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Weekend high schools/preps: Smith Academy boys soccer stays perfect with win over Hopkins

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Smith Academy boys soccer team scored a pair of goals in the second half off corner kicks to upend Hopkins Academy 2-1 Saturday in Hatfield. With 15 minutes remaining, Kevin Banas converted a Joe Afflitto feed to put the Falcons (4-0) ahead for good. About five minutes earlier, Tanner Natale scored from Jack Dadmun to tie it. Pat Knightly had the goal for the Golden Hawks (2-1-1), with the …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Turners Falls

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball swept Turners Falls 3-0 to give newly minted hall of fame coach Sean MacDonald another win Friday. The Red Hawks won 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Cassidy Ciesluk had 16 kills and 15 digs, while Rachel Cialek added nine kills. Kimmi Logan chipped in with 14 assists and Sara Corey had 10 assists …

Thursday’s high school golf: Corey Calkins, Brian Bak lead South Hadley past Chicopee

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Corey Calkins shot a career-low 38 on his home course at the Ledges Golf Club to help lead South Hadley over Chicopee, 164-172, on Thursday afternoon. Brian Bak finished with a 1-over-par 37 to earn medalist honors for the Tigers (2-2). South Hadley 164, Chicopee 172 at The Ledges, par 36 South Hadley …

Tuesday’s boys cross country: Granby jumps out to 3-0 start

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Granby boys cross country team opened the season with a trio of victories on its 3.1-mile course at Dufresne Park in Granby. The Rams placed four runners in the top 10 as they beat Palmer, 20-39, Greenfield, …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Amherst cards second win in as many days

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Amherst Regional golf team made it two wins in as many days by defeating Chicopee Comp 195-224 Tuesday to even its record. Dani Miller-Grossman shot a 46 to lead Amherst, with Stephen McCudden firing a 47. Amherst 195, Chicopee Comp 224 at Chicopee CC, par 36 Amherst …

Tuesday’s high schools: Northampton girls soccer rallies for first win

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Northampton girls soccer team came from behind for its first win of the season, beating Westfield 3-2 on the road Tuesday afternoon. Charlotte Maurer put the Blue Devils (1-0-1) on the board in the 12th minute with a successful penalty kick. Sierra Loomis took a pass from …

Monday’s high school golf: Granby, Frontier Regional roll to opening wins

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Granby and Frontier Regional golf teams waited an extra week for their seasons to begin, and both enjoyed solid victories Monday afternoon. Granby beat Ware 211/2-21/2 at Cold Spring Country Club, while Frontier topped Turners Falls 151/2-81/2 at Cherry Hill. Medalist Shane Hollenbeck (45), Tristan Guzik and …

Monday’s girls volleyball/field hockey: South Hadley beats West Springfield, stays perfect

Monday, September 8, 2014

Taylor Guertin had two goals with assists from Hannah Menard and Emily Florence as the South Hadley field hockey team remained perfect with a 4-1 road win over West Springfield Monday. Beau Kass and Ali Rondeau each scored once for the Tigers (3-0, 2-0 Central). Brittany Cote did …

Monday’s boys soccer: Amherst shuts out Northampton, 3-0

Monday, September 8, 2014

Six players registered a point and George Holt made five saves to lead Amherst Regional to the road shutout victory over Northampton, 3-0, on Monday. Alex Mangels, Justin Pina Lopes Sena and Alex LaRaja each scored a goal for the Hurricanes (2-0), while Ian Robson, Luke Webb and …

Monday’s girls soccer: South Hadley pulls away from Mahar

Monday, September 8, 2014

The South Hadley girls soccer team used two goals in the second half to break a halftime tie en route to a 3-1 win over Mahar Monday in South Hadley. Gigi Thibault gave the Tigers (2-1) the lead for good with an unassisted goal. Teammate Reilly Jodoin added …

Friday’s high school recaps: Frontier, Amherst stay perfect with five-set victories in girls volleyball

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Frontier Regional and Amherst Regional girls volleyball teams each needed five sets Friday to stay undefeated two matches into the season. The four-time state champion Red Hawks dropped a close fourth set, but rallied with a quick fifth to beat West Springfield 3-2. The Hurricanes let a …

Campaigns work to excite Valley voters about Tuesday’s state primary

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Political observers in the Valley say Tuesday’s primary offers one of the best crop of candidates for statewide offices in recent memory, although general interest has been lackluster through the dog days of summer. At stake …

Smarter than the gurus? What are your football picks? What to watch and what will happen

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Friday Wahconah at Northampton, 7 The Blue Devils open with the rival Warriors in the Route 9 Rumble. Hamp’s stable number of running backs will look to fill the shoes left by Malik Renner and John Grimaldi, who …