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Remi Quesnelle, of Frontier Regional, has been named the Daily Hampshire Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Remi Quesnelle, Frontier Regional

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Player of the Year Remi Quesnelle, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Quesnelle led Frontier with 306 kills, 265 digs and 98 aces while playing in all six rotations. The Red Hawks won their sixth Division 3 state championship and 11th Western Massachusetts championship in a row. Quesnelle had a season-high 25 kills in the team’s state semifinal win …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college campuses. But Downing, who will be leaving his post come January, says other important issues …

Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen finished with seven points for the Falcons (7-9, 2-4 Franklin South). Senior Ashley Higgins had …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Northampton girls blow out Westfield for second straight win

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Northampton girls basketball team seems to have righted its ship following two straight losses. The Blue Devils won their second straight, taking down Westfield 50-10 in Northampton Thursday. Lauraine Joensen scored 26 points with three 3-pointers and 10 rebounds. “Joensen did a great job shooting the ball …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: South Hadley downs Pathfinder, stays perfect in Tri-County League

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The South Hadley wrestling team used six pins to beat Pathfinder, 54-24, and remain undefeated in the Tri-County League Wednesday. Isaiah Cardenales (106 pounds), Gino Viamari (138), Jack Greaney (145), Cyrus Larivee (152), Ethan Fleming (160) and Nate Zayas (195) each won for South Hadley (4-5, 3-0). South …

Wednesday’s high school basketball: Olivia Cavanaugh sparks Smith Academy past Gateway Regional

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Olivia Cavanaugh had a pair of career highs as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Gateway Regional, 38-15, Wednesday in Huntington. Cavanaugh had a career-best five 3-pointers en route to a personal record 18 points for the Falcons (4-4). Cavanaugh added five rebounds and five assists. Ashley …

Tuesday’s high school track, ice hockey: Amherst boys speed past Chicopee, Holyoke, Putnam

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Amherst Regional boys indoor track team cruised to a trio of wins during the early session at a PVIAC meet at Smith College, Tuesday. The Hurricanes collected five overall first places en route to wins over Holyoke, 49-41, Chicopee, 61-33, and Putnam, 75-10. Aiden Foucault Etheridge won …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Northampton swimmer Johnny Williams posts All-American time

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Johnny Williams keeps getting faster and now he has an All-American time to prove it. The Northampton swimming senior and UMass commit won Tuesday’s 100-yard butterfly in 49.36 seconds, breaking his own school record. It also was a fast enough swim to automatically qualify him for All-American recognition …

Tuesday’s high school alpine skiing: Delaney, O’Connell, Denhart ski to top-10 finishes

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Corriann Delaney of Frontier Regional and Margaret O’Connell of Amherst Regional finished in the top 10 Tuesday at the PVIAC girls slalom race at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Delaney finished fifth in 43.00 seconds, while O’Connell was seventh in 43.38. In the boys giant slalom race, Charlie Denhart …

Tuesday’s high school boys basketball: Frontier Regional wins second straight, tops Turners Falls 46-44

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Frontier Regional boys basketball team held on down the stretch in a back-and-forth game to pick up their second straight win with a 46-44 victory over Turners Falls, Tuesday in South Deerfield. Trailing by one with just under a minute left, Evan Bourque hit a 3-pointer to …

Monday’s high schools: Northampton rallies to sink Chicopee, 47-40

Monday, January 11, 2016

Down by two with just under 3 minutes left, the Northampton girls basketball team scored the final nine points and beat Chicopee, 47-40, Monday at home. Consecutive backdoor passes from Lauraine Joensen (19 points, 14 rebounds) to Megan …

Friday’s high school basketball: Frontier Regional boys sink Athol for first win

Friday, January 8, 2016

Three double-digit scorers delivered the Frontier Regional boys basketball team its first win of the season Friday, 71-36 over Athol in South Deerfield. Justin Farrick and Trevor Gilmore each had 12 points, while Nolan Muzyka scored 10 and …

Friday’s high school swimming: Belchertown swimming sweeps Monson

Friday, January 8, 2016

Matt Quinney won two events and helped power two relay victories as the Belchertown boys swimming team took down host Monson 108-74 on Friday. He took first in the 200-yard individual medley in 1 minute, 59.88 seconds and won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.4. The 400 freestyle and …