were …

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 …