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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 …

Friday’s high school boys basketball: Granby, Smith Academy qualify for postseason

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A pair of boys basketball teams punched their ticket to the postseason Friday night with home victories. Smith Academy beat Frontier and Granby topped Palmer to earn their 10th wins. Smith Academy 56, Frontier Regional 42 — David Longstreeth poured in a game-high 21 points and grabbed 10 …

Friday’s high school girls basketball: Northampton upends West Springfield, moves into first in Valley League

Friday, February 13, 2015

Trailing by six in the fourth quarter, the Northampton girls basketball team rallied to move into first place in the Valley League with a 45-42 home win over West Springfield Friday night. Charlotte Maurer led the Blue Devils (14-4, 5-2 Valley League) with 12 points and 11 rebounds. …

Friday’s high school hockey: Amherst ices Easthampton in 6-0 win

Friday, February 13, 2015

Jake Balderston and Jordan Tetreault each scored twice and Ben Thompson notched a 22-save shutout as the Amherst Regional hockey team defeated Easthampton 6-0 Friday night at Orr Rink. Jack Rees and Nathan Masteralexis each had a goal …

Amherst Regional’s 4x400 relay seals second straight state Division 3 boys title

Friday, February 13, 2015

BOSTON — A week after continuing one championship streak handily, the Amherst Regional boys indoor track team had to fight through the relays to continue another. With a one-point lead going into the final event, the Hurricanes took second in the 4x400-meter relay to secure their second straight …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton snaps 12-game slide with win over Frontier Regional

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Courtney Urban scored 19 points to power the Easthampton girls basketball team to a 30-28 win over Frontier Regional, snapping a 12-game skid. The Eagles (4-13, 1-6 Franklin North) led 21-16 at halftime and withstood a Red Hawk rally on senior night. Urban and Katie Parzych each had …

Behind top seeds Brendan Weir and Brandon Weyant, Hampshire Regional looks to make noise at WMass Division 3 Wrestling Tournament

Thursday, February 12, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — When the Hampshire Regional wrestling team finished an up-and-down regular season Wednesday, they turned their eyes to the postseason. Despite having a small team loaded with young wrestlers, including middle schoolers, Hampshire head coach Todd Bryant …

Amherst, Northampton eye state boys indoor track championships

Thursday, February 12, 2015

At last Friday’s PVIAC boys indoor track & field championships, Amherst Regional and Northampton left the other teams in their dust. However, only one could win the title. But based on the way the teams line up at …

Wednesday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy rolls past Frontier Regional

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jon Morrison had 20 points as the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team rolled past Frontier Regional, 64-44, Wednesday in South Deerfield. Morrison’s brother Brett and Sami Roe (10 rebounds) each had 12 points for the Golden Hawks (17-2, 13-2 Hampshire). Zach Kelley added 11 points in the win. …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire trio caps regular season with pins

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hampshire Regional three 100-win wrestlers entered the postseason on a high note Wednesday. Brendan Weir (138 pounds), Nick Hoskin (145) and Brandon Weyant (160) each recorded pins during the Raiders’ 45-24 loss to Sabis. The trio will lead …

Amherst Regional boys third, girls fourth at state nordic championships

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Amherst Regional nordic ski teams took yet another step at the state level during Wednesday’s MIAA championship meet at Notchview Reservation in Windsor. The Hurricane boys and girls improved on their performance from a year ago. The …