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Weekend high schools: Amherst Regional shuts down West Springfield

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Trailing by four entering the second quarter, the Amherst Regional boys basketball team shut down West Springfield en route to a 66-54 win in Amherst on Saturday. The Hurricanes outscored the Terriers 14-4 in the second to pull ahead. Devonte’ McCall finished with 19 points, Isaac Siegel had 13 and Meikkel Murray added 10 for the Hurricanes (13-1, 6-0 Valley Wheel). Girls basketball Holyoke Catholic 50, Turners Falls 28 — …

Controversial Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School schedule changes to go into effect in September

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — A new middle school schedule plan, praised by administrators but criticized by many parents and some school committee members, will go into effect in September, according to School Superintendent Maria Geryk. In an email Saturday, Geryk said she had decided to move forward with changes designed to create more time for English, math, science and social studies while altering many of …

Friday’s high school recaps: Hopkins Academy boys hoops runs over Smith Academy on the road

Friday, January 30, 2015

A big third quarter gave Hopkins Academy a 64-41 road win over Smith Academy in boys basketball on Friday night. The Golden Eagles (14-1, 11-1 Hampshire) outscored the Falcons (7-7, 6-5) 16-3 to open the second half. Zach Kelley and Brett Morrison led Hopkins with 16 points apiece, while Spencer Butterfield and Sami …

Amherst Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, January 16, 2015

Amherst Regional High School First Trimester Grade 9 Camryn Adams, Stratton Adams, Kale Allan, Hugo Ayala, Jenifer Ayala, Beatrix Barker, Claire Basler-Chang, Lukas Becker, Anya Benson, Isabel Bishop, Malcolm Blinder, Sadie Blumenfeld, Alvaro Borrell, Daniel Brennan, Lindsey Campbell, Eliza Carson, Anna Casagrande, Devan Chen, Peroum Chham, Celia Child, …

Thursday’s high school skiing: Charlie Denhart finishes fifth on giant slalom

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Two local boys skiers finished two-hundredths of a second apart Thursday afternoon in the PVIAC giant slalom race at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart of Northampton came in fifth overall with a time of 23.63 seconds. Gateway Regional’s Austin Herman was sixth in 23.65 as the Gators …

Proposal to regionalize all grades in Amherst-Pelham School District moves closer to vote by towns

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — After years of planning, residents of Pelham, Leverett, Shutesbury and Amherst may have a chance to vote on a proposal to create a regional school district for all grades. A Regional Agreement Working Group, established in 2013, made recommendations Tuesday to the current regional district’s school …

Amherst Regional storms back to ice Easthampton, 5-4

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The undefeated start by the Amherst Regional hockey team has shown the Hurricanes have the talent to beat anybody in western Massachusetts. A victory Wednesday night over Easthampton was a strong indication that Amherst also brings the necessary character and will to win. The Hurricanes scored …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst’s John Leonard scores 100th career point for Cathedral hockey

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cathedral junior forward and Amherst resident John Leonard reached and surpassed the career 100-point plateau Wednesday night in the Panthers’ 12-1 win over St. John’s Shrewsbury in Marlborough. “It feels really good,” Leonard said. “I probably should have …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby pins down Mahar

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Granby wrestling team recorded six straight pins to beat Mahar, 49-24, in Orange Wednesday night. The Rams got going when Victor Magalhaes pinned Dylan Castine in 1 minutes, 15 seconds at 132 pounds. Ben Rokowski (138), Collin Mick (145), Clayton Yanosky (152), Tyler Dudek (160) and Jack …

High school notebook: Taj-Amir Torres honored to play in Semper Fi All-American Bowl

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Most area high school football players have their careers end on Thanksgiving, while the fortunate ones are able to play in the postseason. But Amherst Regional star Taj-Amir Torres capped his career by playing one final game with …

Revenue squeeze likely to force layoffs in Amherst-Pelham Regional School District

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AMHERST — Facing a $930,000 budget gap, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District is looking to eliminate the equivalent of 17.5 full-time positions at the same time as school taxes rise in three of the district’s four towns, according to a budget report distributed at Tuesday’s committee meeting. The …

Tuesday’s boys basketball: Gateway Regional jumps on Pathfinder, cruises to win

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Peter Kowal paced four double-digit scorers for the Gateway Regional boys basketball team in a 72-46 road victory over Pathfinder Tuesday night. The junior forward poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Gators (2-5, 2-3 Tri-County). John Haskell had 17 points for Gateway, which scored 30 …

Tuesday’s girls basketball: Easthampton honors late coach Jay Fortier with pregame ceremony

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Eashampton girls basketball team will keep a seat open on its bench for the rest of the season. Before the Eagles tipped off against Monson, the Eagles honored their late coach Jay Fortier with a pregame ceremony. …