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JERREY ROBERTS
The South Hadley team celebrates their 1-0 win against Belchertown Wednesday in South Hadley.

Wednesday’s high schools: South Hadley knocks off Belchertown in girls soccer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gigi Thibault broke through traffic and converted a Morgan Harrington pass as the South Hadley girls soccer team knocked off Belchertown, 1-0, Wednesday in South Hadley. Sophie Gatzounas made eight saves for South Hadley (4-1), while Ashley Cavanaugh stopped six shots for Belchertown (2-3). West Springfield 2, Northampton 1 — Lily Glading-DiLorenzo was assisted by Emma Tanner as the Blue …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Spencer Butterfield shots 38 as Hopkins Academy pulls away from Smith Academy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spencer Butterfield shot a 2-over-par 38 to earn medalist honors and lead Hopkins Academy to a 19-5 win over Smith Academy, Wednesday at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst. The Golden Hawks (5-2, 4-1 Bi-County East) won five of the six matches to clinch the victory. Justin Butterfield shot a 48 and Liam Higgins followed with a 49 in the win. Connor Fill …

High school notebook: Amherst Invitational set to welcome 1,000 runners

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last year, 999 racers finished the Amherst Invitational. On Saturday, officials are expecting another 1,000 runners to take to the course in the annual high school cross country race. “We love doing it. Our girls love running it,” Amherst Regional girls coach Eric Nazar said. “It’s one of the highlights for our team …

Northampton Cal Ripken baseball cruises in opener of state tournament

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Three pitchers combined on a 2-hitter as the Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under team began the state tournament with a 10-3 victory over Marlboro Friday afternoon in Westminster. Otis Follet (three innings, five strikeouts), Dominic Badorini (two innings, three …

Local baseball: Amherst Legion claims pair of playoff wins

Friday, July 18, 2014

After waiting roughly three days to extend its season, the Amherst Post 148 American Legion team then only needed hours to get off to a strong start in the next round of the Western District playoffs. Amherst defeated …

Local talent finds offseason home on IAS lacrosse team

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school lacrosse season grinds along with a shifting focus as the goal changes from making the postseason to winning the championship. But for athletes wanting to play at the next level, a winning season …

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Northampton senior Lauren McGrath

Thursday, July 17, 2014

When Lauren McGrath first came out for the Northampton girls track & field team, she had no idea what she was doing. Fast forward a year and a half, and she had no idea just how much she …

Baseball Player of the Year: Andrew Omer of Hopkins

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Andrew Omer took the role of pitching ace for the Hopkins Academy baseball team quite literally. The senior righthander earned the win in nine of 14 victories for the Golden Hawks, including seven of nine during the regular …

Local baseball & softball: Caelin Mottor keeps Easthampton Metro undefeated

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Caelin Mottor used her arm and bat to ensure the Easthampton Metro Softball team remained perfect Tuesday evening. Mottor fired a 6-hitter with five strikeouts, and went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored as Easthampton (15-0) defeated Springfield 9-2 at home. Gabby Downer (two …

Local baseball: South Hadley Sandy Koufax wins Division B title

Monday, July 14, 2014

The South Hadley Sandy Koufax team run-ruled Ludlow for the NEYSA Division B title on Tuesday, 16-5, in five innings. The Tigers scored six runs in the first and eight in the fourth to put the game out of reach. Jarrett Sudyka had RBI triple in the first, …

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley’s TJ Fitzell

Monday, July 14, 2014

Whenever the South Hadley lacrosse team needed a play this past season, TJ Fitzell was typically the man to supply it. The senior midfielder led the Tigers in assists and finished two points off the team lead, while …

Weekend baseball/softball: Northampton advances to Sandy Koufax final

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Northampton Sandy Koufax baseball team remained undefeated with a 2-0 win over Frontier in the semifinals of the New England Youth Sports Association Division A playoffs at home on Sunday. Jordan Washburn earned the win for top-seeded Hamp (21-0), striking out six while holding Frontier to two …

Cody Cleveland, John Ferrara combine on no-hitter for Northampton

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cody Cleveland and John Ferrara combined on a 5-inning no-hitter for the Northampton Mickey Mantle team in a 19-0 mercy-shortened road victory over Frontier. Cleveland started and struck out two in two innings. Ferrara fanned three over the last three frames. Ferrara led a 17-hit attack for Hamp …