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Amherst Regional boys place second at State Nordic Ski Championship

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Amherst Regional boys nordic ski team had an historic finish at the state championship Thursday. The Hurricanes placed four skiers in the top 20 and placed second behind Mount Greylock at Weston Ski Track. It was the program’s best finish at the state meet. Greylock finished with 39 points. Amherst had 52. Concord-Carlisle was third with 80 points. Willie Wright finished 10th in 17 minutes, 58 seconds to pace …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Amherst boys qualify for postseason behind sixth straight win

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Devonte McCall had 28 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks as the Amherst Regional boys basketball team won their sixth straight and qualified for the postseason with an 83-72 win over Westfield in Amherst. Meikkel Murray added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tajahn Joyner had 16 points and Will Budington 10 for the Hurricanes (10-4, 5-1 Valley Wheel). Amherst shot …

Northampton girls aim for second straight WMass swimming championship

Thursday, February 11, 2016

When a team is vying for a Western Massachusetts title in swimming, there needs to be more than just a few talented swimmers. There needs to be talent, as well as depth through each event. Numbers have to be strong up and down the roster to score as many points as possible to boost the final total to championship status. After winning the …

Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear dives into the competition

Friday, January 22, 2016

AMHERST — Despite the colorful balloons, decorative posters and mixed emotions that highlighted senior night Friday, Amherst Regional sophomore Luca Brashear still had a task at hand: dive. Brashear stood on the board, heels hanging off the end, looking down with a focused stare. As parents and fans …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Triple-doubles for Stephanie Start, Sydney Cyr give Smith Voke road win

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Two triple-doubles added up to one road win for the Smith Vocational girls basketball team on Thursday. The Vikings beat Dean Tech 58-42 in Holyoke. Stephanie Start had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals, while Sydney Cyr scored 18 points to go with 12 rebounds and 10 …

Thursday’s high school alpine skiing: Northampton’s Charlie Denhart, Frontier’s Alli Zera place third at Berkshire East

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Northampton brothers Charlie and Jack Denhart finished third and fifth, respectively, in giant slalom at the fourth PVIAC alpine race of the season, Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart finish in 25.52 seconds with Jack crossing the line in 25.54. Amherst was fifth overall in the …

Wednesday’s colleges: Kennedy Guest-Pritch, Lauren Bindo lead Smith past Mount Holyoke

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kennedy Guest-Pritch and Lauren Bondi would have tied Mount Holyoke on their own. Guest-Pritch scored 16 points, and Bondi had 15 points as the Smith College women’s basketball team beat the Lyons 80-31 Wednesday in Northampton. Thirteen Pioneers found the net in the win. Smith (7-9, 4-4 NEWMAC) …

Wednesday’s high schools: Easthampton cruises past Monson, nears postseason berth

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Easthampton boys basketball remained undefeated and moved one step closer to the postseason with a 76-44 victory over Monson on Wednesday. Senior guard Raphael Coleman and junior forward Zach Crisafulli each had 16 points for the Eagles (9-0, 7-0 Bi County). Senior guard Liam Healey added 11 …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: South Hadley edges Frontier without Isaiah Cardenales

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The benefit of three forfeits helped the South Hadley wrestling team edge Frontier Regional on Wednesday in South Deerfield. The Tigers won 42-27 without star 106-pounder Isaiah Cardenales. Frontier’s Emirhan Yildaz pinned his replacement, Ahi Lopez, in 30 seconds. There were nine pins out of the 11 matches …

Monday’s nordic skiing: Trio puts Amherst Regional boys into second place

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Three top-10 racers delivered the Amherst Regional boys nordic team a second-place finish Monday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Willy Wright took fourth in 15 minutes, 53.34 seconds, while Wyatt Warner was sixth in 17:10.96. Kale Wenczel followed closely in seventh at 17:12.71. The Hurricanes girls team took …

Tuesday’s high schools: Late comeback falls short for Northampton boys basketball team

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A late comeback attempt by the Northampton boys basketball team came up short at home against Holyoke on Tuesday. Down by 21 in the fourth quarter, Northampton cut the lead to three with a minute to play but Holyoke made its free throws to win 72-66 at home. …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton girls win third dual in a row

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Abby Tobin won two events and helped lead the Easthampton girls swim team to its third consecutive dual victory, beating Pope Francis 120-40 Tuesday. She took first in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.28 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.95 while contributing to two winning freestyle relays. Victoria …

Tuesday’s high school indoor track: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan sets PVIAC record in 2-mile

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Liam Sullivan ran another record for the Northampton boys indoor track team. The senior set a PVIAC mark in the 2-mile with a time of 9 minutes, 27.99 seconds, Tuesday at Smith College. He broke his cousin Aidan …