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Maddie Grabowski, center, of Easthampton, moves the ball against Alex Temple, of Mahar, Monday in Easthampton. Andie Hall looks on.

Monday’s high schools: Maddie Grabowski paces Easthampton past Mahar in girls soccer

Monday, October 12, 2015

Maddie Grabowski’s two tallies guided the Easthampton girls soccer team back over the .500 mark with a 2-1 home victory over Mahar on Monday afternoon. The junior midfielder scored in the 41st minute, assisted by Courtney Urban, and in the 62nd minute, assisted by Brenna Mottor. Mahar tied the match with a goal in the 49th minute. Gabby Downer stopped …

Drug-linked South Hadley explosion second in state; authorities concerned about butane hash oil manufacturing

Monday, October 12, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Law enforcement and fire officials said that the marijuana-based drug that allegedly led to a refrigerator exploding Saturday in South Hadley has become more popular over the last several years, leading to increased concern about the likelihood of similar explosions. Butane hash oil, also called butane honey oil, is created …

29th annual Pulaski Day parade in Northampton celebrates Polish heritage

Monday, October 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cymbals clanged and horns tooted as the 29th annual Pulaski Day parade made its way down King Street, sequins on baton twirlers’ costumes glinting in the midday sun. The festivities marked a day dedicated to celebrating Brigadier Gen. Casimir Pulaski, a Polish military officer who fought in the American Revolution and …

What to Watch for: Week 5 high school football previews

Friday, October 9, 2015

Northampton at South Hadley Friday, 7 Both teams are coming off blowout wins last week and are fighting for position in the Suburban League. Joe Allard leads the Tigers (2-2, 1-1 Suburban) with seven passing touchdowns, while Nik …

Thursday’s high school girls volleyball/field hockey: Belchertown prevails in battle of unbeatens

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Two unbeaten girls volleyball teams entered Ware High School on Thursday night. Belchertown left with a 3-1 (25-17, 13-25, 25-11, 26-24) victory in non-league action. The Orioles (11-0) lost a set for just the fourth time this season, but responded with a dominant 25-11 third-set win before outlasting …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Northampton takes down defending girls state champion West Springfield

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Playing on the home field of the defending Division I state champions, Emma Tanner delivered for the Northampton High School girls soccer team Thursday night. The Blue Devils sophomore midfielder scored with 7.2 seconds left on an assist from Brigitte Goeler-Slough to beat host West Springfield, 2-1. Alex …

Thursday’s high school gymnastics/golf: Hampshire splits tri-meet with Minnechaug, Agawam

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Nick Hoskin posted a pair of top-three finishes Thursday evening for the Hampshire Regional gymnastics team, which split a tri-meet in Westhampton. Minnechaug won with 127.4 points, Hampshire had 122.075 with Agawam at 116.875. Hoskin was runner-up on …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s soccer falls to George Mason in overtime

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sarah Hardison scored a minute into overtime as the George Mason women’s soccer team came from behind to beat UMass, 2-1, Thursday in Fairfax, Virginia. UMass’ five-game unbeaten streak came to an end. Jackie Bruno gave the Minutewomen (4-4-3, 1-1-1 Atlantic 10) a 1-0 lead six minutes into …

Jaquan Green of Holyoke sentenced to county jail after admitting illegal gun possession

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 22-year-old Holyoke man Thursday admitted to possessing a loaded gun without a federal identification card and was sentenced to 18 months at the Hampshire County House of Correction plus a suspended sentence. Jaquan Green pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to charges of unlicensed possession …

UMass Police request assistance from Northwestern district attorney’s office in investigating reported rape on campus

Thursday, October 8, 2015

AMHERST — Police at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have asked the Northwestern district attorney’s office to assist in investigating an alleged rape on campus that was reported Sept. 19. Interim UMass Police Chief Patrick Archbald said Thursday that the suspect was identified right away, but the man …

New England Newspaper & Press Association honors Gazette as ‘Newspaper of Year’

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NATICK — The Daily Hampshire Gazette was honored Thursday as “Newspaper of the Year” in its circulation category in the six New England states. The 2015 award recognizes excellence in all aspects of the daily paper and its …

Tekeyus Sumpter of Florence pleads guilty to breaking into parked cars at Silk Mill Condominiums

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man admitted in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday to breaking into and stealing items from cars parked at the Silk Mill Condominiums at 267 Locust St. Tekeyus J. Sumpter, 42, of 29 North Main St., Florence, pleaded guilty to: ∎ three counts of breaking and …

Wednesday’s high schools: Connor Hamilton’s hat trick helps Frontier sink Wahconah

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Connor Hamilton played a part in four goals as the Frontier Academy boys soccer team beat Wahconah, 5-0, at Herlihy Park in Whately Wednesday. The Red Hawks’ senior midfielder scored three goals, including one in the first minute, and dished an assist to Chad Parent in the 50th …