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Division 2 Girls Basketball: Belchertown breaks through to semis, beats Ludlow 52-35

Friday, February 27, 2015

LUDLOW — For three consecutive seasons, the Belchertown girls basketball team saw its season end in the quarterfinal round of the sectional tournament. With their seniors having one final shot to play at the Curry Hicks Cage, the Orioles put an emphatic stop to that trend Friday night. Belchertown utilized a suffocating zone defense to beat Ludlow 52-35 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 quarters. “I can’t believe it, I’m …

Strong second half boosts Hopkins Academy past Holyoke Catholic in D4 quarterfinals

Friday, February 27, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Hopkins Academy girls basketball team will return to the Curry Hicks Cage. The fifth-seeded Golden Hawks overcame a sluggish first half and pulled away from No. 4 Holyoke Catholic, 48-34, Friday at Chicopee Comp in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. “I would have liked to put a …

Division 3 Girls Basketball: Undefeated Granby gets past Monument, 64-56, in quarterfinals

Friday, February 27, 2015

GRANBY — The Granby girls basketball team’s undefeated season continues. The Rams defeated No. 7 Monument Mountain, 64-56, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night. No. 2 Granby (21-0) will face No. 6 Athol (18-4) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals at the Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst. “The kids are really excited to get there. I’ve already …

Four swimming wins power Belchertown to third place at WMass championships; Amherst’s Marc Klepacki takes two

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Amherst’s Klepacki wins pair of individual WMass titles SPRINGFIELD — Behind the strong swimming of Benjamin LaClair and Matthew Quinney, the Belchertown boys swimming and diving team placed third at the Western Massachusetts championships, held Saturday at Springfield …

Amherst dominates relays en route to 4th straight PVIAC boys title

Saturday, February 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If the Northampton boys indoor track & field team was going to end the three-year reign of Amherst Regional, the Blue Devils needed to bring a sizable lead into the three relay races. But the Hurricanes …

Alternates give Amherst Regional a boost toward second straight PVIAC girls track championship

Saturday, February 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Amherst Regional girls indoor track & field team learned the importance of alternates at arguably the best and worst time of the year. With two top sprinters pulling hamstrings early in Friday’s PVIAC championship meet …

Friday’s high school boys basketball: Easthampton, South Hadley qualify; Hampshire, Amherst extend winning streaks

Friday, February 6, 2015

Two boys basketball teams extended their win streaks, while two others guaranteed their seasons will extend into March. Easthampton and South Hadley qualified for the postseason with victories over Southwick and Minnechaug, respectively. Meanwhile, Hampshire Regional beat Ware to push its win streak to 10 games. Amherst Regional …

Friday’s high schools: Belchertown rallies, shuts down Chicopee in comeback

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Belchertown girls basketball team overcame a slow start and pulled away in the second half for a 49-42 win over Chicopee, Friday at home. Trailing 28-17 at the break, Belchertown (12-4, 5-1 Suburban) shut down Shannon Denault and the Pacers. Denault had 14 of her 18 points, …

Northampton girls aim to defend WMass swimming championship

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Northampton girls swimming & diving team finished the regular season with one loss and with swimmers in nine of the fastest heats in Saturday’s Western Massachusetts championship, the Blue Devils will be on the title defense. The championships will be held at Springfield College’s Art Linkletter Natatorium. …

Gazette Football Player of the Year: Taj-Amir Torres, Amherst Regional

Friday, February 6, 2015

Player of the year: Taj-Amir Torres, senior, Amherst Regional 2014 highlights: Averaged 22.0 yards per reception for 747 yards receiving. Added 500 return yards and 400 yards rushing. Scored 13 touchdowns, including two on special teams returns. Had …

Gazette Golf Player of the Year: Caleb Farnham, Hopkins Academy

Friday, February 6, 2015

Player of the year: Caleb Farnham, sophomore, Hopkins Academy Season highlights: Sophomore won the Western Massachusetts Division 3 individual championship by shooting a 5-over-par 76 at Franconia Golf Course. Finished 22nd in state tournament at Black Swan Country …

Thursday’s high schools: Belchertown rallies past Sabis in fourth quarter

Friday, February 6, 2015

After being outscored by 12 in the third quarter to fall behind by two points, the Belchertown girls basketball team rallied in the fourth for a 52-48 home win over Sabis Thursday night. Téa Spellacy had 24 points and Kayla Henry added five points, five assists and four …

Thursday’s high school skiing: Northampton’s Charlie Denhart finishes second in last regular season races

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Northampton skier Charlie Denhart earned the runner-up spot in the PVIAC boys giant slalom race Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Denhart clocked in at 25.01 seconds, while his brother Jack Denhart was ninth at 25.62. Gateway’s Austin Herman finished fourth overall at 25.08. Margaret O’Connell (38.35) of …