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Weekend high schools recaps: Granby, Hampshire girls hoops pick up wins at Coaches vs. Cancer tournament

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kate Sarnacki filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, to lead the Granby girls basketball another win, topping Wahconah 60-51 at the Hoosac Valley Coaches vs. Cancer tournament on Sunday. With the win, the Rams (12-0) matched last season’s opening win-streak at 12 games. Meghan Sullivan scored a team-high 20 points, as well as grabbing seven rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. Hampshire Regional 55, …

Friday’s high schools: Mitch Ouimette, Hampshire Regional shoot down Easthampton in second half

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mitch Ouimette’s barrage from behind the arc led a game-deciding offensive explosion for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team Friday night. With the game tied at halftime, the junior guard knocked down five 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 17 points as the Raiders beat rival Easthampton 68-56 in Westhampton. Conor Cronin had 12 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three …

Friday’s high school indoor track: South Hadley takes three against Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley indoor boys and girls track teams swept Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire Regional Friday night, in a PVIAC meet at Smith College. The girls beat Athol 85-10, Greenfield 89-6 and Hampshire 80-15, while the boys won 60-30, 53-42 and 58-35, respectively. Northampton swept Central as the girls won, 56-35, and the boys finished on top, 69-26. Holyoke Catholic beat Pioneer Regional …

Friday’s high school swimming: Belchertown boys stay perfect with win over Northampton

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Belchertown boys swim team snuck past Northampton, 87-76, to remained undefeated on the season. Ben LaClair and Matt Quinney each won two individual events and were apart of two winning relays for the 6-0 Orioles. LaClair won the 200 free and 50 free, and helped lead the …

Northampton boys take midseason indoor track showdown with rival Amherst Regional

Saturday, January 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton boys indoor track and field team was eager to see how it matched up against three-time defending PVIAC champion Amherst Regional. Despite the Hurricanes not operating at full strength, the Blue Devils displayed why …

Friday’s high schools: Athol snaps South Hadley’s home win streak at 17

Friday, January 9, 2015

The South Hadley girls basketball team’s home win streak was snapped at 17 games as Athol had four double-digit scorers in a 60-44 win on Friday. The Red Raiders (10-0) held Tigers’ leading scorer Sophie Gatzounas to 12 points. Gatzounas, who pulled down 14 rebounds, was averaging 24.4 …

Amherst’s John Leonard nears 100 points for powerhouse Cathedral hockey

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cathedral junior forward John Leonard increased his Western Massachusetts leads in both goals and points, while inching closer to a career milestone Thursday night. The Amherst resident scored two goals in a 6-1 victory over Bridgewater-Raynham at The …

Concerns aired about proposed schedule changes for Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School

Thursday, January 8, 2015

AMHERST — Parents and other community members expressed discontent Thursday with proposed schedule changes at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School that would increase time for English, math, science and social studies while decreasing time for many electives. The proposal will be brought to Superintendent Maria Geryk to make …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby honors Nolan Hodgins’ milestone, cruises past Gateway Regional

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

After earning his 100th career win Saturday, Granby wrestler Nolan Hodgins could sit back and relax on Wednesday night, along with nine of his teammates. Ten Rams won by forfeit in a 72-12 home victory over Gateway Regional. …

Wednesday’s high schools: Easthampton ices undefeated Chicopee Comp for second straight win

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Make that two wins in a row for the Easthampton hockey team. Jon Brodeur and Mike Grise each notched two points as the Eagles handed Chicopee Comp its first loss with a 4-2 win, Wednesday at Lossone Rink in Easthampton. Brodeur had a goal and an assist, while …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hopkins Academy boys storm past South Hadley

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team continued its torrid start to the season Tuesday night with perhaps its most impressive win to date. The Division 4 Golden Hawks went on the road to D-2 South Hadley and emerged …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton girls beat Agawam for first win

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Easthampton girls swimming team had one goal for Tuesday and that was to play water polo on Wednesday. To achieve the goal, the Eagles had to win their first meet of the season and they did just that. Behind a high school personal-best split of 1 minute, …

Mike Moran: Through the noise, Jay Fortier brought out the best in his players

Monday, January 5, 2015

His voice echoed throughout gymnasiums. Ashley! ... Cara! ... Annie! ... Jen! In loud, straight-to-the-point orders, he got his instructions across; not only to his players, but seemingly to every parent and fan in the stands. He was …