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Tuesday’s high school cross country: South Hadley wins battle of unbeatens with Belchertown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In a battle of unbeaten girls cross country teams, Belchertown had the overall winner, but South Hadley placed the next four finishers in a 24-31 road win Tuesday. Carolyn Watkins (20 minutes, 38 seconds), Serena Sarage (21:11), Mackenzie Werenski (21:36) and Jackie Doyle (21:37) came in second through fifth, respectively, for the Tigers (4-0, 3-0). Tatyana Almore posted a meet-best time of 20:20 for the Orioles (4-1, 2-1 Valley South). …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy punches postseason ticket

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The defending Western Massachusetts champion Hopkins Academy golf team punched its return ticket to the Division 3 Tournament Tuesday afternoon with a 23-1 victory over Smith Academy. Caleb Farnham fired a match-best 37 to lead the Golden Hawks (8-3). Farnham, Spencer Butterfield and Joe Yusko each swept their individual matches 4-0. In other golf action, Easthampton earned its first win since the 2012 …

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton takes down Granby in Pioneer North showdown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Maddie Grabowski’s goal gave the Easthampton girls soccer team a 1-0 home victory over Granby Tuesday afternoon and a three-point lead in the highly competitive Pioneer North. Andi Hall set up Grabowski, whose tally kept the Eagles (7-0-1, 3-0-1) undefeated. Alyssa Fugiel made nine saves in the shutout. Brooklyn Baran stopped six shots for the Rams (7-2-1, 2-1). Gateway Regional 5, Ware 0 …

Monday’s high school girls volleyball: Amherst falls in five to Ludlow for first loss

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team met its match, falling 3-2 to Ludlow to halt its undefeated run on Monday. The Hurricanes (4-1) dropped the final three sets (25-18, 25-16, 15-9) after narrowly winning the first two (25-22, 27-25). Justine Bohl had a career-best 42 assists and five …

Monday’s high school field hockey: Northampton blows out Palmer

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kristina Ramsden, Reilly Griffin and Missie Maiewski each scored twice to lead the Northampton field hockey team to a 7-1 home win over Palmer on Monday. Ramsden and Griffin also had an assist apiece for the Blue Devils (2-1, 2-1 Central). Kerry Fleming added a tally, while Emily …

Monday’s high school soccer: Hampshire boys strike for first win

Monday, September 15, 2014

After opening the season with back-to-back scoreless ties, the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team’s offense woke up and shut out Palmer with an 8-0 win at home Monday. Bryan Brasil (two goals, assist) and Brendan Bzdel (two assists, goal) each collected three points in the blowout for the …

Monday’s golf: Granby rolls past Mahar, stays perfect

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shane Hollenbeck shot a match-best 38 and was one of five Granby golfers to earn individual sweeps in a 201/2-31/2 victory over Mahar Monday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol. Alex Joao, Tom Rezzani, Jesse Molin and Dominic Rosazza also won their matches 4-0 for the unbeaten Rams …

Weekend high schools/preps: Smith Academy boys soccer stays perfect with win over Hopkins

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Smith Academy boys soccer team scored a pair of goals in the second half off corner kicks to upend Hopkins Academy 2-1 Saturday in Hatfield. With 15 minutes remaining, Kevin Banas converted a Joe Afflitto feed to put the Falcons (4-0) ahead for good. About five minutes …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Turners Falls

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball swept Turners Falls 3-0 to give newly minted hall of fame coach Sean MacDonald another win Friday. The Red Hawks won 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Cassidy Ciesluk had 16 kills and 15 digs, while Rachel Cialek added …

Thursday’s high school golf: Corey Calkins, Brian Bak lead South Hadley past Chicopee

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Corey Calkins shot a career-low 38 on his home course at the Ledges Golf Club to help lead South Hadley over Chicopee, 164-172, on Thursday afternoon. Brian Bak finished with a 1-over-par 37 to earn medalist honors for …

Thursday’s high schools: Frontier Regional girls volleyball team spikes Chicopee Comp

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cassidy Ciesluk had 13 digs, 11 kills and five aces for the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team in a 3-0 road sweep over Chicopee Comp Thursday. The Red Hawks (4-0) remained perfect by game scores of 25-14, 25-22, 25-12. Rachel Cialek also had 11 kills in the win. …

Contessa Jade Bilodeau of Holyoke avoids jail in theft of jewelry valued at more than $24,000 from mother in Southampton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON (AP) — A Holyoke woman charged with stealing more than $24,000 worth of jewelry from her mother has pleaded to sufficient facts for a guilty finding, but avoided jail time. Contessa Jade Bilodeau entered her plea this week to a single charge of larceny, and the case …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Defending state champ Belchertown picks up first win

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Belchertown boys soccer team finally put a tick in the win column as the defending Division 3 state champions earned a 2-0 win over Westfield on Thursday. Oliver Hopkins and Nick Drost each scored, while Noah Lussier had an assist for the Orioles (1-1-2). Tanner Clark made …