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Allen Vance, left, and Kelzy Rodrigues joined Connor Evans and Rob Sailer on the Amherst Regional 4x800 relay and place first at the New England championships, Friday in Boston.

Friday’s high schools/preps: Amherst Regional boys win 4x800 at New England track championships

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Amherst Regional boys 4x800-meter relay is the best in New England. Kelzy Rodrigues anchored the Hurricane team of Allen Vance, Connor Evans and Rob Sailer to a first-place finish in 7 minutes, 53.85 seconds to win at the 28th annual New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships, held Friday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Amherst edged …

Dakin Humane Society sponsors PAWSCARS and Red Carpet fundraiser

Friday, February 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Those who love both Oscar-season fashion and animals will be drawn to a Dakin Humane Society event. The animal welfare shelter will host what it’s playfully calling its PAWSCARS and Red Carpet fundraiser Saturday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. “The event occurs less than a week following the actual Oscars, and we’re borrowing some their elements and making them truly …

Many Holyoke Catholic coaches, parents ready to accept merger with Cathedral

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — As Holyoke Catholic softball coach Fran LaFond looked out from the bleachers in the Holyoke Community College gymnasium Tuesday night, he said he had believed the merger between his school and Cathedral High School would happen eventually. But for the member of Holyoke Catholic High School’s class of 1968 — the …

Springfield man sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing unnatural act with a child

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man was sentenced to probation when he accepted a plea agreement Tuesday and avoided a trial on charges including child rape. Michael R. Edwards, 27, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing an unnatural act with a child under 16 between 2002 and …

John Peloquin of South Hadley faces charges after allegedly smashing window of Springfield strip club with shotgun

Monday, November 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police have arrested a South Hadley man they say brandished a shotgun outside a Springfield strip club, and used the butt to smash a club window. John Peloquin was arrested at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday and was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges including …

Amherst Regional upends West Springfield 1-0 for WMass Division 1 boys soccer title

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WESTFIELD ­— Alex LaRaja knows what it feels like to make the boys soccer state tournament. He also knows what it feels like to lose a tournament game on penalty kicks. After 76 scoreless minutes, LaRaja gave top-seeded …

Valley Views: Prayer flags in autumn

Friday, November 14, 2014

Prayer Flags and Autumn Colors Springfield Road, Belchertown Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown Although I am not a Buddhist, I like the idea of the flags sending prayers for peace into the world whenever the wind …

Antrone Hill of Springfield dies after drug-related knife fight

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say the stabbing death of a Springfield man was the result of a knife fight that was apparently drug related. Police responding to reports of a disturbance in a seven-story apartment building in the city’s McKnight neighborhood at about 1 p.m. Tuesday found two …

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker praises MGM casino in Springfield

Friday, November 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker praised the development of an MGM casino in downtown Springfield on Friday as he made his first visit to west-central Massachusetts since the election. Baker visited Springfield City Hall, asking Mayor Domenic Sarno how his incoming administration can help as the $800 …

Division 1 girls soccer: West Springfield eliminates Northampton in quarterfinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The No. 8 Northampton girls soccer team was eliminated by top-seeded West Springfield, 4-1, in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament quarterfinals at Clark Field. West Springfield (17-0-2) will play the winner between No. 4 Ludlow and No. 5 East Longmeadow in the semifinals. The …

Thursday night football: West Springfield rallies, holds off Amherst Regional 40-38

Thursday, November 6, 2014

AMHERST — Brandon Rivera had the best game of his career for the Amherst Regional football team against West Springfield Thursday night. Unfortunately for Rivera and the Hurricanes, it was in a 40-38 loss on a rainy and cold night. The senior running back rushed for 175 yards …

Three children struck crossing Springfield street

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield man has pleaded not guilty to driving drunk when police say he hit three young teenagers in a crosswalk, critically injuring one of them. Pedro Gonzalez, 58, was ordered held on $10,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday on drunken driving charges and a …

Coakley, Healey, Warren visit Northampton; Baker wows crowds in Springfield

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Republicans and Democrats both had their chance to rally their troops on the final weekend before Tuesday’s election, when two candidates for governor made stops in the Valley. Charlie Baker, the Republican candidate for governor, and running mate …