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Division 3A hockey: Amherst comeback falls short in 5-3 semifinal loss to Chicopee Comp

Saturday, February 28, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Suddenly, the Amherst Regional bench, which had been quiet as a church mouse for the first half of the game, came alive. A pair of goals in a span of 63 seconds and another with 18.5 seconds remaining in the second period turned what looked like a Chicopee Comp rout into a close game. Jake Balderston’s goal in the waning seconds of the period cut Comp’s lead …

Division 2 Girls Basketball: Belchertown breaks through to semis, beats Ludlow 52-35

Friday, February 27, 2015

LUDLOW — For three consecutive seasons, the Belchertown girls basketball team saw its season end in the quarterfinal round of the sectional tournament. With their seniors having one final shot to play at the Curry Hicks Cage, the Orioles put an emphatic stop to that trend Friday night. Belchertown utilized a suffocating zone defense to beat Ludlow 52-35 in the Western Massachusetts Division …

Strong second half boosts Hopkins Academy past Holyoke Catholic in D4 quarterfinals

Friday, February 27, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Hopkins Academy girls basketball team will return to the Curry Hicks Cage. The fifth-seeded Golden Hawks overcame a sluggish first half and pulled away from No. 4 Holyoke Catholic, 48-34, Friday at Chicopee Comp in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. “I would have liked to put a …

Northampton, Amherst Regional indoor track teams eye All-States

Friday, February 20, 2015

A pair of western Massachusetts indoor track squads are looking for repeat performances this Saturday as state Division 3 champion Amherst Regional and Division 4 champion Northampton will compete in the All-State meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. A week after winning their fourth straight PVIAC …

Thursday’s high schools: Pair of locals top seeds for state wrestling tourneys

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior wrestler Brendan Weir takes aim this weekend at a career sweep of state titles. After winning his third consecutive sectional championship last Saturday, Weir seeks a fourth straight state crown. The feat would be a …

Wednesday’s high schools: Mike Grise one shy of 100 goals after big game for Easthampton

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Missing the first four games of his final high school hockey season lessened the chances of Easthampton star forward Mike Grise reaching 100 career points. But a blistering pace of nearly three points per game following his return …

Smith Vocational qualifies for girls basketball tournament for first time in 26 years

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time in 26 years, the Smith Vocational girls basketball team has qualified for the postseason. With a 52-15 blowout win over Westfield Vocational on Wednesday, the Vikings clinched a share of second place in the league and berth to the Western Massachusetts Division …

Tuesday’s high schools: South Hadley 4x200 relay placed third at state Division 3 meet

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

After being delayed two days by snow, the South Hadley and Holyoke Catholic track teams took to the Division 5 state meet at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston on Tuesday. On the girls side, the Tigers finished 11th with 14 points, led by the 4x200 team …

Amherst Regional rolls past East Longmeadow to cap 18-2 regular season

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AMHERST — When Amherst Regional played at East Longmeadow on Jan. 30, the Hurricanes saw a strong second-half performance guide them to a victory. The same held true Tuesday, as Amherst took a 13-point halftime lead and expanded …

Monday’s high schools: Granby inches closer to perfection with win over Amherst

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Granby girls basketball team moved within two games of a perfect regular season as it took down Division 1 Amherst Regional, 48-40, at home Monday. The Rams (18-0) jumped out to a 25-10 halftime lead and held on, despite the Hurricanes (1-18) making noise in the second …

Hampshire’s Brendan Weir repeats as three others earn WMass wrestling titles

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN — Winning a western Mass Division III wrestling title is nothing new for Hampshire Regional’s Brendan Weir, although he did find a way to make the feat memorable. The two-time defending sectional champ and three-time defending state …

Weekend high school recaps: Hampshire boys hoops hand Monson first loss of season

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A big fourth quarter and three scorers in double digits led the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team over Monson, 66-60, at home Saturday. The game was tied 42-42 heading into the final frame, where the Raiders (15-4, 13-2 Bi-County) scored 24 points in 8 minutes to hand the …

Northampton places fifth at state Division 2 girls swimming & diving championship

Saturday, February 14, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — The legacy the seniors on the Northampton girls swimming & diving team will leave behind is one they can be proud of and something they will remember for the rest of their lives. A second place (2013), a third place (2014) and Saturday’s fifth place in …