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Wednesday’s high schools: Belchertown hockey qualifies with win over Chicopee

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nate Pachecho gave the Belchertown ice hockey team two points and a postseason spot Wednesday. He scored a goal in the first period as the Orioles beat Chicopee, 1-0, at Smead Arena in Springfield. Cam Cass and Ben Magarian added assists for Belchertown (8-4-2, 7-3-2 Fay-Wright). St. Mary 5, Easthampton 2 — Freshman goalie Brigitte Goeler-Slough made 34 but the Eagles (3-9-4, 3-8-4 Fay Wright) fell at Lossone Rink. Boys …

South Hadley rallies to tie Mahar for Tri-County League wrestling title

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

From a 37-16 hole, the South Hadley wrestling team rallied back. The Tigers won the final four matches of their dual Wednesday in South Hadley to force a 37-37 tie with Mahar and share the Tri-County League championship with the Senators. It came down to the final match for the Tigers, who trailed …

Area police news

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Amherst • Police took a report of two teenagers carrying a door while walking along Route 9 near the Hadley town line at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday. The youths were not found and police said no one reported a door theft. Easthampton • Jason E. Tingley, 39, of Holyoke, was arrested at 3:41 p.m. Tuesday after a traffic stop on Park Street on charges …

State plans presentation on ‘rattlesnake island’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to stock Mount Zion Island with endangered timber rattlesnakes. The plan …

Women jailed for drug offenses find telling their stories helps them stay clean, free

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — There has been a growing push both in Massachusetts and in other parts of the country to revise laws that demand mandatory minimum prison sentences for many drug offenses, even for possession of minor amounts of …

Weekend high schools:Niccolo Cardaropoli, Jack Rees net four goals each for Amherst hockey

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hat tricks weren’t enough for the Amherst High School ice hockey team in an 11-1 win over Turners Falls. Niccolo Cardaropoli and Jack Rees each found the net four times in the Hurricanes’ comfortable road win Saturday. Jake Balderston, Max Hopley and Nathan Masteralexis scored the other Amherst …

Florence’s Jake Ross weighing football and basketball at Williston

Sunday, February 7, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Jake Ross left Northampton High School to attend Williston Northampton and play basketball for the Wildcats in 2014. Everything was going well. The team won a NEPSAC Class A title in his junior season. Then, last …

Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Remi Quesnelle, Frontier Regional

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Player of the Year Remi Quesnelle, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Quesnelle led Frontier with 306 kills, 265 digs and 98 aces while playing in all six rotations. The Red Hawks won their sixth Division 3 …

Winter returns

Saturday, February 6, 2016

More snow than forecast results in slippery roads, school closings

Saturday, February 6, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Though many schoolchildren cheered as class was canceled Friday after a sudden drop of snow, the Pioneer Valley faced a less significant impact than eastern parts of the state where the heavy, wet snow caused power …

Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen …

Forbes Library aims tech classes at people with vision loss

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Forbes Library is launching a series of free technology classes on Monday aimed at people with vision loss. Stretching into September, the classes will cover everything from magnification software to mobile Apple devices and audio description tools. The first class, titled “Keep Reading Digitally via Ear …

Area police news

Friday, February 5, 2016

Amherst • Francisco Barros, 19, of 81 Belchertown Road, Unit 67, was arrested at 3:03 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Main and South East streets on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, operating …