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Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alex Laraja, Amherst Regional

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIRST TEAM Joe Afflitto, senior, Smith Academy Billy Aldrich, senior, Belchertown Isamu Bix, senior, Amherst Regional Jamie Blinder, senior, Frontier Regional Bryan Brasil, senior, Hampshire Regional Steve Bruscoe, senior, Smith Academy Brendan Bzdel, senior Hampshire Regional Connor Curtain, junior, Belchertown Evan Delaney, senior, Hopkins Academy Keith Dixon, senior, Amherst Regional Tom Heavren, senior, Holyoke Catholic Jonathan Ingram, junior, Belchertown Zach …

Weekend high schools recaps: Granby, Hampshire girls hoops pick up wins at Coaches vs. Cancer tournament

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kate Sarnacki filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, to lead the Granby girls basketball another win, topping Wahconah 60-51 at the Hoosac Valley Coaches vs. Cancer tournament on Sunday. With the win, the Rams (12-0) matched last season’s opening win-streak at 12 games. Meghan Sullivan scored a team-high 20 points, as well as grabbing seven rebounds, four …

Friday’s high schools: Mitch Ouimette, Hampshire Regional shoot down Easthampton in second half

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mitch Ouimette’s barrage from behind the arc led a game-deciding offensive explosion for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team Friday night. With the game tied at halftime, the junior guard knocked down five 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 17 points as the Raiders beat rival Easthampton 68-56 in Westhampton. Conor Cronin had 12 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three …

Friday’s high school indoor track: South Hadley takes three against Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley indoor boys and girls track teams swept Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire Regional Friday night, in a PVIAC meet at Smith College. The girls beat Athol 85-10, Greenfield 89-6 and Hampshire 80-15, while the boys won 60-30, 53-42 and 58-35, respectively. Northampton swept Central as the …

Friday’s high school swimming: South Hadley beat Holyoke Catholic, stays unbeaten in Patriot League

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley girls swim team kept its perfect league record alive and remained in first place with a 92-52 victory over Holyoke Catholic Friday afternoon at Chicopee Comp. Shannon Mitchell won the 50 free and 100 free for the Tigers (11-1, 6-0 Patriot). Jade Thomas (100 back) …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Téa Spellacy, Belchertown inch closer to postseason

Friday, January 23, 2015

Téa Spellacy scored a game-high 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, as the Belchertown girls basketball team beat Chicopee, 63-53, on the road Thursday to move within a win of qualifying for the postseason. Kayla Henry had eight points and nine assists for the Orioles (9-4, 2-1 Suburban), who …

Thursday’s high school alpine skiing: Denhart brothers pace Northampton

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Denhart brothers of the Northampton boys ski team each earned a top-10 finish on the slalom course in the fourth PVIAC race Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart came in fourth with a time of 31.42 seconds, while Jack Denhart was eighth at 33.34. The …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst Regional beats Sabis, punches tournament ticket

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Isaac Siegel and Devonte’ McCall each posted a double-double as the Amherst boys basketball team clinched a tournament berth with a 69-53 road win over Sabis Wednesday night. Siegel scored a game-high 26 points with 10 rebounds, while McCall had 15 points and 12 boards. Will Cuffee and …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: South Hadley pins down Frontier Regional

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The South Hadley wrestling team collected three consecutive pins from Jack Greaney (132 pounds), Cyrus Larivee (138) and Sean O’Grady (145) which helped pave the way to a 38-30 win over Frontier Regional in South Hadley, Wednesday. Dean Tech 51, Hampshire Regional 20 at Hampshire Regional High School …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hampshire boys run away from Southwick

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Hampshire Regional boys basketball team had a 10-point halftime lead, but a huge third quarter resulted in a 70-43 road win over Southwick on Tuesday. The Raiders (8-3, 6-2 Bi-County) outscored the Rams (2-7, 2-5) 25-4 in the third quarter to break the game open. Conor Cronin …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Northampton girls swim past Amherst Regional to stay perfect

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maela Whitcomb was the only multiple-event winner as the Northampton girls swimming & diving team kept its perfect season going Tuesday afternoon by beating Amherst Regional 120-56 in Amherst. Whitcomb took first in both the 100 fly and …

Sunderland nursing home damaged by broken pipe hopes to have all residents back by end of this week

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A spokesman for the nursing home damaged when a pipe broke Jan. 10 said it hopes to have all residents returned by the end of the week. More than half of New England Health Center’s 42 …

Monday’s high school basketball: Tim Hoar, Frontier Regional defense cap comeback over Drury

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Frontier Regional boys basketball team watched an 11-point lead against Drury turn into a three-point deficit with minutes remaining Monday. But defense and Tim Hoar’s driving layup with 7.7 seconds left gave Frontier a 43-42 comeback win …