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Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Emily Woodward, Frontier Regional

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gazette Girls Volleyball All-Stars FIRST TEAM Justine Bohl, senior, Amherst Regional Rachel Cialek, junior, Frontier Regional Cassidy Ciesluk, senior, Frontier Regional Remi Quesnelle, junior, Frontier Regional Erin Reed-Coates, senior, Belchertown Shaya Shally-Jensen, senior, Amherst Regional Shelby Telega, senior, Frontier Regional Emily Woodford, senior, Belchertown Emily Woodward, junior, Frontier Regional HONORABLE MENTION Sarah Conlisk, junior, Frontier Regional Chapin Duffy, senior, Amherst Regional Cara McKenzie, sophomore, Belchertown Reed Mitchell, senior, Amherst Regional Courtney Newsome, senior, Frontier Regional Ruthenee Nhem, senior, Easthampton Tatyana Ryan, junior, Belchertown …

Father of Amherst baseball, Stan Ziomek, set for induction into WMass Baseball Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The influence of Stan Ziomek in Amherst is clear, but his work in the game of baseball extended beyond the town’s border. So when a Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame was established, Ziomek seemed a perfect fit. He’s one of six individuals and one team in the second class set to be …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alex Laraja, Amherst Regional

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIRST TEAM Joe Afflitto, senior, Smith Academy Billy Aldrich, senior, Belchertown Isamu Bix, senior, Amherst Regional Jamie Blinder, senior, Frontier Regional Bryan Brasil, senior, Hampshire Regional Steve Bruscoe, senior, Smith Academy Brendan Bzdel, senior Hampshire Regional Connor Curtain, junior, Belchertown Evan Delaney, senior, Hopkins Academy Keith Dixon, senior, Amherst Regional Tom Heavren, senior, …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, January 9, 2015

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Justin Carey was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Dean College in Franklin. Easthampton …

Southampton launches new easy-to-navigate website with simpler address

Friday, January 9, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The Town of Southampton launched a new, streamlined website Tuesday, retiring the one that was created in 2005. The site uses WordPress, a content management platform that cites its ease-of use as one of its top features. Town Administrator Heather Budrewicz said that a new easy-to-navigate …

Amherst’s John Leonard nears 100 points for powerhouse Cathedral hockey

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cathedral junior forward John Leonard increased his Western Massachusetts leads in both goals and points, while inching closer to a career milestone Thursday night. The Amherst resident scored two goals in a 6-1 victory over Bridgewater-Raynham at The …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby honors Nolan Hodgins’ milestone, cruises past Gateway Regional

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

After earning his 100th career win Saturday, Granby wrestler Nolan Hodgins could sit back and relax on Wednesday night, along with nine of his teammates. Ten Rams won by forfeit in a 72-12 home victory over Gateway Regional. …

Wednesday’s high schools: Easthampton ices undefeated Chicopee Comp for second straight win

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Make that two wins in a row for the Easthampton hockey team. Jon Brodeur and Mike Grise each notched two points as the Eagles handed Chicopee Comp its first loss with a 4-2 win, Wednesday at Lossone Rink in Easthampton. Brodeur had a goal and an assist, while …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hopkins Academy boys storm past South Hadley

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team continued its torrid start to the season Tuesday night with perhaps its most impressive win to date. The Division 4 Golden Hawks went on the road to D-2 South Hadley and emerged …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton girls beat Agawam for first win

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Easthampton girls swimming team had one goal for Tuesday and that was to play water polo on Wednesday. To achieve the goal, the Eagles had to win their first meet of the season and they did just that. Behind a high school personal-best split of 1 minute, …

Vehicle shears off utility pole, mailbox after sliding on ice on North Farms Road in Northampton

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — North Farms Road was “nearly impassible due to ice” Monday night when a vehicle slid off the road and struck a utility pole and mailbox, according to Northampton Police who responded. Anthony M. Gray, 19, of 8 Bluemer Road, Southampton, was not injured in the crash. …

Western Massachusetts basketball community mourns the loss of Jay Fortier, 61

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Last year, Jay Fortier coached the Easthampton girls basketball season while battling throat cancer. With his life motto of “go big or go home,” Fortier wanted to do it again this year. Days before the current season opened, …

Mike Moran: Through the noise, Jay Fortier brought out the best in his players

Monday, January 5, 2015

His voice echoed throughout gymnasiums. Ashley! ... Cara! ... Annie! ... Jen! In loud, straight-to-the-point orders, he got his instructions across; not only to his players, but seemingly to every parent and fan in the stands. He was …