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Powerlines and a tress rest in the street in Pittsfield, Mass., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, after the winter storm on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Berkshire Eagle, Stephanie Zollshan)

Storm upsets Thanksgiving for thousands across region

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The first major snowstorm of the season left more than 300,000 customers in northern New England without power, forcing many to make last-minute changes to their Thanksgiving plans. The heavy snowfall set accumulation records across the region, snapped tree branches that fell onto power lines and caused cars to skid into utility poles. Utilities said it could …

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle of the Bridge between Northampton and Amherst will be played Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at …

Belchertown, Frontier Regional, South Hadley aim to snap Thanksgiving losing streaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Belchertown, Frontier Regional and South Hadley football teams will all have something in common on Thanksgiving — and it’s not likely poor field conditions. The three squads will all look to snap turkey day losing streaks. “If the kids can’t get up for this game, they should check the reasons why they’re playing,” South Hadley coach Scott Taylor said. The Tigers lead …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Hampshire Regional ends Holyoke Catholic’s 9-year reign in Pioneer South, claims league title with 27-30 win

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Hampshire Regional girls cross country team put a stop to a longtime win streak Tuesday. The Raiders handed Holyoke Catholic its first Pioneer South loss in 10 years and snapped the Gaels’ nine-year stranglehold on the league title with a 27-30 win at Mahar Regional’s 2.76-mile course …

Monday’s high schools: Frontier Regional field hockey qualifies for postseason with 3-0 win over Smith Academy

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Frontier Regional field hockey team shut out Smith Academy, 3-0, in South Deerfield Monday to qualify for the postseason. Emma Wesoloski, Camille Alli and McKenzie Patterson scored for the Red Hawks (9-7-1, 5-3-1 North). Jordyn Roberts had the lone assist. Kelly Moulton had six saves for the …

Monday’s high school soccer: Amherst Regional girls punch postseason ticket

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls soccer team qualified for the postseason again. After snapping a 10-year drought last season, the Hurricanes didn’t wait nearly as long this time around. With a 2-1 win over Holyoke on the road Monday, Amherst clinched second place in the Central Division and earned …

Weekend high school recaps: Amherst Regional boys soccer remain undefeated, shut out Northampton 3-0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three Hurricanes scored as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team knocked off crosstown rival Northampton, 3-0, at home on Saturday. Gabe Fontes, Alex Mangels, and Luke Webb each netted a goal in the victory that also kep the Hurricanes (13-0-2) undefeated. Jon Brodeur tallied 15 saves and allowed …

Friday’s high school soccer: Easthampton boys keep tournament hopes alive with win over Sabis

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Easthampton boys soccer team kept their postseason hopes alive with a 6-0 win over Sabis on Friday in Easthampton. The Eagles (4-9-1, 3-3 Schmid) need to win their final two league games for chance at second place. Anthony Redfern had two goals, while Dominic Laszczkowski (assist), Jay …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional field hockey earns important victory

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Frontier Regional field hockey team picked up two of the three points it needed Friday. The Red Hawks shut out host Turners Falls 5-0 to move within a point of qualifying for the postseason with two games left. The Red Hawks (8-7-1) earned a shutout on the …

Challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik engage in ‘spirited debate’

Friday, October 17, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Sparks flew this week during a debate between Republican challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent Democratic state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, in what has been an otherwise low-key race in the 1st Franklin District. The forum …

Thursday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Division 2 state champ Mansfield

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team continued its season domination, taking down the reigning Division 2 state champion Mansfield on the road, 3-1, 25-12, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23 Thursday. The Red Hawks (16-1) combined for 128 digs, with 28 coming from Rachel Cialek (15 kills). Shelby Telega had 27 …

High school notebook: Hopkins Academy, Granby eye Division 3 golf titles

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Hopkins Academy golf team has been on a title defense all season. On Monday, the Golden Hawks will take to Franconia Golf Course with notes from a practice round to hopefully shoot their lowest scores of the …

Wednesday’s high schools: Gateway Regional girls soccer secures Pioneer South league title

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen’s hat trick led the Gateway Regional girls soccer team to the Pioneer South title as it remained undefeated in league play behind in a 6-1 win over Ware on Wednesday. Smith Academy’s win over Holyoke Catholic gave the Gators (10-3, 7-0) the championship with one …