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Minnechaug clamps down on Amherst for 32-6 win on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26, 2015

WILBRAHAM — The Amherst Regional football team could not get its running game going. The Hurricanes either failed to gain a yard or lost yards on 15 of their first 22 rushing attempts, forcing them to put the game in the hands of quarterback Will Budington. Minnechaug was solid on defense in its 32-6 triumph over Amherst on Thanksgiving Day at Falcon Field. The Hurricanes finished a frustrating season at …

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I Bucknell. The Bison finished 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season. Their season …

Area business news

Monday, November 23, 2015

Allison Holmberg buys Hampshire Hearing NORTHAMPTON — Allison Holmberg is the new owner of Hampshire Hearing Services, 241 King St., which has been renamed Hampshire Hearing & Speech Services LLC. Holmberg is certified and licensed in both audiology and speech-language pathology. She will offer services to children and adults. Holmberg was director of …

Massachusetts releases PARCC exam data by school district

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the state determines what to do about standardized testing, data released Tuesday offers a look at how individual school districts performed on the spring 2015 PARCC exam. Overall, students in grades 3 through 8 who took the PARCC math and English exams last spring were …

WMass girls soccer: Granby, Gateway advance to semifinals; 4 local teams knocked out in quarters

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team walked off its home field for the final time Sunday with its unbeaten record still intact after a 4-0 victory over Athol in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals. Summer Molin scored twice, while the top-seeded Rams (17-0-2) were the beneficiaries of …

Friday’s high school football: Easthampton falls to Mahar; Amherst wins season’s first

Saturday, November 7, 2015

An early lead slipped away and a late comeback fell short for the Easthampton football team against Mahar in Orange on Friday. Hunter Leveille ran for 56 yards and a touchdown and Max Weir threw for 120 yards and a score, but the Eagles let a lead slip …

WMass boys soccer: Amherst Regional zips past Chicopee Comp, faces Longmeadow in Division 1 semifinals

Friday, November 6, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Regional showed Chicopee Comp Friday night why it is one of the top contenders in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Boys Soccer Tournament. In front of their home crowd, the No. 3 Hurricanes dominated the No. 11 Colts, 4-0, in a quarterfinal matchup. Amherst (11-3-5) …

Friday’s high school boys soccer: Granby rallies to down Mount Everett, reach Division 4 semifinals

Friday, November 6, 2015

Trailing at halftime, the Granby boys soccer team rallied to reach the semifinal round for the first time since 2010. The fourth-seeded Rams came back to beat No. 5 Mount Everett, 3-2, in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round, Friday in Granby. “They’re very excited,” coach …

WMass girls soccer: Amherst’s comeback cut short by Agawam in overtime

Thursday, November 5, 2015

AMHERST — Playing the program’s first home postseason game in 12 years, the Amherst Regional girls soccer team provided its fans with a stirring comeback and some extra action. But after rallying down a pair in the second …

WMass girls volleyball: Amherst sweeps Pittsfield in Division 2 first round

Thursday, November 5, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team’s young roster was phased neither by its first postseason match nor a little adversity in it. The No. 6-seeded Hurricanes strung together long runs throughout the match and rolled past …

What2Watch4: South Hadley, Frontier Regional open Week 9 with playoff football

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chicopee Comp at South Hadley Friday, 7 This is the second of three meetings this season between the rivals, but it’s certainly the most significant as the winner advances to the WMass Division 4 championship. The No. 2 …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier assumes familiar No. 1 seed

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Frontier Regional girls volleyball coach Sean MacDonald will have to do some heavy scouting in preparation for the postseason, at least in looking ahead to the first couple matches. The Red Hawks received the top seed Tuesday for …

WMass girls soccer: Undefeated Granby lands top seed in Division 3

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team took the time Monday to celebrate its regular-season accomplishments: an undefeated record and the top seed for the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament. But for a program that’s played in five sectional finals …