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KEVIN GUTTING
Amherst senior captains Isamu Bix, left, and Keith Dixon and coach Michael Rudd accept the finalists trophy after the Hurricanes' 4-0 loss to Needham in the Div. 1 State Championship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday.

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 ending their unbeaten streak in the state Division 1 championship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday. “We could match them for skill, …

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 the first minute of overtime to take the crown 1-0 Saturday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. …

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 standout Taj-Amir Torres has spent his high school career tearing up the gridiron and the …

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. …

Amherst Regional, Belchertown set sights on state boys soccer semifinals

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Belchertown and Amherst Regional are set to make their trips to the state boys soccer tournament Tuesday night. The Orioles (14-3-4) will play Oakmont (13-3-4) in the Division 3 semifinals at 7 p.m. at Westfield State University. …

Belchertown prevails in penalty kicks, wins 4th straight boys soccer sectional title

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — In his first varsity season, junior goalie Connor Curtin led the Belchertown boys soccer team to its fourth consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 3 title, but not without working for it. The Orioles survived 100 minutes of …

Championship rematch goes to Monson as Division 3 defending champ Hopkins Academy falls 1-0

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — The defending Western Massachusetts Division 4 boys soccer champions couldn’t repeat history Sunday. The top-seeded Monson defense was too strong for No. 2 Hopkins Academy in a 2-0 loss in a finals rematch at Westfield State …

MacDuffie School captures NEPSAC Class D girls soccer championship

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The MacDuffie School girls soccer team capped its history-making season with a 2-1 overtime victory over Hamden Hall Sunday in the NEPSAC Class D championship game. The Mustangs finished the season 16-0-0 with the win at Williston Northampton in Easthampton. “What a journey,” coach Meirion George said. Mia …

Frontier Regional wins fifth straight state Division 3 girls volleyball title

Sunday, November 16, 2014

FITCHBURG — Winning a state title is always special, but this one may just give off a little extra shine. The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team took home its fifth straight Division 3 state championship Saturday, beating Joseph …

Monson too strong, beats Gateway Regional 2-0 in WMass Division 4 girls soccer final

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — The Gateway Regional girls soccer team entered Sunday’s Western Massachusetts Division 4 title game with a 13-game unbeaten streak, and the Gators hadn’t lost to a divisional opponent all season. But Monson is not a typical …