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High school notebook: Lucius Burrell nears 4,000-yard rushing milestone as Easthampton looks to qualify for postseason

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lucius Burrell can join a very exclusive fraternity Friday night, but he’s more concerned about his team joining a group of four. The Easthampton senior running back sits just 82 yards from the career 4,000-yard mark, while the Eagles need to win at Ludlow to secure a Western Massachusetts Division 5 postseason berth. “Getting to 4,000 while helping the team …

Matt Vautour: Observations following UMass’ 120-71 exhibition win over AIC

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST On one hand, UMass’ 120-71 exhibition win over American International came against a Division II team that finished 9-19 last year, so it’s hard …

Bruins slip past Sabres 3-2 in OT

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Brad Marchand’s status was a game-time decision that paid off for the Boston Bruins. His availability was in question due an undisclosed …

Gazette writer Matt Vautour shares his thoughts about the Minutemen and college sports.

MAC Picks Week 9
Saturday, October 25, 2014
MAC Picks Week 8
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gazette writers Mike Moran and Mike Wilkinson post online-only content, commentary and nightly scores.

Western Massachusetts Fall Tournaments
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday’s Live Local Scoreboard
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Western Massachusetts Tournaments
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday’s Live Local Scoreboard
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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left, Ali Pinschmidt, site manager of the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Katie Miernecki, the director of Hampshire County Shelter and Housing Services get the Interfaith shelter ready to open.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Ali Pinschmidt, site manager of the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Katie Miernecki, the director of Hampshire County Shelter and Housing Services get the Interfaith shelter ready to open. Purchase photo reprints »

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Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office.

    KEVIN GUTTING Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office. Purchase photo reprints »

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Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

    JERREY ROBERTS Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students. Purchase photo reprints »

Friday night football: Mistakes plague Northampton in 22-7 loss to Chicopee

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The projected starting backfield for the 2015 Northampton football team received its first start together Friday night. But the Blue Devils still couldn’t break away from what’s ailed them in 2014. Northampton committed four turnovers and turned the ball over on downs twice in a 22-7 …

Friday night football: Smith Vocational hangs tough with Franklin Tech in 28-0 loss

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Smith Vocational football team only has three seniors, and on their night, the future of the program was on display despite falling 28-0 to Franklin Tech Friday night. “We still have our problems with a …

Lucius Burrell reaches 4K yards, Joe Kocot wins 100th as Easthampton qualifies for playoffs with 36-32 win over Ludlow

Friday, October 31, 2014

LUDLOW — Lucius Burrell surpassed 4,000 yards in career rushing. Coach Joe Kocot earned his 100th victory. Both Burrell and Kocot downplayed their accomplishments because of something more important — Easthampton is in the Division 5 playoffs. Easthampton …

Friday night football: Late fumbles cost Amherst Regional in 24-21 loss Pittsfield

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST — With a victory well within its grasp, the Amherst Regional football team let one slip away Friday night against Pittsfield. The Hurricanes had an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter when a fumble set up the Generals with a chance to tie the game. Pittsfield quarterback …

Friday night football: Belchertown can’t shake Athol’s defense in 7-0 loss

Friday, October 31, 2014

ATHOL — The Athol football team’s defense recorded five sacks, including a key one in the final minute, to preserve a 7-0 Intercounty League win over Belchertown on Friday night at O’Brien Field. “Our defense has been our strength all year,” Athol coach Bill LaRose said. “Our defensive …

Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey falls in overtime at Maine

Friday, October 31, 2014

The UMass hockey team dug itself out of two big deficits Friday night, but its penchant for falling behind eventually caught up with it as the Minutemen fell to Maine, 6-5, in overtime at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. Brian Morgan scored the decisive goal 53 seconds into …

Friday night football: South Hadley rallies to beat Commerce in OT, clinch tournament berth

Friday, October 31, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — South Hadley quarterback Joe Allard took the snap on fourth down in overtime and threw a pass to Griffin Fitzell in the left corner of the end zone. Fitzell made the catch and scored the touchdown that gave the Tigers a 34-28 victory over Commerce at …

After break, UMass football team ready to get back work

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass football players enjoyed their time off, but after five days of no practice, the Minutemen were glad to be back preparing for the final three games of the season. “It was good to get away for a couple of days and let your legs …

WMass boys soccer: Amherst Regional earns top seed in Division 1

Friday, October 31, 2014

GRANBY — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team is going into the postseason tournament undefeated. That feat also got them the top seed in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament as seeds were announced Friday afternoon. With an …

WMass girls soccer: Navigating Division 3 field will be tough for Hampshire, Easthampton and defending champs Granby

Friday, October 31, 2014

In a banner season for local girls soccer, 12 of 13 high school programs qualified for postseason play and had their seeds announced Friday. And while those 12 are spread among three divisions, the best chance for a …