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High School Sports

JERREY ROBERTS
Lucius Burrell, left, of Easthampton, scores after evading Jake Bradway, of Belchertown, Friday in Belchertown.

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 …

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 controlled the ball from the start in its 2-0 win over the sixth-seeded Purple Knights …

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 the Hurricanes’ attack tallying 19 kills, two blocks and an ace. Christina Vasilladis added seven …

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 …

Division 1 field hockey: South Hadley comeback falls short in 3-2 loss to Minnechaug

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WILBRAHAM — The South Hadley field hockey team has been a second-half team all season. The postseason didn’t change that as the No. 5-seeded Tigers scored two goals in the final 6 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to keep their season alive as they fell 3-2 to No. …

Four-goal second half punches Frontier girls soccer’s tourney ticket

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Needing a win to qualify for the postseason, the Frontier Regional girls soccer team knew it had work to do with under 20 minutes left of a tie game Wednesday night. The Red Hawks certainly …

Wednesday’s college recaps: Amherst men’s soccer survives Trinity’s comeback, 4-3

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Amherst College men’s soccer team survived a late comeback by Trinity to win its regular season finale, 4-3, at home on Monday. Greg Singer scored the game winner in the 50th minute, but Trinity added two late goals to pull the final score. Nico Pascual-Leon, Christopher Martin …

Wednesday’s high school and preps: Amherst girls soccer shut out Cathedral, 3-0, on senior night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jamie Staples scored a goal and had two assists as the Amherst Regional girls soccer team enjoyed a successful senior night by beating Cathedral 3-0. Izzy Tripp and Sage DeChiara each added a goal, while senior Kailey Tobin earned an assist for the tournament-bound Hurricanes (6-9-3, 5-2-1 Central). …

Tuesday’s high schools: League titles, tournament berth up for grabs as regular season nears its end

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Three local soccer teams earned a share of their respective league titles Tuesday, while two other squads clinched postseason berths. The Hopkins Academy and Frontier Regional boys each won on the road to become co-champions of the Schmid. The Granby girls defeated South Hadley to grab a share …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier aims for 10th straight sectional and 5th straight state title as No. 1 seed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team can accomplish a pair of milestone streaks this postseason. The Red Hawks are aiming for their 10th straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 title and their fifth consecutive state crown. But coach Sean …

Belchertown falls 1-0 to West Springfield with Churchill title on the line

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The defending Division 3 boys soccer state champions felt defensive pressure from the reigning Division 1 state champs as Belchertown fell 1-0 to West Springfield in the regular season finale. It was the Orioles’ first loss …

Gateway Regional boys soccer rallies for second time to beat Smith Academy, 2-1

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HATFIELD — The Gateway Regional boys soccer team overcame a one-goal halftime deficit to defeat Smith Academy 2-1 Tuesday. Nicholas McClafflin and Brennan Foley each scored in the second half as the Gators rallied past the Falcons for the second time this season. In their first meeting on …