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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Gateway Lady Gators' Alyssa Moreau (5) and Jessica VanHeynigen (12) walk toward the sideline as they show disappointment of the result of the Division 4 Western Mass. girls soccer final at the Westfield State University Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.  Gateway fell to Monson, 2-0.

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 within a four-minute span in the middle of the second half and repeated as sectional champions with a 2-0 victory. “We had a great first 60 minutes, and our strategy was working to that point,” Gators coach Steve Estelle said. “They’re a little deeper and they wore us down. I thought we …

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. …

Gateway Regional beats Lee 4-0, rolls into WMass Division 4 final

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The second-seeded Gateway Regional girls soccer team needed to settle down in order to erupt for four-second half goals and a 4-0 win over No. 3 Lee in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinals at Northampton High School on Wednesday night. “In the second half, our team just really stared clicking — it was a team win and we just pulled …

What2Watch4 — Week 7 high school football previews

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Northampton at Commerce Thursday, at Springfield Central, 7 The Blue Devils (1-4, 0-2 Suburban) are still alive but they have a lot of work to do and it starts with the Red Raiders (1-4, 1-2). Hamp, which is …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Granby rallies to beat Pathfinder, earn share of Bi-County East title

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On a day it received just a half-point from the top two matches, the Granby golf team relied on its other four players to beat Pathfinder 151/2-81/2 in the regular-season finale and gain a share of the Bi-County East title. Tristan Guzik, Alex Joao and R.J. Rosazza each …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Amherst boys power past Minnechaug

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys soccer team scored four goals in the final 20 minutes, including three off set pieces, as the Hurricanes beat Minnechaug 4-1 to gain sole possession of first place in the Smith League. Keith Dixon scored from Andy Zyskowski to tie the game for Amherst …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Northampton boys, girls sweep Amherst Regional

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Northampton cross country program stated its case as the best in western Massachusetts on Tuesday. The Blue Devils won’t be able to officially do it, however, until Nov. 8, the date of the Western Massachusetts Championships. On Tuesday, the boys and girls teams swept the reigning sectional …

Tuesday’s high schools: Belchertown girls volleyball beats Chicopee for Southern League title.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team rallied after dropping the first set to beat Chicopee 3-1 Tuesday and clinch the Southern League title. The Orioles (12-2, 7-0) won 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18. Emily Woodford posted team highs for Belchertown in kills (seven) and aces (five). Cara McKenzie had six …

Monday’s high schools: Gateway Regional shuts out Smith Academy in girls soccer

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen scored early and Joanna Arkoette scored late as the Gateway Regional girls soccer team shut out Smith Academy, 2-0, Monday in Huntington. Caroline Booth assisted the first goal 10 minutes into the game, and Van Heynigen helped Arkoette put one home with one minute left …

Debates set for contested Franklin House seats

Monday, October 13, 2014

Debates are scheduled this week in two House districts where there are contests in the Nov. 4 election. 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, a 12-term incumbent, and Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, a political newcomer from Deerfield, will participate in a “conversation” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Orioles blank Rams to seal postseason berth

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Belchertown girls soccer team clinched a tournament berth by winning a border battle against Granby, 2-0 at home Saturday evening. Kelsey Shea and Lauryn Parent each scored a goal for the Orioles (8-3-2). Téa Spellacy and Kayla Henry picked up an assist apiece for Belchertown, while Ashley …

Friday’s high school soccer: Amherst, Ludlow battle to 1-1 tie

Friday, October 10, 2014

One week later, the Amherst Regional and Ludlow boys soccer teams still couldn’t determine a winner on the field. The Hurricanes and Lions finished in a 1-1 tie Friday in Amherst. The game was Ludlow’s first since forfeiting nine games due to an ineligible player. Alex LaRaja scored …

Friday’s high schools: South Hadley senior Brian Bak ties for 8th at PVIAC Golf Championship

Friday, October 10, 2014

South Hadley senior Brian Bak finished tied for eighth to lead local golfers at the PVIAC Golf Championship at Franconia Golf Course on Friday. Bak shot a 5-over-par 76, while teammate Mike Miele finished tied for 11th with a 78. Noah Peterson, of East Longmeadow, successfully defended his …