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JERREY ROBERTS
Luca Brashear, of Amherst Regional, does a forward 2.5 somersault during the Western Massachusetts diving championships Friday at Springfield College.

Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear wins WMass diving championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear was the 31st diver to step on the 1-meter board at the Western Massachusetts Championships on Friday. While he waited, the nerves kicked in as he prepared for his inward dive at Springfield College’s Art Linkletter Natatorium. Thirty divers later, Brashear faced the nerves and unleashed his first dive of the day that was worth a score of 20.5. It was the first of 11 that added up to 441.25 and a sectional championship title for the sophomore. “I was pretty nervous,” Brashear said. “Coming in I didn’t know if I would win or have an awful day. Diving …

Friday’s high school basketball: Hampshire girls avenge overtime loss to Granby, win 65-40

Friday, February 12, 2016

A strong third quarter helped the Hampshire Regional girls basketball team avenge an overtime loss to Granby. The Raiders outscored the Rams 20-6 after the break to take command en route to a 65-40 victory Friday in Westhampton. Chelsea Moussette had 15 points and 10 assists for the Raiders. Katy O’Connor scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Hampshire (15-2, 3-1 Central). …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Amherst boys qualify for postseason behind sixth straight win

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Devonte McCall had 28 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks as the Amherst Regional boys basketball team won their sixth straight and qualified for the postseason with an 83-72 win over Westfield in Amherst. Meikkel Murray added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tajahn Joyner had 16 points and Will Budington 10 for the Hurricanes (10-4, 5-1 Valley Wheel). Amherst shot …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: South Hadley edges Frontier without Isaiah Cardenales

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The benefit of three forfeits helped the South Hadley wrestling team edge Frontier Regional on Wednesday in South Deerfield. The Tigers won 42-27 without star 106-pounder Isaiah Cardenales. Frontier’s Emirhan Yildaz pinned his replacement, Ahi Lopez, in 30 seconds. There were nine pins out of the 11 matches …

Tuesday’s high schools: Late comeback falls short for Northampton boys basketball team

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A late comeback attempt by the Northampton boys basketball team came up short at home against Holyoke on Tuesday. Down by 21 in the fourth quarter, Northampton cut the lead to three with a minute to play but Holyoke made its free throws to win 72-66 at home. …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton girls win third dual in a row

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Abby Tobin won two events and helped lead the Easthampton girls swim team to its third consecutive dual victory, beating Pope Francis 120-40 Tuesday. She took first in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.28 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.95 while contributing to two winning freestyle relays. Victoria …

Tuesday’s high school indoor track: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan sets PVIAC record in 2-mile

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Liam Sullivan ran another record for the Northampton boys indoor track team. The senior set a PVIAC mark in the 2-mile with a time of 9 minutes, 27.99 seconds, Tuesday at Smith College. He broke his cousin Aidan …

Weekend high schools: Greenfield, South Hadley skate to a draw

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Smith Academy sophomore Evan Simmons gave Greenfield a lead in the first period, but Sean Doherty tied it for South Hadley in the second as the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield Saturday. Greenfield’s Clay Richardson and South Hadley’s Andrew Brunelle each had …

Weekend high school wrestling: Granby’s Nolan Hodgins picks up 150th career win at Granby Duals

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Senior wrestler Nolan Hodgins earned his 150th career win during the Granby Duals Saturday. Hodgins pinned Belchertown resident and Pathfinder student Matt Monast in 59 seconds at 220 pounds. The Rams (7-2-1) went 3-0 with wins over Frontier Regional, 68-18, South Hadley, 51-27, and Pathfinder, 51-18. Granby 68, …

Friday’s high schools: Career highs all around for push Belchertown girls basketball past Amherst Regional

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Belchertown girls basketball team got career-high scoring performances from Kayla Henry, Emma Jopson and Cara McKenzie as they overcame 10 3-pointers by the Amherst Regional to win, 68-51, on the road Friday. Henry struck for 24 points, Jopson had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and McKenzie had …

Friday’s indoor track: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan sets PVIAC indoor mile record in 4:22.5

Friday, January 15, 2016

The PVIAC indoor track record for the boys mile is staying within the family. Northampton senior Liam Sullivan set a new mark in the event with a time of 4 minutes, 22.5 seconds during Friday’s early session at Smith College. Sullivan’s cousin, Aidan Gilson, held the old mark …

NHS swimmer Johnny Williams unofficially ties 40-year-old 100 fly record of 49.14 seconds

Friday, January 15, 2016

Two school records and four JFK Middle School pool records fell during Northampton High School’s 100-78 boys swimming and diving victory over Belchertown, Friday. Northampton senior Johnny Williams set a school and pool mark in the 100-yard butterfly …

Thursday’s alpine skiing: Northampton’s Charlie Denhart places first on slalom

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Charlie Denhart is back on top. The Northampton senior placed first at the third PVIAC alpine race of the season, Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Denhart won the boys slalom in 33.06 seconds. He was fourth on giant slalom at Tuesday’s race. Two Frontier Regional girls placed …