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Griffin Fitzell, of South Hadley, has been named the Daily Hampshire Gazette Football Player of the Year.

Gazette High School Football Player of the Year: Griffin Fitzell, South Hadley

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Gazette Player of the Year Griffin Fitzell, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: Fitzell was among the top running backs in western Massachusetts, and performed many other roles in helping South Hadley to a Division 4 postseason berth and its first winning season since 2012. Amassed 1,742 total yards and 18 touchdowns. As a wingback in the Tigers’ winged-t offense, he rushed for 1,232 yards in 11 games and posted six triple-digit performances. Added 296 return yards and 241 receiving. Averaged 112.0 yards per game on the ground and 13.7 yards per attempt. Ran for a career-high 361 yards and five touchdowns in …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Dylan Husted, Frontier Regional

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOYS SOCCER GAZETTE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dylan Husted, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Made 78 saves and posted 10 shutouts for the Red Hawks, who finished 15-4-2 and 7-0-1 in the Schmid. Made two saves in the penalty shootout that decided the Western Massachusetts Division 3 title against Palmer. Frontier won the …

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 state championship and 11th Western Massachusetts championship in a row. Quesnelle had a season-high 25 …

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 …

Gazette Field Hockey Player of the Year: Jordyn Roberts, Frontier Regional

Friday, February 5, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY Player of the Year Jordyn Roberts, senior, Frontier Regional 2015-16 season highlights: Roberts, who finished with 17 goals and 10 assists, scored in 15 of Frontier’s 21 games. She had at least a point …

Thursday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy boys basketball becomes last unbeaten boys hoops team

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Only one boys basketball team remains undefeated in western Massachusetts. Hopkins Academy beat Turners Falls 94-56 on Thursday in Hadley to earn that distinction. The Golden Hawks (16-0, 13-0 Hampshire) used strong defense and hot shooting to cruise past the Indians (6-8, 3-7). Jon Morrison made some defensive …

Wednesday’s high school basketball: Granby boys edge Belchertown

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Granby boys basketball team held off rival Belchertown and is one step closer to the postseason. The Rams edged the Orioles, 60-59, in Belchertown Wednesday to move within one victory of qualifying for the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. Junior forward Zach Gorham led all scorers with …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby takes down Franklin Tech

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Granby wrestling team pinned down Franklin Tech, 47-28, Wednesday. Five grapplers earned pins for the Rams (11-3-3, 5-1-1 Suburban). Jack Kent (106 pounds), Phil Roberts (160), Jack Sarnacki (170), Clayton Yanosky (182) and Nolan Hodgins (220) guided …

Gazette Boys Cross Country Player of the Year: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY PLAYER OF THE YEAR Liam Sullivan, senior, Northampton Season highlights: Sullivan had a season for the books at Northampton. His regular season included five dual-meet victories as well as a first-place Division 1 …

Amherst Regional teacher Elizabeth Haygood to receive service award from MIAA Women in Leadership Committee

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — If you attend a sporting event at Amherst Regional High School, there is a good chance you have seen Elizabeth Haygood. There’s an even better chance you have heard her, from a distance, cheering on her beloved Hurricanes. Haygood started coaching at Amherst in 1981 and …

Tuesday’s high schools: Mitch Ouimette hits game-winning basket, makes steal to pace Hampshire Regional boys basketball

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mitch Ouimette nailed a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to give the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team a 59-58 overtime win at Wahconah Tuesday night. On Wahconah’s ensuing possession, Ouimette came up with a steal to preserve the win. A mid-range jumper by Jake Bihler (18 points) sent …

Tuesday’s high school skiing: Northampton’s Charlie Denhart returns to familiar position

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The last time Charlie Denhart took on the slalom at Berkshire East, he had an atypical run. One week ago, the Northampton senior finished 38th with an unusual time of 44.88 seconds. On Tuesday, Denhart was back in a familiar position. He finished second in 31.35 seconds during …

Gazette High School Girls Cross Country Player of the Year: Taylor Blow, Hampshire Regional

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY PLAYER OF THE YEAR Taylor Blow, senior, Hampshire Regional Season highlights: Blow had only one dual-meet victory but it kick-started a tremendous postseason. Blow finished first in a season-ending six-team meet at Springfield’s …