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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 …

Weekend high school recaps: Hopkins boys win at Jill E. Harrington-Hanzalik Chase Your Dreams Basketball Classic

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Three double-digit scores helped lead Hopkins Academy over Greenfield, 64-39, to open the Jill E. Harrington-Hanzalik Chase Your Dreams Basketball Classic on Saturday at Northampton. Zach Kelly scored a game-high 20 points, while Brett Morrison added 13 and Jon Morrison had 10 in the win for the Golden …

Friday’s high schools: Mike Grise returns, lifts Easthampton hockey to first win

Saturday, January 3, 2015

In its first game of 2015 Friday night, the Easthampton hockey team showed why it will be a much more dangerous squad in the new year. Mike Grise scored twice with an assist in his season debut as the Eagles earned their first victory, beating Belchertown 3-2 at …

Amherst Regional boys, girls swim past Holyoke Catholic

Friday, January 2, 2015

Five different swimmers won two events apiece for the Amherst Regional swimming teams in home victories over Holyoke Catholic Friday afternoon. In the girls meet, Joslyn Sullivan, Michayla Robertson-Pine and Sadie Logan each took first twice in a …

Hilltown Voices: Councils on Aging Consortium to hire outreach coordinator

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Northern Hilltown Councils on Aging Consortium will soon be hiring a full-time outreach coordinator to help expand the organization’s capacity to provide services to the 2,122 elders who live in seven communities. The three-year position will be paid for by a $60,000 service incentive grant from the …

2014 — Teams To Recognize

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HIGH SCHOOLS Amherst Regional Boys indoor track & field — Won PVIAC and State Division 3 titles. Boys outdoor track & field — Won WMass/CMass Division 1 title. Boys 4x100 track relay — Xavia Perkins, Joseph Tavares, JJ …

2014 — Names To Recognize

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HIGH SCHOOLS Amherst Regional Juliana Brissette — Won 800 at outdoor F&G Division 1 track championship. Kanya Brown ­— Won PVIAC indoor track 55-meter dash. Ciaran Dillion-Davidson — Won WMass swimming 200 and 500 freestyles. C.J. Holt — …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hampshire girls complete road trip with win over Nauset

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Hampshire Regional girls basketball team concluded its three-game road trip to the eastern side of the state on Tuesday and got a breakout performance from Nicole Buzzee en route to a 63-36 win at Nauset. Buzzee had a career-high 10 points by halftime and finished with 21 …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Belchertown boys, girls sweep Easthampton to remain undefeated

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Belchertown boys and girls swim team remained undefeated following a sweep of Easthampton Tuesday. The girls won 125-44, while the boys won 89-44 at Williston Northampton. Sisters Audra and Helen Hale were members of two winning relays, while each took an individual first place. The pair teamed …

Monday’s high school basketball: Smith Vocational pulls away from Gateway Regional

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Damon Soto scored a game-high 20 points, while Jeff Goralski had 16 with five assists and four steals for the Smith Vocational boys basketball team in a 63-49 victory over Gateway Regional Monday night in Northampton. Kevin Wackerbarth …

Weekend high schools: Trio of squads still without a loss

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Three local teams remained unbeaten with victories Saturday. The Amherst Regional hockey team won the championship game of the Rabbit Graves Holiday Tournament. On the hardwood, the Hampshire Regional girls and Amherst Regional boys each earned blowout road victories. Amherst Regional 6, Wahconah Regional 1 — Nine different …