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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 …

Thursday’s high schools: Northampton girls lacrosse hammers West Springfield

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Northampton girls lacrosse team opened the season with a 21-6 blowout at West Springfield Thursday afternoon. Megan McCarthy and Missie Maiewski (assist) each scored four goals, while Kerry Fleming (assist) added three for the Blue Devils (1-0). Ursa Heidinger and Sophie Melcher had two tallies apiece, while …

Wednesday’s high schools: Kat Minor paces Frontier track past Belchertown

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kat Miner won three individual events and two of her teammates each won a pair as the Frontier Regional girls track & field team opened the season by beating Belchertown 133-12 Wednesday in South Deerfield. Miner earned victories …

Tuesday’s high schools: South Hadley boys lacrosse rolls past East Longmeadow

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sam Duda used a nine-point afternoon to power the South Hadley boys lacrosse team to a 15-5 win in its season opener at East Longmeadow Tuesday. Duda scored seven goals and added two assists for the Tigers (1-0). …

VIDEO: Williamsburg sugarhouse gets all steamed up in race to make syrup

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — After a late start, sugarhouses in the Valley are racing to get a good crop in. On a visit to the Lawton Family Sugarhouse in Williamsburg, the Gazette captured the scene as Bill Turner and Bryan …

Monday’s high school recaps: Amherst Regional girls track opens season with two wins

Monday, April 6, 2015

Amherst Regional girls track & field earned their first two wins of the season in a home tri-meet Monday, topping Agawam, 91-50, and Pittsfield, 91-34. Taylor Lesure, Meg Rhodes, and Frances Duncan led the way, each taking first in two events for the Hurricanes (2-0). Lesure took first …

Spring Preview: New coach takes different approach with Northampton boys tennis

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Northampton boys tennis team has a bunch of new faces, but the fresh talent isn’t altering the game plan. The Blue Devils are 15 deep and have a new coach in Chris Deszynski, but the additions have …

Friday high schools: Amherst boys lacrosse debuts with win over East Longmeadow

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ben Thompson and Declan Gray-Mullen each had a hat trick as the Amherst Regional boys lacrosse team opened its season Friday with a 10-8 road victory over East Longmeadow. Jonathan Traester scored twice for Amherst (1-0), while Alex LaRaja (assist) and Willy Wright added a tally apiece. Liam …

Hilltown Voices: Hike and talk for young people hosted by Hilltown Land Trust and local author

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Hilltown Land Trust is offering a program for girls and boys that takes them on an exploratory hike April 11, and gives them a chance to enjoy the coming of spring and to sharpen their senses in the outdoors. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn …

Spring Preivew: Hopkins Academy baseball focused on repeat

Friday, April 3, 2015

Despite disappointing offseason news, the defending Western Massachusetts Division 4 champion Hopkins Academy baseball team returns seven starting players and has its sights set on a repeat. After winning their first sectional championship since 1988 and reaching the …

Spring Preview: Amherst Regional boys lacrosse seeks a rebound campaign

Friday, April 3, 2015

Amherst Regional had established itself as a prime contender in Western Massachusetts boys lacrosse, but last season marked a significant step backward. The Hurricanes qualified for postseason from 2011-13 and reached the sectional semifinals two straight seasons, but …