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Belchertown players stand with the second-place trophy Saturday after losing the state Division 3 soccer final 1-0 in overtime to Wayland at Alumni Stadium at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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. Belchertown continued its strong play in the …

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 title, but fell 1-0 to Needham in the state final. On Saturday, the two sides …

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 …

Friday night football: Frontier Regional rolls past Mount Greylock, 32-14

Friday, November 14, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Frontier Regional dominated both sides of the ball Friday night and in the process routed Mount Greylock, 32-14. The Red Hawks finish the year on Thanksgiving eve in Buckland against rival Mohawk Trail, which took a 50-0 loss Friday at the hands of Lee. Frontier …

Friday night football: Belchertown responds, beats Ware 28-22

Friday, November 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — It’s been a season of adversity for the Belchertown football team, but Friday proved to be a night of character for the Orioles. Belchertown allowed a touchdown on its first defensive play and then surrendered the lead late in the fourth quarter, but rebounded to claim …

Friday night football: Smith Voke closes season with 47-8 loss to Palmer

Friday, November 14, 2014

PALMER – After securing its first win of the season a week ago, Smith Vocational head coach Doug Slaughter thought his team finally had a breakthrough it could carry into the offseason. But after beating Dean Tech soundly on Nov. 7, the good times didn’t keep rolling for …

Thursday night football: Amherst pulls away from Putnam in second half for 20-6 win

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — After a slow start on the road, Amherst Regional picked up the tempo and scored three second-half touchdowns to defeat Putnam, 20-6, Thursday at Berte Field. Putnam’s defense, headed by Darryl Denson and Gary White, stymied the Hurricanes’ offense in the first half. White put the …

Frontier rallies to beat Case 3-2, earns shot at fifth straight state volleyball title

Thursday, November 13, 2014

HUDSON — Nothing could stop Frontier Regional from its date with destiny. Not a strong Lynnfield team, nor a bout of inconsistent play that twice brought the Red Hawks to the brink of elimination. Frontier rallied to win …