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Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans and Kelzy Rodrigues pose after their third-place finish in the championship field of the 4x800-meter relay at New Balance Nationals, in New York. The group, along with alternate Aiden Foucault-Etheridge have been named the Daily Hampshire Gazette Boys Track & Field Players of the Year.

Gazette Boys Indoor Track & Field Players of the Year: Amherst Regional’s 4x800 relay: Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans, Kelzy Rodrigues, Aiden Foucault-Etheridge

Monday, April 20, 2015

Player of the Year: Amherst 4x800 relay team (senior Allen Vance, senior Rob Sailer, senior Connor Evans, senior Kelzy Rodrigues, freshman Aiden Foucault-Etheridge, alternate) Season highlights: This team excelled at every level at which it competed. The quartet won the title at the PVIAC championships (8 minutes, 37.99 seconds), the state Division 3 championships (meet record 8:05.01), the all-state championships …

Weekend high schools: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional mow down Northampton

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Alexis Ferris’ perfect ERA is no more, but the Hampshire Regional softball team is still rolling. Ferris allowed her first run of the season Sunday, but she walked none and struck out 10 as the Raiders beat Northampton 4-1 Sunday in Westhampton. Chelsea Moussette (hit) and Taylor Boutwell (2 for 3) each had an RBI to power the offense. Emilie Baldwin was 3 …

Western Mass Distance Project ready to take on Boston Marathon

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At an Elks cross country road race in Holyoke three years ago, Laura Christoph spotted a group of guys in singlets that had a picture of Massachusetts on the front and the words “Western Mass” on the back. They formed the men’s Western Mass Distance Project running team. Christoph inquired about …

Spring Preview: Hampshire Regional softball relying on experience, defense in title quest

Friday, April 3, 2015

Every year, the Hampshire Regional softball team seems to be packed with veterans. This season is no different. The Raiders, who return all but two players from the 2014 Division 2 Western Massachusetts champion team, are hungry for …

Thursday’s high schools: Alex Wordsworth net winner as Belchertown sinks East Longmeadow

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Alex Wordsworth scored his second goal in the final minute of regulation as the Belchertown boys lacrosse team defeated East Longmeadow 10-9 on the road Thursday. Adam Mercer and Jason Krasinkiewicz each put in three goals, with Connor Hughes and Alex Bachand adding a tally apiece for Belchertown …

Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand leads Belchertown boys lacrosse to win over Chicopee Comp

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Belchertown boys lacrosse team opened the season with a 10-8 win over Chicopee Comp on the road Wednesday. Alex Bachand poured in six goals and an assist, while Alex Wordsworth had four goals for the Orioles (1-0). Ben Magarian had two assists and Connor Hughes had one …

Local briefs: SMAC race series, cross country series opening soon

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SMAC Race Series opens with Rob Hebert 8-miler The 47th annual Ron Hebert Race will be held April 12th in Florence. The 8-mile race is one of the oldest in New England and kicks off the 2015 Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club Race Series. The race starts (10 a.m.) …

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 …

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 …

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 …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing on legislative committee which issued report on climate change

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, said state Sen. Benjamin Downing, one of six members on the committee which drafted the …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …