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JASON PICARD
Nationally ranked BMX racer Anthony Lucchesi of Southampton with his race bike outside his home on Feb 18.

Southampton teen Anthony Lucchesi accepted to elite BMX program at Olympic Training Center

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Anthony Lucchesi, 15, has been winning state and regional BMX racing titles since he started speeding around dirt tracks on his BMX bicycle at age 12. But on Friday, Lucchesi learned that he won the thing that had been eluding him — a chance to train with other elite racers at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. By doing well at certain national races this spring, Lucchesi earned enough points be among the eight teenage riders invited to the USA Cycling BMX Development Program at the training center Aug. 17 to 24. Racers only have a two-year period in their mid-teens … 0

Local baseball: Hadley 11U Ripken moves into state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hadley Cal Ripken 11-and-under team scored the tying run in the fourth and took the lead with a pair in the fifth to defeat Northbridge 5-3 in the state semifinals Monday evening in Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis, Noah Scanlon-Dean and Nick Foster hit solo home runs for Hadley (4-1). Thea Hanscom, Quentin Moliterno and Kouji Ishida had hits in the fifth-inning rally. Scanlon-Dean … 0

Local baseball/softball: Hamp Ripken advances to state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under baseball team continued its perfect run into Monday night’s state final with three victories over the weekend. Hamp (4-0) defeated Douglas 8-2 Sunday afternoon in the state semifinal and will face Hudson at 6 p.m. Monday in Westminster. Otis Follet earned the win on the mound in all three contests, with help from reliever Dominic Badorini. Northampton 8, … 0

Easthampton Post 224 comes back, beats Amherst Post 148

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Easthampton Post 224 overcame a two-run deficit in the seventh to walk off with a 10-9 American Legion victory over Amherst Post 148, Tuesday in Easthampton. Adam Krol hit a grounder to shortstop and an overthrow at first plated the tying and winning runs. Brandon Weyant had two … 0

Little League District 2 Tournaments get underway

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — With an enthusiastic bench and consistent hitting, Easthampton took down Southampton 13-3 in four innings on Tuesday in a Little League District 2 Tournament matchup at Conant Park. Nick Lloyd and Nick Jolicoeur led the Easthampton … 0

Local baseball: Liam Medina keys Pettengill Insurance comeback

Monday, June 23, 2014

Liam Medina’s three-run double in the sixth gave South Hadley Pettengill Insurance Post 260 a come-from-behind 3-1 American Legion win over East Springfield in South Hadley Monday. Ryan Kleszczynski had two hits, while Joe Ciolek struck out nine and walked two in the complete-game 3-hitter for South Hadley … 0

Local weekend round: Mastalerz wins another for Belchertown Legion

Sunday, June 22, 2014

For the second time in as many days, Jon Mastalerz played the role of extra-inning hero in leading the Belchertown Post 239 American Legion baseball team to victory. On Saturday afternoon, Mastalerz singled in the winning run in the top of the 10th as Belchertown defeated South Hadley … 0

Local baseball: Belchertown Legion picks up first win

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Jon Mastalerz delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth Friday evening as the Belchertown Post 239 American Legion baseball team earned its first win, beating Wilbraham 4-3 in extras. Nick Kurty was 3 for 4, including a two-run double for Belchertown (1-5). Tyler Gladu, TJ … 0

briefs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Easthampton PARISH FESTIVAL: The annual Our Lady of the Valley Parish Festival will take place Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. on the church grounds on Franklin Street. Admission and parking is free and traditional Polish and French food and beer and wine is available for purchase. There … 0

Banks: Rash of debit card fraud likely caused by data breaches at Easthampton, Southampton retailers

Friday, June 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — District 2 City Councilor Jennifer A. Hayes was surprised when her debit card was declined in late May and Florence Savings Bank told her of fraudulent charges. She was less surprised when, six days later, someone … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, June 20, 2014

WOOD DUCK Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I love the surprises I get when I see the results of using a telephoto lens on my DSLR digital camera. Even with … 0

Summer baseball: Pettengill Insurance beats Westfield in American Legion

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pettengill Insurance beat Westfield 9-2 on Thursday to improve to .500 in American Legion. Joe Ciolek went 3 for 4, drove in three runs and scored two others as South Hadley Post 260 (3-3) won at home. Pat Sears singled, doubled and had two RBIs in the win. … 0

Southampton plans three info sessions on override and what it means to various departments

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Town officials are hoping residents with questions or concerns about the proposed $1 million Proposition 2½ override will seek answers. They have planned three informational sessions for just that purpose. Voters will head to the polls July 1 to weigh in on a request to levy … 0