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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 …

Spring Preview: New but familiar coach to lead experienced Belchertown girls lacrosse

Friday, April 3, 2015

Former Belchertown girls lacrosse coach Ashley Ziemba turned the Orioles from a startup varsity program into a league champion in only two seasons. Ziemba took the head coaching job at Chicopee High as the Pacers start their own …

Spring Ppeview: Allison McCann is on the title hunt with Amherst Regional girls tennis

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional girls tennis team has made a name for itself in western Massachusetts — not just with team titles, but individual ones too. The Hurricanes are hoping their veteran roster will keep their winning …

Spring Preview: Belchertown boys volleyball wants playoff return

Friday, April 3, 2015

After reaching the postseason for the first time in seven years in 2014, the Belchertown boys volleyball team will look to qualify for the playoffs once again. The Orioles qualified at 15-5 but they fell in their first …

Spring Preview: New look, same goal for Amherst Regional girls ultimate

Friday, April 3, 2015

There’s a dynasty subtly being built at Amherst Regional High School. The Hurricanes girls ultimate team has established a tradition of dominance over the last half decade, having won six consecutive Amherst Invitational titles and four straight Northeastern …

Spring Preview: Double-digit returners has Amherst Regional boys ultimate confident

Friday, April 3, 2015

After posting a 25-8 record and finishing fourth at the state tournament in 2014, it is hard to believe that Amherst boys ultimate coach Joe Costello looked at the year as a rebuilding year. But in his eyes, …

Spring Preview: All-Americans take Amherst Regional track outdoors

Friday, April 3, 2015

Two of its relay teams are nationally ranked. It has seven All-Americans. It is fresh off a winter indoor track season that saw it place third in the state. What’s left for the Amherst Regional boys track and …

Spring Preview: Hampshire Regional softball relying on experience, defense in title quest

Friday, April 3, 2015

Every year, the Hampshire Regional softball team seems to be packed with veterans. This season is no different. The Raiders, who return all but two players from the 2014 Division 2 Western Massachusetts champion team, are hungry for …

Thursday’s high schools: Alex Wordsworth net winner as Belchertown sinks East Longmeadow

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Alex Wordsworth scored his second goal in the final minute of regulation as the Belchertown boys lacrosse team defeated East Longmeadow 10-9 on the road Thursday. Adam Mercer and Jason Krasinkiewicz each put in three goals, with Connor Hughes and Alex Bachand adding a tally apiece for Belchertown …

Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand leads Belchertown boys lacrosse to win over Chicopee Comp

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Belchertown boys lacrosse team opened the season with a 10-8 win over Chicopee Comp on the road Wednesday. Alex Bachand poured in six goals and an assist, while Alex Wordsworth had four goals for the Orioles (1-0). Ben Magarian had two assists and Connor Hughes had one …

Local briefs: SMAC race series, cross country series opening soon

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SMAC Race Series opens with Rob Hebert 8-miler The 47th annual Ron Hebert Race will be held April 12th in Florence. The 8-mile race is one of the oldest in New England and kicks off the 2015 Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club Race Series. The race starts (10 a.m.) …