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High School Sports

SARAH MOOMAW
Northampton native and Blair Academy (N.J.) boys basketball coach Joe Mantegna works with players Wednesday during his camp at Smith Vocational.

Like father, like son: Joe Mantegna Jr. keeps coaching in the family

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Joe Mantegna Jr. watched two basketball scrimmages from the second rung of the bleachers inside Smith Vocational’s gym on Wednesday morning. The third day of the Northampton native’s basketball camp needed to wrap up, so Mantegna checked his watch and blew his whistle. The scrimmages paused, the teams rearranged and played a few more minutes. For a coach …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 1 WP - Harley; LP - Cousland Records: A/D (6-11) Southwick (9-6) Baseball Easthampton SB …

Amherst downs Easthampton for Mickey Mantle championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Amherst’s Stephen McCudden had never pitched on back-to-back days until this week. On Monday, the rising junior followed Sunday’s shortened start with a lengthy relief appearance in which he struck out eight to guide Amherst to a 10-5 win over Easthampton in the Pioneer Valley Youth Baseball League Mickey Mantle championship …

Amherst beats Northampton to advance to Pioneer Valley Mickey Mantle Championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Amherst Mickey Mantle team had to play in back-to-back games to punch its ticket to the Pioneer Valley championship on Sunday. After knocking out Frontier, 12-0, Amherst beat Northampton 11-3 in the semifinals of the double elimination …

Local baseball/softball: Easthampton Savings Bank forces another Game 3, tops Wilbraham Funeral Home, 9-3

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Easthampton Savings Banks’ bats cracked early and beat Wilbraham Funeral House 9-3 to tie the best-of-three series in the second round of Tri-County playoffs on Sunday. Connor McMahon went the distance on the mound, striking out seven while …

Amherst opens with a comeback, edges Easthampton, in eight innings

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst Mickey Mantle baseball team had to chase the entire game Thursday evening, but with a little help from its opponent caught up just in time in its postseason opener. Amherst used some uncharacteristically sloppy defense by Easthampton to tie it in the seventh and …

Easthampton Savings Bank snaps scoreless streak to beat Chicopee and force Game 3

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Easthampton Savings Bank baseball team stood one out from its 11th consecutive scoreless inning to start the Tri-County League playoffs. But catcher Brandon Kubik ended that streak and sent Easthampton on its way to a …

High school running rivals come together in Mass Dash

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

After competing against each other in dual meets and championship races, current and former Northampton and Amherst Regional distance runners teamed up for a good cause. Rising seniors Liam Sullivan of the Blue Devils and the Hurricanes’ Owen …

Local baseball: South Hadley slugs past Holyoke in Mickey Mantle tournament

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Evan Levrault and Thomas Shea both went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to power South Hadley to a 12-6 road win over Holyoke in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Mickey Mantle tournament. James Roux walked three and fanned two in the first five innings until Levrault relieved …

Easthampton bats attack late to beat Frontier, 5-1, in Mickey Mantle postseason action

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — After two and a half innings of a pitchers duel, Easthampton Mickey Mantle stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the third inning and quickly loaded the bases with no outs. Then Frontier’s Kyle …

New England Basketball Hall of Fame set to induct 12 locals

Monday, July 20, 2015

The New England Basketball Hall of Fame is placing special attention on western Massachusetts with this year’s class and reception. A lengthy list of local high school coaches and former athletes are among the many to be inducted in this year on August 8 at the DCU Center …

Gateway girls roll past Frontier, stay undefeated in PVSSL action

Monday, July 20, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The Gateway girls left the field the same way they arrived — undefeated. After notching two goals in the first 6 minutes of play, it seemed Gateway was barreling down its well-worn path toward an easy …

Former Smith Academy ace David Longstreeth commits to Quinnipiac

Monday, July 20, 2015

David Longstreeth’s baseball plans for the 2016 season had already been established by the time he concluded a dominant high school pitching career about a month ago. But he also hoped to have the following four years squared …