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Division 3A hockey: Amherst comeback falls short in 5-3 semifinal loss to Chicopee Comp

Saturday, February 28, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Suddenly, the Amherst Regional bench, which had been quiet as a church mouse for the first half of the game, came alive. A pair of goals in a span of 63 seconds and another with 18.5 seconds remaining in the second period turned what looked like a Chicopee Comp rout into a close game. Jake Balderston’s goal in the waning seconds of the period cut Comp’s lead …

Area brief

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Northampton NORTHAMPTON MILE: Registration is open for the 2015 Northampton Mile to benefit the high school track and field and cross country teams. The race will begin at 10:30 a.m. March 21 on Gothic Street downtown. Awards will be presented to male and female age groups, and there will be door prizes and food and beverages. For more information, visit northamptonmile.weebly.com. To register …

Strong second half boosts Hopkins Academy past Holyoke Catholic in D4 quarterfinals

Friday, February 27, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Hopkins Academy girls basketball team will return to the Curry Hicks Cage. The fifth-seeded Golden Hawks overcame a sluggish first half and pulled away from No. 4 Holyoke Catholic, 48-34, Friday at Chicopee Comp in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. “I would have liked to put a …

Division 1 Boys Basketball: Devonte’ McCall, Amherst snack on Holyoke in 76-53 quarterfinal victory

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — During his first break from the game Thursday, Devonte’ McCall turned around on the bench and reached for a large bag of Skittles. The Amherst Regional junior ripped it open, grabbed a handful and tasted the rainbow with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third …

Wednesday prep roundup: Jake Ross scores 30 to power Williston boys hoop

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Northampton’s Jake Ross scored 30 points to lead the Williston boys basketball team to a 68-53 win at Westminster Wednesday. Ryan Richmond added 12 points for the Wildcats (18-3). Girls basketball Williston 57, Miss Porters 19 — Natalia Baum scored 15 points and Gracie Simpson (South Hadley) added …

Belchertown shut out by Wahconah in 3A hockey quarterfinals

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Belchertown hockey team had not been shut out in over two years and averaged well over four goals per game during the regular season. But the high-powered Orioles were thoroughly frustrated by Wahconah Regional …

Amherst Regional hockey shuts out Mount Everett, advances to 3A semifinals

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Amherst Regional hockey team wasn’t pleased with its No. 3 seed for the Western Massachusetts Division 3A Tournament. The top two seeds received a bye into the semifinals. But for a team with no …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Smith Voke returns to postseason, falls to Pioneer Regional in first round

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The third-seeded Pioneer Regional girls basketball team dominated every aspect of the game en route to a 59-15 thumping of No. 14 Smith Vocational in the opening round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament Tuesday night at Messer Gymnasium. “We got good minutes from 13 …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Hopkins Academy cruises past Pioneer Christian

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — The Hopkins Academy girls basketball team didn’t have any postseason jitters and as a result its first tournament game didn’t have any suspense. With players and coaches from top-seeded Quaboag in the stands watching and scouting, the No. 5-seeded Golden Hawks were sharp out of the …

Division 3 Girls Basketball: South Hadley runs away from Greenfield, sets up quarterfinal matchup with rival Hampshire Regional

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The South Hadley girls basketball team executed its game plan early, built a quick lead and cruised to a 49-28 win over Greenfield in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 3 tournament on Tuesday. “They did everything I wanted them to,” South Hadley …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Holyoke Catholic races past Franklin Tech in first-round win

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A slow start could not hold back No. 4 Holyoke Catholic as it knocked out No. 13 Franklin Tech, 39-22, Tuesday in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Girls Basketball Tournament at Holyoke Community College. With the win, the Gaels (14-7) will face …

Gateway Regional’s Austin Hermon finishes 10th on giant slalom at state alpine championship

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gateway Regional senior Austin Hermon had the lone top-10 finish at the state alpine championships, Tuesday at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton. Hermon placed 10th on the boys giant slalom in 51.77 seconds. Hermon’s time of 37.97 seconds in the slalom positioned him outside the top 10. Georgina von …

Division 4 boys basketball: Granby runs past McCann Tech

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GRANBY — Sixth-seeded Granby mowed over No. 11 McCann Tech 60-41 in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 boys basketball tournament Monday night. The Rams (12-9) will go on to face No. 3 Turners Falls Thursday night at Turners Falls High School. The Rams controlled …