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UMass notebook: Mark Whipple leaves decisions on head injuries to medical staff

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — After the recent concussion controversy at Michigan, UMass coach Mark Whipple was asked about his own policy on head injuries. Michigan coach Brady Hoke is under fire for allowing backup quarterback Shane Morris to stay in the game after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit that caused, what was later determined to be, a concussion. Without speaking about Michigan, Whipple …

High school notebook: ‘Spike it for Life’ hits home for Frontier Regional girls volleyball team

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

As the leaves change, fundraising for breast cancer swings into full gear as October is the disease’s dedicated “awareness” month. Endless philanthropic events rally support …

Hopkins Academy edges Hampshire Regional in tournament atmosphere

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy golf team eked out a 13-11 win against Hampshire Regional at Hickory Ridge Golf Club Wednesday. Joe Yusko led the …

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

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  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine. Purchase photo reprints »

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Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at  Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts. Purchase photo reprints »

What2Watch4 - Week 5 high school football matchups

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Northampton at Belchertown, 7 Thursday Both teams are seeking to rebound from drubbings last week. The Blue Devils (0-3) drop down a conference for this matchup with the Orioles (1-2). Easthampton produced over 400 yards rushing in its …

College players in Turkey focus on hoops, class

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ISTANBUL — UConn star Breanna Stewart and freshman teammate Kia Nurse have had more than basketball to focus on at the women’s world championship. They also have to keep up with school work from nearly 5,000 miles away. …

Wednesday’s high school golf/cross country: South Hadley fends off Belchetown

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brian Bak shot a 1-over-par 37 and Mike Miele added a 42 as the South Hadley boys golf team held off Belchertown, 173-180, at the Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley Wednesday. Ryan Chrabascz had a 40 to …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst College comes back in second half to beat WNEU

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The 15th-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team overcame a halftime deficit to beat Western New England, 2-1, Wednesday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow. The Lord Jeffs (6-0-2) held a 31-3 shot advantage and a 13-4 edge in corner kicks. Gabriel Wirz (assist) and Christopher Martin each scored, while …

Wednesday’s high schools: Frontier Regional, Amherst Regional return from long road trips with victories

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Frontier Regional and Amherst Regional girls volleyball teams each travelled to a different county Wednesday evening, but returned home with 3-0 sweeps. The Red Hawks went to Berkshire County and took down Lee, while the Hurricanes went the other direction and earned a victory over Tantasqua in …

Wednesday’s high school soccer: Christiano Marconi nets lone goal as Holyoke Catholic beats Putnam for first win

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Christiano Marconi scored in the 44th minute as the Holyoke Catholic boys soccer team won for the first time, beating Putnam 1-0 Wednesday in Springfield. Collin Neffinger had the assist, while Tom Heavren made four saves for the Gaels (1-4-4). Amherst Regional 1, Agawam 0 — Alex LaRaja …

Wednesday’s prep schools: MacDuffie girls soccer stays perfect

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Four local athletes had a goal apiece as the MacDuffie girls soccer team continued its perfect start with a 7-0 victory over Watkinson in Hartford, Connecticut. Ania Ludkiewicz, Talia Wiesel and Ava Marion, all of Granby, as well as Ala Legowski of South Hadley each notched a tally. …

Horse owners seek racing license for Suffolk Downs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — Horse owners and trainers are trying to keep races going at Suffolk Downs, New England’s last remaining thoroughbred track, which plans to stop live races Saturday. The New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association filed an application for an annual state horse racing license by Wednesday’s …

Payton Manning about to join Brett Favre in 500 TD club

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning’s next touchdown throw will be his 500th, and he’s spreading the credit around just like he does the football. The five-time MVP doesn’t like to talk about individual accomplishments. As he approaches another …

Drivers fear next round of NASCAR’s Chase

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Drivers have been fretting about the second round of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for weeks. The three-race stretch that begins Sunday at Kansas Speedway ends on Oct. 19 at Talladega Superspeedway, where …