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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 the school’s elective programs including music and …

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 a 64-41 road win over Smith Academy on Friday night. The Golden Eagles (14-1, 11-1 Hampshire) out scored 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 Roe each added …

Friday’s high school track recaps: Northampton, South Hadley girls finish undefeated

Friday, January 30, 2015

The South Hadley and Northampton girls indoor track teams finished their seasons undefeated Friday. The Tigers defeated Mahar, 76-19, for their final win of the season, finishing at 9-0. Blue Devils took down East Longmeadow, 48-46, and Longmeadow, 64-31, for a perfect 10-0 record. The Northampton boys defeated East Longmeadow, 78-15, but fell to Longmeadow, 51-44. The South Hadley boys picked up a …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hampshire boys run away from Southwick

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Hampshire Regional boys basketball team had a 10-point halftime lead, but a huge third quarter resulted in a 70-43 road win over Southwick on Tuesday. The Raiders (8-3, 6-2 Bi-County) outscored the Rams (2-7, 2-5) 25-4 in the third quarter to break the game open. Conor Cronin …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Northampton girls swim past Amherst Regional to stay perfect

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maela Whitcomb was the only multiple-event winner as the Northampton girls swimming & diving team kept its perfect season going Tuesday afternoon by beating Amherst Regional 120-56 in Amherst. Whitcomb took first in both the 100 fly and …

Monday’s high school basketball: Tim Hoar, Frontier Regional defense cap comeback over Drury

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Frontier Regional boys basketball team watched an 11-point lead against Drury turn into a three-point deficit with minutes remaining Monday. But defense and Tim Hoar’s driving layup with 7.7 seconds left gave Frontier a 43-42 comeback win …

‘Four-wheel drive for your feet’: Snowshoeing offers outdoor exercise anyone can enjoy

Monday, January 19, 2015

Several times a week during the winter months, Mary Jo Maffei steps into her snowshoes and heads out the back door of her Shutesbury home and off along a trail that was cut by her son. The red-blazed …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Northampton tops Taconic

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Aidan Hirsch paced four players in double figures for the Northampton boys basketball team in a 72-59 home victory over Taconic Saturday. Hirsch scored a game-high 19 points for the Blue Devils (4-8). Michael Castillo and Elijah Davis each had 13, while Andrew Grygorcewicz added 10. Girls basketball …

Speaker Whitney Battle-Baptiste cites #ReclaimMLK hashtag at community breakfast honoring Rev. King scholarship recipients

Saturday, January 17, 2015

AMHERST — “I’m going to make a bold statement,” Whitney Battle-Baptiste said, leaning into the microphone. “If Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today, he would have a Twitter account.” Battle-Baptiste, guest speaker at Saturday’s Dr. Martin Luther …

Friday’s high school basketball: Smith Academy girls knock off Commerce

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Smith Academy girls basketball team hit its free throws down the stretch to pull away from Commerce, 32-25, in the second annual Smith Academy Classic Friday night. Jenn Adamites made two free throws, while Katie Yagodzinski went 5 for 7 from the line as the pair helped …

Friday’s indoor track: Northampton boys, girls sweep to stay undefeated

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Northampton boys and girls indoor track teams swept Westfield and Agawam during the early session of the PVIAC’s third regular-season meet Friday. The Northampton girls beat Agawam 62.5-31.5 and Westfield 55-40. The boys won 73-22 and 74-20, respectively. Both teams improved to 7-0 with the two victories …

Friday’s high school swimming: Northampton, South Hadley girls stay perfect in league

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Northampton and South Hadley girls swimming & diving teams each maintained their perfect league records on Friday afternoon. The Blue Devils defeated East Longmeadow 126-55 at JFK Middle School. The Tigers topped Easthampton 54-40 at South Hadley Middle School. Maela Whitcomb and Erica Dean each won a …

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, …