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Lauren MacDonald, of Frontier, pitches to Northampton during the 14U Western Massachusetts Suburban Softball League final Thursday at Sheldon Field.

Northampton tops Frontier for 14U Suburban softball title

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Calista Lebron hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, to power the Northampton 14U softball team to the Western Massachusetts Suburban League championship with a 15-8 victory over Frontier Thursday evening at Sheldon Field. Lebron, the second baseman, also had a two-run single and scored twice for Northampton (12-3). “Calista was our team’s MVP, no question,” Hamp coach Brian Subocz said. “She’s our best hitter. She played all over the place in the field. She didn’t pitch but she offered to when we needed someone. She’s been our best overall player.” Northampton posted a seven-run first inning after falling behind 4-0 in the …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Frontier Regional School District and Union 38 will start early release of students on most Fridays

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The first day of school is a little more than two weeks away for students at the Frontier Regional School District and Union 38, and this year they will notice some changes to their schedule. Students will be released an 1½ hours early every Friday on weeks that do not include a Monday holiday. The change is designed to give …

Northampton stops Frontier comeback for 4-3 Mickey Mantle win

Friday, July 17, 2015

WHATELY — Bases loaded. Two outs. Bottom of the seventh. Frontier was at the plate and down by one with a chance to pull off a comeback versus a team on the opposite pole of the standings. All it needed was a hit. On the final play, Kyle …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, July 17, 2015

summer volunteer training for long-term care ombudsman — Ombudsmen serve as advocates for elders and people with disabilities in the community. Next free training July 27 to 29. Contact Trevor at Franklin County Home Care Corporation at 773-5555 ext 2241 or tboeding@fchcc. Visit fchcc.org to learn more. meals …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 17, 2015

Amherst Of the 96 class members of the Amherst High School class of 1950, 23 former students and some of their spouses celebrated their 65th class reunion on June 29 at the Marriott Hotel in Hadley. Attendees enjoyed …

Thursday’s summer baseball: Amherst holds off Holyoke in Mickey Mantle action

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dylan Donaghue went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs as the Amherst Mickey Mantle baseball team held off Holyoke, 8-6, on the road Thursday. Trevor Fil went 1 for 3 as Amherst improved to 14-4. Nathan Masteralexis tossed the last two innings and struck …

Tuesday’s summer baseball/softball: Amherst Mantle slips past Frontier

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trevor Fil was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded to score Ian McNamara as the Amherst Mickey Mantle baseball team squeezed past Frontier, 6-5, Tuesday in Amherst. Stephen McCudden tossed …

Monday’s summer baseball: Belchertown stays alive in 11-12 Little League tournament

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Belchertown Little League baseball team plated five runs in two separate innings to stay alive in the double-elimination District 2 11-12 Tournament with a 10-5 victory over Westfield National Monday evening at Hulmes-Warner Park in Belchertown. Colby Masse (2 for 3, run, RBI), Max Wojcik (two RBIs, …

Local baseball: American Legion playoffs open, Northampton sweeps into second round

Monday, July 13, 2015

Northampton Post 28 swept the first round of American Legion playoffs with two wins over Springfield Post 21, winning 4-1 on Saturday and 8-5 on Sunday. Northampton, and other best-of-3 winners, advance to an eight-team double elimination tournament that starts Wednesday. Three series are still in action, with …

Gazette Baseball player of the year: Jamie Carey, Amherst Regional

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Jamie Carey, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: The senior pitcher/second baseman excelled in all facets of the game and helped guide the Hurricanes to their first sectional final appearance since 2010. Carey went 33 for 78 at the …

PHOTOS: South Hadley beats Frontier 8-6 in Mickey Mantle

Saturday, July 11, 2015

With the final week of Mickey Mantle approaching, South Hadley beat Frontier 8-6 at Herlihy Field in South Deerfield on Friday. Both teams are tied for fifth place with six points. South Hadley is 3-11, while Frontier is …

Softball Player of the Year: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional

Friday, July 10, 2015

Alexis Ferris, pitcher, junior, Hampshire Regional Season highlights: The junior pitcher finished the season 18-4 and 209 strikeouts, with a season-high of 18 against Belchertown and hit double-digits in eight others. Ferris threw nine shutouts and allowed 30 …