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Pat Keegan, left, of Hopkins Academy, runs to first as Smith Academy catcher Jack Hession throws to the base after fielding Keegan's hit Thursday at Hopkins. Keegan was out. Hopkins won 1-0. Smith Academy is the No. 1 seed in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. Hopkins Academy is No. 2.

WMass Baseball Tournament: Smith Academy No. 1, Hopkins Academy No. 2 in Division 4

Monday, June 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Smith Academy and Hopkins Academy baseball teams posted the best winning percentages in Division 4 and each claimed titles in leagues comprised primarily of D-3 programs. So there was no doubt one of those squads would be the top seed and the other No. 2 in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. Smith, which went 10-0 in …

WMass softball tournament: Hampshire Regional grabs top seed in Division 2

Monday, June 1, 2015

The reigning Western Massachusetts Division 2 softball champions are in prime position to defend its title as Hampshire Regional received the top seed in the 2015 tournament on Monday at Northampton High School. “It’s nice to be the one sometimes, but numbers don’t mean anything. It’s how you play the game,” Raiders coach …

All-State Track & Field Championships to feature strong field

Monday, June 1, 2015

Expect a stronger field for the All-State Track & Field Championships on Saturday. There was a slight change in the qualifying standards for this year’s championship. What hasn’t changed is that the top four places from the West/Central Division 1 meet and the top four from the West/Central Division 2 meet automatically qualify …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Slysz sisters power South Hadley

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Slysz sisters each scored four goals as the South Hadley girls lacrosse team romped to a 16-5 victory over West Springfield Friday night on the road. Emma Slysz had four goals and two assists, while Olivia Slysz added four tallies for South Hadley (4-9). Gabrielle Schwalm notched …

Friday’s high school softball: Easthampton, Smith Vocational qualify for postseason

Friday, May 15, 2015

Kate Avard had three hits, an RBI and scored twice to propel the Easthampton softball team to a postseason-clinching 16-3 win in five innings over McCann at Nonotuck Park Friday. Gabbie Downer added two hits, two RBIs and two runs (9-5, 7-2 Bi-County West). Smith Vocational 29, Westfield …

Friday’s high school tennis: South Hadley takes care of Central

Friday, May 15, 2015

The South Hadley girls tennis team breezed to a 5-0 swept of Central at home Friday. Tigers coach Eric Cestero said that all the matches were off the courts in roughly a half hour as South Hadley (8-7) only dropped five games. Julia Gange beat Louisa Klose without …

High school notebook: Northampton set to host Pioneer Valley Ultimate Invitational

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Northampton ultimate teams are set to host the second annual Pioneer Valley Invitational at the Oxbow Fields in Northampton on Saturday and Sunday. “The goal for this year is to continue everything that we started last year …

Musicians return to honor longtime Frontier Regional band director Karen Atherton at final spring concert

Friday, May 15, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In musical notation, a coda signifies the end of a piece, and that’s what Thursday night’s spring concert at Frontier Regional School was for longtime band director Karen Atherton, who will retire in June after …

Thursday’s high schools: Belchertown girls lacrosse slipes past Amherst Regional

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Katarina Lowe scored four goals and had two assists in leading the Belchertown girls lacrosse team to a 14-8 victory at Amherst Regional Thursday. Emma Jopson scored a hat trick with an assist, while Alaina Swift (assist) and …

Thursday’s high school tennis: Amherst Regional girls take down Minnechaug

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team had an answer for Minnechaug on Thursday. The Hurricanes swept singles to beat the Falcons, 3-2, in Wilbraham. Minnechaug won 3-2 on April 23. Allison McCann, the top seed in the Western Massachusetts individual tournament that begins Saturday at Smith College, cruised …

Frontier Regional School Committee approves budget with no increase that cuts six positions

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee bowed to the fiscal will of its member towns Tuesday night. The committee voted to approve the administration’s $10.1 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, which is the same as this year’s spending but cuts six positions …

Wednesday’s high school track/tennis: Hampshire boys track remains unbeaten in Suburban League

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dylan Cross and Lucius Burrell each claimed a pair of individual victories for the Hampshire Regional boys track & field team in an 811/2-611/2 home win over Palmer Wednesday. Cross took first in the triple jump and the 400 meters, while Burrell won the long jump and 200 …

Wednesday’s high school softball: Belchertown punches postseason ticket

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Belchertown softball team made sure early on that it would clinch a postseason berth Wednesday. The Orioles scored 13 runs in the first inning en route to a 25-3 road victory over Mahar in five innings. Lexi Lajeunesse went 3 for 4 and drove in four runs …