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Tuesday’s high school basketball: Kayla Henry hits for career-high 29 as Belchertown beats Minnechaug

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kayla Henry scored a career-high 29 points as the Belchertown girls basketball team held off Minnechaug for a 56-51 win in Wilbraham Tuesday night. The Orioles (11-3) held the lead throughout but had to fight off the Falcons (5-10) down the stretch. Cara McKenzie (six points) added 10 rebounds, while Samantha Birks had six points and nine rebounds in the win. Longmeadow 60, Northampton 56 — The Blue Devils (9-5, …

Northampton’s Charlie Denhart, Amherst’s Margaret O’Connell lead local finishers at PVIAC Alpine Ski Championships

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Charlemont — Mohawk Trail’s Dan Burke completed both of his runs in cutoff jean shorts and a white tank top. Team tables were filled with grills, chips and candy. A group of male skiers took a victory lap in their skivvies and sprayed each other with snow while stopping at the bottom of …

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 …

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 …

Inconsistent Amherst Regional falls to Chicopee at Hoophall Classic

Thursday, January 14, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — The Amherst Regional boys basketball team is seeking consistency. The Hurricanes didn’t find it Thursday night. Chicopee crafted a double-digit lead early in the second quarter and built on it en route to a 76-51 win …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: South Hadley downs Pathfinder, stays perfect in Tri-County League

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The South Hadley wrestling team used six pins to beat Pathfinder, 54-24, and remain undefeated in the Tri-County League Wednesday. Isaiah Cardenales (106 pounds), Gino Viamari (138), Jack Greaney (145), Cyrus Larivee (152), Ethan Fleming (160) and Nate Zayas (195) each won for South Hadley (4-5, 3-0). South …

Wednesday’s high school basketball: Olivia Cavanaugh sparks Smith Academy past Gateway Regional

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Olivia Cavanaugh had a pair of career highs as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Gateway Regional, 38-15, Wednesday in Huntington. Cavanaugh had a career-best five 3-pointers en route to a personal record 18 points for the Falcons (4-4). Cavanaugh added five rebounds and five assists. Ashley …

Tuesday’s high school track, ice hockey: Amherst boys speed past Chicopee, Holyoke, Putnam

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Amherst Regional boys indoor track team cruised to a trio of wins during the early session at a PVIAC meet at Smith College, Tuesday. The Hurricanes collected five overall first places en route to wins over Holyoke, 49-41, Chicopee, 61-33, and Putnam, 75-10. Aiden Foucault Etheridge won …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Northampton swimmer Johnny Williams posts All-American time

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Johnny Williams keeps getting faster and now he has an All-American time to prove it. The Northampton swimming senior and UMass commit won Tuesday’s 100-yard butterfly in 49.36 seconds, breaking his own school record. It also was a fast enough swim to automatically qualify him for All-American recognition …

Tuesday’s high school alpine skiing: Delaney, O’Connell, Denhart ski to top-10 finishes

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Corriann Delaney of Frontier Regional and Margaret O’Connell of Amherst Regional finished in the top 10 Tuesday at the PVIAC girls slalom race at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Delaney finished fifth in 43.00 seconds, while O’Connell was seventh in 43.38. In the boys giant slalom race, Charlie Denhart …

Tuesday’s high school boys basketball: Frontier Regional wins second straight, tops Turners Falls 46-44

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Frontier Regional boys basketball team held on down the stretch in a back-and-forth game to pick up their second straight win with a 46-44 victory over Turners Falls, Tuesday in South Deerfield. Trailing by one with just under a minute left, Evan Bourque hit a 3-pointer to …

Monday’s high schools: Northampton rallies to sink Chicopee, 47-40

Monday, January 11, 2016

Down by two with just under 3 minutes left, the Northampton girls basketball team scored the final nine points and beat Chicopee, 47-40, Monday at home. Consecutive backdoor passes from Lauraine Joensen (19 points, 14 rebounds) to Megan …