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Griffin Fitzell, of South Hadley, has been named the Daily Hampshire Gazette Football Player of the Year.

Gazette High School Football Player of the Year: Griffin Fitzell, South Hadley

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Gazette Player of the Year Griffin Fitzell, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: Fitzell was among the top running backs in western Massachusetts, and performed many other roles in helping South Hadley to a Division 4 postseason berth and its first winning season since 2012. Amassed 1,742 total yards and 18 touchdowns. As a wingback in the Tigers’ winged-t offense, he rushed for 1,232 yards in 11 games and posted six triple-digit performances. Added 296 return yards and 241 receiving. Averaged 112.0 yards per game on the ground and 13.7 yards per attempt. Ran for a career-high 361 yards and five touchdowns in …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Dylan Husted, Frontier Regional

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOYS SOCCER GAZETTE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dylan Husted, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Made 78 saves and posted 10 shutouts for the Red Hawks, who finished 15-4-2 and 7-0-1 in the Schmid. Made two saves in the penalty shootout that decided the Western Massachusetts Division 3 title against Palmer. Frontier won the …

Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Remi Quesnelle, Frontier Regional

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Player of the Year Remi Quesnelle, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Quesnelle led Frontier with 306 kills, 265 digs and 98 aces while playing in all six rotations. The Red Hawks won their sixth Division 3 state championship and 11th Western Massachusetts championship in a row. Quesnelle had a season-high 25 …

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 …

Weekend high schools: Greenfield, South Hadley skate to a draw

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Smith Academy sophomore Evan Simmons gave Greenfield a lead in the first period, but Sean Doherty tied it for South Hadley in the second as the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield Saturday. Greenfield’s Clay Richardson and South Hadley’s Andrew Brunelle each had …

Weekend high school wrestling: Granby’s Nolan Hodgins picks up 150th career win at Granby Duals

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Senior wrestler Nolan Hodgins earned his 150th career win during the Granby Duals Saturday. Hodgins pinned Belchertown resident and Pathfinder student Matt Monast in 59 seconds at 220 pounds. The Rams (7-2-1) went 3-0 with wins over Frontier Regional, 68-18, South Hadley, 51-27, and Pathfinder, 51-18. Granby 68, …

Friday’s high schools: Career highs all around for push Belchertown girls basketball past Amherst Regional

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Belchertown girls basketball team got career-high scoring performances from Kayla Henry, Emma Jopson and Cara McKenzie as they overcame 10 3-pointers by the Amherst Regional to win, 68-51, on the road Friday. Henry struck for 24 points, Jopson had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and McKenzie had …

Friday’s indoor track: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan sets PVIAC indoor mile record in 4:22.5

Friday, January 15, 2016

The PVIAC indoor track record for the boys mile is staying within the family. Northampton senior Liam Sullivan set a new mark in the event with a time of 4 minutes, 22.5 seconds during Friday’s early session at Smith College. Sullivan’s cousin, Aidan Gilson, held the old mark …

NHS swimmer Johnny Williams unofficially ties 40-year-old 100 fly record of 49.14 seconds

Friday, January 15, 2016

Two school records and four JFK Middle School pool records fell during Northampton High School’s 100-78 boys swimming and diving victory over Belchertown, Friday. Northampton senior Johnny Williams set a school and pool mark in the 100-yard butterfly …

Thursday’s alpine skiing: Northampton’s Charlie Denhart places first on slalom

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Charlie Denhart is back on top. The Northampton senior placed first at the third PVIAC alpine race of the season, Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Denhart won the boys slalom in 33.06 seconds. He was fourth on giant slalom at Tuesday’s race. Two Frontier Regional girls placed …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Northampton girls blow out Westfield for second straight win

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Northampton girls basketball team seems to have righted its ship following two straight losses. The Blue Devils won their second straight, taking down Westfield 50-10 in Northampton Thursday. Lauraine Joensen scored 26 points with three 3-pointers and 10 rebounds. “Joensen did a great job shooting the ball …