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High school notebook: ‘Spike it for Life’ hits home for Frontier Regional girls volleyball team

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

As the leaves change, fundraising for breast cancer swings into full gear as October is the disease’s dedicated “awareness” month. Endless philanthropic events rally support — emotionally and financially — including from high school athletic charity nights. The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team will host Longmeadow at 6 p.m. Tuesday for its annual “Spike it for Life” game. Lancers coach George Mulry started “Spike It For Life” in 2009 as …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: South Hadley wins battle of unbeatens with Belchertown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In a battle of unbeaten girls cross country teams, Belchertown had the overall winner, but South Hadley placed the next four finishers in a 24-31 road win Tuesday. Carolyn Watkins (20 minutes, 38 seconds), Serena Sarage (21:11), Mackenzie Werenski (21:36) and Jackie Doyle (21:37) came in second through fifth, respectively, for the Tigers (4-0, 3-0). Tatyana Almore posted a meet-best time of 20:20 …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy punches postseason ticket

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The defending Western Massachusetts champion Hopkins Academy golf team punched its return ticket to the Division 3 Tournament Tuesday afternoon with a 23-1 victory over Smith Academy. Caleb Farnham fired a match-best 37 to lead the Golden Hawks (8-3). Farnham, Spencer Butterfield and Joe Yusko each swept their individual matches 4-0. In other golf action, Easthampton earned its first win since the 2012 …

Wednesday’s high schools: Brendan Bzdel records five points as Hampshire rolls past Sabis, 7-0

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Brendan Bzdel recorded a hat trick and tacked on two assists to lead the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team to a 7-0 road victory over Sabis. Bryan Brasil tallied two goals of his own, while Harry George and Brody Dean netted one each. Nick O’Hare only needed to …

Wednesday’s high school golf/cross country: Hampshire drive past Westfield Voke

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sean Ryan shot a 1-under 35 to pace Hampshire Regional to a 17-7 victory over Westfield Voke, Wednesday at Beaver Brook Golf Course in Haydenville. Ryan swept his No. 1 match against Matt King. Dave Lacourse also won 4-0, beating Matt Puffer at No. 4. Golf Westfield 166, …

High school notebook: New format changes golfing landscape

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A quick scan of high school golf results over the first few weeks of the season reveals a significant change in how certain matches are scored. This season only the top four scores in stroke play count toward a team’s total. In previous years the best six counted. …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Williston boys water polo team sinks Wilbraham & Monson

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

James Hatch had six goals, while Calvin Frye added five as the Williston Northampton boys water polo team beat Wilbraham & Monson 17-8 in Easthampton Wednesday. David Fitch (South Deerfield) scored once for the Wildcats (2-3) Boys soccer Williston 2, Pomfret 2 — Caleb Parker (Amherst) scored the …

Tuesday’s cross country: Belchertown, Holyoke Catholic girls stay undefeated

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A pair of girls cross country teams swept their meets Tuesday to remain undefeated. Belchertown took the top five overall spots in beating Putnam and Sci-Tech by 15-50 scores. Tatyana Almore placed first on the Orioles’ 2.8-mile course in 20 minutes, 19 seconds as Belchertown moved to 4-0. …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Smith Academy beats Holyoke Catholic for season’s first win

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Smith Academy golf team earned its first win of the season Tuesday afternoon, defeating Holyoke Catholic 201/2-31/2 at Country Club of Greenfield. Medalist Dan Cavanaugh shot a 45 and picked up four points at No. 1. Chris Darragh, Finn O’Connor and Nick Leary also won their individual …

Tuesday’s high schools: Amherst Regional digs 3-0 victory over defending sectional champ Longmeadow

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team swept defending Western Massachusetts Division 1 champion Longmeadow, 3-0, for an Eastern League win at home on Tuesday. “To pull this out in three was very nice,” coach Kacey Schmitt said. The …

Monday’s high schools: Belchertown spikes Easthampton to stay perfect

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team remained perfect by winning its league opener over Easthampton 3-0 at home Monday. The Orioles (6-0, 1-0 Southern) cruised to a home sweep, 27-25, 25-12, 25-18. Tatyana Ryan had 22 assists for Belchertown. Alexis Ryan had three aces, while Jacqueline Johnson won all …

Monday’s high school soccer: Smith Vocational girls earn program’s first victory

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shannon Ryan figured in every goal for the Smith Vocational girls soccer team in the program’s first win, 9-1 over Commerce Monday in Springfield. Ryan scored six times and added three assists for the Vikings (1-3). Gabby Petlock had a hat trick and three assists, while Becka Lewis …

Monday’s high school golf: Nate Patterson fires 1-over 37 to pace Frontier Regional past Sabis

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nate Patterson shot a 1-over-par 37 to lead Frontier Regional to a 23-1 win over Sabis, at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst on Monday. The Red Hawks (5-0) won 4-0 at five-of-six positions, just missing a shutout. Greenfield 191/2, Smith Academy 41/2 at CC of Greenfield, par …