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In this Nov. 26, 2014 photo, Phillips Academy assistant coach Michael Larson left, poses with Phillips Academy player Jamal Brown, 19, at their practiced field in the south side Chicago. “Football isn't as hard as our everyday lives,” said Brown, a former dropout and gangbanger who now lives with Larson and is headed to college on a football scholarship. (AP Photo/ Paul Beaty)

Against odds, Chicago school aims for high school football championship

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CHICAGO — Unlike some resource-rich powerhouses that typically vie for Illinois’ high school football championships, the Phillips Academy Wildcats must lug their helmets and pads nearly a mile to a South Side Chicago city park to practice. They have no field of their own. A former gang member-turned-star safety sleeps at the assistant coach’s house because he and six other …

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle of the Bridge between Northampton and Amherst will be played Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at …

Northampton eyes Thanksgiving Day win over rival Amherst Regional

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It’s been a rebuilding campaign for the Northampton football team, but a win Thursday morning over Amherst Regional would mean the Blue Devils close on a winning streak and keep the upper hand over their archrival. The opening kickoff is set for 10 a.m. in Amherst for the 10th “Battle of the Bridge” …

Belchertown, Frontier Regional, South Hadley aim to snap Thanksgiving losing streaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Belchertown, Frontier Regional and South Hadley football teams will all have something in common on Thanksgiving — and it’s not likely poor field conditions. The three squads will all look to snap turkey day losing streaks. “If the kids can’t get up for this game, they should …

Amherst Regional looks to snap 10-game home losing streak against rival Northampton on Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of the Amherst Regional football team’s last win at home. If the winter weather expected on Wednesday allows them to play, the Hurricanes feel good about ending the 10-game losing streak in their …

Easthampton looks to send coach Joe Kocot out on high note

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton football players were seen running plays at practice under the directions of several coaches on Tuesday. But, there is one particular coach, head coach Joe Kocot, who has been giving the main directions since he …

Amherst Regional falls 4-0 to Needham in state Division 1 final

Saturday, November 22, 2014

WORCESTER — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team had only allowed nine goals in 22 games, giving up two just once in a midseason victory. The Hurricanes couldn’t overcome a two-goal first half by Needham, falling 4-0 and …

Wayland scores in first minute of overtime to end Belchertown repeat bid for state soccer title

Saturday, November 22, 2014

WORCESTER — One year later, the Belchertown boys soccer team again found itself in overtime playing for the state Division 3 championship. But this time, the golden goal did not come from an Oriole, as Wayland scored in …

Amherst senior Taj-Amir Torres selected to Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — Western Massachusetts high school football is generally overshadowed by teams closer to the coastline and as a region, New England is like the rest of the country’s long lost football cousin — until Friday. Amherst Regional …

Amherst boys soccer looks for program’s first state trophy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys soccer team has the chance to finish a quest it started in 2012 — winning a state championship. That year, the Hurricanes beat Ludlow in penalty kicks for their first Western Massachusetts Division 1 …

Different Belchertown team on state title defense

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It took a combined 200 minutes of play and 17 rounds of penalty kicks, but the Belchertown boys soccer team is in position to defend what the program earned last season. Within a span of just over 48 …

Belchertown navigates penalty kicks again, beats Oakmont to reach state final

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTFIELD — In Sunday’s sectional title game, the Belchertown boys soccer team survived through a scoreless regulation and 12 rounds of penalty kicks. In Tuesday night’s state Division 3 semifinal, a dominant but desperate Orioles squad needed a …

Amherst Regional shuts down Algonquin, 3-0, in state Division 1 boys soccer semifinals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOLTON ­— At the beginning of the season, the Amherst Regional boys soccer team was unsure of its back line as it was depleted by graduation. The Hurricanes’ plan to start a rotation of players to protect a freshman goalie has worked better than they could have guessed. …