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Local baseball: Hadley 11U Ripken moves into state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hadley Cal Ripken 11-and-under team scored the tying run in the fourth and took the lead with a pair in the fifth to defeat Northbridge 5-3 in the state semifinals Monday evening in Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis, Noah Scanlon-Dean and Nick Foster hit solo home runs for Hadley (4-1). Thea Hanscom, Quentin Moliterno and Kouji Ishida had hits in the fifth-inning rally. Scanlon-Dean came on in the fourth and allowed … 0

Local baseball/softball: Hamp Ripken advances to state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under baseball team continued its perfect run into Monday night’s state final with three victories over the weekend. Hamp (4-0) defeated Douglas 8-2 Sunday afternoon in the state semifinal and will face Hudson at 6 p.m. Monday in Westminster. Otis Follet earned the win on the mound in all three contests, with help from reliever Dominic Badorini. Northampton 8, … 0

Northampton Cal Ripken baseball cruises in opener of state tournament

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Three pitchers combined on a 2-hitter as the Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under team began the state tournament with a 10-3 victory over Marlboro Friday afternoon in Westminster. Otis Follet (three innings, five strikeouts), Dominic Badorini (two innings, three Ks) and Hudson Fulcher-Melendy (inning, two Ks) teamed up for 10 strikeouts. Badorini led Hamp … 0

Michael Morris named assistant superintendent of Amherst schools

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Michael Morris, director of evaluation and assessment for the Amherst public schools, has been named assistant superintendent of schools. The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and the Amherst School Committee voted Tuesday to accept Superintendent Maria Geryk’s recommendation to promote Morris, who joined the central administration in … 0

A call to make next year different at ARHS

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Special education teacher Momodou Sarr, who has run what he calls crosscultural conversations at the Bangs Community Center and at Amherst Regional High School, said he believes administrators, staff and faculty tried hard to support each … 0

Local baseball: King & Cushman hammers Longmeadow, 16-2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Northampton King & Cushman American Legion baseball team broke through in a big way Wednesday evening. Post 28 pounded out 16 hits while batting around in both the second and sixth innings to pick up its second … 0

Anger, embarrassment and sorrow: Amherst Regional teachers speak out about the school’s year of racial strife

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AMHERST — The year started full of promise at Amherst Regional High School for advancing its reputation as a place that takes racial concerns to heart. But the year ended Thursday with anger, embarrassment and sorrow over a … 0

Amherst school board members send state a message by staying with MCAS tests next year

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the Amherst schools will continue to take MCAS standardized tests next year rather than participate in tryouts of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests. Both the Amherst School Committee and the Amherst Regional School Committee have voted to … 0

Easthampton Post 224 comes back, beats Amherst Post 148

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Easthampton Post 224 overcame a two-run deficit in the seventh to walk off with a 10-9 American Legion victory over Amherst Post 148, Tuesday in Easthampton. Adam Krol hit a grounder to shortstop and an overthrow at first plated the tying and winning runs. Brandon Weyant had two … 0

Little League District 2 Tournaments get underway

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — With an enthusiastic bench and consistent hitting, Easthampton took down Southampton 13-3 in four innings on Tuesday in a Little League District 2 Tournament matchup at Conant Park. Nick Lloyd and Nick Jolicoeur led the Easthampton … 0

Local baseball: Liam Medina keys Pettengill Insurance comeback

Monday, June 23, 2014

Liam Medina’s three-run double in the sixth gave South Hadley Pettengill Insurance Post 260 a come-from-behind 3-1 American Legion win over East Springfield in South Hadley Monday. Ryan Kleszczynski had two hits, while Joe Ciolek struck out nine and walked two in the complete-game 3-hitter for South Hadley … 0

Social justice advocates plan to talk 'de facto segregation' at joint meeting of Amherst, Amherst Regional school committees tonight

Monday, June 23, 2014

AMHERST — Representatives of a coalition of groups working to advance social justice causes in town are calling for people to turn out at the final joint meeting this academic year of the Amherst and Amherst Regional School committees Tuesday to remind them that they expect concrete action … 0

Local weekend round: Mastalerz wins another for Belchertown Legion

Sunday, June 22, 2014

For the second time in as many days, Jon Mastalerz played the role of extra-inning hero in leading the Belchertown Post 239 American Legion baseball team to victory. On Saturday afternoon, Mastalerz singled in the winning run in the top of the 10th as Belchertown defeated South Hadley … 0