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Joe Szlosek, left, of Smith Voke, returns a kick off as teammate Victor Madera-Therrien blocks Kyle Johnson, of Franklin Tech, Friday at Smith Voke.

Friday night football: Smith Vocational hangs tough with Franklin Tech in 28-0 loss

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Smith Vocational football team only has three seniors, and on their night, the future of the program was on display despite falling 28-0 to Franklin Tech Friday night. “We still have our problems with a high level of execution and doing all the right things at all the right times, but we’re getting better and it’s starting to show,” Smith Voke coach Doug Slaughter said. “We made (Franklin Tech) work a little harder than they thought they had to get the win. I’m encouraged by the progress we’re making, but it’s still tough to take another loss.” The Vikings are young and …

Friday night football: Mistakes plague Northampton in 22-7 loss to Chicopee

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The projected starting backfield for the 2015 Northampton football team received its first start together Friday night. But the Blue Devils still couldn’t break away from what’s ailed them in 2014. Northampton committed four turnovers and turned the ball over on downs twice in a 22-7 loss to Chicopee at David Wright Field. “Obviously there were too many mistakes at bad …

Historic day for Easthampton: RB Lucius Burrell, coach Joe Kocot hit milestones in playoff clincher

Friday, October 31, 2014

LUDLOW — Lucius Burrell surpassed 4,000 yards in career rushing. Coach Joe Kocot earned his 100th victory. Both Burrell and Kocot downplayed their accomplishments because of something more important — Easthampton is in the Division 5 playoffs. Easthampton survived a furious comeback bid by Ludlow and the Eagles punched their ticket to the …

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 …

Olivia Hanson, Smith Academy earn postseason bid with 1-1 tie vs Holyoke Catholic

Monday, October 27, 2014

CHICOPEE — Smith Academy girls soccer star Olivia Hanson watched all of last season from the bench with a back injury. Returning this year as one of only two seniors for the Falcons, Hanson refused to see her …

Easthampton girls soccer finishes unbeaten, earns share of Pioneer North title

Monday, October 27, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — On a cold fall evening, the Easthampton girls soccer team’s fans filled the stands at Williston-Northampton School. The Eagles fan base was loud with excessive cheers and chants to watch their team play on senior night Monday. The electric atmosphere paid off for the Eagles as …