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The Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings swim program made history this weekend when it captured the New England championship at MIT. It was the first time Holyoke won the title, which had been awarded to North Shore every year since 2000.

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 points across both genders and five age …

Northampton High runners win snowy Northampton Mile

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A pair of Northampton High School runners won the Northampton Mile road race amid snow falling on Saturday. Tim Foldy-Porto completed the 1-mile course in 5 minutes, 11.6 seconds, while Maggie Mahoney was the first female across in 6:01.23. The Northampton Mile benefits the Blue Devils’ cross country and track & field programs …

Locals close hoop careers in Hall of Fame All-Star Game

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Although his team came up short in the Division 2/3/4 Senior All-Star Game Friday night, Cam Earle officially concluded his high school basketball career with yet another outstanding performance. Earle, who drove South Hadley to the WMass Division 2 title, scored a game-high 20 points and was named most valuable player despite his …

Northampton heavyweight Nick Day takes fifth at New Englands

Monday, March 9, 2015

Northampton heavyweight Nick Day placed fifth at the New England Championships at North Andover High School on Saturday. “It felt great to end my senior year and career on a victory and against such a high level of competition,” Day said. The senior took fifth by pinning Damon …

Williston boys basketball wins NEPSAC Class A title over Suffield

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Williston boys basketball team won the NEPSAC Class A title 51-47 over Suffield Academy behind 15 points from Ryan Richmond on Sunday at Endicott College. Jake Ross (Northampton) added 11 points in the victory and was key in the final minute. The Wildcats (23-3) led 48-47 when …

South Hadley topples Tantasqua, wins 7th WMass Division 2 title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel emerged from the locker room on Saturday with an unraveled tie draped around his neck. He was wearing a T-shirt that read “If not now” on the front and …

Belchertown beats Pittsfield in Division 2 girls final, wins school’s first basketball title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Belchertown girls basketball team had a six-point lead with 31.5 seconds left in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final when coach Jay Woodcock told sophomore Cara McKenzie she had made the play of the …

In stunning turnaround, Hopkins wallops top-seeded Monson in D-4 championship

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team made a minor change to its defense at halftime. Sure, the Golden Hawks trailed top-seeded Monson by five, but their defense was working with the exception of Stephen O’Shea, who …

Hoosac ends Granby girls undefeated season in D3 final, 55-29

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It had been 367 days since the Granby girls basketball team last lost. On Saturday, the No. 2 Rams’ 22-game win streak was snapped by top-seeded Hoosac Valley, 55-29, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament …

Amherst Regional comeback falls short in 61-48 loss to Putnam in WMass Division 1 final

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — Two-time state champion Putnam had already stepped on Amherst Regional twice. The top-seeded Beavers had the No. 2 Hurricanes down by 22 early in the fourth quarter and appeared well on their way to a third …

Weir, Weyant, Day and Hodgins advance to Day 2 of New England Wrestling Championships

Friday, March 6, 2015

All four local wrestlers survived the first day of action the New England Championship at North Andover High School on Friday. Hampshire Regional’s Brendan Weir picked up two wins as he looks to improve on last year’s third place finish. The senior beat Jean-Luc Lemieux of Londonbury, New …

Undefeated Granby, upset-minded Belchertown seek WMass girls basketball titles

Friday, March 6, 2015

At a preseason practice in December, Granby girls basketball coach Tom Burke worked diligently with his nine varsity players. Learning and running plays was taking longer than in past years as his roster included two sophomores, two freshmen …

Hopkins Academy, South Hadley vie for Western Massachusetts boys basketball titles

Friday, March 6, 2015

One thing the Hopkins Academy and South Hadley boys basketball teams have in common is the Curry Hicks Cage. The Golden Hawks and Tigers are very familiar with the UMass gym and they are both playing there Saturday. …