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The perseverance sheepskin: Holyoke Community College honors 1,030 can-do graduates

Saturday, May 30, 2015

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College graduates shared stories of the difficult but rewarding paths that led them to the stage of the MassMutual Center in Springfield on Saturday morning, where thousands gathered to cheer on 1,030 members of the class of 2015. In her commencement speech, student orator Kathleen Keady of Hadley talked about how developing Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton softball enters postseason on five-game win streak

Friday, May 29, 2015

With five games left in the regular season, the Northampton softball team had two ways of qualifying for the postseason — beat Chicopee on May 22, or win their last four games. The Blue Devils beat the Pacers to clinch second place in the Valley Wheel and the ensuing tournament berth. They also …

Granby girls complete turnaround, seeded eighth in Division 2 lacrosse tournament

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Granby girls lacrosse team pulled a 180 in its second varsity season. After going winless a year ago, the Rams finished 9-4-1 and earned the eighth seed in the West/Central Division 2 Tournament. Seeds for the boys and girls fields were announced Friday at Tantasqua Regional in Fiskdale. “I have to give …

Friday’s high school softball: Northampton walk-off clinches berth in postseason tournament

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lily Glading-DiLorenzo doubled to the gap in left-center field to dive in Allie Vanasse with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth as the Northampton softball team came from behind to beat Chicopee, 7-6, in a walk-off Friday. The win qualified the Blue Devils for the …

Friday’s high school baseball: Dalomba, Carey shine for Amherst in 10-inning win over Longmeadow

Friday, May 22, 2015

A pair of Amherst Regional baseball players won’t soon forget their senior night. Selah Dalomba hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th and Jamie Carey earned the complete-game victory as the Hurricanes topped Longmeadow 3-2 in 10 innings. “Selah smoked a line drive well …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton rolls past Tantasqua

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kerry Fleming had five goals and assist on senior night to lead the Northampton girls lacrosse team to an 18-4 win over Tantasqua at home Friday. Classmate Emily Biggs added two goals and three assists, while fellow seniors Emily Poehlein (goal), Haley Subocz (two goals, one assists), Missie …

Friday’s high school tennis: Amherst girls down Longmeadow, claim Valley League outright

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team wrapped up its regular season on Friday, beating longtime rival Longmeadow, 4-1, for the second time this week. The Hurricanes (15-2, 7-1 Valley League) also won the league title outright. Allison McCann handed Suzanne Elfman a 6-0, 6-4 loss at first singles. …

New MIAA rule threatens middle school participation in high school sports

Friday, May 22, 2015

A week before a five-year softball starter at Hampshire Regional hit a career milestone, the MIAA approved a rule that would have prevented the feat from happening. On May 14, changes to the MIAA Handbook for 2015-2017 included …

Coming up

Friday, May 22, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Monday is Memorial Day and the senior centers will be closed. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk …

Thursday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy closes softball season with rout of Mahar

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Hopkins Academy softball team ended its season on a high note with a 20-6 victory over Mahar in 5 innings on senior day. Seniors Peyton Ring, Jasmine Roberson and Jailinne Ruiz each had at least a hit for the Golden Hawks (3-14, 2-11 Franklin). Ring earned the …

Thursday’s high school baseball: Frontier Regional keeps postseason hopes alive with tight win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brandon Bryant enjoyed a perfect day, going 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs as the Frontier Regional baseball team kept its postseason hopes alive with a 10-9 road win at South Hadley Thursday. Nolan Muzyka …

Thursday’s high school tennis: South Hadley qualifies for WMass boys tournament

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The South Hadley boys tennis team clinched a tournament berth by sweeping Holyoke, 5-0, Thursday afternoon at Mount Holyoke College. The Tigers (9-8) lost two or fewer games in nine of their 10 set victories. Boys tennis South Hadley 5, Holyoke 0 At Mount Holyoke First singles: Mikey …

Establishing trust funds one strategy for communities facing millions in unfunded liabilities for retirees’ benefits

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Predictions that unfunded health care expenses for municipal employees when they retire will total in the millions of dollars have prompted some communities to establish trust funds to begin setting aside money toward those costs. But the amounts …