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Suffield Academy senior Hunter Newman, of Northampton, signs his National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Bucknell.

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I Bucknell. The Bison finished 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season. Their season ended in the conference tournament semifinal round. …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country championship. He finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds. “If you told …

Northampton places seventh, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley 10th, Taylor Blow 11th at state cross country meet

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — A top-10 finish in the state girls Division 1 cross country championship enabled Northampton to leave Stanley Park with a sense of accomplishment. The Blue Devils placed seventh overall, following up on PVIAC and Western Massachusetts team titles over the last month. A strong pack gave Northampton the depth it needed to place among the state’s elite teams. “They’re awesome,’’ coach …

Monday’s high schools: Hampshire, Belchertown, Granby, Amherst all win league titles

Monday, October 26, 2015

It was truly a banner day for four local boys soccer teams. Hampshire Regional (Holley), Belchertown (Churchill) and Granby (McGrath South) all clinched outright league titles with victories on Monday. Amherst Regional earned a share of the Smith crown by tying Minnechaug at home. Hampshire Regional 2, Palmer …

Monday’s high school girls volleyball/field hockey: Belchertown earns share of Southern League

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Belchertown girls volleyball team is assured of at least a share of the Southern League title after beating Sabis 3-1 in its regular-season finale Monday in Springfield. Cara McKenzie had a team-high seven kills and a pair of aces for Belchertown (15-3, 7-1 Southern). Sarah Woodford led …

Hilltown Voices: Parades, parties among Halloween festivities

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Parades and parties are among the Halloween festivities planned in the Hilltowns next weekend. While Oct. 31 is the official trick or treat night in Williamsburg, Halloween events will be held in town next weekend on both Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, a rag shag parade will …

Friday high school girls volleyball/field hockey: Frontier rallies to top Hopkinton

Friday, October 23, 2015

Remi Quesnelle, Rachel Cialek and Sarah Conlisk combined for 45 kills as the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 win over Hopkinton Friday. Quesnelle had 20 kills, Cialek added 15 and Conlisk had 10 in the 23-25, 22-25, 25-11, 25-16, 15-10 win that pushed the …

Friday’s high school soccer: Northampton girls beat Longmeadow, keep league title hopes alive

Friday, October 23, 2015

Emma Tanner scored from Hannah Finn-Erb with 12 minutes left as the Northampton girls soccer team beat Longmeadow, 3-2, and kept its quest for a Kurty-Fielding Division title alive Friday. Olivia Pruett scored twice and Sydney White made nine saves in the win. Tanner had two assists for …

“The only true failure can come if you quit": Newly reopened school reflects determination of Worthington

Friday, October 23, 2015

WORTHINGTON — During one recent Friday morning meeting at the R.H. Conwell Elementary School, students discussed some of the books that they have been reading, including “Rosie Revere, Engineer,” “Filbert Flies” and “Giraffes Can’t Dance.” All of the …

Massachusetts Local Food Action plan seeks to increase production, sales and consumption

Friday, October 23, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan released Friday calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve the …

What2Watch4: Week 7 high school football previews

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wilbraham & Monson at Williston Friday, 6 Ian Ostberg (Florence) has thrown for over 1,000 yards and Jake Ross (Florence) is a No. 2 receiver for the Wildcats (3-1), who have won three straight. Jake Faulstick (Amherst) is …

Lawyers argue about legality of Worthington’s withdrawal from Gateway Regional School District

Thursday, October 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lawyers spent about 90 minutes in Hampshire Superior Court on Thursday arguing whether the town of Worthington legally withdrew from the Gateway Regional School District after its elementary school was closed in 2010. Worthington since reopened the R.H. Conwell Elementary School this year. Judge Bertha D. …

Thursday’s high schools: Local teams nail down league titles, tournament berths

Thursday, October 22, 2015

League titles and postseason berths were dished out Thursday to several local teams. Smith Academy clinched at least a share of the Pioneer South girls soccer title with a 1-1 tie against Gateway Regional. The Frontier Regional field …