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Nationally ranked BMX racer Anthony Lucchesi of Southampton with his race bike outside his home on Feb 18.

Southampton teen Anthony Lucchesi accepted to elite BMX program at Olympic Training Center

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Anthony Lucchesi, 15, has been winning state and regional BMX racing titles since he started speeding around dirt tracks on his BMX bicycle at age 12. But on Friday, Lucchesi learned that he won the thing that had been eluding him — a chance to train with other elite racers at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. By doing well at certain national races this spring, Lucchesi earned enough points be among the eight teenage riders invited to the USA Cycling BMX Development Program at the training center Aug. 17 to 24. Racers only have a two-year period in their mid-teens … 0

Local baseball: Hadley 11U Ripken moves into state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hadley Cal Ripken 11-and-under team scored the tying run in the fourth and took the lead with a pair in the fifth to defeat Northbridge 5-3 in the state semifinals Monday evening in Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis, Noah Scanlon-Dean and Nick Foster hit solo home runs for Hadley (4-1). Thea Hanscom, Quentin Moliterno and Kouji Ishida had hits in the fifth-inning rally. Scanlon-Dean … 0

Local baseball/softball: Hamp Ripken advances to state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under baseball team continued its perfect run into Monday night’s state final with three victories over the weekend. Hamp (4-0) defeated Douglas 8-2 Sunday afternoon in the state semifinal and will face Hudson at 6 p.m. Monday in Westminster. Otis Follet earned the win on the mound in all three contests, with help from reliever Dominic Badorini. Northampton 8, … 0

Cody Cleveland, John Ferrara combine on no-hitter for Northampton

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cody Cleveland and John Ferrara combined on a 5-inning no-hitter for the Northampton Mickey Mantle team in a 19-0 mercy-shortened road victory over Frontier. Cleveland started and struck out two in two innings. Ferrara fanned three over the last three frames. Ferrara led a 17-hit attack for Hamp … 0

Gazette Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley’s Meghan Ginley

Friday, July 11, 2014

In 2013, South Hadley’s Meghan Ginley established herself as the top girls lacrosse player in Hampshire County and one of the best in western Massachusetts. This season she absolutely cemented that spot with an even better senior campaign. … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 11, 2014

PILEATED WOODPECKER Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Coombs Road, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bette Robo of Worcester My first walk through Arcadia was in May, during a photo workshop field trip. The instructor led us to one of his … 0

Thursday’s American Legion recaps: Easthampton slips past Northampton Post 28

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Justin Edinger enjoyed a perfect night at the plate and scored a pair of runs to lead the Easthampton American Legion baseball team to a 4-1 home victory over Northampton King & Cushman Post 28 Thursday evening. The catcher went 3 for 3 with two stolen bases. Nick … 0

Gazette Softball Player of the Year: Hampshire Regional’s Savannah Waters

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Savannah Waters and the Hampshire Regional softball team had many goals going into the season, but there was one thing that would help accomplish all of them — getting on base. As the leadoff hitter, that’s all the … 1

Southampton man to lead area Boy Scouts council

Thursday, July 10, 2014

southampton — The newly elected president of the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America doesn’t want for experience in scouting. Jeff Glaze of Southampton, who became president June 30, has been involved with the Boy Scouts since 1968, when he was 10. In 1971, he … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Century Theatre This summer, New Century Theatre will present a new series for kids and families, featuring two musicals based on children’s picture books. The first production, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” … 0

Summer baseball: Easthampton holds off Northampton Mickey Mantle

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Easthampton Mickey Mantle team scored four runs in each of the first two innings and held on for a 10-8 victory at Northampton Wednesday evening. Jamie Ryan (two hits, four RBIs, run) hit a three-run home run in the first for Easthampton (5-10). Stevie Moussette and Hunter … 0

Gazette Boys Tennis Players of the Year: Northampton’s Ian Fishman and Francois Venne

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Junior Francois Venne chose doubles over singles, but freshman Ian Fishman was just hoping to get into the lineup as a newcomer to the Northampton boys tennis team. In preseason competition, their styles of play meshed and what … 0

Local baseball: Northampton Cal Ripken 10U run ends in state championship

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The teams combined for 27 runs and 23 hits, but when the dust settled, the run for the Northampton Cal Ripken 10U team ended one win short of the state title as Hamp fell to Groton, 15-12, Tuesday … 0