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Remi Quesnelle, of Frontier Regional, has been named the Daily Hampshire Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Remi Quesnelle, Frontier Regional

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Player of the Year Remi Quesnelle, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Quesnelle led Frontier with 306 kills, 265 digs and 98 aces while playing in all six rotations. The Red Hawks won their sixth Division 3 state championship and 11th Western Massachusetts championship in a row. Quesnelle had a season-high 25 kills in the team’s state semifinal win …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college campuses. But Downing, who will be leaving his post come January, says other important issues …

Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen finished with seven points for the Falcons (7-9, 2-4 Franklin South). Senior Ashley Higgins had …

Monday’s high school basketball: ‘Dumpster dog’ Justin Farrick leads Frontier’s dominant rebounding effort in win over Greenfield

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The advantage on the scoreboard mirrored the advantage on the backboards. The Frontier Regional boys basketball team outrebounded Greenfield 51-31 in a 62-40 victory Monday in Greenfield. “Our guys were very active on both ends of the glass,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said. Justin Farrick paved the way …

Weekend high schools: Hampshire Regional behind Katy O’Connor punches postseason ticket

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Hampshire Regional girls basketball team qualified for the postseason with a 62-48 victory over Monument Mountain, Saturday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase at Hoosac Valley in Cheshire. Katy O’Connor had 35 points and 19 rebounds to power the win. Chelsea Moussette added 16 points, 10 rebounds, …

Friday’s high school swimming: Easthampton and South Hadley split dual

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Easthampton and South Hadley split a swimming dual Friday in Easthampton. The Eagles girls team prevailed 100-75, while the Tigers boys team won 70-64. Sabrina Foster won the 50-yard freestyle (27.04 seconds) and 100 freestyle (57.86) for Easthampton (4-5, 4-0 Patriot). Eilis Hellyar prevailed in the 200 individual …

Friday’s high schools: Amherst basketball wins second straight game behind big nights from Devonte’ McCall and Meikkel Murray

Friday, January 22, 2016

The back and forth ended for the Amherst Regional boys basketball team Friday. The Hurricanes won a second consecutive game by beating Holyoke, 67-50, at home after alternating wins and losses through their first eight games. Double-doubles from key players lifted Amherst (6-4). Devonte’ McCall led the way …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst women’s basketball team extends home win streak to 117 games

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Amherst College women’s basketball team extended its home win streak to 117 games with its 78-48 rout of Bowdoin, Friday. Ali Doswell had 19 points, while Marley Giddins added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the third-ranked Lord Jeffs (17-0, 4-0 NESCAC). Hannah Hackley and Cheyenne Pritchard …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Triple-doubles for Stephanie Start, Sydney Cyr give Smith Voke road win

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Two triple-doubles added up to one road win for the Smith Vocational girls basketball team on Thursday. The Vikings beat Dean Tech 58-42 in Holyoke. Stephanie Start had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals, while Sydney Cyr scored 18 points to go with 12 rebounds and 10 …

Thursday’s high school alpine skiing: Northampton’s Charlie Denhart, Frontier’s Alli Zera place third at Berkshire East

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Northampton brothers Charlie and Jack Denhart finished third and fifth, respectively, in giant slalom at the fourth PVIAC alpine race of the season, Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart finish in 25.52 seconds with Jack crossing the line in 25.54. Amherst was fifth overall in the …

Wednesday’s colleges: Kennedy Guest-Pritch, Lauren Bindo lead Smith past Mount Holyoke

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kennedy Guest-Pritch and Lauren Bondi would have tied Mount Holyoke on their own. Guest-Pritch scored 16 points, and Bondi had 15 points as the Smith College women’s basketball team beat the Lyons 80-31 Wednesday in Northampton. Thirteen Pioneers found the net in the win. Smith (7-9, 4-4 NEWMAC) …

Wednesday’s high schools: Easthampton cruises past Monson, nears postseason berth

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Easthampton boys basketball remained undefeated and moved one step closer to the postseason with a 76-44 victory over Monson on Wednesday. Senior guard Raphael Coleman and junior forward Zach Crisafulli each had 16 points for the Eagles (9-0, 7-0 Bi County). Senior guard Liam Healey added 11 …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: South Hadley edges Frontier without Isaiah Cardenales

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The benefit of three forfeits helped the South Hadley wrestling team edge Frontier Regional on Wednesday in South Deerfield. The Tigers won 42-27 without star 106-pounder Isaiah Cardenales. Frontier’s Emirhan Yildaz pinned his replacement, Ahi Lopez, in 30 seconds. There were nine pins out of the 11 matches …