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Hopkins Academy's Spencer Butterfield strokes his drive during the Wednesday afternoon high school golf action at the Hickory Ridge Country Course Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.

Wednesday’s high school golf/cross country: South Hadley fends off Belchetown

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brian Bak shot a 1-over-par 37 and Mike Miele added a 42 as the South Hadley boys golf team held off Belchertown, 173-180, at the Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley Wednesday. Ryan Chrabascz had a 40 to pace the Orioles. South Hadley 173, Belchertown 180 at The Ledges, par 36 South Hadley (4-7): Brian Bak, 37; Mike Miele, 42; Corey Calkins, 44; Jake Allard, 50 Belchertown (5-8): Ryan Chrabascz, 40; Frankie Murray, 44; Jason Krasinkiewicz, 46; Carl Teschke, 50 Agawam 156, Amherst 185 at Hickory Ridge GC, par 36 Amherst (3-10): John Noonan, 40; Alex Cantor, 47; Stephen McCudden, 48; Dani Miller-Grossman, 50 Cathedral …

Wednesday’s high schools: Frontier Regional, Amherst Regional return from long road trips with victories

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Frontier Regional and Amherst Regional girls volleyball teams each travelled to a different county Wednesday evening, but returned home with 3-0 sweeps. The Red Hawks went to Berkshire County and took down Lee, while the Hurricanes went the other direction and earned a victory over Tantasqua in Worcester County. Frontier Regional 3, Lee 0 — The Red Hawks (12-0) kept their perfect …

Wednesday’s high school soccer: Christiano Marconi nets lone goal as Holyoke Catholic beats Putnam for first win

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Christiano Marconi scored in the 44th minute as the Holyoke Catholic boys soccer team won for the first time, beating Putnam 1-0 Wednesday in Springfield. Collin Neffinger had the assist, while Tom Heavren made four saves for the Gaels (1-4-4). Amherst Regional 1, Agawam 0 — Alex LaRaja scored from Luke Webb roughly midway through the second half to lift the Hurricanes (8-0-1) …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton takes down Agawam in girls soccer

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alex Bertuch-Wallace scored twice as the Northampton girls soccer team knocked down Agawam, 4-0, Friday in Northampton. Abby Springfield and Lily Glading-DiLorenzo each had one goal for the Blue Devils (5-1-1, 3-1-1 Kurty-Fielding). Olivia Pruett had two assists, while Charlotte Maurer and Bailey Maurer each had one. Sydney …

Republican Senate candidate Brian Herr campaigns at CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg

Friday, September 19, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Brian J. Herr brought his campaign to Williamsburg on Friday where he visited CRD Metalworks at 17 Hyde Hill Road. Herr, who is challenging Sen. Edward J. Markey, responded to a request …

Easthampton High, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and Mosier Elementary in South Hadley show improved MCAS rankings

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three area schools moved up in state rankings for meeting achievement gaps in Friday’s release of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test results. Meanwhile, most area school districts, including Amherst and Northampton, remained steady, and many either met or …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, September 19, 2014

FEMALE WOOD DUCK Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley During breeding season the male wood duck is brightly colored, but the female is quite plain, with the exception of a bit …

Thursday’s high schools: Danielle Easton nets three goals and Holyoke Catholic beats Hopkins Academy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Danielle Easton posted a hat trick Thursday afternoon to guide the Holyoke Catholic girls soccer team to a 3-1 home victory over Hopkins Academy. Julie Pirog assisted on Easton’s game winner with roughly 11 minutes left in regulation. Meg Goncalves also had an assist for the Gaels (3-3, …

Thursday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy sweeps aside Ware

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Four Hopkins Academy golfers swept their individual matches Thursday afternoon as the Golden Hawks breezed to a 20-4 victory over Ware at Hickory Ridge. Medalist Caleb Farnham shot a 40 to earn a 4-0 win at No. 2. Spencer Butterfield, Joe Yusko and Liam Higgins followed suit for …

Wednesday’s high schools: South Hadley knocks off Belchertown in girls soccer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gigi Thibault broke through traffic and converted a Morgan Harrington pass as the South Hadley girls soccer team knocked off Belchertown, 1-0, Wednesday in South Hadley. Sophie Gatzounas made eight saves for South Hadley (4-1), while Ashley Cavanaugh …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Spencer Butterfield shots 38 as Hopkins Academy pulls away from Smith Academy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spencer Butterfield shot a 2-over-par 38 to earn medalist honors and lead Hopkins Academy to a 19-5 win over Smith Academy, Wednesday at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst. The Golden Hawks (5-2, 4-1 Bi-County East) won five of the six matches to clinch the victory. Justin Butterfield …

High school notebook: Amherst Invitational set to welcome 1,000 runners

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last year, 999 racers finished the Amherst Invitational. On Saturday, officials are expecting another 1,000 runners to take to the course in the annual high school cross country race. “We love doing it. Our girls love running it,” …

Gazette Gridiron Gurus size up Week 3's early start

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst Regional at South Hadley, 7 Thursday The Hurricanes let two winnable game slip away and will be looking to play a complete game. The Tigers have been blown out twice, but their offense came to life in …