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‘Last few inches’ of digital divide prove taxing for towns

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

After years of pushing for the state to build out the “middle mile” and help with building the “last mile” to bring broadband Internet service to the most rural unserved and underserved towns, communities are confronting a grim financial truth: the home stretch for “the last few inches” of the digital divide. Some communities, part of a 32-town contingent of …

Gazette Boys Indoor Track & Field Players of the Year: Amherst Regional’s 4x800 relay: Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans, Kelzy Rodrigues, Aiden Foucault-Etheridge

Monday, April 20, 2015

Player of the Year: Amherst 4x800 relay team (senior Allen Vance, senior Rob Sailer, senior Connor Evans, senior Kelzy Rodrigues, freshman Aiden Foucault-Etheridge, alternate) Season highlights: This team excelled at every level at which it competed. The quartet won the title at the PVIAC championships (8 minutes, 37.99 seconds), the state Division 3 …

Weekend high schools: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional mow down Northampton

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Alexis Ferris’ perfect ERA is no more, but the Hampshire Regional softball team is still rolling. Ferris allowed her first run of the season Sunday, but she walked none and struck out 10 as the Raiders beat Northampton 4-1 Sunday in Westhampton. Chelsea Moussette (hit) and Taylor Boutwell (2 for 3) each had an RBI to power the offense. Emilie Baldwin was 3 …

Wednesday’s high schools: Kat Minor paces Frontier track past Belchertown

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kat Miner won three individual events and two of her teammates each won a pair as the Frontier Regional girls track & field team opened the season by beating Belchertown 133-12 Wednesday in South Deerfield. Miner earned victories …

Tuesday’s high schools: South Hadley boys lacrosse rolls past East Longmeadow

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sam Duda used a nine-point afternoon to power the South Hadley boys lacrosse team to a 15-5 win in its season opener at East Longmeadow Tuesday. Duda scored seven goals and added two assists for the Tigers (1-0). …

Monday’s high school recaps: Amherst Regional girls track opens season with two wins

Monday, April 6, 2015

Amherst Regional girls track & field earned their first two wins of the season in a home tri-meet Monday, topping Agawam, 91-50, and Pittsfield, 91-34. Taylor Lesure, Meg Rhodes, and Frances Duncan led the way, each taking first in two events for the Hurricanes (2-0). Lesure took first …

Spring Preview: New coach takes different approach with Northampton boys tennis

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Northampton boys tennis team has a bunch of new faces, but the fresh talent isn’t altering the game plan. The Blue Devils are 15 deep and have a new coach in Chris Deszynski, but the additions have …

Friday high schools: Amherst boys lacrosse debuts with win over East Longmeadow

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ben Thompson and Declan Gray-Mullen each had a hat trick as the Amherst Regional boys lacrosse team opened its season Friday with a 10-8 road victory over East Longmeadow. Jonathan Traester scored twice for Amherst (1-0), while Alex LaRaja (assist) and Willy Wright added a tally apiece. Liam …

Spring Preivew: Hopkins Academy baseball focused on repeat

Friday, April 3, 2015

Despite disappointing offseason news, the defending Western Massachusetts Division 4 champion Hopkins Academy baseball team returns seven starting players and has its sights set on a repeat. After winning their first sectional championship since 1988 and reaching the …

Spring Preview: Amherst Regional boys lacrosse seeks a rebound campaign

Friday, April 3, 2015

Amherst Regional had established itself as a prime contender in Western Massachusetts boys lacrosse, but last season marked a significant step backward. The Hurricanes qualified for postseason from 2011-13 and reached the sectional semifinals two straight seasons, but …

Spring Preview: New but familiar coach to lead experienced Belchertown girls lacrosse

Friday, April 3, 2015

Former Belchertown girls lacrosse coach Ashley Ziemba turned the Orioles from a startup varsity program into a league champion in only two seasons. Ziemba took the head coaching job at Chicopee High as the Pacers start their own …

Spring Ppeview: Allison McCann is on the title hunt with Amherst Regional girls tennis

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional girls tennis team has made a name for itself in western Massachusetts — not just with team titles, but individual ones too. The Hurricanes are hoping their veteran roster will keep their winning …

Spring Preview: Belchertown boys volleyball wants playoff return

Friday, April 3, 2015

After reaching the postseason for the first time in seven years in 2014, the Belchertown boys volleyball team will look to qualify for the playoffs once again. The Orioles qualified at 15-5 but they fell in their first …