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What to Watch for: Week 5 high school football previews

Friday, October 9, 2015

Northampton at South Hadley Friday, 7 Both teams are coming off blowout wins last week and are fighting for position in the Suburban League. Joe Allard leads the Tigers (2-2, 1-1 Suburban) with seven passing touchdowns, while Nik Smith, Elijah Davis and Syrus Carey scored multiple rushing touchdowns last week for the Blue Devils (2-2, 1-1 Suburban). Dean Tech at Smith Voke Friday, 7 Either the Golden Hawks (0-4, 0-4 Tri-County) or Vikings (0-4, 0-4) will pick up their first win of the season in Northampton. Jared Pease has scored four touchdowns on the ground for Smith Voke, which will look to limit the turnovers …

Thursday’s high school girls volleyball/field hockey: Belchertown prevails in battle of unbeatens

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Two unbeaten girls volleyball teams entered Ware High School on Thursday night. Belchertown left with a 3-1 (25-17, 13-25, 25-11, 26-24) victory in non-league action. The Orioles (11-0) lost a set for just the fourth time this season, but responded with a dominant 25-11 third-set win before outlasting the Indians (11-1) in the fourth set. Cara McKenzie led Belchertown (11-0) with 12 kills, …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Northampton takes down defending girls state champion West Springfield

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Playing on the home field of the defending Division I state champions, Emma Tanner delivered for the Northampton High School girls soccer team Thursday night. The Blue Devils sophomore midfielder scored with 7.2 seconds left on an assist from Brigitte Goeler-Slough to beat host West Springfield, 2-1. Alex Bertuch-Wallace opened the scoring in the 48th minute assisted by Abby Springfield, but the Terriers …

Wednesday’s high schools: Smith Vocational girls soccer nets win over Commerce

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A.J. Mitchell scored five goals as the Smith Vocational girls soccer team beat Commerce, 10-0, Wednesday in Springfield. Tasha Ding added two tallies, while Maddison Atkinson, Shannon Ryan and Gabby Petlock each had one for the Vikings (4-1-1, …

Tuesday’s high school boys cross country: Frontier Regional stays unbeaten

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Frontier Regional boys cross country team placed its five scoring runners in the first 11 and remained unbeaten with three victories at a quad meet at Mahar Regional in Orange Tuesday. Alex Smart (second, 17 minutes) was the top finisher for the Red Hawks (5-0, 4-0 Pioneer …

Tuesday’s high school soccer/field hockey: Ariana Sheehan’s hat trick sparks Smith Academy

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ariana Sheehan scored a hat trick Tuesday afternoon to lead the Smith Academy girls soccer team to a 5-0 home victory over Ware. Maggie Hession and Moira Pitrat had the other goals for the Falcons (4-1-1, 2-0 Pioneer …

Tuesday’s high school girls cross country: Jullian Paterwic leads Belchertown sweep of Holyoke

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Jillian Paterwic finished first overall to pace the Belchertown girls cross country team to a 15-50 win over Holyoke at Foley Field. The junior completed the 2.8-mile course in 21 minutes, 46 seconds. The Orioles (1-1, 1-1 Valley South) swept the top five spots as Brenna Skaza, Marissa …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Smith Academy rolls past Ware

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The resurgent Smith Academy golf team needed only five outings to match its win total of a season ago. The Falcons defeated Ware 171/2-61/2 Tuesday afternoon at Greenfield Country Club to achieve that feat. No. 1 player Jake Wilson shot a match-best 39 for the Falcons (4-1, 3-1 …

Legislative hearing for bill to reform state’s ‘antiquated’ zoning laws co-sponsored by Rep. Stephen Kulik

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

There may be plenty of ways in which Massachusetts leads the nation, but the state’s 40-plus-year-old zoning laws are not among them, as far as planners are concerned. In fact, Massachusetts is viewed as having some of the weakest, most antiquated state land-use laws in the country, said …

Monday’s high school soccer: Easthampton shuts out Mohawk for first win

Monday, September 21, 2015

Maddie Grabowski scored a pair of goals to help the Easthampton girls soccer team earn its first win of the season Monday. The Eagles travelled to Buckland and emerged with a 3-0 victory over Mohawk Regional. Brenna Mottor also had two points with a goal and an assist. …

Monday’s high school golf: Frontier Regional drives past McCann, stays perfect

Monday, September 21, 2015

Alex Smiarowski fired a 2-over-par 36 to earn medalist honors and lead the perfect Frontier Regional golf team to an 18-6 victory over McCann Tech Monday at Forest Park Country Club in Adams. Smiarowski, Nate Patterson and Ben Tillona each won their individual matches 4-0 for the Red …

Monday’s high school volleyball/field hockey: Teya Nolan, Amherst Regional spike Ludlow

Monday, September 21, 2015

Teya Nolan had a career-high 32 assists as the Amherst Regional girls volleyball team beat Ludlow, 3-1, Monday no the road. Nolan also added nine digs for Hurricanes (3-1), who won 25-19, 24-26, 25-17, 25-11. Claire Basker-Chang added 18 digs, 11 kills and four aces, while Amy Lynch …

Weekend high schools: Northampton boys soccer enters win column

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Jack Denhart scored a hat trick as the Northampton boys soccer team earned its first win of the season Saturday by blanking Holyoke 4-0 at home. Leon Moore added a tally, while Jon Brodeur turned aside eight shots for the Blue Devils (1-1-2, 1-0 Moriarty). Pittsfield 2, Amherst …