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MIAA votes to delay change to middle school eligibility rule

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association backpedaled on its recent rule change in regards to the eligibility of middle school students on high school teams. Earlier this month, the MIAA voted to change Rule 53 for the 2015-2017 handbook. Currently, middle school students are eligible for high school teams if their school falls under the leadership of the high school principal. The MIAA elected to change the rule to state that …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik tells DPU that Berkshire Gas should consider alternatives to pipeline

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BOSTON — State Rep. Stephen Kulik argued before Boston regulators this week that Berkshire Gas Co. should consider alternatives to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., including replacement of older, inefficient gas furnaces, repair of Berkshire Gas’s leaks and supporting efforts to better insulate every home, business, factory and public building in the state. The Worthington Democrat, who has said he opposes the proposed Northeast …

Rep. Stephen Kulik on conference committee that will negotiate Massachusetts budget

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The stage is set for a six-member conference committee to negotiate a final version of the state’s $38 billion budget. The House on Wednesday officially rejected the Senate version of the spending plan. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian Dempsey of Haverhill, Democratic Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington and Republican Rep. Todd Smola of Warren were named to serve …

Friday’s high school baseball: Granby tops Holyoke Catholic, inches closer to postseason

Friday, May 15, 2015

Brett Sullivan struck out 10 as the Granby baseball team beat Holyoke Catholic, 5-2, in Chicopee and inch closer to qualifying for the postseason. The Rams (8-6, 6-1 Bi-County North) need to win two of their final five games. Matt Bleakley (two hits, two runs, RBI) pulled off …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Slysz sisters power South Hadley

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Slysz sisters each scored four goals as the South Hadley girls lacrosse team romped to a 16-5 victory over West Springfield Friday night on the road. Emma Slysz had four goals and two assists, while Olivia Slysz added four tallies for South Hadley (4-9). Gabrielle Schwalm notched …

Friday’s high school softball: Easthampton, Smith Vocational qualify for postseason

Friday, May 15, 2015

Kate Avard had three hits, an RBI and scored twice to propel the Easthampton softball team to a postseason-clinching 16-3 win in five innings over McCann at Nonotuck Park Friday. Gabbie Downer added two hits, two RBIs and two runs (9-5, 7-2 Bi-County West). Smith Vocational 29, Westfield …

Friday’s high school tennis: South Hadley takes care of Central

Friday, May 15, 2015

The South Hadley girls tennis team breezed to a 5-0 swept of Central at home Friday. Tigers coach Eric Cestero said that all the matches were off the courts in roughly a half hour as South Hadley (8-7) only dropped five games. Julia Gange beat Louisa Klose without …

High school notebook: Northampton set to host Pioneer Valley Ultimate Invitational

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Northampton ultimate teams are set to host the second annual Pioneer Valley Invitational at the Oxbow Fields in Northampton on Saturday and Sunday. “The goal for this year is to continue everything that we started last year …

Thursday’s high schools: Belchertown girls lacrosse slipes past Amherst Regional

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Katarina Lowe scored four goals and had two assists in leading the Belchertown girls lacrosse team to a 14-8 victory at Amherst Regional Thursday. Emma Jopson scored a hat trick with an assist, while Alaina Swift (assist) and …

Thursday’s high school tennis: Amherst Regional girls take down Minnechaug

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team had an answer for Minnechaug on Thursday. The Hurricanes swept singles to beat the Falcons, 3-2, in Wilbraham. Minnechaug won 3-2 on April 23. Allison McCann, the top seed in the Western Massachusetts individual tournament that begins Saturday at Smith College, cruised …

Wednesday’s high school track/tennis: Hampshire boys track remains unbeaten in Suburban League

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dylan Cross and Lucius Burrell each claimed a pair of individual victories for the Hampshire Regional boys track & field team in an 811/2-611/2 home win over Palmer Wednesday. Cross took first in the triple jump and the 400 meters, while Burrell won the long jump and 200 …

Wednesday’s high school softball: Belchertown punches postseason ticket

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Belchertown softball team made sure early on that it would clinch a postseason berth Wednesday. The Orioles scored 13 runs in the first inning en route to a 25-3 road victory over Mahar in five innings. Lexi Lajeunesse went 3 for 4 and drove in four runs …

Wednesday’s high school baseball: David Longstreeth fans 18 as Smith Academy beats Easthampton

Thursday, May 14, 2015

David Longstreeth picked up his 30th career win with an 18-strikeout performance to lead the Smith Academy baseball team to a 7-1 victory over Easthampton in Hatfield Wednesday. Longstreeth struck out the first 10 batters before allowing a …