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High school notebook: New Amherst Regional girls basketball coach Dustin James eager to start season

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls basketball team will be under new leadership for the second time in three years when Dustin James takes over the program this winter. James is filling the void left by Liz Kay’s departure for the head girls basketball position at Wahconah High School. After five years of coaching at the boys junior varsity level — the last two at Ludlow — this will be his first …

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton spikes Chicopee, keeps postseason hopes alive

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With its postseason hopes riding on every point Tuesday night, the Easthampton girls volleyball team dug deep to win the final two sets and defeat Chicopee 3-2 on senior night. The Eagles earned all three of their set victories by the narrowest of margins, winning 26-24, 22-25, 19-25, 27-25, 15-13. Ruthenee Nhem had …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Hampshire Regional ends Holyoke Catholic’s 9-year reign in Pioneer South, claims league title with 27-30 win

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Hampshire Regional girls cross country team put a stop to a longtime win streak Tuesday. The Raiders handed Holyoke Catholic its first Pioneer South loss in 10 years and snapped the Gaels’ nine-year stranglehold on the league title with a 27-30 win at Mahar Regional’s 2.76-mile course in Orange. “We’ve been trying to beat (Catholic) for a while,” Hampshire coach Sue Tracy …

Wednesday’s high schools: Gateway Regional girls soccer secures Pioneer South league title

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen’s hat trick led the Gateway Regional girls soccer team to the Pioneer South title as it remained undefeated in league play behind in a 6-1 win over Ware on Wednesday. Smith Academy’s win over Holyoke Catholic gave the Gators (10-3, 7-0) the championship with one …

Hampshire Regional qualifies for postseason with victory over St. Mary’s in final golf match

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — The Hampshire Regional golf team faced off against St. Mary’s in a win-or-go-home match at Beaver Brook Golf Course Wednesday. It was raining and the pressure was on for Sean Ryan and the Raiders, who needed to win to qualify for the postseason. Ryan carded a …

What2Watch4 — Week 7 high school football previews

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Northampton at Commerce Thursday, at Springfield Central, 7 The Blue Devils (1-4, 0-2 Suburban) are still alive but they have a lot of work to do and it starts with the Red Raiders (1-4, 1-2). Hamp, which is …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Granby rallies to beat Pathfinder, earn share of Bi-County East title

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On a day it received just a half-point from the top two matches, the Granby golf team relied on its other four players to beat Pathfinder 151/2-81/2 in the regular-season finale and gain a share of the Bi-County East title. Tristan Guzik, Alex Joao and R.J. Rosazza each …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Amherst boys power past Minnechaug

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys soccer team scored four goals in the final 20 minutes, including three off set pieces, as the Hurricanes beat Minnechaug 4-1 to gain sole possession of first place in the Smith League. Keith Dixon scored from Andy Zyskowski to tie the game for Amherst …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Northampton boys, girls sweep Amherst Regional

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Northampton cross country program stated its case as the best in western Massachusetts on Tuesday. The Blue Devils won’t be able to officially do it, however, until Nov. 8, the date of the Western Massachusetts Championships. On Tuesday, the boys and girls teams swept the reigning sectional …

Tuesday’s high schools: Belchertown girls volleyball beats Chicopee for Southern League title.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team rallied after dropping the first set to beat Chicopee 3-1 Tuesday and clinch the Southern League title. The Orioles (12-2, 7-0) won 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18. Emily Woodford posted team highs for Belchertown in kills (seven) and aces (five). Cara McKenzie had six …

Monday’s high schools: Gateway Regional shuts out Smith Academy in girls soccer

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen scored early and Joanna Arkoette scored late as the Gateway Regional girls soccer team shut out Smith Academy, 2-0, Monday in Huntington. Caroline Booth assisted the first goal 10 minutes into the game, and Van Heynigen helped Arkoette put one home with one minute left …

Debates set for contested Franklin House seats

Monday, October 13, 2014

Debates are scheduled this week in two House districts where there are contests in the Nov. 4 election. 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, a 12-term incumbent, and Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, a political newcomer from Deerfield, will participate in a “conversation” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Orioles blank Rams to seal postseason berth

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Belchertown girls soccer team clinched a tournament berth by winning a border battle against Granby, 2-0 at home Saturday evening. Kelsey Shea and Lauryn Parent each scored a goal for the Orioles (8-3-2). Téa Spellacy and Kayla Henry picked up an assist apiece for Belchertown, while Ashley …