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JERREY ROBERTS
David Longstreeth of Smith Academy pitches to Granby Monday in Granby.

Weekend high school & preps recaps: Smith Academy’s David Longstreeth moves closer to 400-strikeout milestone in 7-2 win Saturday

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Senior pitcher David Longstreeth moved within eight strikeouts of 400 in his career with six in Smith Academy’s 7-2 win over Taconic in Hatfield on Saturday. Longstreeth struck out six to earn the win, while allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks for the Falcons (3-1). Joe Afflitto went 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Kevin Banas (double, run), Tony Redruczny (two RBIs, double) and Austin Rogers (run) each had two hits. Christian Simarowski added a hit, an RBI and two runs scored. Hopkins Academy 4, Mohawk 3 — John Jacques, Brett Morrison (two hits), Evan Delaney (two hits) and Zach Kelly each …

Friday’s high school tennis/track: Belchertown sweeps Chicopee for second win

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team grabbed its second win of the season with a 5-0 sweep of Chicopee in Szot Park on Friday. The Orioles (2-5, 2-2 Valley Wheel) didn’t surrender more then three games in a set, as Trent Zulkiewicz led the way at first singles with 6-3, 6-3 win over Brian Turnball. Alex Morgado and Ryan Stinson paced the doubles teams …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton shuts out Belchertown

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sophie Melcher scored three goals with one assist to lead the Northampton girls lacrosse team over Belchertown, 12-0, on the road. Abby Baldwin scored three goals, while Grace Goodwin-Boyd added two goals and two assists for the Blue Devils (5-1). Kerry Fleming, Morgan Moffett, Emily Biggs (two assists) and Missie Maiewski (two assists) each scored a goal. Bridget Harrington had one save in …

Concerns raised over future of competitive Dolphins team as Hampshire Regional YMCA reviews aquatics program

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Parents and swimmers at the Hampshire Regional YMCA are concerned that the competitive Dolphins swim team program will be eliminated as the result of a review of the aquatics program. “We have been led to believe …

Tuesday’s high school boys volleyball/lacrosse: Smith Vocational debuts, knocks off Southwick for program’s first win

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Smith Vocational boys volleyball team made its first official match an exciting one, edging host Southwick 3-2 on the road Tuesday for the program’s first win. The Vikings won 25-18, 21-25, 25-14, 24-26, 15-12. Jorge Andujar had 13 assists and four kills for Smith Voke (1-0), while …

Annual teaching awards aim to recognize unsung heros

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Though it’s barely been eight months since Michael Berg started his career as a classroom teacher, it would seem that he’s been at it for years. With less than an hour before dismissal, his fourth-grade students at Chestnut …

Victim in fatal motorcycle accident identified as Gregory Asher of Chester, father of two and Northampton DPW employee

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The victim of a motorcycle accident in Westhampton on Monday was a 26-year-old man from Chester who worked on tree maintenance for the Northampton Department of Public Works. Gregory R. Asher leaves a wife and two young daughters. Staff at the Northampton Department of Public Works …

Monday’s high school track/tennis: Northampton girls chase down Amherst Regional

Monday, April 13, 2015

Alex Dibrindisi won three individual events for the Northampton girls track & field team, which defeated rival Amherst Regional 761/2-641/2 in their season-opening meet Monday afternoon. The senior took first in the long jump (16 feet, 21/2 inches), …

Monday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton girls continue strong start to 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Northampton girls lacrosse team continued its early season assault on the opponent’s net Monday afternoon by beating Westfield 22-12 on the road. Kerry Fleming (three goals, three assists) and Missie Maiewski (five goals, assists) each had six points for the Blue Devils (3-0), who have scored 55 …

Monday’s high school baseball: Alex Dragon throws no-hitter in debut for South Hadley

Monday, April 13, 2015

In his first career varsity baseball game, South Hadley pitcher Alex Dragon took the mound Monday afternoon for the season-opening start. The junior delivered a debut to remember, no-hitting Mahar Regional in a 10-0 home victory for the Tigers. Dragon struck out nine and walked one. He faced …

Monday’s high school softball: Freshmen pace Northampton past Holyoke

Monday, April 13, 2015

A freshman debuted at pitcher and catcher as the Northampton softball team opened its season against Holyoke Monday. With classmate Abby Pelis behind the plate, Anna Kerwood struck out eight and allowed three hits as the Blue Devils beat Holyoke, 14-2, in sixth innings in Northampton. Kerwood and …

JFK associate principal Matthew Collins to leave for job at Hampshire Regional High School in July

Monday, April 13, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — John F. Kennedy Middle School associate principal Matthew Collins will begin work as assistant principal at Hampshire Regional High School in July, pending successful contract negotiations. Collins, 41, of Westfield, will fill the vacancy created when former Hampshire Regional principal Laurie Hodgdon left in 2013 for …

UPDATED: Gregory Asher of Chester identified as motorcyclist who died after accident on Route 66 in Westhampton

Monday, April 13, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Gregory R. Asher, 26, of Chester is the motorcyclist who died after he was thrown from the vehicle when it hit a guardrail on Main Road (Route 66) in Westhampton about 3:30 p.m. Monday, the Northwestern …