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The Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings swim program made history this weekend when it captured the New England championship at MIT. It was the first time Holyoke won the title, which had been awarded to North Shore every year since 2000.

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 points across both genders and five age …

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 …

Health events: Workshops, support groups, resources

Monday, March 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING GENTLE MOVEMENT —and Yoga classes for Parkinson’s Disease with Donna Brooks. Improves coordination, dexterity, strength, balance, motor control and rapidity. Fun filled classes: Wednesdays: 9:30 to 10:30 emphasizes Yoga and relaxation. 11 a.m. to noon emphasizes movement, rhythm, voice. Fee associated. First class free. Call 230-1260 or visit originalbodywisdom.com. BLOOD PRESSURE …

Weir, Weyant, Day and Hodgins advance to Day 2 of New England Wrestling Championships

Friday, March 6, 2015

All four local wrestlers survived the first day of action the New England Championship at North Andover High School on Friday. Hampshire Regional’s Brendan Weir picked up two wins as he looks to improve on last year’s third place finish. The senior beat Jean-Luc Lemieux of Londonbury, New …

Area briefs

Friday, March 6, 2015

Amherst WRITE FOR RIGHTS: Amnesty International Group 128 will host a session for writing to prisoners of conscience/at risk/urgent action individuals from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, International Women’s Day, in the Woodbury Room, Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. Information, stationery and postage will be provided and …

Hopkins Academy, South Hadley vie for Western Massachusetts boys basketball titles

Friday, March 6, 2015

One thing the Hopkins Academy and South Hadley boys basketball teams have in common is the Curry Hicks Cage. The Golden Hawks and Tigers are very familiar with the UMass gym and they are both playing there Saturday. …

volunteers

Friday, March 6, 2015

Food Bank Family Volunteer Day — In partnership with Hilltown Families, the Food Bank of Western Mass. invites familes to attend a volunteer session March 21, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Food Bank, 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield. The agenda includes an informational tour of the warehouse …

school lunch menus

Friday, March 6, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Crispy chicken patty sandwich, baked Tater Tots, cucumber coins, applesauce, orange TUESDAY: Mozzarella sticks, marinara, carrot and celery sticks, peaches, Bartlett pear WEDNESDAY: Cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, vegetarian baked beans, pineapple cup, banana THURSDAY: Two soft tacos, brown rice, black beans, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: Cheese …

South Hadley books trip to WMass Division 2 finals with 62-50 win over Pittsfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The South Hadley boys basketball team couldn’t contain itself following its Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament semifinal against Pittsfield. The Tigers’ locker room went from a room full of teenagers to a collection of preschoolers singing …

Granby breaks through to finals, beats Athol 54-43 in Division 3 semis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Meghan Sullivan and the Granby girls basketball team played at the Curry Hicks Cage the past two seasons, but walked off the floor each time with a sectional semifinal loss. Facing an Athol team with …

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, …

All-State Wrestling: Quartet qualifies for regionals

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Four local wrestlers qualified for the New England Tournament based on their performance over the weekend at the All-State meet in Salem, but only one wrestled for a title Saturday. Hampshire Regional’s Brandon Weyant came up a match short of an all-state championship, losing 9-2 in the 160-pound …

Division 3 Girls Basketball: Marley Medina, No. 5 South Hadley sink No 4 Hampshire in overtime

Saturday, February 28, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — South Hadley sophomore Marley Medina didn’t let the pressure of the postseason get to her as the Tigers season hung in limbo. She and the Tigers had clawed their way to a lead only to watch the No. 4 Hampshire Regional girls basketball team force overtime. …