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KEVIN GUTTING
Northampton senior Johnny Williams wins the 100-yard butterfly in 50.4 seconds at the WMass Boys Swimming & Diving Championships held in the Art Linkletter Natatorium at Springfield College on Saturday.

Northampton, Belchertown break records during WMass boys swimming championship

Sunday, February 14, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Bob Hagberg can call himself a state record holder for at least another week. Northampton senior Johnny Williams failed to beat the South Hadley native’s 30-year-old 100-yard butterfly mark of 49.14 seconds in his first opportunity at Saturday’s Western Massachusetts Boys Swimming Championships. He still won the sectional title in 50.4 seconds, edging his closest competitor by more …

Northampton can’t catch Longmeadow at WMass girls swimming championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Last season at the Western Massachusetts Girls Swimming championships, Northampton defeated Longmeadow in a thrilling, down-to-the-wire event, winning by 11/2 points. Northampton entered Saturday’s meet as the defending champ, but Longmeadow, with better depth and senior Jerrica Li, was the favorite. At the Art Linkletter Natatorium at Springfield College, Li won the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, and spearheaded …

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 …

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 …

Brandon Weyant captains Hampshire Regional wrestling his own way

Friday, February 12, 2016

Westhampton — Brandon Weyant brought video of his matches to Hampshire Regional wrestling coach Todd Bryant when he was in seventh grade. He asked his coach to dissect the matches with him and point out flaws. “I’ll never …

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 …

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 …

Naming the baby

Friday, February 12, 2016

DUARTE SMITH — Isabella Ann, daughter of Liset Duarte de Smith and Gabriel Starbuck Smith of South Deerfield, was born Feb. 7 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Elida Lopez Mejia of Bronx, New York and Josue Israel Duarte Acevado of Cabanas, Guatemala. …

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. …

Nine area communities eye special projects, state money after signing compact

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Officials from nine area communities met with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Thursday to sign on to a state and local partnership program that provides assistance and money for transportation, technology and other special projects. Northampton, Easthampton, …

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 …