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Monday’s high schools: Frontier Regional field hockey qualifies for postseason with 3-0 win over Smith Academy

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Frontier Regional field hockey team shut out Smith Academy, 3-0, in South Deerfield Monday to qualify for the postseason. Emma Wesoloski, Camille Alli and McKenzie Patterson scored for the Red Hawks (9-7-1, 5-3-1 North). Jordyn Roberts had the lone assist. Kelly Moulton had six saves for the Red Hawks. Kayla Miastowski was busy with 15 saves for the Falcons (2-12-2, 1-6-2). Northampton 2, Palmer 0 — The Blue Devils …

Monday’s high school soccer: Amherst Regional girls punch postseason ticket

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls soccer team qualified for the postseason again. After snapping a 10-year drought last season, the Hurricanes didn’t wait nearly as long this time around. With a 2-1 win over Holyoke on the road Monday, Amherst clinched second place in the Central Division and earned a spot in the Division 1 tournament field. Sage DeChiara scored both goals, while Madison …

Weekend high school recaps: Amherst Regional boys soccer remain undefeated, shut out Northampton 3-0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three Hurricanes scored as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team knocked off crosstown rival Northampton, 3-0, at home on Saturday. Gabe Fontes, Alex Mangels, and Luke Webb each netted a goal in the victory that also kep the Hurricanes (13-0-2) undefeated. Jon Brodeur tallied 15 saves and allowed three goals for Northampton (3-10-1) while his counterpart George Holt made three stops in the …

Tuesday’s high schools: Amherst Regional, Frontier Regional earns sweeps during ‘Spike It For Life’ fundraiser

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On “Spike It For Life” nights in Amherst and South Deerfield, the home teams delivered good efforts as they raised money for good causes. The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team qualified for the postseason with a sweep of Belchertown. The Hurricanes (9-4) won 25-13, 26-24, 25-17. They were …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Chris Noga (three goals) leads Belchertown past Central

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chris Noga’s hat trick led an offensive onslaught for the Belchertown boys soccer team, which beat Central 8-2 at home Tuesday evening. Ben LaClair tallied twice for the Orioles (7-2-2), while Ryan Kearney (goal, two assists) and Noah Lussier (three assists) each posted three points. Nick Drost and …

Southampton fire chief gets six more months to move within five miles of public safety complex

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The Select Board on Tuesday granted Fire Chief John C. Workman another six months to move within a five-mile radius of the town’s public safety complex. A former Belchertown fire captain, Workman was hired last October as Southampton’s fire chief and under his contract he was …

Southampton Select Board dumps shared inspection services with Holyoke, hires local inspector

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The Select Board on Tuesday nixed a proposal to outsource its building inspection services to Holyoke and instead voted to hire its own full-time building inspector as it had originally planned to do in July. The board voted 3-0 to hire Thomas Quinlan, who has worked …

Boys soccer: Hampshire Regional wins midfield, defense battle with Frontier Regional

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

WHATELY — Both teams said it: A 1-0 Hampshire Regional win over the Frontier Regional boys soccer team was the result of a midfield and defensive battle at Herlihy Field on Tuesday afternoon. “They have a good midfield so it was a tough team,” Raider Brendan Bzdel said. …

Around Southampton: After longtime assistant town clerk Ruth Bernier retires, School Committee member Lucille Dalton chosen to replace her

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Southampton residents who want to keep up with the work of town boards and committees have a new tool to help them online. Meeting agendas, minutes and other information are now available at www.mytowngovernment.org/01073. The website is used …

Monday’s high school soccer recaps: Four local teams qualify for postseason

Monday, October 6, 2014

Four local soccer teams clinched postseason berths on Monday, including a pair of defending Western Massachusetts champions. The 2013 Division 3 champion Granby girls and the WMass Division 4 titlist Hopkins Academy boys officially punched their return trips to the postseason. Meanwhile, the Amherst Regional boys as well …

Christine Murphy of Monson named interim assistant principal of Hampshire Regional middle school

Monday, October 6, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — An educator from Monson will start her job Friday as interim assistant principal of the Hampshire Regional middle school. Christine Murphy was selected from a pool of 31 applicants for the job, which is officially called …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton senior Gina Whalen finishes second at Western Massachusetts Girls Individual Golf Championship

Friday, October 3, 2014

Northampton senior Gina Whalen shot an 82 and fell one shot short of a Western Massachusetts Girls Individual Golf Championship, Friday at Ludlow Country Club. Rachel Bechard, of Longmeadow, fired an 81 to win the title. Hampshire Regional’s Kyla Murphy shot a 97, while teammate Makenze Felt had …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, October 3, 2014

YELLOW LEAVES AND REFLECTIONS Mill River Recreation Area, North Amherst Photograph and text by Julius Lester of Belchertown In this part of the world, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins when nature is making its transition from …