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What2Watch4 — Week 8 high school football previews

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicopee Comp at Northampton Friday, 7 With two games left, it is highly unlikely the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3 Suburban) have enough to make a push for the postseason. Even with a victory over the third-rated and first-place Colts (3-3, 3-0), Hamp would need to jump over Chicopee and South Hadley for the fourth seed. Northampton has lost two straight. Amherst Regional at Chicopee Friday, Szot Park, 7 The Hurricanes (1-5, 1-3 Suburban) hit the road and will look to play spoiler to the fifth-rated Pacers (2-4, 1-3), who have an outside shot at catching South Hadley for the fourth seed in Division 4. Amherst’s …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton girls volleyball survives five sets with Sabis, qualifies for postseason

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For the second time in three days, the Easthampton girls volleyball team was one set away from postseason elimination. But after saving their season Tuesday, the Eagles once again came back from the brink Thursday and clinched a tournament berth by beating Sabis 3-2 in Springfield. Easthampton rallied to claim a 28-26, 19-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-8 victory. Ruthenee Nhem posted a team-high 14 …

Hampshire Regional Drama Company to stage ‘Fools’ Friday through Sunday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — The Hampshire Regional High School Drama Company will stage a play this weekend about a Russian village that has been cursed with stupidity. Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools,” set in the late 19th-century, follows schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky as he tries to educate the townspeople and eventually falls for one of them, a woman named Sophia. About 30 students, grades 7 through 12, …

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 …

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, October 3, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Hadley Nicole Bercume, daughter of Ronald and Irene Bercume, graduated from Ave Maria School of Law in …

Thursday’s high school golf/gymnastics: Northampton goes low to beat Central

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cam King shot a 1-over-par 37 as the Northampton golf team beat Central, 155-206, Thursday at Northampton Country Club. Chris Soderberg and Gina Whalen each shot a 39, while Colby Lander added 40 for the Blue Devils (5-7). Northampton 155, Central 206 at Northampton CC, par 36 Northampton …

Thursday’ high schools: Easthampton spikes Sabis

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kate Avard had 10 kills and an assist as the Easthampton girls volleyball team swept Sabis, 3-0, at home Thursday. Jordan Burt added four kills and three aces, while Nicole Lewandowski had four aces for the Eagles (5-6, 2-2 Central), who won 27-25, 25-20, 25-19. Minnechaug 3, Belchertown …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Granby rolls past Pioneer Regional

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Matt Bleakley (two goals, assist) and Bobby Cavette (two assists, goal) each had three points as the Granby boys soccer team beat Pioneer Regional, 5-0, on Thursday. Joe Desormier and DJ Menard each added a goal for the Rams (3-3-4). Doug L’Abbee and Zach Gorham spilt time in …