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Friday’s high school softball: Hampshire’s Brian McGan named MIAA coach of year as Raiders stay perfect

Friday, April 17, 2015

The MIAA announced its 2014-15 coaches of the year and awarded Hampshire Regional softball coach Brian McGan with his sport’s honor on Friday. “I’m very humbled by it. It’s a great honor,” McGan said. “The kids from my past teams have obviously helped me get there. They made Hampshire what Hampshire is. I’ve just tried to guide them to the right point.” McGan is in his ninth year with the …

Friday’s high schools: Belchertown boys lacrosse routs Monson

Friday, April 17, 2015

Alex Wordsworth’s seven goals and an assist powered the Belchertown boys lacrosse team to a 14-1 home blowout over Monson Friday afternoon. Ben Magarian (four goals, assist) and Grant Irving (two goals, three assists) each posted five points for the Orioles (4-1, 3-0 Suburban). Jack Medina picked up four assists, Jack Kenney added his first career varsity tally, and Connor Hughes and Adam …

Friday’s high school baseball: Freshman Jonathan Morrison fans 17 in one-hitter for Hopkins Academy

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jonathan Morrison gave the Hopkins Academy baseball team two outstanding outings in its run to the state final last season. On Friday Morrison dominated in his first start as a permanent member of the rotation. The freshman struck out 17 in a one-hit shutout as the Golden Hawks defeated Pioneer Regional 16-0 Friday afternoon in Northfield. John Jacques was 4 for 4 with …

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 …

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 …

Weekend colleges: Jeffs baseball sweeps Williams

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team brought booming bats and strong arms to Williamstown this weekend and swept rival Williams three straight to remain perfect in league play. The Jeffs won 11-4 and 17-3 in Saturday’s doubleheader, then claimed a 6-4 victory Sunday. Eric West went 7 for 12 …

Weekend high schools: Amherst pitcher Selah Dalomba delivers season-opening win over Hamp

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Selah Dalomba fired a complete-game four-hitter with 10 strikeouts as the Amherst Regional baseball team went on the road to defeat rival Northampton 6-1 Saturday in each team’s season opener. Jamie Carey (two runs) and Ethan Young each went 2 for 3 for the Hurricanes (1-0). Isaac Siegel …

Hilltown Voices: Robert Aeschback challenges incumbent Dennis Mimitz for seat on Plainfield Select Board

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At this year’s annual town election, Plainfield voters will have two choices on the ballot for one, three-year term on the Select Board. Robert Aeschback is challenging incumbent Dennis Mimitz who has served on the Select Board for six years and works as the maintenance supervisor for the …

Friday’s high schools: South Hadley cuts down West Springfield in boys lacrosse

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sam Duda scored seven goals with three assists as the South Hadley boys lacrosse team beat West Springfield, 17-5, in South Hadley Friday. Marcus Larrier added three goals, while Griffin Fitzell and Jason Fernandes scored two each. Pat …

Area baseball, softball teams ready to get outside, play ball

Friday, April 10, 2015

Four weeks after preseason workouts began March 16, the high school baseball and softball seasons should get underway in full force Monday afternoon. Many of this past week’s games had already been postponed due to poor field conditions. …