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JERREY ROBERTS
Granby players Isabelle Sheperd, center, and Kate Sullivan, right, defend Molly Cleveland, of Athol, during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament semifinals Tuesday at Curry Hicks Cage.

Granby breaks through to finals, beats Athol 54-43 in Division 3 semis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Meghan Sullivan and the Granby girls basketball team played at the Curry Hicks Cage the past two seasons, but walked off the floor each time with a sectional semifinal loss. Facing an Athol team with four senior starters, Sullivan helped guide a Rams team with two sophomore and two freshman starters to the next level. With its typical strong defensive performance, Granby reached the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament final with a 54-43 victory Tuesday night. “This is incredible, it’s been my goal since the eighth grade,” Sullivan said. “I’ve been to the Cage now three straight years and it’s the first …

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, imposed their will on the interior and wore Turners Falls down in the second half …

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 …

Weekend high schools: Kass, Day reach century-mark milestones (plus wrestling/nordic results)

Monday, February 9, 2015

South Hadley forward Beau Kass was a freshman when previous 100-point scorers Chris Menard, Doug Sattler and Spencer Nawrocki played their final season with the South Hadley hockey team. Kass joined the club Saturday afternoon by picking up his 100th career point in the Tigers’ 8-2 loss to …

Northampton’s depth pays off with third straight WMass girls swimming championship

Sunday, February 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD ­— Math has been known to cause some anxiety, especially on the pool deck of a swim meet. Northampton girls swimming & diving coach Jim Hirtle thought he’d figured out how to win the program’s third straight …

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 …