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Tuesday’s high school cross country: South Hadley wins battle of unbeatens with Belchertown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In a battle of unbeaten girls cross country teams, Belchertown had the overall winner, but South Hadley placed the next four finishers in a 24-31 road win Tuesday. Carolyn Watkins (20 minutes, 38 seconds), Serena Sarage (21:11), Mackenzie Werenski (21:36) and Jackie Doyle (21:37) came in second through fifth, respectively, for the Tigers (4-0, 3-0). Tatyana Almore posted a meet-best time of 20:20 for the Orioles (4-1, 2-1 Valley South). …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy punches postseason ticket

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The defending Western Massachusetts champion Hopkins Academy golf team punched its return ticket to the Division 3 Tournament Tuesday afternoon with a 23-1 victory over Smith Academy. Caleb Farnham fired a match-best 37 to lead the Golden Hawks (8-3). Farnham, Spencer Butterfield and Joe Yusko each swept their individual matches 4-0. In other golf action, Easthampton earned its first win since the 2012 …

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton takes down Granby in Pioneer North showdown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Maddie Grabowski’s goal gave the Easthampton girls soccer team a 1-0 home victory over Granby Tuesday afternoon and a three-point lead in the highly competitive Pioneer North. Andi Hall set up Grabowski, whose tally kept the Eagles (7-0-1, 3-0-1) undefeated. Alyssa Fugiel made nine saves in the shutout. Brooklyn Baran stopped six shots for the Rams (7-2-1, 2-1). Gateway Regional 5, Ware 0 …

Monday’s golf: Granby rolls past Mahar, stays perfect

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shane Hollenbeck shot a match-best 38 and was one of five Granby golfers to earn individual sweeps in a 201/2-31/2 victory over Mahar Monday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol. Alex Joao, Tom Rezzani, Jesse Molin and Dominic Rosazza also won their matches 4-0 for the unbeaten Rams …

Weekend high schools/preps: Smith Academy boys soccer stays perfect with win over Hopkins

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Smith Academy boys soccer team scored a pair of goals in the second half off corner kicks to upend Hopkins Academy 2-1 Saturday in Hatfield. With 15 minutes remaining, Kevin Banas converted a Joe Afflitto feed to put the Falcons (4-0) ahead for good. About five minutes …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Turners Falls

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball swept Turners Falls 3-0 to give newly minted hall of fame coach Sean MacDonald another win Friday. The Red Hawks won 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Cassidy Ciesluk had 16 kills and 15 digs, while Rachel Cialek added …

Thursday’s high school golf: Corey Calkins, Brian Bak lead South Hadley past Chicopee

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Corey Calkins shot a career-low 38 on his home course at the Ledges Golf Club to help lead South Hadley over Chicopee, 164-172, on Thursday afternoon. Brian Bak finished with a 1-over-par 37 to earn medalist honors for …

Thursday’s high schools: Frontier Regional girls volleyball team spikes Chicopee Comp

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cassidy Ciesluk had 13 digs, 11 kills and five aces for the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team in a 3-0 road sweep over Chicopee Comp Thursday. The Red Hawks (4-0) remained perfect by game scores of 25-14, 25-22, 25-12. Rachel Cialek also had 11 kills in the win. …

Walk Saturday to see ‘Flotsam Weirs’ environmental art along the Mill River in Williamsburg

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — Take a walk along the Mill River in Williamsburg, and you may come across spots where there are intriguing tangles of branches and limbs, chaotically woven structures in a variety of shapes and sizes. These are …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Defending state champ Belchertown picks up first win

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Belchertown boys soccer team finally put a tick in the win column as the defending Division 3 state champions earned a 2-0 win over Westfield on Thursday. Oliver Hopkins and Nick Drost each scored, while Noah Lussier had an assist for the Orioles (1-1-2). Tanner Clark made …

Wednesday’s high schools: South Hadley field hockey beats Northampton, stays perfect

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Taylor Guertin scored three second-half goals as the South Hadley field hockey beat Northampton 3-1 at home Wednesday. The Tigers (4-0, 3-0 Central) stayed perfect ahead of their Thursday matchup with perennial power Longmeadow in South Hadley. Guertin has seven goals on the season to power South Hadley’s …

Wednesday’s high school soccer: Belchertown, Easthampton get revenge for 2013 postseason losses

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Belchertown and Easthampton girls soccer teams each had Wednesday circled on their schedules, and both made the long wait during the offseason worth it. Both the Orioles and Eagles won on the road to avenge heartbreaking postseason losses from a year ago. Belchertown 2, Pittsfield 1 — …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Brian Bak fires 2-under 33 to lead South Hadley to first win

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Brian Bak shot a 2-under-par 33 to lead the South Hadley golf team to its first win, a narrow 156-158 decision over Cathedral Wednesday at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield. Mike Miele just missed an even-par round with a 36 for the Tigers (1-2). South Hadley 156, Cathedral …