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Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen finished with seven points for the Falcons (7-9, 2-4 Franklin South). Senior Ashley Higgins had a game-high 21 points, while sophomore Hannah …

Gazette Field Hockey Player of the Year: Jordyn Roberts, Frontier Regional

Friday, February 5, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY Player of the Year Jordyn Roberts, senior, Frontier Regional 2015-16 season highlights: Roberts, who finished with 17 goals and 10 assists, scored in 15 of Frontier’s 21 games. She had at least a point in both of the Red Hawks’ postseason wins. Her three points in the Western Massachusetts …

Thursday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy boys basketball becomes last unbeaten boys hoops team

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Only one boys basketball team remains undefeated in western Massachusetts. Hopkins Academy beat Turners Falls 94-56 on Thursday in Hadley to earn that distinction. The Golden Hawks (16-0, 13-0 Hampshire) used strong defense and hot shooting to cruise past the Indians (6-8, 3-7). Jon Morrison made some defensive adjustments and held Turners’ Josh Obochowski (11 points) scoreless in the second half. Sami Roe …

Deerfield residents vote at special Town Meeting to support keeping South County EMS in town

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The possible move of South County EMS from the South Deerfield Fire District to Whately’s new Town Office building still has opposition in the town of Deerfield. Residents at a special Town Meeting on Monday night voted by majority to instruct the Select Board to …

Playing in the band: Not so easy when babies arrive

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Brian Marchese of Florence has been in demand as a drummer for a long time. The list of Valley bands he’s played with is substantial — it includes The Aloha Steamtrain, Gentle Hen, Mystics Anonymous, Lo Fine, The …

Sunderland Police Chief Jeffrey Gilbert will retire in February

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SUNDERLAND — The town’s emergency service leadership will be shuffled again for the second time in less than two months with Police Chief Jeffrey Gilbert’s announcement this week that he will retire Feb. 15. Gilbert, a 19-year veteran …

Monday’s high school basketball: ‘Dumpster dog’ Justin Farrick leads Frontier’s dominant rebounding effort in win over Greenfield

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The advantage on the scoreboard mirrored the advantage on the backboards. The Frontier Regional boys basketball team outrebounded Greenfield 51-31 in a 62-40 victory Monday in Greenfield. “Our guys were very active on both ends of the glass,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said. Justin Farrick paved the way …

Health events: Support groups and resources

Monday, January 25, 2016

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF EMPTY ARMS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT — A circle of support for families grieving the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or in the early days or months of life meets the fourth Wednesday of each month …

Weekend high schools: Hampshire Regional behind Katy O’Connor punches postseason ticket

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Hampshire Regional girls basketball team qualified for the postseason with a 62-48 victory over Monument Mountain, Saturday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase at Hoosac Valley in Cheshire. Katy O’Connor had 35 points and 19 rebounds to power the win. Chelsea Moussette added 16 points, 10 rebounds, …

Friday’s high school swimming: Easthampton and South Hadley split dual

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Easthampton and South Hadley split a swimming dual Friday in Easthampton. The Eagles girls team prevailed 100-75, while the Tigers boys team won 70-64. Sabrina Foster won the 50-yard freestyle (27.04 seconds) and 100 freestyle (57.86) for Easthampton (4-5, 4-0 Patriot). Eilis Hellyar prevailed in the 200 individual …

Friday’s high schools: Amherst basketball wins second straight game behind big nights from Devonte’ McCall and Meikkel Murray

Friday, January 22, 2016

The back and forth ended for the Amherst Regional boys basketball team Friday. The Hurricanes won a second consecutive game by beating Holyoke, 67-50, at home after alternating wins and losses through their first eight games. Double-doubles from key players lifted Amherst (6-4). Devonte’ McCall led the way …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst women’s basketball team extends home win streak to 117 games

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Amherst College women’s basketball team extended its home win streak to 117 games with its 78-48 rout of Bowdoin, Friday. Ali Doswell had 19 points, while Marley Giddins added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the third-ranked Lord Jeffs (17-0, 4-0 NESCAC). Hannah Hackley and Cheyenne Pritchard …

Engagement: Jackie Suprenant & Matthew Paquette

Friday, January 22, 2016

Robert and Jane Suprenant of Sunderland announce the engagement of their daughter, Jackie Marie Suprenant, to Matthew Jeffrey Paquette, son of Jeffrey and Janet Paquette of Chicopee. Jackie Marie is a registered nurse at Holyoke Medical Center in …