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JERREY ROBERTS
Kevin Van Oudenhove, front, of Easthampton, shoots against Conor Cronin, of Hampshire Regional, Thursday at Hampshire.

Division 3 Boys Basketball: Top-seeded Hampshire shuts down rival Easthampton to reach semifinals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — There were a number of motivational points for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team going into its Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinal against Easthampton Thursday night. With their 77-56 victory, the Raiders avenged last season’s postseason loss to their archrival and swept the season series in their final home game. But most importantly, top-seeded Hampshire (18-4) advanced to the Curry Hicks Cage for the first time since 2007. “This is a great feeling, going to the Cage and beating our rival three straight times after they knocked us out last year,” senior guard Nick Malo said. “We came out tonight ready to go …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Hopkins Academy runs away from Hampden Charter, 80-48

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HADLEY — Once the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team took the lead, it never let it go, as it defeated No. 7 Hampden Charter 80-48 in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night. The No. 2 Golden Hawks (19-2) advanced to the semifinals to face No. 3 Turners Falls (19-2) at the Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst. The teams split …

Division 1 Boys Basketball: Devonte’ McCall, Amherst snack on Holyoke in 76-53 quarterfinal victory

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — During his first break from the game Thursday, Devonte’ McCall turned around on the bench and reached for a large bag of Skittles. The Amherst Regional junior ripped it open, grabbed a handful and tasted the rainbow with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third quarter. McCall was looking for a boost of energy, having spent most of his in …

Belchertown 400 free relay takes state swimming title to pace Orioles to fourth-place finish

Friday, February 20, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — What the Belchertown boys swim team lacks in overall depth and experience, it makes up for in pure power. Despite having only a quartet of competitors in the state Division 2 championship meet, the Orioles’ fourth-place …

Friday’s high schools: Brendan Weir, Brandon Weyant, Nolan Hodgins and Saul Soto remain alive for state wrestling titles

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Brendan Weir’s quest for a third straight Division 3 state title got off to a good start at Wakefield Friday. Weir, the top seed at 138 pounds, pinned Aaron Smith of Gloucester in 1 minutes, …

Northampton, Amherst Regional indoor track teams eye All-States

Friday, February 20, 2015

A pair of western Massachusetts indoor track squads are looking for repeat performances this Saturday as state Division 3 champion Amherst Regional and Division 4 champion Northampton will compete in the All-State meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. A week after winning their fourth straight PVIAC …

Thursday’s high schools: Pair of locals top seeds for state wrestling tourneys

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior wrestler Brendan Weir takes aim this weekend at a career sweep of state titles. After winning his third consecutive sectional championship last Saturday, Weir seeks a fourth straight state crown. The feat would be a …

Wednesday’s high schools: Mike Grise one shy of 100 goals after big game for Easthampton

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Missing the first four games of his final high school hockey season lessened the chances of Easthampton star forward Mike Grise reaching 100 career points. But a blistering pace of nearly three points per game following his return …

Smith Vocational qualifies for girls basketball tournament for first time in 26 years

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time in 26 years, the Smith Vocational girls basketball team has qualified for the postseason. With a 52-15 blowout win over Westfield Vocational on Wednesday, the Vikings clinched a share of second place in the league and berth to the Western Massachusetts Division …

Tuesday’s high schools: South Hadley 4x200 relay placed third at state Division 3 meet

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

After being delayed two days by snow, the South Hadley and Holyoke Catholic track teams took to the Division 5 state meet at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston on Tuesday. On the girls side, the Tigers finished 11th with 14 points, led by the 4x200 team …

Amherst Regional rolls past East Longmeadow to cap 18-2 regular season

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AMHERST — When Amherst Regional played at East Longmeadow on Jan. 30, the Hurricanes saw a strong second-half performance guide them to a victory. The same held true Tuesday, as Amherst took a 13-point halftime lead and expanded …

Monday’s high schools: Granby inches closer to perfection with win over Amherst

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Granby girls basketball team moved within two games of a perfect regular season as it took down Division 1 Amherst Regional, 48-40, at home Monday. The Rams (18-0) jumped out to a 25-10 halftime lead and held on, despite the Hurricanes (1-18) making noise in the second …

Hampshire’s Brendan Weir repeats as three others earn WMass wrestling titles

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN — Winning a western Mass Division III wrestling title is nothing new for Hampshire Regional’s Brendan Weir, although he did find a way to make the feat memorable. The two-time defending sectional champ and three-time defending state …