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Amherst boys ultimate falls short in state final

Sunday, May 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Amherst Regional boys ultimate team came up short of another state title at the Division 1 Massachusetts High School Championships held at Greenfield Community College over the weekend. The Hurricanes never led against a stout Lexington team, who answered every Amherst comeback attempt Sunday afternoon. Lexington jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in the contest and answered the Hurricanes’ late rally to win 12-10. “They rely …

WMass Individual Girls Tennis: Amherst’s Allison McCann wins first title; Hurricanes’ duo falls in third set of doubles final

Sunday, May 24, 2015

WILBRAHAM ­— Amherst Regional junior Allison McCann isn’t a stranger to the Western Massachusetts individual girls tennis final, but the three-time championship qualifier finally came out on top with a quick 6-1, 6-1 victory over Minnechaug’s Haley Gurski Sunday at Minnechaug. “It was nice not having to play my sister in the finals. …

Weekend high schools: Hamp softball slugs past Belchertown

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Northampton softball team exploded for 10 runs in the third inning and went on to a 15-3 home victory over Belchertown in 6 innings Saturday afternoon. Zoe Driscoll-Sbar went 3 for 4, including a double and a triple, scored three runs and knocked in a pair for the Blue Devils (8-9, 5-3 Valley Wheel). Rachel Sheehan (double, two RBIs, two runs), Emilie …

High school notebook: Northampton set to host Pioneer Valley Ultimate Invitational

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Northampton ultimate teams are set to host the second annual Pioneer Valley Invitational at the Oxbow Fields in Northampton on Saturday and Sunday. “The goal for this year is to continue everything that we started last year …

Thursday’s high schools: Belchertown girls lacrosse slipes past Amherst Regional

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Katarina Lowe scored four goals and had two assists in leading the Belchertown girls lacrosse team to a 14-8 victory at Amherst Regional Thursday. Emma Jopson scored a hat trick with an assist, while Alaina Swift (assist) and …

Thursday’s high school tennis: Amherst Regional girls take down Minnechaug

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team had an answer for Minnechaug on Thursday. The Hurricanes swept singles to beat the Falcons, 3-2, in Wilbraham. Minnechaug won 3-2 on April 23. Allison McCann, the top seed in the Western Massachusetts individual tournament that begins Saturday at Smith College, cruised …

Amherst School Equity Task Force considers future role

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AMHERST — Originally created to make recommendations to reduce racial tensions in the schools, the School Equity Task Force may ask to have a broader role. At a meeting Wednesday, chairwoman Kathleen Traphagen, also a member of the School Committee, asked about a dozen members how they wanted …

W.D. Cowls officials warn illegal activity could force curtailed access to land now open for public use

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AMHERST — W.D. Cowls Inc., the Amherst-based company that owns thousands of acres of forests throughout western Massachusetts, is warning against increased illegal activity that might prompt company officials to make some of its property off-limits to the …

Wednesday’s high school track/tennis: Hampshire boys track remains unbeaten in Suburban League

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dylan Cross and Lucius Burrell each claimed a pair of individual victories for the Hampshire Regional boys track & field team in an 811/2-611/2 home win over Palmer Wednesday. Cross took first in the triple jump and the 400 meters, while Burrell won the long jump and 200 …

Wednesday’s high school softball: Belchertown punches postseason ticket

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Belchertown softball team made sure early on that it would clinch a postseason berth Wednesday. The Orioles scored 13 runs in the first inning en route to a 25-3 road victory over Mahar in five innings. Lexi Lajeunesse went 3 for 4 and drove in four runs …

Wednesday’s high school baseball: David Longstreeth fans 18 as Smith Academy beats Easthampton

Thursday, May 14, 2015

David Longstreeth picked up his 30th career win with an 18-strikeout performance to lead the Smith Academy baseball team to a 7-1 victory over Easthampton in Hatfield Wednesday. Longstreeth struck out the first 10 batters before allowing a …

Wednesday’s high schools: Nick Roberts strikes in OT as Granby beats St. Mary in boys lacrosse

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Nick Roberts scored in the second minute of overtime to lift the Granby boys lacrosse team to a 7-6 home victory over St. Mary Wednesday. Roberts, Drew Weisel and Bailey Ortensi each had two tallies and an assist for the Rams (4-7, 3-7 Suburban). Tre Demers added a …

Mistakes doom Amherst Regional in 4-1 loss to Minnechaug

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

AMHERST — Strong pitching is vital to a baseball team’s fortunes, but it’s still just one aspect of the game. Amherst Regional learned that Tuesday night as defense and hitting let the Hurricanes down in a 4-1 loss …