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Hopkins Academy boys basketball ends losing streak

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Andrew Omer (L) and Smith Vocational's Sam Sharpe (R) fight for the tipoff Friday at Hopkins Academy.

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    Hopkins' Andrew Omer (L) and Smith Vocational's Sam Sharpe (R) fight for the tipoff Friday at Hopkins Academy.

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Zach Kelley drives to the basket against Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Hopkins' Zach Kelley drives to the basket against Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Greg Pipczynski drives to the basket against Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Hopkins' Greg Pipczynski drives to the basket against Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield celebrates with his teammates after their victory over Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield celebrates with his teammates after their victory over Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield drives to the basket past Smith Vocational's Sam Sharpe (R) during their matchup Friday at Hopkins Academy.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield drives to the basket past Smith Vocational's Sam Sharpe (R) during their matchup Friday at Hopkins Academy.

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield drives to the basket past Smith Vocational's Sam Sharpe (R) during their matchup Friday at Hopkins Academy.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield drives to the basket past Smith Vocational's Sam Sharpe (R) during their matchup Friday at Hopkins Academy.

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield celebrates his team's victory over Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield celebrates his team's victory over Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Andrew Omer (L) and Smith Vocational's Sam Sharpe (R) fight for the tipoff Friday at Hopkins Academy.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Zach Kelley drives to the basket against Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Greg Pipczynski drives to the basket against Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield celebrates with his teammates after their victory over Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield drives to the basket past Smith Vocational's Sam Sharpe (R) during their matchup Friday at Hopkins Academy.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield drives to the basket past Smith Vocational's Sam Sharpe (R) during their matchup Friday at Hopkins Academy.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Hopkins' Spencer Butterfield celebrates his team's victory over Smith Vocational Friday at Hopkins Academy.

The young Hopkins Academy boys basketball team wasted little time getting its first win of the season.

And in the process, the Golden Hawks snapped a long losing streak.

Hopkins beat Smith Vocational 54-45 in Hadley Friday, ending its 25-game losing streak with a season-opening victory.

“This is the way we wanted to start the season,” Hopkins coach Tom Bell said. The team is “very excited. They definitely felt it. They have a win under their belt.”

Andrew Omer had 17 points and Spencer Butterfield added 14 to pace the Hawks. Greg Pipczynski had 14 rebounds and five assists, while Zach Kelley added eight points and five assists.

Hopkins took a 28-24 lead at halftime then held off the Vikings in the second half.

“We wanted to get off to a good start,” Bell said. “Everyone put a good effort in. At moments we played like freshman and sophomores but they played smart when it was crunch time and we reduced our turnovers.”

Sam Sharpe had 19 points and Jordan Castillo added 12 for the Vikings (0-1).

Hopkins’ last win came on Feb. 8, 2011, a 36-30 victory over Athol on the road. The Golden Hawks’ last win at home came Jan. 17, 2011, a 55-53 win over Turners Falls. Friday’s win snapped a 14-game home losing streak.

Easthampton 70, Nauset 67 — The Eagles (1-0) took their annual season-opening trip to Cape Cod and Chris Starcun came home with a new career high.

The senior muscled his way around the basket for 40 points. He had 17 field goals and five free throws.

Freshmen Shaheim Torres (six points) and Dakota Wheeler (six points) played well in their debuts. Torres penetrated and fed Starcun for a number of baskets.

Tom Palashek added eight points in the win.

Girls basketball

Hampshire Regional 68, South Hadley 58 — Sarah Kober posted a double-double of 28 points and 19 rebounds as the Raiders (1-0) opened their campaign with a home victory.

Lauren Aldrich had 15 points and played outstanding on the defensive end for Hampshire. Bri Weltlich pulled down 15 rebounds to go with seven points, while Chelsea Moussette added six points, six assists and five boards.

Meg Lynes led the Tigers (0-1) with 15 points while Kara Callahan added 12.

Northampton 45, Westfield 25 — The Blue Devils (1-0) allowed just one field goal in the first three quarters and cruised to a home win in their season opener.

Maggie Mahoney (10 rebounds) and Susan Bell each scored nine points in the victory, while Anna Walther (six assists) and Maya Kerstetter added seven apiece.

Easthampton 40, Nauset 37 — Elizabeth Whitney scored a game-high 29 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Eagles (1-0) to the season-opening victory in North Eastham.

Kelly Avard had nine rebounds to go along with two points, while Kristen Windoloski added five points in the win.

East Longmeadow 70, Amherst Regional 30 — The Hurricanes (0-1) trailed by 32 at the half in the season-opening road loss.

Jamie Staples, Taylor Bartmon and Justine Bohl each scored six points for Amherst.

Lenox 50, Holyoke Catholic 14 — Katie Klejna had five points and six rebounds, and Kyra Robins added five points and five rebounds but the Gaels (0-1) fell on the road.

Hockey

Greenfield 6, Belchertown 1 — Adam Messier scored from Alex Bachand for the Orioles (0-1, 0-1 Fay) in the loss at the Mullins Center practice rink.

Freshman goalie Kyle Mikulski made 24 saves for Belchertown in his varsity debut.

Smith Academy senior Cam Woodward had a goal and an assist in the win for Greenfield (1-0, 1-0 Fay).

Prep schools Boys basketball

Williston 75, Pomfret 59 — Tyonne Malone had 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Max Risch chipped in with 23 points and nine rebounds as the Wildcats (3-1) won at home.

Corey Palumbo added 16 points, five assists and four rebounds, while Ade Adams had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.

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