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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 …

High school notebook: Taj-Amir Torres honored to play in Semper Fi All-American Bowl

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Most area high school football players have their careers end on Thanksgiving, while the fortunate ones are able to play in the postseason. But Amherst Regional star Taj-Amir Torres capped his career by playing one final game with …

Tuesday’s boys basketball: Gateway Regional jumps on Pathfinder, cruises to win

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Peter Kowal paced four double-digit scorers for the Gateway Regional boys basketball team in a 72-46 road victory over Pathfinder Tuesday night. The junior forward poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Gators (2-5, 2-3 Tri-County). John Haskell had 17 points for Gateway, which scored 30 …

Tuesday’s girls basketball: Easthampton honors late coach Jay Fortier with pregame ceremony

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Eashampton girls basketball team will keep a seat open on its bench for the rest of the season. Before the Eagles tipped off against Monson, the Eagles honored their late coach Jay Fortier with a pregame ceremony. …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton sweeps Holyoke Catholic

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Easthampton girls swim team remained perfect in league action by beating Holyoke Catholic 94-68 Tuesday night at Williston Northampton. Sabrina Foster won both the 50 free and the 100 free for the Eagles (3-5, 3-0 Patriot). Kristyn …

Tuesday’s high school alpine skiing: Gateway Regional’s Austin Herman wins season’s first race

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The five-day delay in the start of the alpine skiing season apparently didn’t bother Austin Herman. The Gateway Regional senior earned the overall individual victory in the boys slalom Tuesday afternoon at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Herman posted a time of 32.54 seconds for the Gators, who finished …

New England Health Center in Sunderland expects to reopen soon after 42 residents relocated by burst pipe

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A total of 42 residents from a nursing home in Sunderland who were displaced after a pipe burst Saturday are still staying at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and four facilities in the Boston area, according to a spokesman for the corporate parent of New England Health …

Frontier Regional boys basketball’s defense clicks in win over Smith Academy, 48-29

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Frontier Regional boys basketball coach Ben Barshefsky had been “somewhat unsatisfied” with his team’s defense going into Monday night’s game. But the Red Hawks’ performance against rival Smith Academy made for a promising outlook about …

Residents of nursing home in Sunderland remain displaced by water damage

Monday, January 12, 2015

SUNDERLAND — More than 40 residents of a local nursing home remain displaced as it continues to clean up weekend water damage. A sprinkler pipe burst Saturday afternoon at New England Health Center, causing part of a ceiling to collapse and leading to the evacuation of the nursing …

Weekend high schools: Amherst boys nordic team finishes third at Prospect Mountain

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Amherst Regional returned to the trails Saturday for its second Berkshire Nordic Ski League meet of the season. The boys finished third, while the girls were fourth at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont. Willy Wright finished ninth overall in 27 minutes, 24 seconds to pace the boys squad, …

Weekend wrestling: Hampshire Regional junior Brandon Weyant records 100th career win

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hampshire Regional junior Brandon Weyant recorded his 100th career win Saturday at the Eagle Super Quads at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Weyant pinned Pat McGranaghan in 1:26 at 160 pounds to hit the milestone and pace the Raiders to a 49-24 win over Frontier Regional. Weyant defeated …