Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
L/sleet
27°
L/sleet
Hi 29° | Lo 25°

Shutesbury

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, imposed their will on the interior and wore Turners Falls down in the second half of a 68-46 victory Monday in a …

Soldiering along in creative economy Three Valley artists talk about how they make ends meet while pursuing their muse

Monday, March 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Making a living in the arts is always a challenge. In this story, Gazette arts writer Steve Pfarrer speaks with three members of the “creative economy” about the ways they make a living while making art. The artists are Kim Carlino, an Easthampton painter and independent curator; musician Jim Henry; and …

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 …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire trio caps regular season with pins

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hampshire Regional three 100-win wrestlers entered the postseason on a high note Wednesday. Brendan Weir (138 pounds), Nick Hoskin (145) and Brandon Weyant (160) each recorded pins during the Raiders’ 45-24 loss to Sabis. The trio will lead …

Amherst Regional boys third, girls fourth at state nordic championships

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Amherst Regional nordic ski teams took yet another step at the state level during Wednesday’s MIAA championship meet at Notchview Reservation in Windsor. The Hurricane boys and girls improved on their performance from a year ago. The …

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 …