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JERREY ROBERTS
Andrew Grygorcewicz, right, of Northampton, begins a pass as Wilfredo David, of Chicopee Comp, approaches Friday in Northampton.

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” to be waged on Thanksgiving. But a …

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 check the reasons why they’re playing,” South Hadley coach Scott Taylor said. The Tigers lead …

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 annual Thanksgiving Day rivalry with Northampton. The game is scheduled for 10 a.m. If it …

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 …

Northampton runs over Easthampton, 36-14

Sunday, November 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The Northampton football team ran for 232 yards as the Blue Devils defeated Easthampton 36-14 in the first-ever meeting between the programs at Sawyer Field on Saturday night. Blue Devils coach Pat Sledzieski sees great potential in the future for his backfield that is full of …

Williston comeback falls short in 35-34 loss to Lawrence in NEPSAC Hugh Caldera Bowl

Saturday, November 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When Williston Northampton football coach Mark Conroy walked into the locker room at halftime down 27 points to Lawrence Academy, he said he knew that his team would find a way to fight through adversity in the NEPSAC Hugh Caldera Bowl. Senior running back Max Chipouras …

Amherst Regional upends West Springfield 1-0 for WMass Division 1 boys soccer title

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WESTFIELD ­— Alex LaRaja knows what it feels like to make the boys soccer state tournament. He also knows what it feels like to lose a tournament game on penalty kicks. After 76 scoreless minutes, LaRaja gave top-seeded …

Northampton boys fifth, girls seventh at state cross country championship

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time this season, neither the Northampton boys or girls cross country teams finished first in a non-invitational meet. But this was no ordinary meet and neither team was expected to win. It was the state Division 1 championship and the competition was fierce. …

Granby girls soccer falls to Wahconah Regional in Western Massachuestts Division 3 title game

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WESTFIELD — A one-goal victory over Wahconah Regional began the Granby girls soccer team’s run to the state final last season. With a much younger squad, the Rams again matched up evenly with the Warriors Saturday, but the …

Friday night football: South Hadley stumbles in 42-38 loss to Holyoke

Friday, November 14, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Another week of penalties and turnovers plagued the South Hadley football team as a late flag killed its comeback bid in a 42-38 loss to Holyoke on Friday night. “It was a close game, everyone fought hard,” sophomore running back Ryan Mooney said. “I don’t …