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Monday’s high schools: Belchertown spikes Easthampton to stay perfect

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team remained perfect by winning its league opener over Easthampton 3-0 at home Monday. The Orioles (6-0, 1-0 Southern) cruised to a home sweep, 27-25, 25-12, 25-18. Tatyana Ryan had 22 assists for Belchertown. Alexis Ryan had three aces, while Jacqueline Johnson won all of her service points. Kate Avard had five kills and a pair of aces for the Eagles (3-5, 0-1). Ruthenee Nhem added …

Monday’s high school soccer: Smith Vocational girls earn program’s first victory

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shannon Ryan figured in every goal for the Smith Vocational girls soccer team in the program’s first win, 9-1 over Commerce Monday in Springfield. Ryan scored six times and added three assists for the Vikings (1-3). Gabby Petlock had a hat trick and three assists, while Becka Lewis assisted twice and Kelsey Henshaw once. Maddisin Atkinsin stopped four shots in the victory. Easthampton …

Monday’s high school golf: Nate Patterson fires 1-over 37 to pace Frontier Regional past Sabis

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nate Patterson shot a 1-over-par 37 to lead Frontier Regional to a 23-1 win over Sabis, at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst on Monday. The Red Hawks (5-0) won 4-0 at five-of-six positions, just missing a shutout. Greenfield 191/2, Smith Academy 41/2 at CC of Greenfield, par 36 Medalist: Ben Westerman (G), 47 No. 1: Ben Westerman (G) def. Connor Fill, 3-1; …

Friday’s high school recaps: Frontier, Amherst stay perfect with five-set victories in girls volleyball

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Frontier Regional and Amherst Regional girls volleyball teams each needed five sets Friday to stay undefeated two matches into the season. The four-time state champion Red Hawks dropped a close fourth set, but rallied with a quick fifth to beat West Springfield 3-2. The Hurricanes let a …

Campaigns work to excite Valley voters about Tuesday’s state primary

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Political observers in the Valley say Tuesday’s primary offers one of the best crop of candidates for statewide offices in recent memory, although general interest has been lackluster through the dog days of summer. At stake …

Smarter than the gurus? What are your football picks? What to watch and what will happen

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Friday Wahconah at Northampton, 7 The Blue Devils open with the rival Warriors in the Route 9 Rumble. Hamp’s stable number of running backs will look to fill the shoes left by Malik Renner and John Grimaldi, who …

Thursday’s high school golf: New-look Hopkins Academy opens with road win

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Hopkins Academy golf team received victories from three of its new starters in a 141/2-91/2 season-opening win over Pathfinder Thursday afternoon at Mill Valley Golf Club. The defending WMass Division 3 champion Golden Hawks (1-0) needed to replace half of their starting lineup. Justin Butterfield and Molly …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Granby girls cruise in opener

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Granby girls soccer team scored six times in the second half to turn its season opener into an 8-0 home rout over Ware. Kate Desormier (two goals, one assist), Jessica Patruno (goal, two assists) and Summer Molin (goal, assist) each had multiple points as the Rams (1-0) …

Thursday’s high school field hockey: Smith Academy rolls to first win

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jen Adamites and Olivia Cavanaugh each scored two goals for the Smith Academy field hockey team in a 5-0 shutout at Athol Thursday afternoon. Izzy Duseau also had a goal for the Falcons (1-1, 1-1 North), while Kayla Miastowski made 10 saves. South Hadley 2, Palmer 0 — …

Thursday’s high school girls volleyball: Belchetown sweeps Pioneer Regional, stays perfect

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team swept its way to a second straight win to start the season, beating Pioneer Regional 3-0 Thursday in Northfield. The Orioles (2-0) earned a 25-13, 25-10, 25-21 victory. Cara McKenzie had five kills and two aces, while Tatyana Ryan picked up 12 assists …

Wednesday’s high school soccer recaps: Explosive second half propels Hopkins boys

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A four-goal second half sealed the Hopkins Academy boys soccer team’s first win in as many attempts this season, defeating Athol 5-1 at home Wednesday afternoon. Zach Kelly put the Golden Hawks (1-0) on the board with a …

High school recaps: Frontier volleyball opens state title defense with sweep of Ludlow

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team began its quest for a fifth straight state title Wednesday evening by sweeping Ludlow at home, 25-9, 25-11, 25-23. Cassidy Ciesluk had seven kills, three digs and three aces for the Red Hawks (1-0). Remi Quesnelle posted a team-high nine kills with …

Southampton Democratic Town Committee to host wine-tasting fundraiser Thursday

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The Southampton Democratic Town Committee will hold its second annual wine tasting and pre-primary event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Black Birch Vineyard at 155 Glendale Road. In addition to raising money for the committee to support candidates in November’s elections, the event will …