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JERREY ROBERTS
Amherst Regional School Committee Chair Trevor Baptiste speaks during a committee meeting Tuesday at the high school.

Increasingly ugly environment discourages some candidates from running for Amherst School Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — In one sense, the town of Amherst exemplifies the spirit of local democracy: just about everyone who has an opinion shares it. But by another measure, the town falls short — at least this year. Voters heading to the polls for Tuesday’s elections will find only one actively contested races for a town board. And in the one …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 …

Local officials take aim at Open Meeting Law during State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg’s annual conference for municipal leaders

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Open Meeting Law presentation at an annual conference for local civic leaders Saturday turned into a venting session about how many of them felt the law gets in the way of their work. John A. Payne, chairman of the Shelburne Select Board, said he believed that the law allows people …

Hampshire earns top seed, Amherst and Hopkins Academy No. 2s in WMass boys basketball tournaments

Saturday, February 21, 2015

It was a good day for local boys basketball teams at the Western Massachusetts Tournament seeding meeting. Hampshire Regional was awarded a No. 1 seed in Division 3. Amherst Regional and Hopkins Academy earned No. 2 seeds in …

Belchertown 400 free relay takes state swimming title to pace Orioles to fourth-place finish

Friday, February 20, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — What the Belchertown boys swim team lacks in overall depth and experience, it makes up for in pure power. Despite having only a quartet of competitors in the state Division 2 championship meet, the Orioles’ fourth-place …

Friday’s high schools: Brendan Weir, Brandon Weyant, Nolan Hodgins and Saul Soto remain alive for state wrestling titles

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Brendan Weir’s quest for a third straight Division 3 state title got off to a good start at Wakefield Friday. Weir, the top seed at 138 pounds, pinned Aaron Smith of Gloucester in 1 minutes, …

Northampton, Amherst Regional indoor track teams eye All-States

Friday, February 20, 2015

A pair of western Massachusetts indoor track squads are looking for repeat performances this Saturday as state Division 3 champion Amherst Regional and Division 4 champion Northampton will compete in the All-State meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. A week after winning their fourth straight PVIAC …

Thursday’s high schools: Pair of locals top seeds for state wrestling tourneys

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior wrestler Brendan Weir takes aim this weekend at a career sweep of state titles. After winning his third consecutive sectional championship last Saturday, Weir seeks a fourth straight state crown. The feat would be a …

Wednesday’s high schools: Mike Grise one shy of 100 goals after big game for Easthampton

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Missing the first four games of his final high school hockey season lessened the chances of Easthampton star forward Mike Grise reaching 100 career points. But a blistering pace of nearly three points per game following his return …

Smith Vocational qualifies for girls basketball tournament for first time in 26 years

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time in 26 years, the Smith Vocational girls basketball team has qualified for the postseason. With a 52-15 blowout win over Westfield Vocational on Wednesday, the Vikings clinched a share of second place in the league and berth to the Western Massachusetts Division …

Tuesday’s high schools: South Hadley 4x200 relay placed third at state Division 3 meet

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

After being delayed two days by snow, the South Hadley and Holyoke Catholic track teams took to the Division 5 state meet at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston on Tuesday. On the girls side, the Tigers finished 11th with 14 points, led by the 4x200 team …

Amherst Regional rolls past East Longmeadow to cap 18-2 regular season

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AMHERST — When Amherst Regional played at East Longmeadow on Jan. 30, the Hurricanes saw a strong second-half performance guide them to a victory. The same held true Tuesday, as Amherst took a 13-point halftime lead and expanded …

Monday’s high schools: Granby inches closer to perfection with win over Amherst

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Granby girls basketball team moved within two games of a perfect regular season as it took down Division 1 Amherst Regional, 48-40, at home Monday. The Rams (18-0) jumped out to a 25-10 halftime lead and held on, despite the Hurricanes (1-18) making noise in the second …