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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 championship appears to be in Division 3 with three of the top six seeds. However, the way the D-3 bracket lines up …

Jimmy Garoppolo mimicks Peyton Manning in Patriots practice

Friday, October 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo spent the week simulating Peyton Manning and his hurry-up offense. Except for one part of it. …

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 …

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
  • 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.

    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 »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
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 »

Matt Kenseth still feels terrible after Kevin Harvick wreck

Friday, October 31, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas — Matt Kenseth feels terrible about the wreck that left Kevin Harvick last among the eight drivers still eligible in NASCAR’s championship chase. And Kenseth would be just as frustrated as Harvick, who seemed to …

Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll

Friday, October 31, 2014

The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship. The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, …

Seattle, LA favorites as MLS playoffs get going

Friday, October 31, 2014

Seattle is trying to make MLS history. Los Angeles would love nothing more than to send Landon Donovan into retirement raising another trophy. New England is the hottest team in the league entering the playoffs after the addition …

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 to put much stock in the dominating performance. On the other hand, the …

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 …

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 injury, but Marchand had two goals, including at 1:20 of overtime, and the …

Division 1 field hockey: Northampton shuts out Holyoke 2-0, advances to semifinal round

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON ­— Enthusiastic fans piled into Smith College to watch the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Field Hockey Tournament as Northampton took on Holyoke. The No. 3-seeded Blue Devils came out as enthusiastic and ready as their fans did on the cold Thursday night. Northampton …

Division 2 girls volleyball: Amherst Regional sweeps Putnam, faces Longmeadow in quarterfinals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — The No. 5-seeded Amherst Regional girls volleyball team defeated No. 12 Putnam 3-0 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament Thursday. Amherst easily won the first set 25-5 and won the second and third sets by closer margins — 25-20 and 25-16. Shaya Shally Jenson led …

Division 3 girls volleyball: Easthampton spikes Wahconah in first round, 3-1

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DALTON — Wahconah opened the Western Massachusetts Division 3 girls volleyball tournament against an Easthampton team that won its last three matches — two in five sets — just to reach the tournament. The battle-tested Eagles, who lost here earlier in the season, needed four sets to eliminate …

What2Watch4 — Week 9 high school football previews

Thursday, October 30, 2014

South Hadley vs. Commerce Friday, Springfield Central, 5 p.m. The Tigers (4-3, 3-1 Suburban) can clinch a Division 4 tournament berth with a victory over the Red Raiders (2-5, 2-3). If they fall, they will need help. South …