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Poet Wally Swist of Amherst has a poem etched in stone.

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, October 31, 2014

Amherst Poet Wally Swist is one of 14 poets selected in a national competition to have his work attached to stone for permanent display in Edmands Park in Newton. The project will be dedicated with a ceremony at the park Sunday at 3 p.m. Swist’s poem, “Wild Falling,” was chosen from among 200 entries with nature themes. Swist’s books include …

High school notebook: Lucius Burrell nears 4,000-yard rushing milestone as Easthampton looks to qualify for postseason

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lucius Burrell can join a very exclusive fraternity Friday night, but he’s more concerned about his team joining a group of four. The Easthampton senior running back sits just 82 yards from the career 4,000-yard mark, while the Eagles need to win at Ludlow to secure a Western Massachusetts Division 5 postseason berth. …

What2Watch4 — Week 9 high school football previews

Thursday, October 30, 2014

South Hadley vs. Commerce Friday, Springfield Central, 5 p.m. The Tigers (4-3, 3-1 Suburban) can clinch a Division 4 tournament berth with a victory over the Red Raiders (2-5, 2-3). If they fall, they will need help. South Hadley should respond in this game after being shut out last week against Agawam. Pittsfield …

What2Watch4 — A look into Week 6 of the high school football season

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Agawam at Northampton, 7 Friday This is a big game for the Blue Devils (1-3, 0-1 Suburban), who are coming off their first win and are just on the outside in the Division 4 playoff race. Hamp is …

Wednesday’s high schools: Granby beats Mahar for third straight boys soccer win

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Matt Bleakley netted two goals and added an assist for the Granby boys soccer team, which won its third straight game by beating Mahar 4-0 in Orange Wednesday. Joe Desormier (assist) and Conor O’Shea both added a goal for the Rams (4-3-4). Doug L’Abbee made two saves to …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Hampshire sweeps Granby, Monson in push for postseason

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The postseason hopes for the Hampshire Regional golf team got a major boost Wednesday afternoon, as the Raiders picked up a pair of victories. Sean Ryan posted a match-best 39 at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst to lead Hampshire over Granby 181/2-51/2 and Monson 16-8. In addition …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy rebounds, beats Granby in Bi-County East showdown

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

After losing its first meeting this season, the Hopkins Academy golf team rebounded to defeat Granby 151/2-81/2 Tuesday afternoon to move into a first-place tie in the Bi-County East. Caleb Farnham won his No. 2 match 4-0 for the Golden Hawks (11-3, 9-1). Joe Yusko, Justin Butterfield, Liam …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Holyoke Catholic girls take down Amherst Regional, Belchertown

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It had been nearly four years since the Amherst Regional girls cross country team lost a dual meet, but that streak was broken by unbeaten Holyoke Catholic on Tuesday afternoon. The Gaels (10-0) had four of the top …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Friday night football: Frontier Regional dominates Greenfield in 44-0 rout

Friday, October 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional football team has been led by its defense thus far. That didn’t change Friday night, but it had some company. The Red Hawks offense broke out, scoring on three consecutive plays in the first half of a 44-0 rout of Greenfield. It …