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JERREY ROBERTS
Minh Sullivan, front center, walks to center stage after being named the winner of the 2016 Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton scholarship program Sunday at Easthampton High School. Looking on are Alexis White, left, who was the first runner-up, Melinda Huteau, second from left, who was named first runner-up, and Devon Siefken, right, who took second runner-up. Also looking on are Alexandra Boden, behind Sullivan, and Anne Ryan.

Minh Sullivan named Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Easthampton at 50th competition

Sunday, March 29, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Wearing a slightly bemused expression and clutching several certificates she won for her talents, Minh Sullivan, 16, walked across the stage at the Easthampton High School auditorium to have a medallion draped around her neck naming her Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Easthampton. Then, she was immediately enveloped in a group hug by the 16 other girls in …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 …

The annual Relay for Life cancer fundraiser at Look Park in Florence seeks volunteers

Monday, March 23, 2015

The following is the second in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, a fundraiser which takes place June 19 to 20 in Look Park in Florence. Heather Touchette, 18, of Ludlow is a member of the Event Leadership Team for the …

Raymond Zachary Paquette of Westhampton gets suspended sentence after being convicted of lying to police about bottle attack at his home

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Westhampton man convicted of misleading police will avoid jail as long as he complies with probation conditions which include that he speak to high school students about his experience. A jury Wednesday found Raymond Zachary Paquette guilty of two counts of misleading police, determining …

Hampshire Regional High School to stage ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ this weekend

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Despite hours of lost rehearsal time thanks to February’s barrage of snowstorms, Hampshire Regional High School has managed to pull together a night of music, dancing and a talking plant for its spring musical this weekend. …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing on legislative committee which issued report on climate change

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, said state Sen. Benjamin Downing, one of six members on the committee which drafted the …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …

Sports briefs: Locals shine at youth championships, spring and summer league registrations open

Monday, March 9, 2015

Local shines as Trinity College captures first NESCAC Championship The Trinity College women’s ice hockey team captured its first ever NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 overtime win against Middlebury College on Sunday. Jessie Stowell of Hadley had her shot tipped into the goal with 5 minutes, and 12 …

Northampton heavyweight Nick Day takes fifth at New Englands

Monday, March 9, 2015

Northampton heavyweight Nick Day placed fifth at the New England Championships at North Andover High School on Saturday. “It felt great to end my senior year and career on a victory and against such a high level of competition,” Day said. The senior took fifth by pinning Damon …

South Hadley topples Tantasqua, wins 7th WMass Division 2 title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel emerged from the locker room on Saturday with an unraveled tie draped around his neck. He was wearing a T-shirt that read “If not now” on the front and …

Belchertown beats Pittsfield in Division 2 girls final, wins school’s first basketball title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Belchertown girls basketball team had a six-point lead with 31.5 seconds left in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final when coach Jay Woodcock told sophomore Cara McKenzie she had made the play of the …

Hoosac ends Granby girls undefeated season in D3 final, 55-29

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It had been 367 days since the Granby girls basketball team last lost. On Saturday, the No. 2 Rams’ 22-game win streak was snapped by top-seeded Hoosac Valley, 55-29, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament …