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Lucius Burrell, left, of Easthampton, scores after evading Jake Bradway, of Belchertown, Friday in Belchertown.

High school notebook: Lucius Burrell nears 4,000-yard rushing milestone as Easthampton looks to qualify for postseason

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lucius Burrell can join a very exclusive fraternity Friday night, but he’s more concerned about his team joining a group of four. The Easthampton senior running back sits just 82 yards from the career 4,000-yard mark, while the Eagles need to win at Ludlow to secure a Western Massachusetts Division 5 postseason berth. “Getting to 4,000 while helping the team …

Division 1 field hockey: Northampton shuts out Holyoke 2-0, advances to semifinal round

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON ­— Enthusiastic fans piled into Smith College to watch the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Field Hockey Tournament as Northampton took on Holyoke. The No. 3-seeded Blue Devils came out as enthusiastic and ready as their fans did on the cold Thursday night. Northampton controlled the ball from the start in its 2-0 win over the sixth-seeded Purple Knights …

Division 2 girls volleyball: Amherst Regional sweeps Putnam, faces Longmeadow in quarterfinals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — The No. 5-seeded Amherst Regional girls volleyball team defeated No. 12 Putnam 3-0 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament Thursday. Amherst easily won the first set 25-5 and won the second and third sets by closer margins — 25-20 and 25-16. Shaya Shally Jenson led the Hurricanes’ attack tallying 19 kills, two blocks and an ace. Christina Vasilladis added seven …

Olivia Hanson, Smith Academy earn postseason bid with 1-1 tie vs Holyoke Catholic

Monday, October 27, 2014

CHICOPEE — Smith Academy girls soccer star Olivia Hanson watched all of last season from the bench with a back injury. Returning this year as one of only two seniors for the Falcons, Hanson refused to see her …

Easthampton girls soccer finishes unbeaten, earns share of Pioneer North title

Monday, October 27, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — On a cold fall evening, the Easthampton girls soccer team’s fans filled the stands at Williston-Northampton School. The Eagles fan base was loud with excessive cheers and chants to watch their team play on senior night Monday. The electric atmosphere paid off for the Eagles as …

Monday’s high schools: Caleb Farnham fires 89, finishes 22nd at state Division 3 tournament

Monday, October 27, 2014

A week after winning the Western Massachusetts golf championship, Caleb Farnham shot an 89 and finished 22nd in the state Division 3 tournament at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown on Monday. The Hopkins Academy sophomore did not see the course until a nine-hole practice round on Sunday. …

WMass Field hockey: Three teams battle in Division 2; Northampton, South Hadley eye Division 1 crown

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Western Massachusetts Field Hockey Tournament brackets were released Monday, officially opening postseason play. Of the 13 western Mass. programs in Division 2, just three qualified. Two of the 13 teams — South Hadley and Mahar — qualified, …

Weekend colleges: Boston College ices UMass win streak at two games

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The UMass hockey team held No. 6 Boston College scoreless for a period and a half, but the defense cracked as BC went on for a 4-1 victory Saturday night in Boston. The Minutemen (2-3-0, 1-2-0 Hockey East) saw their two-game win streak come to an end. The …

Weekend prep schools: Williston football runs away from Berkshire in second half

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Williston Northampton football team trailed early, but recovered to blow out Berkshire, 46-14, Saturday in Easthampton. Williston trailed 6-0 and 14-8, but the Wildcats (5-1) pulled away with 30 second-half points. Johnny Aylward finished 13 of 22 for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Nick Garofano ran for …

Weekend high schools: Keith Dixon powers undefeated Amherst boys soccer to regular season finale

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Keith Dixon scored twice and had an assist as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team beat Chicopee, 3-1, in nonleague action at Szot Park in Chicopee Saturday night. After a scoreless first half by both teams, the Hurricanes erupted in the second half. Alex Zyskowski had the other …

Easthampton snaps two-game slide, rolls past Greenfield 54-0

Saturday, October 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After losing two in a row, the Easthampton football team needed a game like this. The Eagles ran away early, scoring on every offensive drive of the first half and returned a punt for a touchdown …

Turnovers, missed opportunities doom Northampton in 28-6 loss to Chicopee Comp

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton football team established Friday night that it belongs on the field with the top team in the Suburban League. But as has occurred in several games this season, a quick breakdown by the Blue …

Friday night football: Frontier grinds out 21-6 victory over Athol

Friday, October 24, 2014

ATHOL — Not even the elements can slow down the red hot Frontier Regional football team. The Red Hawks battled the mud soup of O’Brien Field and an increasingly stingy Athol defense, but came away with a hard-fought 21-6 Intercounty League win Friday night. “That was some tough …