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The Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings swim program made history this weekend when it captured the New England championship at MIT. It was the first time Holyoke won the title, which had been awarded to North Shore every year since 2000.

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 points across both genders and five age …

First-ever western Massachusetts chapter of American Gold Star Mothers established during ceremony at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke

Saturday, March 14, 2015

HOLYOKE — Paula Bouffard knows the pain of having a son in the military killed during war. With the creation of the first-ever western Massachusetts chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers, Bouffard expects it will be easier for her to share her feelings with others who have experienced that pain. “Another Gold …

Sarah Moomaw: Saying goodbye isn’t so tough with a bright future ahead

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The high school basketball season is coming to an end and a majority of teams have said goodbye to their seniors. Watching 1,000-point scorers and multi-year starters depart isn’t easy for coaches, underclassmen or their fans. Even for the media it means new names, numbers and player attributes to learn. This year’s outgoing …

Weekend high school recaps: Hampshire boys hoops hand Monson first loss of season

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A big fourth quarter and three scorers in double digits led the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team over Monson, 66-60, at home Saturday. The game was tied 42-42 heading into the final frame, where the Raiders (15-4, 13-2 Bi-County) scored 24 points in 8 minutes to hand the …

Northampton places fifth at state Division 2 girls swimming & diving championship

Saturday, February 14, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — The legacy the seniors on the Northampton girls swimming & diving team will leave behind is one they can be proud of and something they will remember for the rest of their lives. A second place (2013), a third place (2014) and Saturday’s fifth place in …

Friday’s high school boys basketball: Granby, Smith Academy qualify for postseason

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A pair of boys basketball teams punched their ticket to the postseason Friday night with home victories. Smith Academy beat Frontier and Granby topped Palmer to earn their 10th wins. Smith Academy 56, Frontier Regional 42 — David Longstreeth poured in a game-high 21 points and grabbed 10 …

Friday’s high school girls basketball: Northampton upends West Springfield, moves into first in Valley League

Friday, February 13, 2015

Trailing by six in the fourth quarter, the Northampton girls basketball team rallied to move into first place in the Valley League with a 45-42 home win over West Springfield Friday night. Charlotte Maurer led the Blue Devils (14-4, 5-2 Valley League) with 12 points and 11 rebounds. …

Friday’s high school hockey: Amherst ices Easthampton in 6-0 win

Friday, February 13, 2015

Jake Balderston and Jordan Tetreault each scored twice and Ben Thompson notched a 22-save shutout as the Amherst Regional hockey team defeated Easthampton 6-0 Friday night at Orr Rink. Jack Rees and Nathan Masteralexis each had a goal …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton snaps 12-game slide with win over Frontier Regional

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Courtney Urban scored 19 points to power the Easthampton girls basketball team to a 30-28 win over Frontier Regional, snapping a 12-game skid. The Eagles (4-13, 1-6 Franklin North) led 21-16 at halftime and withstood a Red Hawk rally on senior night. Urban and Katie Parzych each had …

Behind top seeds Brendan Weir and Brandon Weyant, Hampshire Regional looks to make noise at WMass Division 3 Wrestling Tournament

Thursday, February 12, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — When the Hampshire Regional wrestling team finished an up-and-down regular season Wednesday, they turned their eyes to the postseason. Despite having a small team loaded with young wrestlers, including middle schoolers, Hampshire head coach Todd Bryant …

Amherst, Northampton eye state boys indoor track championships

Thursday, February 12, 2015

At last Friday’s PVIAC boys indoor track & field championships, Amherst Regional and Northampton left the other teams in their dust. However, only one could win the title. But based on the way the teams line up at …

Wednesday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy rolls past Frontier Regional

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jon Morrison had 20 points as the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team rolled past Frontier Regional, 64-44, Wednesday in South Deerfield. Morrison’s brother Brett and Sami Roe (10 rebounds) each had 12 points for the Golden Hawks (17-2, 13-2 Hampshire). Zach Kelley added 11 points in the win. …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire trio caps regular season with pins

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hampshire Regional three 100-win wrestlers entered the postseason on a high note Wednesday. Brendan Weir (138 pounds), Nick Hoskin (145) and Brandon Weyant (160) each recorded pins during the Raiders’ 45-24 loss to Sabis. The trio will lead …