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COURTESY JOHN LOOS
Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans and Kelzy Rodrigues pose after their third-place finish in the championship field of the 4x800-meter relay at New Balance Nationals, in New York. The group, along with alternate Aiden Foucault-Etheridge have been named the Daily Hampshire Gazette Boys Track & Field Players of the Year.

Gazette Boys Indoor Track & Field Players of the Year: Amherst Regional’s 4x800 relay: Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans, Kelzy Rodrigues, Aiden Foucault-Etheridge

Monday, April 20, 2015

Player of the Year: Amherst 4x800 relay team (senior Allen Vance, senior Rob Sailer, senior Connor Evans, senior Kelzy Rodrigues, freshman Aiden Foucault-Etheridge, alternate) Season highlights: This team excelled at every level at which it competed. The quartet won the title at the PVIAC championships (8 minutes, 37.99 seconds), the state Division 3 championships (meet record 8:05.01), the all-state championships …

Weekend high schools: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional mow down Northampton

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Alexis Ferris’ perfect ERA is no more, but the Hampshire Regional softball team is still rolling. Ferris allowed her first run of the season Sunday, but she walked none and struck out 10 as the Raiders beat Northampton 4-1 Sunday in Westhampton. Chelsea Moussette (hit) and Taylor Boutwell (2 for 3) each had an RBI to power the offense. Emilie Baldwin was 3 …

Western Mass Distance Project ready to take on Boston Marathon

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At an Elks cross country road race in Holyoke three years ago, Laura Christoph spotted a group of guys in singlets that had a picture of Massachusetts on the front and the words “Western Mass” on the back. They formed the men’s Western Mass Distance Project running team. Christoph inquired about …

Spring Preview: Belchertown boys volleyball wants playoff return

Friday, April 3, 2015

After reaching the postseason for the first time in seven years in 2014, the Belchertown boys volleyball team will look to qualify for the playoffs once again. The Orioles qualified at 15-5 but they fell in their first …

Spring Preview: New look, same goal for Amherst Regional girls ultimate

Friday, April 3, 2015

There’s a dynasty subtly being built at Amherst Regional High School. The Hurricanes girls ultimate team has established a tradition of dominance over the last half decade, having won six consecutive Amherst Invitational titles and four straight Northeastern …

Spring Preview: Double-digit returners has Amherst Regional boys ultimate confident

Friday, April 3, 2015

After posting a 25-8 record and finishing fourth at the state tournament in 2014, it is hard to believe that Amherst boys ultimate coach Joe Costello looked at the year as a rebuilding year. But in his eyes, …

Spring Preview: All-Americans take Amherst Regional track outdoors

Friday, April 3, 2015

Two of its relay teams are nationally ranked. It has seven All-Americans. It is fresh off a winter indoor track season that saw it place third in the state. What’s left for the Amherst Regional boys track and …

Spring Preview: Hampshire Regional softball relying on experience, defense in title quest

Friday, April 3, 2015

Every year, the Hampshire Regional softball team seems to be packed with veterans. This season is no different. The Raiders, who return all but two players from the 2014 Division 2 Western Massachusetts champion team, are hungry for …

Thursday’s high schools: Alex Wordsworth net winner as Belchertown sinks East Longmeadow

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Alex Wordsworth scored his second goal in the final minute of regulation as the Belchertown boys lacrosse team defeated East Longmeadow 10-9 on the road Thursday. Adam Mercer and Jason Krasinkiewicz each put in three goals, with Connor Hughes and Alex Bachand adding a tally apiece for Belchertown …

Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand leads Belchertown boys lacrosse to win over Chicopee Comp

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Belchertown boys lacrosse team opened the season with a 10-8 win over Chicopee Comp on the road Wednesday. Alex Bachand poured in six goals and an assist, while Alex Wordsworth had four goals for the Orioles (1-0). Ben Magarian had two assists and Connor Hughes had one …

Local briefs: SMAC race series, cross country series opening soon

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SMAC Race Series opens with Rob Hebert 8-miler The 47th annual Ron Hebert Race will be held April 12th in Florence. The 8-mile race is one of the oldest in New England and kicks off the 2015 Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club Race Series. The race starts (10 a.m.) …

Concerns raised about impact of state’s early retirement proposal on Department of Agricultural Resources

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tuesday was “Ag Day” on Beacon Hill, meaning it was a day for state legislators and administration officials to get an earful on key farming issues and a bellyful of Massachusetts farm products. Some expressed concern that proposed early retirement of state employees to save money might hurt …

Area churches announce Holy Week, Easter services

Monday, March 30, 2015

The following is the schedule of Holy Week services in the area provided by churches that responded to a Gazette request for listings: AMHERST First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. March 29, 10:30 a.m., Palm/Passion Sunday, worship with communion April 1, 7 p.m., A service of foot washing …