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Friday’s high schools: Smith Academy girls soccer beats Hopkins Academy, nears tournament berth

Friday, October 24, 2014

The present and the future collided in Hatfield Friday. Seniors Olivia Hanson and McKenzie Wilson hooked up on the first goal, and middle schoolers Carrie Ellis and Maggie Hession connected on the second goal as the Smith academy girls soccer team beat Hopkins Academy, 3-1. The Falcons (8-7-1, 4-2-0 Pioneer South) need one point next week against either Holyoke Catholic or Ware to qualify for the postseason. Hanson scored from …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, October 24, 2014

QUABBIN MIST Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Early morning fog or mist is something I enjoy photographing. The only problem being getting up and out in time. I was later than I wanted to be on this trip to Quabbin Reservoir in September. It was …

What2Watch4 — Week 8 high school football previews

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicopee Comp at Northampton Friday, 7 With two games left, it is highly unlikely the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3 Suburban) have enough to make a push for the postseason. Even with a victory over the third-rated and first-place Colts (3-3, 3-0), Hamp would need to jump over Chicopee and South Hadley for the …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Orioles blank Rams to seal postseason berth

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Belchertown girls soccer team clinched a tournament berth by winning a border battle against Granby, 2-0 at home Saturday evening. Kelsey Shea and Lauryn Parent each scored a goal for the Orioles (8-3-2). Téa Spellacy and Kayla Henry picked up an assist apiece for Belchertown, while Ashley …

Friday’s high school soccer: Amherst, Ludlow battle to 1-1 tie

Friday, October 10, 2014

One week later, the Amherst Regional and Ludlow boys soccer teams still couldn’t determine a winner on the field. The Hurricanes and Lions finished in a 1-1 tie Friday in Amherst. The game was Ludlow’s first since forfeiting nine games due to an ineligible player. Alex LaRaja scored …

Friday’s high schools: South Hadley senior Brian Bak ties for 8th at PVIAC Golf Championship

Friday, October 10, 2014

South Hadley senior Brian Bak finished tied for eighth to lead local golfers at the PVIAC Golf Championship at Franconia Golf Course on Friday. Bak shot a 5-over-par 76, while teammate Mike Miele finished tied for 11th with a 78. Noah Peterson, of East Longmeadow, successfully defended his …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, October 10, 2014

SUMMER SUNSET Barton’s Cove, Turners Falls Photograph and text by Dot Barnard of North Hatfield Last summer has afforded us some spectacular sunset views. When a friend and I traveled to Barton’s Cove in July hoping to photograph …

Thursday’s high school golf: Shane Hollenbeck enters PVIAC championship on heels of 1-under 35 for Granby

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shane Hollenbeck is ready for Friday’s PVIAC Golf Championship. Hollenbeck shot a 1-under-par 35 at the Country Club of Greenfield to lead Granby to an 18-6 win over Smith Academy on Thursday. The PVIAC championship will start at 9 a.m. at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield. Other local …

Hampshire gymnasts finish third behind Minnechaug, Chicopee Comp in close meet

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — A subpar performance cost the Hampshire Regional gymnastics team what could have been two wins Thursday night. Minnechaug Regional pulled out a win over Hampshire and Chicopee Comp. The Falcons placed first with a score of …

What2Watch4 — A look into Week 6 of the high school football season

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Agawam at Northampton, 7 Friday This is a big game for the Blue Devils (1-3, 0-1 Suburban), who are coming off their first win and are just on the outside in the Division 4 playoff race. Hamp is …

Cleanup continues in Easthampton after microburst drops trees on homes, Mountain Road

Thursday, October 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Thursday was the perfect kind of fall day for tackling yard work, and homeowners near the intersection of Mountain Road and Hendrick Street were all out working in their yards Thursday. But their yard cleanups were …

Area police news

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Amherst ∎ A 27-year-old Holyoke man will be summoned to court on charges of assault and battery and malicious destruction of property under $250 after he allegedly followed two people from a downtown bar to their Kellogg Avenue residence at 1:59 a.m. Thursday, refused to leave and then …

Wednesday’s high schools: Granby beats Mahar for third straight boys soccer win

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Matt Bleakley netted two goals and added an assist for the Granby boys soccer team, which won its third straight game by beating Mahar 4-0 in Orange Wednesday. Joe Desormier (assist) and Conor O’Shea both added a goal for the Rams (4-3-4). Doug L’Abbee made two saves to …