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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 …

Tuesday’s high schools: Northampton overcomes Amherst’s long-distance shooting in 65-45 win

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In a battle of inside dominance against outside shooting, the short game won out Tuesday night. Amherst Regional drained a season-high 10 3-pointers at home, but Northampton earned a 65-45 win without a single long ball. Charlotte Maurer …

Tuesday’s high school boys basketball: South Hadley takes down Suburban leader Longmeadow

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cam Earle hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to give him a game-high 20 points and the South Hadley boys basketball team a 53-52 home victory over first-place Longmeadow Tuesday night. The Tigers (11-5, 8-3 Suburban) featured a well-balanced attack as eight different players …

Northampton’s Charlie Denhart ties for fourth, Amherst Regional’s Margaret O’Connell eighth at PVIAC Alpine championships

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A trio of local skiers placed in the top 10 at the PVIAC Alpine Skiing Championships, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Amherst Regional freshman Margaret O’Connell finished eighth overall with a time of 70.49 seconds in the …

Chicopee snaps Amherst Regional’s nine-game win streak with 81-59 win

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Amherst Regional boys basketball beat Chicopee by 31 points just over two weeks ago. On Tuesday the Pacers returned the favor. The Hurricanes never recovered from a listless first half and fell 81-59 to the Pacers. “We didn’t come out with great intensity,” Amherst’s Isaac …

Weekend high schools: Kass, Day reach century-mark milestones (plus wrestling/nordic results)

Monday, February 9, 2015

South Hadley forward Beau Kass was a freshman when previous 100-point scorers Chris Menard, Doug Sattler and Spencer Nawrocki played their final season with the South Hadley hockey team. Kass joined the club Saturday afternoon by picking up his 100th career point in the Tigers’ 8-2 loss to …

Northampton’s depth pays off with third straight WMass girls swimming championship

Sunday, February 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD ­— Math has been known to cause some anxiety, especially on the pool deck of a swim meet. Northampton girls swimming & diving coach Jim Hirtle thought he’d figured out how to win the program’s third straight …

Four swimming wins power Belchertown to third place at WMass championships; Amherst’s Marc Klepacki takes two

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Amherst’s Klepacki wins pair of individual WMass titles SPRINGFIELD — Behind the strong swimming of Benjamin LaClair and Matthew Quinney, the Belchertown boys swimming and diving team placed third at the Western Massachusetts championships, held Saturday at Springfield …

Amherst dominates relays en route to 4th straight PVIAC boys title

Saturday, February 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If the Northampton boys indoor track & field team was going to end the three-year reign of Amherst Regional, the Blue Devils needed to bring a sizable lead into the three relay races. But the Hurricanes …

Alternates give Amherst Regional a boost toward second straight PVIAC girls track championship

Saturday, February 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Amherst Regional girls indoor track & field team learned the importance of alternates at arguably the best and worst time of the year. With two top sprinters pulling hamstrings early in Friday’s PVIAC championship meet …

Friday’s high school boys basketball: Easthampton, South Hadley qualify; Hampshire, Amherst extend winning streaks

Friday, February 6, 2015

Two boys basketball teams extended their win streaks, while two others guaranteed their seasons will extend into March. Easthampton and South Hadley qualified for the postseason with victories over Southwick and Minnechaug, respectively. Meanwhile, Hampshire Regional beat Ware to push its win streak to 10 games. Amherst Regional …