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Tuesday’s high school cross country: South Hadley wins battle of unbeatens with Belchertown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In a battle of unbeaten girls cross country teams, Belchertown had the overall winner, but South Hadley placed the next four finishers in a 24-31 road win Tuesday. Carolyn Watkins (20 minutes, 38 seconds), Serena Sarage (21:11), Mackenzie Werenski (21:36) and Jackie Doyle (21:37) came in second through fifth, respectively, for the Tigers (4-0, 3-0). Tatyana Almore posted a meet-best time of 20:20 for the Orioles (4-1, 2-1 Valley South). …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy punches postseason ticket

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The defending Western Massachusetts champion Hopkins Academy golf team punched its return ticket to the Division 3 Tournament Tuesday afternoon with a 23-1 victory over Smith Academy. Caleb Farnham fired a match-best 37 to lead the Golden Hawks (8-3). Farnham, Spencer Butterfield and Joe Yusko each swept their individual matches 4-0. In other golf action, Easthampton earned its first win since the 2012 …

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton takes down Granby in Pioneer North showdown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Maddie Grabowski’s goal gave the Easthampton girls soccer team a 1-0 home victory over Granby Tuesday afternoon and a three-point lead in the highly competitive Pioneer North. Andi Hall set up Grabowski, whose tally kept the Eagles (7-0-1, 3-0-1) undefeated. Alyssa Fugiel made nine saves in the shutout. Brooklyn Baran stopped six shots for the Rams (7-2-1, 2-1). Gateway Regional 5, Ware 0 …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Defending state champ Belchertown picks up first win

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Belchertown boys soccer team finally put a tick in the win column as the defending Division 3 state champions earned a 2-0 win over Westfield on Thursday. Oliver Hopkins and Nick Drost each scored, while Noah Lussier had an assist for the Orioles (1-1-2). Tanner Clark made …

Wednesday’s high schools: South Hadley field hockey beats Northampton, stays perfect

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Taylor Guertin scored three second-half goals as the South Hadley field hockey beat Northampton 3-1 at home Wednesday. The Tigers (4-0, 3-0 Central) stayed perfect ahead of their Thursday matchup with perennial power Longmeadow in South Hadley. Guertin has seven goals on the season to power South Hadley’s …

Wednesday’s high school soccer: Belchertown, Easthampton get revenge for 2013 postseason losses

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Belchertown and Easthampton girls soccer teams each had Wednesday circled on their schedules, and both made the long wait during the offseason worth it. Both the Orioles and Eagles won on the road to avenge heartbreaking postseason losses from a year ago. Belchertown 2, Pittsfield 1 — …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Brian Bak fires 2-under 33 to lead South Hadley to first win

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Brian Bak shot a 2-under-par 33 to lead the South Hadley golf team to its first win, a narrow 156-158 decision over Cathedral Wednesday at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield. Mike Miele just missed an even-par round with a 36 for the Tigers (1-2). South Hadley 156, Cathedral …

Tuesday’s girls cross country: Northampton opens with win over Ludlow

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Northampton girls cross country team opened its season with a 22-36 victory over Ludlow, Tuesday at Community Gardens in Northampton. Maggie Mahoney led a sweep of the top three spots for the Blue Devils. Mahoney finished the …

Tuesday’s boys cross country: Granby jumps out to 3-0 start

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Granby boys cross country team opened the season with a trio of victories on its 3.1-mile course at Dufresne Park in Granby. The Rams placed four runners in the top 10 as they beat Palmer, 20-39, Greenfield, …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Amherst cards second win in as many days

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Amherst Regional golf team made it two wins in as many days by defeating Chicopee Comp 195-224 Tuesday to even its record. Dani Miller-Grossman shot a 46 to lead Amherst, with Stephen McCudden firing a 47. Amherst 195, Chicopee Comp 224 at Chicopee CC, par 36 Amherst …

Tuesday’s high schools: Northampton girls soccer rallies for first win

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Northampton girls soccer team came from behind for its first win of the season, beating Westfield 3-2 on the road Tuesday afternoon. Charlotte Maurer put the Blue Devils (1-0-1) on the board in the 12th minute with a successful penalty kick. Sierra Loomis took a pass from …

Monday’s high school golf: Granby, Frontier Regional roll to opening wins

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Granby and Frontier Regional golf teams waited an extra week for their seasons to begin, and both enjoyed solid victories Monday afternoon. Granby beat Ware 211/2-21/2 at Cold Spring Country Club, while Frontier topped Turners Falls 151/2-81/2 at Cherry Hill. Medalist Shane Hollenbeck (45), Tristan Guzik and …

Monday’s girls volleyball/field hockey: South Hadley beats West Springfield, stays perfect

Monday, September 8, 2014

Taylor Guertin had two goals with assists from Hannah Menard and Emily Florence as the South Hadley field hockey team remained perfect with a 4-1 road win over West Springfield Monday. Beau Kass and Ali Rondeau each scored once for the Tigers (3-0, 2-0 Central). Brittany Cote did …