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JERREY ROBERTS
Luca Brashear, of Amherst Regional, does a forward 2.5 somersault during the Western Massachusetts diving championships Friday at Springfield College.

Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear wins WMass diving championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear was the 31st diver to step on the 1-meter board at the Western Massachusetts Championships on Friday. While he waited, the nerves kicked in as he prepared for his inward dive at Springfield College’s Art Linkletter Natatorium. Thirty divers later, Brashear faced the nerves and unleashed his first dive of the day that was worth a score of 20.5. It was the first of 11 that added up to 441.25 and a sectional championship title for the sophomore. “I was pretty nervous,” Brashear said. “Coming in I didn’t know if I would win or have an awful day. Diving …

Friday’s high school basketball: Hampshire girls avenge overtime loss to Granby, win 65-40

Friday, February 12, 2016

A strong third quarter helped the Hampshire Regional girls basketball team avenge an overtime loss to Granby. The Raiders outscored the Rams 20-6 after the break to take command en route to a 65-40 victory Friday in Westhampton. Chelsea Moussette had 15 points and 10 assists for the Raiders. Katy O’Connor scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Hampshire (15-2, 3-1 Central). …

Coming up

Friday, February 12, 2016

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. The centers will be closed on Monday in observance of President’s Day. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 HEARING CARE — Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m., courtesy of the Avada …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, February 12, 2016

Community Action Tax Assistance Program — Voluneer tax preparers needed to help ensure low-income families receive their full refund. Training provided; no prior tax experience needed. Volunteers are needed evenings, from now to April, in Greenfield and Northampton. Saturday shifts also available. Holly Kosisky at 376-1179 or hkosisky@communityaction.us …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, February 12, 2016

Amherst Paige Darby was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Ernesto E. Brown, grade 12, earned fall term honors at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. …

A&B Lawn Care in Sunderland goes above and beyond

Friday, February 12, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A&B Lawn Care started off in jest. Friends Cody Pease and Ryan Jopson met working at Four Seasons Property Maintenance and used to joke about starting their own company. It became a reality last year, when …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Amherst boys qualify for postseason behind sixth straight win

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Devonte McCall had 28 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks as the Amherst Regional boys basketball team won their sixth straight and qualified for the postseason with an 83-72 win over Westfield in Amherst. Meikkel Murray added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tajahn Joyner had …

Northampton girls aim for second straight WMass swimming championship

Thursday, February 11, 2016

When a team is vying for a Western Massachusetts title in swimming, there needs to be more than just a few talented swimmers. There needs to be talent, as well as depth through each event. Numbers have to be strong up and down the roster to score as …

Wednesday’s high schools: Belchertown hockey qualifies with win over Chicopee

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nate Pachecho gave the Belchertown ice hockey team two points and a postseason spot Wednesday. He scored a goal in the first period as the Orioles beat Chicopee, 1-0, at Smead Arena in Springfield. Cam Cass and Ben Magarian added assists for Belchertown (8-4-2, 7-3-2 Fay-Wright). St. Mary …

South Hadley rallies to tie Mahar for Tri-County League wrestling title

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

From a 37-16 hole, the South Hadley wrestling team rallied back. The Tigers won the final four matches of their dual Wednesday in South Hadley to force a 37-37 tie with Mahar and share the Tri-County League championship …

Former part-time police officer faces drunken driving, firearms charges after accident in Sunderland

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A former part-time Leyden police officer who also works for the Franklin County sheriff’s office has been charged with drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, after he allegedly crashed his car into a fence. Thomas E. Herzig, 26, of Greenfield, was arrested in the …

NH, Massachusetts educators finalists for Frontier Regional School superintendent

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts are the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, New Hampshire, and Kathryn …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Kayla Henry hits for career-high 29 as Belchertown beats Minnechaug

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kayla Henry scored a career-high 29 points as the Belchertown girls basketball team held off Minnechaug for a 56-51 win in Wilbraham Tuesday night. The Orioles (11-3) held the lead throughout but had to fight off the Falcons (5-10) down the stretch. Cara McKenzie (six points) added 10 …