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MIAA votes to delay change to middle school eligibility rule

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association backpedaled on its recent rule change in regards to the eligibility of middle school students on high school teams. Earlier this month, the MIAA voted to change Rule 53 for the 2015-2017 handbook. Currently, middle school students are eligible for high school teams if their school falls under the leadership of the high school principal. The MIAA elected to change the rule to state that …

Westhampton home destroyed in fire touched off by lightning strike

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — A lightning strike touched off a fire that destroyed a Tipping Rock Road home Wednesday evening as heavy storms moved through the area, Fire Chief Christopher W. Norris said Thursday. Norris — speaking shortly after crews cleared the scene over 12 hours after the fire was reported by the homeowners at …

Wednesday’s high schools: Kate Sarnacki strikes for 14 goals, 100th of career as Granby girls lacrosse rolls

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kate Sarnacki netted 14 goals, including the 100th of her career, to pace the Granby girls lacrosse team to a 22-10 win over St. Mary in Westfield Wednesday. The sophomore added two assists, while Jess Paturno had four goals for the Rams (8-4-1). Jenna Barthlow remained solid in the net for Granby with …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton rolls past Tantasqua

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kerry Fleming had five goals and assist on senior night to lead the Northampton girls lacrosse team to an 18-4 win over Tantasqua at home Friday. Classmate Emily Biggs added two goals and three assists, while fellow seniors Emily Poehlein (goal), Haley Subocz (two goals, one assists), Missie …

Friday’s high school tennis: Amherst girls down Longmeadow, claim Valley League outright

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team wrapped up its regular season on Friday, beating longtime rival Longmeadow, 4-1, for the second time this week. The Hurricanes (15-2, 7-1 Valley League) also won the league title outright. Allison McCann handed Suzanne Elfman a 6-0, 6-4 loss at first singles. …

New MIAA rule threatens middle school participation in high school sports

Friday, May 22, 2015

A week before a five-year softball starter at Hampshire Regional hit a career milestone, the MIAA approved a rule that would have prevented the feat from happening. On May 14, changes to the MIAA Handbook for 2015-2017 included …

Coming up

Friday, May 22, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Monday is Memorial Day and the senior centers will be closed. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk …

Family, friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. plead for return of Route 10 roadside memorial

Friday, May 22, 2015

WESTFIELD — The family and friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. of Southampton say they don’t know why someone took the roadside memorial at the site of his 2013 motorcycle crash — they just want it back. …

Thursday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy closes softball season with rout of Mahar

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Hopkins Academy softball team ended its season on a high note with a 20-6 victory over Mahar in 5 innings on senior day. Seniors Peyton Ring, Jasmine Roberson and Jailinne Ruiz each had at least a hit for the Golden Hawks (3-14, 2-11 Franklin). Ring earned the …

Thursday’s high school baseball: Frontier Regional keeps postseason hopes alive with tight win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brandon Bryant enjoyed a perfect day, going 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs as the Frontier Regional baseball team kept its postseason hopes alive with a 10-9 road win at South Hadley Thursday. Nolan Muzyka …

Thursday’s high school tennis: South Hadley qualifies for WMass boys tournament

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The South Hadley boys tennis team clinched a tournament berth by sweeping Holyoke, 5-0, Thursday afternoon at Mount Holyoke College. The Tigers (9-8) lost two or fewer games in nine of their 10 set victories. Boys tennis South Hadley 5, Holyoke 0 At Mount Holyoke First singles: Mikey …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst girls lacrosse rolls past Cathedral

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Clover Ulrich scored six goals with an assist in her final home game as the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team earned an 18-10 victory over Cathedral on senior night. Fellow seniors Anna Hayes had a goal and Chelby …

Wednesday’s high school tennis: Belchertown boys qualify for postseason

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team qualified for the postseason with a 3-2 win at East Longmeadow on Wednesday. Ryan Kearney beat Matt Donovan 6-3, 7-6 (3) at second singles for the lone singles point for the Orioles (9-7). The first doubles match went three sets as Dennis Lelic …