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Dakota Wheeler, left, of Easthampton, Mitch Ouimette, right, of Hampshire Regional, and others try to win a rebound Thursday at Hampshire.

Division 3 Boys Basketball: Top-seeded Hampshire shuts down rival Easthampton to reach semifinals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — There were a number of motivational points for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team going into its Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinal against Easthampton Thursday night. With their 77-56 victory, the Raiders avenged last season’s postseason loss to their archrival and swept the season series in their final home game. But most importantly, top-seeded Hampshire (18-4) advanced to the Curry Hicks Cage for the first time since 2007. “This is a great feeling, going to the Cage and beating our rival three straight times after they knocked us out last year,” senior guard Nick Malo said. “We came out tonight ready to go …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Smith Academy falls 70-42 to top-seeded Monson

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Smith Academy boys basketball team trailed by six points at halftime to top-seeded Monson in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 quarterfinal Thursday night. But the Falcons picked a bad time to go ice cold from the field, scoring only two points in the third quarter of the 70-42 loss. “We were in it in the first half, but almost putting up a …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Turners Falls outlasts Granby, 56-49

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The last time Liam Ellis took the floor at the Curry Hicks Cage as a member of the Turners Falls boys basketball team, he was in eighth grade. Now a senior, Ellis and the third-seeded Indians will get a chance to return to the historic venue, courtesy of a hard-fought 56-49 victory over sixth-seeded seed Granby in the quarterfinals of …

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 …

Hadley parents call for baseball coach Jordan Branson’s reinstatement

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — Three days after receiving an award from the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association for guiding the Hopkins Academy baseball team to the state Division 4 final, Jordan Branson took a shocking call. On Jan. 28, Hopkins athletic …

Division 3 boys basketball: Dakota Wheeler, No. 8 Easthampton knock down No. 9 Palmer

Monday, February 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Behind a balanced offensive attack led by Dakota Wheeler, No. 8 Easthampton defeated No. 9 Palmer on Monday night in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament, 72-59. The Eagles (12-8) advance to the quarterfinals and will face No. 1 Hampshire Regional (17-4) …

Division 4 boys basketball: Lenox eliminates Holyoke Catholic

Monday, February 23, 2015

LENOX — The Holyoke Catholic boys basketball team watched up-and-down season come to an end Monday as Lenox pulled away in the second half for an 82-67 win in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 tournament. “It’s tough, but everybody on this team gave everything …

David Longstreeth scores 1,000th career point in Smith Academy’s WMass Division 4 win over Mount Everett

Monday, February 23, 2015

HATFIELD — Until this season, it didn’t really appear that Smith Academy senior David Longstreeth could reach 1,000 career points. Always the other option, Longstreeth played second, third and sometimes fourth fiddle to more established offensive weapons. A …

Amherst Regional earns No. 3 seed for WMass Division 3A Hockey Tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Despite owning the best record in Western Massachusetts Division 3A hockey, Amherst Regional missed out in claiming one of two byes for the sectional tournament. With only six teams in the field, top-seeded Chicopee (13-5-2) and No. 2 Chicopee Comp (11-5-4) move right into the semifinal round. The …

Hampshire’s Brendan Weir, Brandon Weyant, Granby’s Nolan Hodgins place second at state Division 3 wrestling tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Brendan Weir had a perfect season and was one win shy of making history at the state Division 3 wrestling tournament, Saturday at Wakefield High School. Looking to become the 12th grappler statewide and the first from western Massachusetts to win four divisional titles, Weir …

Weekend prep schools: Williston girls basketball tops Cheshire

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Natalia Baum had 15 points to pace the Williston Northampton girls basketball team to a 58-39 win over Cheshire Academy, Saturday in Cheshire, Connecticut. Maranie Harris-Kuiper and Mary McCarhty each had 10 for the Wildcats (16-3). Boys basketball Suffield Academy 61, Williston 54 — Jake Wisniewski and Ryan …

4x800 leads Amherst Regional to third-place showing at All-States

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOSTON — Entering the final event of the day, the Amherst Regional boys indoor track team still had a title within its grasp. All the Hurricanes needed to do was overcome long odds to win the 4x400-meter relay and the All-State indoor track championship could have belonged to …