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Weekend colleges: Amherst men’s hockey earns point on initial road swing

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Amherst College men’s hockey team earned just one of a possible four points over the weekend on a road trip to upstate New York. The Jeffs tied Nazareth 1-1 Sunday, following a 6-3 loss to Elmira Saturday. Phil Johansson scored his first collegiate goal on the power play Sunday for No. 6/7 Amherst (2-1-1). Theo Hannah and Chris Roll each picked up an assist, with Dave Cunningham making 36 …

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. …

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 …

Wednesday’s high schools: Granby, Gateway primed for undefeated girls soccer showdown

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A pair of former league and tournament rivals set up an unbeaten showdown in their regular-season finale with victories Wednesday. The Gateway Regional and Granby girls soccer teams won to remain undefeated. They will play Friday at 6 p.m. in Huntington in their first matchup since 2012. With …

What2Watch4: Week 8 high school football previews

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wahconah at Northampton Friday, 7 The Blue Devils open with the rival Warriors in the Route 9 Rumble. Hamp’s stable number of running backs will look to fill the shoes left by Malik Renner and John Grimaldi, who …

Tuesday’s high school girls cross country: Sophia Jacobs-Townsley wins for Northampton, but Amherst prevails as a team

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sophia Jacobs-Townsley won the individual race, but the Amherst Regional girls cross country team couldn’t keep up with Northampton. The Blue Devils prevailed 20-40 on Tuesday in Amherst despite Jacobs-Townsley’s winning time of 20 minutes, 6 seconds. Northampton …

Tuesday’s high school boys cross country: Amherst, Frontier finish season unbeaten

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

In a battle of unbeaten teams in the final stretch of the regular season, the Amherst Regional boys cross country team outpaced Northampton at home Tuesday. The Hurricanes won 23-32 despite Northampton’s Liam Sullivan crossing the line in …

Tuesday’s high schoolfield hockey/girls soccer: Smith Academy reaches postseason with a tie

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Karlie Guimond’s goal propelled the Smith Academy field hockey team to the postseason in a 1-1 tie with Mohawk on Tuesday in Hatfield. She scored unassisted with 12 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first half to help Smith Academy (8-7-2, 3-3-2 North) return to the postseason after …

Monday’s high school girls soccer: Hopkins, Belchertown keep postseason in sight

Monday, October 26, 2015

A pair of local girls soccer teams kept their tournament chances alive with wins Monday, while two others were victorious to remain unbeaten. Hopkins Academy and Belchertown remain in the postseason hunt. Granby and Gateway Regional are still unblemished. Hopkins Academy 2, Mohawk 1 — Marykate Farnham and …

Amherst parents, officials debate school changes

Monday, October 26, 2015

AMHERST — As the date for a School Committee vote on Amherst’s elementary grade reconfiguration approaches, some parents remain unconvinced that switching from three elementary schools to two is the right way to go. The committee will vote …

Monday’s high schools: Hampshire, Belchertown, Granby, Amherst all win league titles

Monday, October 26, 2015

It was truly a banner day for four local boys soccer teams. Hampshire Regional (Holley), Belchertown (Churchill) and Granby (McGrath South) all clinched outright league titles with victories on Monday. Amherst Regional earned a share of the Smith crown by tying Minnechaug at home. Hampshire Regional 2, Palmer …

Monday’s high school girls volleyball/field hockey: Belchertown earns share of Southern League

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Belchertown girls volleyball team is assured of at least a share of the Southern League title after beating Sabis 3-1 in its regular-season finale Monday in Springfield. Cara McKenzie had a team-high seven kills and a pair of aces for Belchertown (15-3, 7-1 Southern). Sarah Woodford led …

Amherst nears decision time on reconfiguration of elementary schools

Sunday, October 25, 2015

AMHERST — Superintendent Maria Geryk has recommmended a school building plan to the School Committee, which will weigh that recommendation against feedback from parents in its decision Nov. 3. Geryk said Tuesday she and her administrative team support a reconfiguration from three K-6 schools — Crocker Farm, Fort …