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Wednesday’s high schools: Katie Yagodzinski powers Smith Academy to win over Gateway

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Katie Yagodzinski scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half to help Smith Academy cruise to a 42-25 win over Gateway in Hatfield on Wednesday. Yagodzinski added seven rebounds, three steals and a block. Mary Whalen recorded her first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons (1-1). Hannah Rickert (four points) had 10 rebounds and five steals in the win. Jessie Walton led the Gators …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire pins Granby in dual-meet opener

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Hampshire Regional wrestling team opened its dual-meet season with a take down of Granby, 39-36, in Westhampton on Wednesday Six Raiders earned pins on the night. DJ Willard (132 pounds), Brendan Weir (138) and Jacob Gray (152) each took down their opponent in less than 2 minutes. Nick Hoskin (145), Brandon Weyant (170) and Matt Carrer (285) also recorded pins. Nolan Hodgins …

Briefs: Northampton Little League to introduce Intermediate Division

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hamp Little League adds new division Northampton Little League announced this week that it will introduce a new Intermediate Division that will begin play in the 2015 season. The Intermediate Division will play on a 50/70 diamond (50 feet from the mound to home plate and 70 feet between the bases). The new division will provide players with a more natural transition from …

Trial date set in lawsuit filed by former Frontier Regional employee alleging racial discrimination

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A trial date has been set for a discrimination lawsuit filed against Frontier Regional School by a former information technology professional who was fired after he alleged he was treated unfairly by co-workers. Sandy Moya of Holyoke, has sued the school for racial discrimination, national …

Tuesday’s high schools: Northampton holds off Sabis in girls basketball opener

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The only returning starter for the Northampton girls basketball team joined a pair of newcomers in helping lead the Blue Devils to a season-opening 55-47 home victory over Sabis Tuesday night. Charlotte Maurer began her senior season with 14 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and five assists for …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Amherst opens season with sweep of Central

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys and girls swimming & diving team each opened their season with solid victories at Central Tuesday afternoon. The Hurricane boys earned a 96-84 win and the girls dominated 108-65 in the coaching debut of Evan Maczka. Calvin Lin, Marc Klepacki, Samson Braun and Hunter …

High school indoor track: Amherst boys, girls open season with pair of wins

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls indoor track and field team opened with two wins in the first PVIAC meet of the season, topping Chicopee Comp 67-28 and Chicopee 63-31, at Smith College on Friday. The Hurricanes took first place in six events. Kanya Brown won in the 55-meter dash, …

Monday’s high school basketball: Courtney Urban, Easthampton beat Turners Falls for first win

Monday, December 15, 2014

Courtney Urban led all scorers with 12 points as the Easthampton girls basketball team beat Turners Falls, 43-34, Monday at home. Karina Volpe scored eight points, grabbed 10 rebounds, made six steals and had five assists for the Eagles (1-1). Sharp also had eight points with seven boards, …

Monday’s high school swimming: Belchertown sweeps South Hadley

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Belchertown boys and girls swimming teams each won their second straight meet to start the season, beating South Hadley on the road Monday afternoon. The boys won 53-27, the girls by a score of 60-33. Ben LaClair (200-yard free, 100 fly) and Matt Quinney (200 IM, 100 …

Weekend high school recaps: Cam Earle lifts South Hadley over rival Granby in Pioneer Valley Tip-Off

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Each side had a 20-point scorer, but Cam Earle’s 28 lifted South Hadley over Granby, 64-61, in the Pioneer Valley Tip-Off at the Curry Hicks Cage on Saturday. Jesse Molin had 23 points for the Rams (0-1). Granby …

Buying Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building for town offices gains support in Whately

Saturday, December 13, 2014

WHATELY — To overcome the shortcomings of current town office space, residents of Whately this month have discussed possibly using elementary school space and a former regional library building as well as a previously proposed major renovation and expansion of town hall. The ideas and concerns were raised …

Meghan Sullivan gains acceptance to Amherst, leads Granby past Monson in opener

Saturday, December 13, 2014

GRANBY — Just a few hours before her final high school basketball season began, Meghan Sullivan gained assurance of where she’ll be spending the next four years of her athletic and academic life. After applying early decision, the …

Friday’s high school swimming: Northampton’s Johnny Williams sets pool, school record in 100 fly

Friday, December 12, 2014

Junior Johnny Williams wasted little time getting acquainted with the Northampton swimming and diving record book. Williams broke the pool and school record in the 100-yard butterfly Friday as the Blue Devils beat Holyoke Catholic, 105-18, in both teams’ season opener at JFK Middle School. Williams’ time broke …