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JERREY ROBERTS
Hopkins Academy goalie Jordan Lashway, left, reaches for the ball as her teammate, Mary Cook, tries to block Alliana Hasiuk, of Holyoke Catholic, Tuesday at Hopkins.

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton spikes Chicopee, keeps postseason hopes alive

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With its postseason hopes riding on every point Tuesday night, the Easthampton girls volleyball team dug deep to win the final two sets and defeat Chicopee 3-2 on senior night. The Eagles earned all three of their set victories by the narrowest of margins, winning 26-24, 22-25, 19-25, 27-25, 15-13. Ruthenee Nhem had a team-best 17 assists for the Eagles …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Hampshire Regional ends Holyoke Catholic’s 9-year reign in Pioneer South, claims league title with 27-30 win

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Hampshire Regional girls cross country team put a stop to a longtime win streak Tuesday. The Raiders handed Holyoke Catholic its first Pioneer South loss in 10 years and snapped the Gaels’ nine-year stranglehold on the league title with a 27-30 win at Mahar Regional’s 2.76-mile course in Orange. “We’ve been trying to beat (Catholic) for a while,” Hampshire coach Sue Tracy …

Monday’s high schools: Frontier Regional field hockey qualifies for postseason with 3-0 win over Smith Academy

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Frontier Regional field hockey team shut out Smith Academy, 3-0, in South Deerfield Monday to qualify for the postseason. Emma Wesoloski, Camille Alli and McKenzie Patterson scored for the Red Hawks (9-7-1, 5-3-1 North). Jordyn Roberts had the lone assist. Kelly Moulton had six saves for the Red Hawks. Kayla Miastowski was busy with 15 saves for the Falcons (2-12-2, 1-6-2). Northampton …

Tuesday’s high schools: Amherst Regional, Frontier Regional earns sweeps during ‘Spike It For Life’ fundraiser

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On “Spike It For Life” nights in Amherst and South Deerfield, the home teams delivered good efforts as they raised money for good causes. The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team qualified for the postseason with a sweep of Belchertown. The Hurricanes (9-4) won 25-13, 26-24, 25-17. They were …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Chris Noga (three goals) leads Belchertown past Central

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chris Noga’s hat trick led an offensive onslaught for the Belchertown boys soccer team, which beat Central 8-2 at home Tuesday evening. Ben LaClair tallied twice for the Orioles (7-2-2), while Ryan Kearney (goal, two assists) and Noah Lussier (three assists) each posted three points. Nick Drost and …

Boys soccer: Hampshire Regional wins midfield, defense battle with Frontier Regional

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

WHATELY — Both teams said it: A 1-0 Hampshire Regional win over the Frontier Regional boys soccer team was the result of a midfield and defensive battle at Herlihy Field on Tuesday afternoon. “They have a good midfield so it was a tough team,” Raider Brendan Bzdel said. …

Randy Messeck denies punching father until he blacked out in Goshen

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Randy S. Messeck pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to a charge of assault and battery on a person over 60 after he was arrested for allegedly punching his father until he blacked out. Messeck, 44, was arrested and arraigned in court Monday, …

Monday’s high school soccer recaps: Four local teams qualify for postseason

Monday, October 6, 2014

Four local soccer teams clinched postseason berths on Monday, including a pair of defending Western Massachusetts champions. The 2013 Division 3 champion Granby girls and the WMass Division 4 titlist Hopkins Academy boys officially punched their return trips to the postseason. Meanwhile, the Amherst Regional boys as well …

Christine Murphy of Monson named interim assistant principal of Hampshire Regional middle school

Monday, October 6, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — An educator from Monson will start her job Friday as interim assistant principal of the Hampshire Regional middle school. Christine Murphy was selected from a pool of 31 applicants for the job, which is officially called …

MAP Is Western Mass a tattoo mecca? Two new tattoo shops in Northampton and Easthampton drawing customers from near and far

Monday, October 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local community leaders like to talk about the things that draw visitors to the Pioneer Valley — art, culture, events, outdoor opportunities. Another attraction bringing people to Hampshire County is the quest for high quality tattoos, …

Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club turkey shoot has tasty payoffs for good marksmanship

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall is here and as cooler days signal the trees to begin their yearly show of color, the Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club is gearing up for its annual turkey shoots. Every year during the months of October and November, the club hosts turkey shoots where people of …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton senior Gina Whalen finishes second at Western Massachusetts Girls Individual Golf Championship

Friday, October 3, 2014

Northampton senior Gina Whalen shot an 82 and fell one shot short of a Western Massachusetts Girls Individual Golf Championship, Friday at Ludlow Country Club. Rachel Bechard, of Longmeadow, fired an 81 to win the title. Hampshire Regional’s Kyla Murphy shot a 97, while teammate Makenze Felt had …

Skydiving victim Andrew Munson, who grew up in Williamsburg and Goshen, lived life to the fullest

Friday, October 3, 2014

GOSHEN — Andrew Munson, 29, was a man known to work hard and play harder. “If there was a dictionary of common phrases, ‘live life to the fullest’ would have Andy’s picture right next to it. I have …