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What2Watch4 — Week 8 high school football previews

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicopee Comp at Northampton Friday, 7 With two games left, it is highly unlikely the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3 Suburban) have enough to make a push for the postseason. Even with a victory over the third-rated and first-place Colts (3-3, 3-0), Hamp would need to jump over Chicopee and South Hadley for the fourth seed. Northampton has lost two straight. Amherst Regional at Chicopee Friday, Szot Park, 7 The Hurricanes (1-5, 1-3 Suburban) hit the road and will look to play spoiler to the fifth-rated Pacers (2-4, 1-3), who have an outside shot at catching South Hadley for the fourth seed in Division 4. Amherst’s …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton girls volleyball survives five sets with Sabis, qualifies for postseason

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For the second time in three days, the Easthampton girls volleyball team was one set away from postseason elimination. But after saving their season Tuesday, the Eagles once again came back from the brink Thursday and clinched a tournament berth by beating Sabis 3-2 in Springfield. Easthampton rallied to claim a 28-26, 19-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-8 victory. Ruthenee Nhem posted a team-high 14 …

Hampshire Regional Drama Company to stage ‘Fools’ Friday through Sunday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — The Hampshire Regional High School Drama Company will stage a play this weekend about a Russian village that has been cursed with stupidity. Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools,” set in the late 19th-century, follows schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky as he tries to educate the townspeople and eventually falls for one of them, a woman named Sophia. About 30 students, grades 7 through 12, …

Tuesday’s high schools: Belchertown girls volleyball beats Chicopee for Southern League title.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team rallied after dropping the first set to beat Chicopee 3-1 Tuesday and clinch the Southern League title. The Orioles (12-2, 7-0) won 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18. Emily Woodford posted team highs for Belchertown in kills (seven) and aces (five). Cara McKenzie had six …

Hampshire blanks Southwick, begins push toward Holley League title

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — With the postseason clinched during league crossovers, the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team is focused on winning the Holley League after a rocky start at the beginning of the season. The Raiders opened the second half …

Monday’s high schools: Gateway Regional shuts out Smith Academy in girls soccer

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen scored early and Joanna Arkoette scored late as the Gateway Regional girls soccer team shut out Smith Academy, 2-0, Monday in Huntington. Caroline Booth assisted the first goal 10 minutes into the game, and Van Heynigen helped Arkoette put one home with one minute left …

Debates set for contested Franklin House seats

Monday, October 13, 2014

Debates are scheduled this week in two House districts where there are contests in the Nov. 4 election. 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, a 12-term incumbent, and Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, a political newcomer from Deerfield, will participate in a “conversation” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Orioles blank Rams to seal postseason berth

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Belchertown girls soccer team clinched a tournament berth by winning a border battle against Granby, 2-0 at home Saturday evening. Kelsey Shea and Lauryn Parent each scored a goal for the Orioles (8-3-2). Téa Spellacy and Kayla Henry picked up an assist apiece for Belchertown, while Ashley …

Century-old barn saved from demolition, relocated to Haydenville farm

Saturday, October 11, 2014

When Haydenville residents David Nehring and Sue Fortgang of Valley View Farm heard that a 100-year-old barn in South Hadley was to be demolished, they decided to purchase the building and relocate it to their property at 16 …

Friday’s high school soccer: Amherst, Ludlow battle to 1-1 tie

Friday, October 10, 2014

One week later, the Amherst Regional and Ludlow boys soccer teams still couldn’t determine a winner on the field. The Hurricanes and Lions finished in a 1-1 tie Friday in Amherst. The game was Ludlow’s first since forfeiting nine games due to an ineligible player. Alex LaRaja scored …

Friday’s high schools: South Hadley senior Brian Bak ties for 8th at PVIAC Golf Championship

Friday, October 10, 2014

South Hadley senior Brian Bak finished tied for eighth to lead local golfers at the PVIAC Golf Championship at Franconia Golf Course on Friday. Bak shot a 5-over-par 76, while teammate Mike Miele finished tied for 11th with a 78. Noah Peterson, of East Longmeadow, successfully defended his …

Thursday’s high school golf: Shane Hollenbeck enters PVIAC championship on heels of 1-under 35 for Granby

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shane Hollenbeck is ready for Friday’s PVIAC Golf Championship. Hollenbeck shot a 1-under-par 35 at the Country Club of Greenfield to lead Granby to an 18-6 win over Smith Academy on Thursday. The PVIAC championship will start at 9 a.m. at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield. Other local …

Hampshire gymnasts finish third behind Minnechaug, Chicopee Comp in close meet

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — A subpar performance cost the Hampshire Regional gymnastics team what could have been two wins Thursday night. Minnechaug Regional pulled out a win over Hampshire and Chicopee Comp. The Falcons placed first with a score of …