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Bird sightings

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two Virginia rails, a merlin and a summer tanager were reported in Belchertown. Nighthawks are beginning to show up across the region. Look in the early evening hours. Mourning warblers were found in Florence and Pittsfield. A lesser yellowlegs was seen at the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A total of 21 ruby-throated hummingbirds were banded in Whately. Two pairs, including one pair with a single young, and a single adult sandhill crane were reported in Worthington. Great egrets continue to be reported from many locations. Other summering species reported …

Northampton tops Frontier for 14U Suburban softball title

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Calista Lebron hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, to power the Northampton 14U softball team to the Western Massachusetts Suburban League championship with a 15-8 victory over Frontier Thursday evening at Sheldon Field. Lebron, the second baseman, also had a two-run single and scored twice for Northampton (12-3). “Calista was …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Microburst hits South Deerfield, sending tree limbs onto homes and knocking out power

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a microburst hit South Deerfield, producing straight-line wind damage just before 5 p.m. Tuesday. The weather service said the estimated path of the storm was just short of a half-mile. Deerfield Police reported via social media that Hillside Road was closed …

Monday’s summer baseball: Hamp Post 28 Legion beats South Hadley Pettengill

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Trailing by a pair after the first three innings, Northampton Post 28 scored five times in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth to roll 9-3 over host South Hadley Pettengill Insurance Monday in American Legion action. Ben O’Connor had two hits, scored twice and drove …

Gazette Boys Track & Field Player of the Year: Amherst Regional senior Taj-Amir Torres

Monday, July 6, 2015

Boys Track & Field Taj-Amir Torres, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: Torres finished his stellar career with victories in the 100-meter dash (10.69 seconds) and 200 (21.40) at the All-State meet. He also anchored the first-place 4x400 relay …

Weekend summer baseball: Northampton Cal Ripken teams earn district titles

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Alex Houck and Nate Kelleher-Mochak combined on a complete-game two-hit shutout as the Northampton Cal Ripken 11-and-under baseball team beat Frontier 4-0 Saturday to win the District 2 championship. Houck started and gave up one hit while striking out three. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third. …

‘Different spokes for different folks’: Increased promotion sought to bring more cyclists to Valley

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Franklin County’s back roads are on a roll. In Sunderland, Montague and Whately, in Shelburne, Conway and Deerfield, chances are you may be seeing more bicyclists on byways, in groups or in ones or twos, wending their way …

Whately to raise legal age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21

Saturday, July 4, 2015

WHATELY — The Board of Health plans to adopt revisions to its tobacco sales regulations July 15 that would raise the legal age of buying tobacco from 18 to 21. Chairman Francis Fortino said two residents spoke in favor of the policy during a public hearing Wednesday night. …

Friday’s summer baseball: Amherst Little Leaguers blank Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

Four players had two hits apiece and Will Luschen-Miskovsky tossed a two-hit shutout as the Amherst Little League 11-and-12 All-Stars topped Easthampton 10-0 in four innings in District 2 tournament pool play Friday evening at Mill River Park …

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Frontier Regional junior Katherine Miner

Friday, July 3, 2015

Player of the Year Katherine Miner, junior, Frontier Season highlights: When the postseason came around, no one performed quite like Miner. She clearned 5-feet, 73/4 inches in the high jump to place seventh in the championship division at …

Thursday’s summer baseball/softball: Amherst edges Easthampton in Mickey Mantle action

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Owen Macphee drove in the winning run and scored an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning as Amherst edged Easthampton, 5-3, in Mickey Mantle action, Thursday in Easthampton. Trevor Edwards shut Easthampton down in the bottom of the inning to seal the win. The teams …

Greenfield Post 81 holds off Northampton Post 28

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Northampton Post 28 just couldn’t get the big hit it needed on Thursday night. Northampton stranded runners at third in the final two innings and Greenfield Post 81 won for the ninth time in 10 games with a 4-3 victory in American Legion baseball action at …